30 days in New Zealand, Australia & Fiji Itinerary

30 days in New Zealand, Australia & Fiji Itinerary

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Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
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Gold Coast, Australia
— 3 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
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Denarau Island, Fiji
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Auckland, New Zealand

— 2 nights

City of Sails

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre and then get impressive views of Rangitoto Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, then examine the collection at New Zealand Maritime Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piha Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Auckland route planner.

New York City, USA to Auckland is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from New York City to Auckland. When traveling from New York City in September, plan for much colder days in Auckland, with highs around 55°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Rotorua, New Zealand

— 3 nights

Sulphur City

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park. Take a break from the city and head to Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village and Mount Maunganui Summit Track. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Mount Maunganui (Mt Maunganui Main Beach & Mount Maunganui Base Track). There's much more to do: whizz through the canopy at Redwoods Treewalk, get your game on at OGO Rotorua, steep yourself in history at Te Puia, and admire the natural beauty at Government Gardens.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua online travel planner.

You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in September: highs in Rotorua hover around 61°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Wellington, New Zealand

— 2 nights

Harbour Capital

Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
On the 8th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's, then get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and finally take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, kick back and relax at Oriental Bay, and then look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Rotorua to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 3 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
For shopping fun, head to Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery or Silver Fern Gallery. Rippon Vineyard and Chard Farm Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Queenstown side-trips: Wanaka (Wanaka & Lake Wanaka). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Queenstown Hill, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, stroll through Ben Lomond Track, and head outdoors with Arrowtown Village.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown road trip planning tool.

Fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Melbourne, Australia

— 3 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. Patrick's Cathedral and Melbourne Museum. Do your shopping at Federation Square and Melbourne Central. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Spas (in Daylesford) and Ballarat Wildlife Park (in Ballarat). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, and examine the collection at HMAS Castlemaine.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Queenstown to Melbourne by flight takes about 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Queenstown to Melbourne is minus 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Sydney, Australia

— 3 nights

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Art Gallery of New South Wales and Australian National Maritime Museum. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, browse the exhibits of ATTY Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and stop by Sydney Fish Market.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sydney travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in September, things will get a bit warmer in Sydney: highs are around 71°F and lows about 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Gold Coast, Australia

— 3 nights
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Visit Burleigh Heads Beach and Kirra Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Coolangatta Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Cape Byron Walking Track (in Byron Bay) and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park and buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast road trip site.

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Cairns, Australia

— 4 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Escape the urban bustle at Mossman Gorge Centre and Palm Cove Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Spas. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Gold Coast in September: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 83°F and lows are around 66°F. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Denarau Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Denarau Island, Fiji

— 1 night
Denarau Island, a small 2.55 sq km (1 sq mi) private island connected to mainland Viti Levu by a short causeway, includes eight beachside resorts arranged around the 18-hole Denarau Golf Course.
On the 26th (Sat), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Denarau Island road trip website.

You can fly from Cairns to Denarau Island in 10.5 hours. Traveling from Cairns to Denarau Island, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. September in Denarau Island sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sigatoka.

Things to do in Denarau Island

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Spas
Highlights from your trip

Sigatoka, Fiji

— 4 nights
Located at the western end of Coral Coast, with its long sheltered beaches and popular surf spots, Sigatoka is best known for its immediate surroundings than for the town itself.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park. For shopping fun, head to Maui Bay Shopping Centre or Baravi Handcrafts. Change things up with a short trip to Shark Diving in Pacific Harbour (about 1h 40 min away). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate the long history of Tavuni Hill Fort, and kick back and relax at Natadola Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sigatoka trip tool.

Traveling by car from Denarau Island to Sigatoka takes 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Sigatoka can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigatoka

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.

Australia travel guide

4.7
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.

Fiji travel guide

4.2
Scuba & Snorkeling · Marinas · Outdoor Activities
Located at the heart of the Central Pacific, Fiji is an archipelago of 333 islands and hundreds more tiny islets, many of which are uninhabited. The land masses range from vast Viti Levu, mountainous and covered in green jungle, to private desert islands available for rent. With bountiful sunshine, white sand beaches, tranquil oceans, and lush rainforest, it is no surprise that ecotourism in Fiji thrives. Local culture combines indigenous Fijian, Indo-Fijian, Asian, and European influences in a vibrant mix, with many of the smaller islands still retaining a strong element of traditional island life. Explore the countless pockets of paradise to find your favorite.