Soft sand sifts between your toes at the edge of gentle turquoise waters. Powdery snow shifts to iridescent blue underneath the afternoon sun. Penguins surf the waves and waddle along the shore, and tropical fish glide beneath the Pacific near colorful coral. Your custom-tailored express tour of Fiji and New Zealand South Island takes you around both tropical islands and majestic glaciers. From relaxing next to temperate South Pacific waters to hiking up a mountain in view of the Southern Alps,...
Fiji is an archipelago made as much from idyllic dreams as from the natural splendor of a mixture of tropical rainforest and opulent South Pacific waters. Arrive at the Nadi International Airport on the large island of Viti Levu. Your private transfer is waiting for you and quickly takes you to your resort located on the nearby islet of Denarau Island. The breeze blows softly carrying the aroma of fresh coconut. The tall grasses sway across the hillsides into the distance, until fern trees and dense rainforest overtake the grassland.
Sugar cane plantations date back to the British colonial days and spread across the island’s northern rim, past Mount Koroyanitu, standing at 3,943 feet above sea level and draped in lush jungle. You hear the waters of the Pacific lap at the shores of Denarau Island. Your hotel contains a serene mixture of traditional style décor and contemporary luxuries to make you sink into comfort. Palm trees line the beach, adding shade to the poolside cabanas. Dip your toes into the ocean to feel the refreshingly temperate waters brushing against the silky sand. Traditional music filters through the lobby. People greet you with large, pearly smiles. There is no easier place to put up your feet and relax.
Cruising the Sea
Beautiful Beaches to Magnificent Mountains
A Day in the Alpines
Edging on the Glacier
Walking on Ice
- Experience a spectacular glacier walk, taking you along the face of the Franz Josef Glacier
- Enjoy a luxurious train ride through the Southern Alps offering pristine views of the landscape
- Witness the stunning landscape around the opulent waters of Milford Sound
- View Fiordland Crested Penguins in their natural habitat wandering along the sands of Monro Beach
- Indulge in a gondola ride overlooking the adventurous cityscape of Queenstown
- Relax on the splendid shores of Denarau Island, Fiji with the mixture of powder sand beaches and lush tropical rainforest
- Cruise around the Mamanuca Islands to view the vibrant colors of natural coral reefs and exotic fish
Fiji is known for its romantic shores, lavish resorts, lush rainforest, and friendly people. New Zealand is known for its magnificent mountains, verdant rolling hills, tremendous glaciers, and also incredibly friendly people. On this 9-day Fiji and New Zealand South Island express tour you will experience the beauty of both countries, taking you along sand, snow, multiple types of forests, and tropical islands and majestic glaciers. Your Southern Hemisphere exploration begins on one of Zicasso's vacations to Fiji with your arrival at the Nadi International Airport in Viti Levu, Fiji.
Your private transfer escorts you to Denarau Island where the rest of the day is at your leisure to enjoy the resort facilities and the surrounding grandeur. The following day you can venture out on a catamaran to explore the nearby Mamanuca Islands, filling your day with temperate turquoise water, tropical islands, and vivacious coral reefs. A private transfer meets you the next day to escort you back to the airport for your flight to Queenstown, New Zealand. The resort style city is situated in the Southern Alps and always brimming with activity no matter the season.
Spend a day enjoying the mountain air, ride the gondola up to Bob’s Peak, absorbing the luscious aroma of Douglas fir and beech trees, and hiking around the mountainsides. Venture southbound on an exciting day trip to cruise the mesmeric waters of Milford Sound. The following day you depart from Queenstown, venturing through Wanaka near Shotover River, passing Lake Hawea, and taveling through Haast Pass. Visit the marvelous Monro Beach to see the Fiordland Crested Penguin colony and witness the incredible expanse of Fox Glacier en route to Franz Josef.
Indulge in a full day tour of Franz Josef Glacier, exploring the depths of natural ice tunnels and the definitive crevices shaped by the shifting ice. Travel the short distance to Greymouth to board the splendid TranzAlpine train. The tracks lead through the mountains, along the Canterbury plains until arriving in Christchurch, the Garden City. The following day you will make your way to the airport for your flight home. You can always extend your stay in New Zealand, taking in the majesty of the North Island as well.
$2,470 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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