New Zealand/Fiji/Tahiti/Australia oh my

Old May 14th, 2015, 07:03 PM
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New Zealand/Fiji/Tahiti/Australia oh my

As a follow up question - the guide book I am looking at claims it tis but a hop skip and jump from New Zealand to Tahiti, Fiji and Australia and that one can get very inexpensive air tickets (I'm not finding them from this end but am maybe looking at the wrong sites.).

If it were you and (thinking optimistically) we/you had three weeks how would you divide your time? (we like to settle in a place for at least three nights at a time, not moving to a different hotel each night) I'm guessing this might be our only trip to that part of the world so would want to take the best advantage.

If we simply focus on New Zealand how would you divide the time between North and South Island?

We are btw a couple in our fifties, in decent shape, but not hugely into outdoor adventure per se. We like hiking, nature, museums of all kinds, tasting different cuisines, beaches, wineries, but not big into night life or shopping if that helps. Thank you.
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Have a look at Melnq8's & Songdocs trip reports - they've travelled extensively in NZ & will inspire you.
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Old May 15th, 2015, 02:58 PM
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I'd spend all three weeks in New Zealand. One week on the NI and two on the South, or better yet, all three on the SI.

You will not be disappointed.
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I think that you will find the offers at http://www.travelaust.com.au very good and affordable
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For what it is worth eight years ago we did a 6 week around the world trip and all we remembered when we got home was we spent one full week (yes, 168 hours) in airports and airplanes. Other than knowing the cities we visited we have no real recollection of what we did or saw - it was all a blur - - a bit like the old movie "If it's Tuesday This must be Belgium".

By contrast 2 years ago we did a 6 week driving tour of New Zealand and it was one of the best most memorable trip we ever made. We'd go back in a heart beat since we've only scratched the surface.

My point is that with Tahiti, Fiji, Australia and New Zealand you are trying to do/see too much in too short a span of time With only 3 weeks spend it in either Australia (we've been there twice) or New Zealand - both countries offer so much diversity. My first choice would be New Zealand - do 1 week on the North Island and 2 weeks on the South Island.

Good Luck planning your trip.
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Thanks so much, this is so helpful, and yes, I have been reading everyone's trip reports and enjoying them greatly. And welcome back to the States Mel - we live in NM on the border of Colorado and plan to vacation this summer in Colorado - and it is indeed a lovely state.
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