20 Day Fiji and New Zealand

South Pacific Sojourn: Unveil the Essence of Adventure and Serenity
Waiheke wine - stunning vineyard views down to the ocean
Geothermal Rotorua
Dining Huka Lodge
Huka Lodge River
whales breaching on the Kaikoura coast with snow capped mountains in the background.
Earnslaw Burn Heli Adventure800
Gibbston Valley Winery Bike Centre Queenstown

20 Day Fiji and New Zealand

Embark on an unforgettable South Pacific odyssey, starting at Fiji's Tokoriki Island Resort for pampering and tranquility. Explore New Zealand's North and South Islands, surrounded by majestic landscapes. Indulge in culinary delights and outdoor adventures amidst stunning mountain vistas. Conclude at Queenstown's Matakauri Lodge, where serenity meets sophistication. Experience a harmonious blend of adventure and relaxation, creating an indelible memory etched in your soul's tapestry.

Duration: 20 Days

Starts: Nadi, Fiji

Finishes: Queenstown, New Zealand

Drive Journey
  • Dedicated Travel Designer
  • Full In-Country Support
  • Specialist Guides on all selected experiences
  • Full Vehicle Selection
Your Experiences:
  1. Waiheke Island Private Wine Tour
  2. Tū Te Rā – Maori Summer Harvest Feast
  3. Earnslaw Burn Heli-hike
Your Locations:
  1. Auckland
  2. Rotorua
  3. Taupo
  4. Nelson
  5. Kaikoura
  6. Christchurch
  7. Mount Cook National Park
  8. Queenstown

Day by day tour itinerary

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Bula - Welcome to Fiji

Arrive in Nadi, transfer to the Radisson Blue for your first night

Welcome to Fiji! Your adventure begins in Nadi, where you’ll be greeted at the airport by a friendly representative who will help you transfer to your first accommodation, the Radisson Blu Resort Fiji on Denarau Island. Just a short drive from the airport, this luxurious resort is set amidst lush tropical gardens and offers stunning views of the ocean. Check into your room, unwind and soak up the warm Fijian hospitality before embarking on your exciting journey ahead.

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    1 night at

DAY 2-4
South Seas Cruise to Tokoriki Island Resort

Take a relaxing water taxi to Tokoriki Island for an unforgettable arrival

Indulge in barefoot luxury with a three-night stay at Tokoriki Island Resort. Located on a secluded island, this adults-only resort offers stunning ocean views, white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. Enjoy world-class dining, pampering spa treatments and a range of activities, including snorkelling, diving and cultural experiences.

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    3 nights at

Denarau to Auckland

Return to Nadi airport for your flight to New Zealand

Bid farewell to the idyllic Tokoriki Island and take a short boat transfer to the main island of Fiji, Viti Levu. Fly from Nadi International Airport  to Auckland, New Zealand. Upon arrival, explore the vibrant city with its blend of modernity and nature, including the stunning Auckland Harbour and Sky Tower.  Enjoy a comfortable stay at luxurious QT hotel before continuing on your journey to explore the beauty of New Zealand.

Aucklands Viaduct Basin at sunset
Visit a luxurious island in the Hauraki Gulf

Gourmet private food and wine tour of Waiheke Island

Experience a luxurious food and wine tour on Waiheke Island, just a short ferry ride from downtown Auckland. Visit some of New Zealand’s top wineries, sample award-winning wines and indulge in delicious cuisine at a selection of stunning vineyard restaurants. Enjoy breathtaking views of the island’s stunning landscapes and coastlines before returning to Auckland on the ferry.

Casito Miro restaurant and vineyard on Waiheke Island
Auckland to Rotoura via Waitomo Caves

Collect your rental car and start your self drive trip travelling south to Waitomo and Rotorua

After collecting your rental car, travel from Auckland to Waitomo and immerse yourself in the magic of the glowworm caves. Marvel at the twinkling lights of thousands of tiny creatures as you glide through the underground caverns. After your cave tour, head to On the Point Luxury Lodge, a secluded retreat nestled on the point overlooking Mokoia Island. This luxurious lodge offers a range of indulgent experiences, from fine dining to pampering spa treatments.

This evening you will be transferred to Te Pā Tū, It offers an immersive and interactive journey that allows visitors to learn about the rich Maori culture, traditions, and way of life. The experience, which is designed to be educational, engaging, and entertaining, ends with a traditional meal – cooked in the underground hāngi (earth oven).

