30 days in New Zealand, Australia & Fiji Itinerary

30 days in New Zealand, Australia & Fiji Itinerary

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Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  19 h 30 min
1
Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Wellington, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
5
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
7
Gold Coast, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
9
Denarau Island, Fiji
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
10
Sigatoka, Fiji
— 4 nights
Fly:  21 h 15 min
End: New York City, United States

2
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
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, thenexamine 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

Side Trip

Piha Beach
Highlights from your plan
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre ©
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre
Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach
Rangitoto Island ©
Rangitoto Island

3
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village and Te Puia. Take a break from the city and head to Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Redwoods Treewalk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Mount Maunganui (Mt Maunganui Main Beach, Mount Maunganui Summit Track, &more). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, get your game on at OGO Rotorua, explore and take pictures at Government Gardens, and get interesting insight from Tours.

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

Side Trip

Tauranga
Highlights from your plan
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village ©

2
nights
Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington ©
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, thenget 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 Sanctuary.

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 3.5 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
Highlights from your plan
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum

3
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
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). There's lots more to do: trek along Queenstown Hill, see Off-Road Tours, head outdoors with Arrowtown Village, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

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

Fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Wanaka, Arrowtown
Highlights from your plan
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Arrowtown Village ©
Arrowtown Village

3
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
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 Federation Square. Museum-lovers will get to explore Melbourne Museum and HMAS Castlemaine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Ballarat Wildlife Park (in Ballarat) and Spas (in Daylesford). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach, get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and wander the streets of Melbourne Central.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Queenstown to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is minus 2 hours. September in Melbourne sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Ballarat Wildlife Park, Spas, St. Kilda Beach
Highlights from your plan
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Spas
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

3
nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
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 4 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
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

3
nights
Gold Coast, Australia

Gold Coast ©
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 Burleigh Head National Park for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Coolangatta Beach and Cape Byron Walking Track. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah) and Kayaking & Canoeing (in Byron Bay). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach 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 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. 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

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Highlights from your plan
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

4
nights
Cairns, Australia

Cairns ©
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 Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore hidden gems such as Palm Cove Beach 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: learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, 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 5.5 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

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Palm Cove Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre
Highlights from your plan
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

1
night
Denarau Island, Fiji

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 go by car to Sigatoka.

Things to do in Denarau Island

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas

4
nights
Sigatoka, Fiji

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 50 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

Side Trips

Shark Diving, Maui Bay Shopping Centre
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Shark Diving
Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park ©
Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park

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