20 days in New Zealand & Fiji Itinerary

20 days in New Zealand & Fiji Itinerary

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Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
Auckland, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Kinloch, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5 h
3
Wellington, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
5
Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
7
Nadi, Fiji
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Sydney, Australia

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kennedy Point Vineyard (in Surfdale) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Waiheke Island). Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, and do a tasting at Foxes Island.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Auckland online road trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Auckland due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect nights in Auckland to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kinloch.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Waiheke Island
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Wine Tours & Tastings
Devonport ©
Devonport

2
nights
Kinloch, New Zealand

Kinloch ©
You've now added Lake Taupo to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): play a few rounds at The Kinloch Club Golf Course and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Taupo.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kinloch travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Kinloch takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Kinloch

Golf Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Lake Taupo
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Lake Taupo ©
Lake Taupo

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, take a stroll through Cuba Street, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria, take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Wellington online tour planner.

Explore your travel options from Kinloch to Wellington with the Route module. In January, daytime highs in Wellington are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Cuba Street ©
Cuba Street
Old St Paul's ©
Old St Paul's

1
night
Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Christchurch holiday planner.

Fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°C in Christchurch. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens

2
nights
Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): hike along Kea Point Track and then hike along Hooker Valley Track. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, then look and learn at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Glencoe Walk, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mt. Cook Village trip builder site.

You can drive from Christchurch to Mt. Cook Village in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks ©
Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre ©
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

4
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Explore Queenstown's surroundings by going to Te Anau (Milford Sound, Lake Te Anau, &more) and Lake Wanaka (in Wanaka). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, do a tasting at Bald Hills Pop Up Cellar Door, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown online vacation planner.

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Queenstown in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Nadi.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Te Anau, Lake Wanaka
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:
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Spas
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines

4
nights
Nadi, Fiji

Nadi ©
Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
Change things up with a short trip to Natadola Beach in Sigatoka (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Garden of the Sleeping Giant, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nadi trip planner.

You can fly from Queenstown to Nadi in 7 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nadi

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Denarau Island, Natadola Beach
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Natadola Beach ©
Natadola Beach
Denarau Golf and Racquet Club ©
Denarau Golf and Racquet Club
Spas

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