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 would obviously love to see both islands in NZ but given time is limited a lot of people have said to skip the north island. Also, I've not had a holiday in 10 months (!!) so really would like 5 days to chill in one place, hopefully somewhere hot by a beach and not move! Hence I thought maybe Fiji would be a good place to do this. If not then maybe see both islands of NZ and relax in either Sydney or Melbourne at the end for 5 days?
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!
Arrive in Aukland – Night 1 in Aukland
Night 2 in Aukland
To Bay of Islands – Night 1
Night 2 in Bay of Islands
To Aukland and fly to Queenstown – Night 1
Night 2 in Queenstown
Night 3 in Queenstown
To Franz Josef – Night 1
Night 2 in Franz Josef
Night 3 in Franz Josef
To Kaiteriteri (Abel Tasman Nat Pk) – Night 1
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To Wellington – Night 1
Fly from Wellington to Cairns - Night 1
To Airlie Beach - Night 1
Whitsundays Boat Trip - Night 1
Whitsundays Boat Trip - Night 2
To Rainbow Beach - Night 1
Fraser Island - Night 1
Fraser Island - Night 2
Fraser Island - Night 3
To Byron Bay - Night 1
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To Brisbane for flight to Sydney - Night 1
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Fly from Sydney to Melbourne - Night 1
Melbourne - Night 2
Fly back to London