21 days in New Zealand & Fiji Itinerary

21 days in New Zealand & Fiji Itinerary

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21 days in New Zealand & Fiji Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly + Drive:  16​h 15​min
1
Malolo Island, Fiji
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 15​min
2
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Franz Josef, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Punakaiki, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Nelson, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Tauranga, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
9
Paihia, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles, United States

2
nights
Malolo Island, Fiji

Malolo Island
Dense jungle covers most of Malolo Island, a tiny volcanic landmass with a handful of resorts.
Plan a trip to Malolo Island easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Los Angeles, USA to Malolo Island is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Malolo Island, you'll lose 20 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, expect nights in Malolo Island to be warmer, around 74°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 87°F. On the 22nd (Mon), you're off toQueenstown.

Things to do in Malolo Island

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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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.
Take a break from Queenstown with a short trip to Milford Sound in Te Anau, about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, view the masterpieces at Silver Fern Gallery, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, and identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown tour itinerary builder tool

Explore your travel options from Malolo Island to Queenstown with the Route module. On the 26th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Milford Sound, Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
nights
Franz Josef, New Zealand

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Change things up with these side-trips from Franz Josef: Aoraki/Mt. Cook (in Mt. Cook Village) and Fox Glacier (in Fox Glacier). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, stroll through Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and trek along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails.

To plan Franz Josef vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Franz Josef takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Punakaiki.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 29:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

1
night
Punakaiki, New Zealand

Punakaiki ©
Punakaiki is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): trek along Truman Track, then explore the fascinating underground world of Punakaiki Cavern, then trek along Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk, and finally hike along Pororari River Track.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Punakaiki trip itinerary builder tool

You can drive from Franz Josef to Punakaiki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Punakaiki

Parks Nature Trails
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Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk ©
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk
Truman Track ©
Truman Track
Pororari River Track ©
Pororari River Track

1
night
Nelson, New Zealand

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Queen's Gardens, don't miss a visit to Centre of New Zealand, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nelson trip builder website

Traveling by car from Punakaiki to Nelson takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Nelson

Historic Sites Parks
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Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral
Centre of New Zealand ©
Centre of New Zealand
Queen's Gardens ©
Queen's Gardens

3
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.
Step out of Rotorua with an excursion to Huka Falls tracks in Taupo--about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 2nd (Fri) immersed in therapeutic waters at a local thermal spa. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, steep yourself in history at Tamaki Maori Village (Office Only), trot along with a tour on horseback, and take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua day trip website

Getting from Nelson to Rotorua by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. January in Rotorua sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tauranga.

Things to do in Rotorua

Spas Parks Nature

Side Trip

Huka Falls Walkway
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 3:
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Horseback Riding Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

1
night
Tauranga, New Zealand

Tauranga ©
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
On the 3rd (Sat), hike along Mount Maunganui Base Track.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tauranga online tour itinerary maker

You can drive from Rotorua to Tauranga in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Tauranga are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. On the 4th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Auckland Central.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in the waterfront activity at Viaduct Harbour.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland Central trip itinerary site

You can fly from Tauranga to Auckland Central in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Auckland Central when traveling from Tauranga in February, with lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Viaduct Harbour ©
Viaduct Harbour

3
nights
Paihia, New Zealand

Paihia ©
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Paihia is known for parks, nature, adventure, wildlife, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, steep yourself in history at The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station 1822, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Paihia sightseeing planning site

Traveling by car from Auckland Central to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or take a bus. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Kerikeri
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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