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By Anna Sarjeant

We’re a lucky nation. As New Zealanders we live on the doorstep to Fiji: arguably, heaven on earth. For many, it’s a 'one day' holiday; a destination to dream about, or a desktop background on an office computer. But not for us. For Kiwis, it’s just a three-hour flight away. 

Cloud 9 here on earth – and at your fingertips. Here’s every reason why Fiji is your perfect holiday.

World-class snorkelling, sugary beaches, adventure, culture, exotic cocktails and purple sunsets. For Kiwis, Fiji needn't be a pipe dream - it’s well within our grasp. Fly direct from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch, and you’ll be in paradise in just over three hours. 

By its very definition, a Fijian holiday is luxurious. Beautiful hideaways and beachfront villas glisten with perfectly polished guestrooms, azure ocean and platinum-white sand. From languid days by private pools, to toes-in-the-sand fine dining, everyone can have the Rockstar treatment. Premium resorts deliver massages before sunset and sunrises from over-water bungalows, such as those at Likuliku Lagoon Fiji. Go all-out, or totally low-key, you can relax by the infinity pool or zen-out in beachfront spas, or zip off to deserted islands on chartered yachts. Whatever your preference, Fiji is guaranteed indulgence.

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Fijians love pint-sized visitors and family-friendly resorts know exactly how to make little ones smile. Kids’ clubs incorporate everything from crab racing and treasure hunts to cultural programs embracing Fijian way of life. Others, such as the Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa and Plantation Island Resort, have their own inflatable water parks. Ask us about inter-connecting rooms and resorts which sleep up to three children in one room, and if you’re bringing the extended whanau, there are family bures to accommodate several guests. 

At Malolo Island Resort, The Khail’s Club Lounge has bean bags, TV and every teens favourite W-word – WiFI! Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort has a teens’ club for those 13 years and above, with activities like sand dune adventures, fort tours and hikes. Throughout Fiji, bragging rights come in the form of shark snorkelling, manta ray swimming and numerous ‘gram worthy vistas.    


Resorts are rich in cultural insight, with many hotels organising traditional performances and village market excursions. Elsewhere you’ll find classic ‘bures’ (wood and straw huts) and live like Fijian residents. You can build your own cultural experience with Awesome Adventures. Specialising in Yasawa Island hopping, get dropped at small family-run resorts, or beautiful rustic lodges. With flexible boat transfers between islands, finding authentic Fiji is easy. Switch between snorkelling and sunbathing, to traditional lovo feats and banana tree planting. 

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Your getaway together should feel extra special, and with all of Fiji’s swim-up-bars, isolated beaches and luxury resorts, paradise is guaranteed. The adults-only Waitui Beach Club at Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa boasts its own pool, swim up pool bar, poolside cabanas and restaurant, while Kokomo Island fronts the world’s fourth largest barrier reef and the diving is sublime. For chillaxers, how about a private beach picnic? Or dinner beneath a waterfall? It’s all feasible, just ask us how. 

Vitamin D, beachside massages and local fave - 'Bu' (green coconut juice) will all make you feel divine, but for extra TLC, many resorts also focus on wellbeing. Koro Sun Resort Fiji’s Rainforest Spa, situated in Fiji's North, is nestled in virgin rainforest. We also love the exhilarating steam and ice room at InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa. For those after a detox, Six Senses Fiji is the country's newest resort, with its contemporary health program combining wellness screenings with personalised treatment plans and nutritional advice. There’s also their hillside Yoga Pavillion, complete with flying yoga hammocks. 

Getting off-the-beaten track could involve getting off the ground altogether – and onto a Captain Cook Cruises Fiji discovery cruse. Explore Fiji’s lesser-visited islands such as Taveuni: a green droplet of land rich in tropical rainforest and exotic birdlife hooked on its verdant allure, as well as Vanua Levu, for its tropical landscape and forest villages. The Lau and Kadavu Islands are rarely seen by tourists, but with stunning coral gardens, it’s their underwater habitats which really astound.   

An hour’s drive from Suva, Pacific Harbour is known as “Adventure Capital”. It’s here you can Jetski and kayak, or bump along in a self-drive buggy. For extremists, there’s white-water rafting and zip lines swooping over Fijian jungle. At nearby Beqa Island, shark dives delve into Fiji’s watery underworld, home to Fiji’s tiger sharks. An hour north and you’ll find Navua River sandwiched between Fiji’s lush Namosi Highlands. Meander down the rapids as part of a river tubing expedition. 

There’s a Fiji holiday to suit every budget. To save maximum dollar, look out for resort deals where kids can stay, play and eat for free, usually up to the age of 11. All-inclusive holidays such as The Naviti Resort (and a firm Kiwi favourite)  are advantageous because you pay for everything in advance. Package deals often include accommodation, meals, unlimited drinks, nightly entertainment and various water activities.


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