43 days in Australia, New Zealand & Fiji Itinerary

43 days in Australia, New Zealand & Fiji Itinerary

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43 days in Australia, New Zealand & Fiji Itinerary

Start: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Foot + Fly:  24​h
1
Cairns, Australia
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Gold Coast, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney, Australia
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Auckland, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Nadi, Fiji
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Sigatoka, Fiji
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Foot:  29​h
End: Birmingham, United Kingdom

6
nights
Cairns, Australia

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.
You've now added Nature & Wildlife Tours to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Atherton Tablelands and Historic Village Herberton. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove), Jaques Coffee Plantation (in Mareeba) and Yungaburra (Cathedral Fig Tree & Platypus Viewing Platform). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the natural beauty at Munro Martin Parklands, let little ones run wild at Figtree Playground, and brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip maker website .

Birmingham, UK to Cairns is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) is 10 hours. Traveling from Birmingham in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Yungaburra, Cattana Wetlands, Historic Village Herberton, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Jaques Coffee Plantation
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Crystal Cascades ©
Crystal Cascades

5
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.
Sea World Theme Park has been added to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Burleigh Head National Park and Kirra Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Zipline and Putt Putt Mermaid Beach. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Natural Bridge, have some family-friendly fun at iFLY Gold Coast, try for a hole-in-one at Timezone Surfers Paradise, and stroll through Kurrawa Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, Gold Coast is little chillier than Cairns - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Zipline

6
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Virtual Room Sydney - Virtual Reality Sydney Adventure. Kids will appreciate attractions like Bondi Beach and Zipline. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Blue Mountains National Park (The National Pass & Lincoln's Rock), Speers Point Park (in Speers Point) and The Giant Stairway (in Katoomba). There's still lots to do: stroll through Bondi to Coogee Walk, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, have some family-friendly fun at Jet Flight Simulator Sydney, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney road trip app .

Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in July, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Blue Mountains National Park, Speers Point Park, The Giant Stairway, Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
The Giant Stairway ©
The Giant Stairway

6
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Coronet Peak and Snow Farm NZ. Get out of town with these interesting Queenstown side-trips: Roxburgh (Clutha Gold Trail & Roxburgh Gorge Trail), Cromwell (Wooing Tree Vineyard & Jackson Orchards) and Oxbow The Adventure Co. (in Wanaka). Next up on the itinerary: have fun at Break One, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Remarkables Ski Area, stroll through Queenstown Trail, and have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Queenstown day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Queenstown takes 6 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Roxburgh, Cromwell, Wanaka
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 13:
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Break One ©
Break One
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

5
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mount Maunganui Base Track and Mt Maunganui Main Beach. Attractions like aMAZEme and 3D Trick Art Gallery make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from Rotorua with a short trip to Virtual Reality Experience in Tauranga, about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, identify plant and animal life at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, and explore the activities along Lake Rotorua.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua online visit planner .

Getting from Queenstown to Rotorua by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Tauranga, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 18:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Blue Lake Track ©
Blue Lake Track

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Virtual Reality Studio and Rotoroa Island. Bring the kids along to SkyTower and Bethells Beach. Explore Auckland's surroundings by going to Warkworth (Horse Riding Warkworth, Of Hand & Heart, &more), Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway (in Orewa) and Mangawhai (Mangawhai Walkway & Fishing Charters & Tours). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Muriwai Gannet Colony and kick back and relax at Browns Bay Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland day trip app .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Rotorua in August, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Nadi.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Warkworth, Mangawhai, Rotoroa Island, Muriwai Gannet Colony, Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway
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Rotoroa Island ©
Rotoroa Island
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Virtual Reality Studio ©
Virtual Reality Studio

2
nights
Nadi, Fiji

Nadi ©
Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Garden of the Sleeping Giant and then stroll through Koroyanitu National Heritage Park.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nadi trip planner.

You can fly from Auckland to Nadi in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Auckland in August, plan for much hotter days in Nadi, with highs around 32°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Sigatoka.

Things to do in Nadi

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Big Bula Water Park, Koroyanitu National Heritage Park
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 25:
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Koroyanitu National Heritage Park ©
Koroyanitu National Heritage Park
Big Bula Water Park ©
Big Bula Water Park
Garden of the Sleeping Giant ©
Garden of the Sleeping Giant

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.
Bring the kids along to Natadola Beach and Paradise Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Biausevu Waterfall. Change things up with a short trip to Shark Diving in Pacific Harbour (about 1h 35 min away). The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stop by Baravi Handcrafts, and steep yourself in history at Vatukarasa Village.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sigatoka trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Nadi to Sigatoka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Sigatoka can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sigatoka

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Pacific Harbour
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 29:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Shark Diving
Natadola Beach ©
Natadola Beach

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