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Help please - 4 wk trip to East Coast Australia, NZ & Fiji?

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Help please - 4 wk trip to East Coast Australia, NZ & Fiji?


Hope you can help... I am from the UK and am planning a 4 week trip to Australia, NZ and Fiji... I am unsure of how much I can actually fit in in 4 weeks so that's where I need some help. I have come up with the following options:

a) Start in north island NZ, cover that and the south island NZ, then fly over to Cairns and make my way down to Melbourne (or Sydney if I can't fit Melbourne in). The plan would be to spend approx 2 weeks in NZ and the remaining 2 weeks in Australia.

b) Start in Melbourne and make my way up to Cairns. After that, fly to South Island NZ and thereafter spend the remaining 5 days or so relaxing in Fiji.

What do people think? I've also broken my itinerary down day by day as per below - any suggestions or advice on this?

I also have a few questions:

1. Can I do a dive in the great barrier reef whilst doing the trip to see the whitsunday islands? Or do I need to do this from Cairns?

2. Do I need to book the boat trip to see the whitsunday islands in advance from the UK or can I book this when I get there? Or does it get fully booked? Do they go everyday? Do they have showers on the boat?! If I do want that, does it mean I simply upgrade to a nicer boat? How many nights on the boat would you recommend?

2. To see Fraser island, how many nights on the boat would you recommend? Again, does this need to be booked in advance from the UK or can I book this when I get there or is this fully booked? Are there showers on the boat? Are there nicer boats with showers? How many nights would you suggest I need?

3. I am a 32 yr old female traveller and will be travelling alone (I've travelled around South America, Central America and South East Asia alone already. Whilst I do want to meet people along the way, I'm not your average backpacker and will be taking a suitcase on holiday. However as much as I don't need a 5 star hotel, I would like to have a basic, clean bedroom with a private bathroom. Any recommendations of places to stay? Private room in a hostal, vs. motel/hotal?

I really need to book flights asap so if you do have any advice, please let me know!


Day 1

Arrive in Aukland – Night 1 in Aukland

Day 2

Night 2 in Aukland

Day 3

To Bay of Islands – Night 1

Day 4

Night 2 in Bay of Islands

Day 5

To Aukland and fly to Queenstown – Night 1

Day 6

Night 2 in Queenstown

Day 7

Night 3 in Queenstown

Day 8

To Franz Josef – Night 1

Day 9

Night 2 in Franz Josef

Day 10

Night 3 in Franz Josef

Day 11

To Kaiteriteri (Abel Tasman Nat Pk) – Night 1

Day 12

Night 2 in Kaiteriteri

Day 13

To Wellington – Night 1


Day 14

Fly from Wellington to Cairns - Night 1

Day 15

To Airlie Beach - Night 1

Day 16

Whitsundays Boat Trip - Night 1

Day 17

Whitsundays Boat Trip - Night 2

Day 18

To Rainbow Beach - Night 1

Day 19

Fraser Island - Night 1

Day 20

Fraser Island - Night 2

Day 21

Fraser Island - Night 3

Day 22

To Byron Bay - Night 1

Day 23

Byron Bay - Night 2

Day 24

To Brisbane for flight to Sydney - Night 1

Day 25

Sydney - Night 2

Day 26

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne - Night 1

Day 27

Melbourne - Night 2

Day 28

Fly back to London



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1. Re: Help please - 4 wk trip to East Coast Australia, NZ & Fiji?

Bumpity bump.

If it were me, I would concentrate on Cairns/ GBR/Daintree and the Whitsundays and drop Fraser and Byron. Then do Sydney and possibly Melbourne. Your plan as it stands involves more than 2000klms driving (cairns- Byron-Brisbane) so you will be spending a few very big days on the road and it will be a rushed thing.

Can't comment on NZ, except to say bravo to their amazing America's Cup efforts. But they really do take rugby way too seriously.

Only a night in Sydney? Three as a minimum would be the norm, unless you have a particular reason for just one night? There are plenty of good accommodation options in Sydney, including the hostel at The Rocks.

Fiji...meh, I wouldn't bother; it will take another two days travelling time there and back and you will have had beaches/ coral/ islands ( although not Fijian style of course) in QLD. If u want to relax before heading home, maybe save QLD for last.

You don't mention when you plan to come, but weather will have some impact on your plans as will crowds if travelling in school holidays.

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