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    2 nights at On the Point Luxury Lodge

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    Approximate Distance: Auckland to Waitomo (200kms) Continue to Rotorua (140kms)

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    Total Driving Time: Auckland to Waitomo (2 hours 30 mins) Continue to Rotorua (1 hours 50 mins)

Waitomo underworld caves with glowworms
Explore geothermal Rotorua

Spend some time relaxing at the Polynesian Spa

Today is a day to relax and the lodge, followed by a visit to the mineral pools at the Polynesian Spa.

The Polynesian Spa in Rotorua is a world-renowned geothermal spa that offers a range of relaxing and rejuvenating spa treatments. The spa is situated on the shores of Lake Rotorua and features natural hot mineral pools that are heated by the earth’s geothermal activity. Visitors can soak in the therapeutic waters while enjoying stunning lake views. The spa offers a range of spa therapies, massages, and beauty treatments to choose from.

Polynesia outdoor geothermal Spa
Raft the Rangatikei River

After your Grade 3-4 raft adventure travel to Lake Taupo

Today you will travel from Rotorua to Taupo, after enjoying a thrilling and scenic rafting trip on the Rangatikei River. The journey takes you through rugged terrain, past towering cliffs, and across turbulent rapids, providing an adrenaline-fueled adventure. The river is also surrounded by stunning natural beauty, including native bush, wildlife, and birdlife. The trip is led by expert guides who provide a safe and enjoyable experience for visitors of all ages and skill levels.

You’ll spend the next two nights staying at Taupo – on the shores of Lake Taupo that formed as a  crater lake following an enormous volcanic eruption that began over 300,000 years ago.

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    2 nights at Huka Lodge, Taupo

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    Approximate Distance: 80 km

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    Total Driving Time: 1 hour

grade 3 to 5 rafting at Rangatikei Rafting
DAY 10
Half Day Guided Fly-Fishing

Helicopter access to the remote back country New Zealand is famed for

Optional today is to take a helicopter journey in to New Zealand’s best high country rivers, you can gain entry to some of the most pristine waters that are home to brown and rainbow trout. These fish typically have an average weight of 1-2 kilos, and lucky anglers may even have the chance to catch larger trophy trout each season. The helicopter transport allows you to access remote areas that are otherwise difficult to reach, providing a unique and exciting fishing experience.

Fishing Huka lodge
DAY 11
Fly to Nelson

Nelson is the sunshine capital of New Zealand and the gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park

Fly from Taupo to Nelson for a quick and convenient way to access the stunning Abel Tasman National Park. Pihopa Retreat, is an idyllic haven nestled in native bushland, a short 5 minute ride from the airport.  You have two nights in Nelson, a charming coastal city fringed by ocean and mountain views all around. Known for its stunning scenery, artistic culture, and delicious local cuisine, Nelson is a popular destination for both locals and tourists alike.

Kayaking is popular in the Abel Tasman National Park
DAY 12
Abel Tasman Sailing Adventure

Spend time sailing, kayaking and exploring the golden sands of the Abel Tasman

Departing from Kaiteriteri Beach, visitors can enjoy a comfortable sail aboard a spacious catamaran while taking in the breathtaking views of the park’s golden beaches, turquoise waters, and lush forests. With no set timetable, you have the freedom to make the most of the opportunities that arise on the day. The full day tour (6 hours) provides exclusive use of the boat, skipper, and equipment. Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Abel Tasman National Park, including secluded coves, golden sand beaches, pristine waters, and native wildlife. Take your time to explore tidal lagoons, secluded beaches, or stretch your legs with a small walk in the park.

Sailing in the Abel Tasman National Park
DAY 13
Nelson to Kaikoura

Travel via Marlborough Wine Country to Kaikoura

Traveling between Nelson and Kaikoura is a scenic journey that takes you through picturesque towns and stunning coastal views. To break up the trip, a stop at Cloudy Bay Winery is highly recommended, where you can sample some of the most famous Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc  while taking in the panoramic views of the vineyards. From there, continue your journey to Kaikoura, known for its abundant marine life and rugged mountain ranges, making it a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

whales breaching on the Kaikoura coast with snow capped mountains in the background.
DAY 12
Kaikōura to Christchurch

Experience a swim with the seals in Kaikōura before travelling to Christchurch

Kaikōura offers a life-changing opportunity to swim with Dusky Dolphins, known for their playful and acrobatic nature. With no enclosures or constraints, the encounter is entirely on the dolphins’ terms, making it a truly authentic experience. Kaikōura boasts one of the world’s highest success rates for swimming with dolphins, providing a memorable and exhilarating adventure in the open ocean. This encounter is a must-add to anyone’s bucket list and guarantees an unforgettable experience.

After an unforgettable dolphin swim experience in Kaikōura, a scenic drive south takes you towards Christchurch. This route follows the stunning coastline, providing an opportunity to witness the rugged beauty of the South Island’s eastern coast. Along the way, make a stop at the charming town of Cheviot, known for its picturesque countryside and locally-made products. As you reach Christchurch, prepare to be amazed by the city’s innovative rebuilding efforts following the 2011 earthquake, including the stunning Riverside Markets and The Terrace Dining Precinct, art installations, and the architecture of a re-envisioned city.

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    1 night at The George

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    Approximate Distance: 180 km

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    Total Driving Time: 2 hrs 30 mins

swim with the friendly fur seals in Kaikouar
DAY 15
Christchurch to Mount Cook Village

Travel inland to the Southern Alps, with Mount Cook being the highest New Zealand mountain

Travelling from Christchurch to Mount Cook Village via Tekapo is a scenic journey that offers breathtaking views of the South Island’s natural beauty. As you leave Christchurch, the landscape changes to rolling hills and farmland before reaching the picturesque Lake Tekapo, famous for its turquoise waters and the Church of the Good Shepherd. From there, continue your journey to Mount Cook Village, nestled in the heart of the Southern Alps, offering awe-inspiring views of New Zealand’s highest peak.

This evening take part in Mount Cook’s stargazing –  in New Zealand’s Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve. With minimal light pollution, the reserve offers unparalleled views of the southern hemisphere’s stars, planets, and galaxies.

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    2 nights at The Hermitage

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    Approximate Distance: 330 km

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    Total Driving Time: 4 hrs 30 mins

Mount Cook National park
DAY 16
Tasman Glacier by Helicopter

Take the premier flight over the Mt Cook National Park and its vast glaciers and snowfields

Explore the expansive Mt Cook National Park and its vast glaciers and snowfields, where you can witness the ancient waters of the Tasman Glacier lake and embark on a thrilling flight along the length of New Zealand’s longest glacier, the Tasman Glacier. Enjoy a snow landing experience, standing amongst the mountains and taking in the breathtaking panoramic view of Aoraki/Mount Cook, the highest peak in New Zealand. Continuing your adventure, cross over to the West Coast to witness the formidable Franz Josef and Fox glaciers, before concluding your journey with uninterrupted views of the summit ridge of Aoraki/Mt Cook.

Mt Cook Terminal Lake
DAY 17
Mt Cook to Queenstown

Travel over the Lindis Pass on full display stunning mountain ranges, crystal-clear lakes, and picturesque countryside

Embark on an awe-inspiring journey from Mount Cook to Matakauri Lodge via the scenic Lindis Pass and Gibbston Valley. As you traverse through the rugged mountain terrain, take in the panoramic vistas of the snow-capped peaks, vast glacial valleys, and crystal-clear rivers. Cross the stunning Lindis Pass, with its expansive tussock grasslands, before arriving at the famed Gibbston Valley wine region. Savor the award-winning wines and culinary delights of the region before continuing on to Matakauri Lodge, nestled amidst one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes, for an unforgettable luxury retreat.

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    3 nights at Matakauri Lodge

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    Approximate Distance: 270 km

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    Total Driving Time: 3 hrs 20 mins

Lindis Pass
DAY 18
Tandem 12,000ft Skydive

Experience the thrill of a jump with a Queenstown tandem 12,000ft skydive

After waking up in the luxury of Matakauri Lodge, it’s time for an adrenaline-filled adventure. Get ready for a tandem skydiving experience at 12,000ft, with a 45-second freefall. Take in the stunning views of the surrounding mountains and Lake Wakatipu as you soar through the sky. With an experienced guide by your side, feel the rush of excitement as you jump out of the plane and experience the ultimate thrill of a lifetime. After the skydiving, return to the lodge to relax and reflect on the unforgettable experience.

Skydiving Queenstown
DAY 19
Guided Helihike to the Earnslaw Burn

Your last day in New Zealand, travel to a paradise of hanging glaciers and waterfalls

Experience a breathtaking helicopter ride with Over The Top Helicopters to the Earnslaw Burn, followed by a thrilling hike. Take in the stunning views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers as you soar through the air in a comfortable helicopter. Upon landing, embark on a scenic hike through the alpine landscape, past cascading waterfalls, and glacial pools. The Earnslaw Burn hike offers stunning vistas of the mountain range and the glacier-carved valley below. With an experienced guide by your side, immerse yourself in the beauty of the New Zealand wilderness and create unforgettable memories.

Earnslayburn 750
DAY 20
Farewell from New Zealand

Today you will fly from Queenstown airport to Auckland for your onward international flight. Fiji and New Zealand will have exceeded your expectations for a trip in parts – pure relaxation and adventure. All elements of this trip will be tailored to suit your interests.

Bon voyage

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