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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 3 hour flight away.
Whether you’re planning your first holiday to Fiji or your tenth, Fiji warms the heart and feeds the soul with a diversity of
experiences catering for tastes and ages. From picnicking on a deserted white sandy beach with a loved one, immersing yourself in the Fijian culture, food and snorkelling the crystal lagoons, to riding the rapids of Navua River on Viti Levu, there is no doubt you’ll find your place of happiness.
It’s really Cloud 9 here on earth – and at your fingertips. Here’s every reason and handy tips as to why Fiji is your perfect holiday
If you’re considering Fiji as your next destination, you’re obviously searching for a holiday experience only a short travelling distance from New Zealand; 3 hour flight from Auckland and a 4 hour flight from Christchurch that offers sun, sea, soft adventure and relaxation.
Just 20 minutes from Nadi Airport, Denarau is home to a range of world-class resorts offering hotel rooms, suites and luxury villas, all with facilities like lagoon style pools, fine dining restaurants and spas.
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This morning you went horse riding on an almost-deserted beach, and this afternoon you watched tiny tropical fish. Spend the next day at the world-class Natadola Golf Course or sand-surfing at the Sigatoka Sand Dunes.
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Here you’ll find various locations that we know you’ll love including stunning Suncoast, Pacific Harbour also knows as Fiji’s Adventure capital and Vuda, Fiji’s yachting hub.
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There are coral gardens to be explored, turtles to feed, a wide variety of watersports including parasailing and windsurfing as well as dolphin watching, famous dives and some of the best surf breaks in the world.
We like to describe it as going back a couple of decades, Bula time. They have some of the most beautiful beaches on earth – fabulous stretches of white sand, facing dazzling turquoise and blue lagoons.
Fiji’s Northern area has so much on offer and is renowned for incredible diving & snorkelling. Take a hike through the untouched rainforest of The Wasali Nature Reserve and enjoy the views of Savusavu.
Fiji has diverse landscapes, pristine beaches and aquatic playgrounds aligned with beautiful resorts and accommodation throughout the nation. There’s no doubt we can tailor your tropical getaway to suit your needs and wants. From ultimate luxury escapes, bucket list holidays, adventure packages, adult retreats, family getaways and more, we can create experience holidays just for you.
Think about what you
most want from your time away; couples escape, family time, relax and rejuvenate, time away with friends or extended family, or maybe you are looking to celebrate a special occasion with a loved one. Small ship cruising is another way to experience the idyllic Mamanuca and Yasawa islands where every day on your itinerary is different.
Consider adding on activities or experiences. Instead of taking a boat to your island accommodation, arrive in style with a helicopter or seaplane transfer. Or if you’re staying on the mainland, add on a full day tour out to the islands. Our sightseeing and experience holidays pages highlight a selection of the best Fiji has to offer.
The Fijian Islands are the perfect destination for a great family holiday – beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, warm tropical weather and with Fiji only a 3 hour flight away, it’s an easy choice for parents to make. Shangri-
La’s Fijian Resort & Spa is located on the 109 acre private island of Yanuca linked by a causeway to the mainland and just a 45 minute drive from Nadi Airport. It comfortably caters to families of all sizes with a range of 442 rooms offering ocean or lagoon views. On land and sea, the resort presents a virtually endless array of fulfilling activities, check out the inflatable waterpark, this is an absolute hit with both adults and kids alike! And don’t forget the Little Chiefs Kids Club where activity coordinators can keep the kids entertained while you relax and unwind poolside. The goal at Shangri-
La’s Fijian Resort & Spa is to ensure a relaxing holiday for the entire family.
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Round up the lads and head away to Volivoli Beach Resort on Fiji’s Suncoast for some serious fishing. Tucked away on the northernmost tip of the island of Viti Levu, this relaxed beach resort is right in the thick of teaming marine life. Any time of year offers perfect fishing conditions. Relax with a cold beer while you explore the outer reefs in search of Giant Trevally, Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, Spanish Mackerel, Barracuda, Marlin and more. The crew onboard the fully licensed 35ft Cobra Centre Console bring experience, fun and passion into every charter trip. The boat is set up for both stand-up game fishing and sports fishing with a huge casting platform at the bow. Do your best to out-fish your mates with some friendly competition while trying to land the ‘Big One’ and when you return ashore with your catch the chefs will happily cook it up
for your dinner.
This package is the ideal option for couples who want to each have a different experience while on holiday. For him, there is the option of diving (both certified and non-certified), while for her there is the option to indulge in a bit of pampering. Fiji’s northern islands are just an hour’s flight from Nadi or Suva and are renowned for being rich in marine life.
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort has access to some of the best dive sites in the world with a huge variety of fish and coral. The resort spa, is an oasis where you can relax the body, mind and soul. Find yourself sinking into blissful oblivion with a Bobo massage. This traditional Fijian massage will have you feeling revived and revitalised in no time.
Savasi Island is a small piece of exquisite paradise located just 10 minutes from Savusavu airport on Vanua Levu. This secluded tropical oasis oozes a feeling of serenity and only accommodates up to 42 guests at any one time, so your privacy is assured. There is so much on offer. Discover the abundance of marine life amongst the Namena Marine Reserve or for something different try a moonlight snorkel when the reef comes alive! Learn to make some Fijian specialty dishes with the
experienced chefs at one of the cooking classes, take a river kayak to the remote Salt Lake, enjoy a refreshing dip in the Vuodomo Waterfall or take a hike through thick Fijian jungle and soak up the panoramic views. Whatever you decide to do Savasi Island is the perfect getaway for a blissful vacation, wedding or honeymoon.
Combine your passion for golf with the luxury of the award-winning InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa. Located in one of the most beautiful settings along picturesque Natadola Bay on Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu. Experience one of Fiji’s best beaches and play the newly renovated (and designed by famous golfer Vijay Singh) Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course. This beautifully presented world-class golf course is amongst the most stunning scenery with a backdrop of coral reefs and Pacific Ocean for golf lovers to enjoy. Measuring 6566 metres from the championship tees, the par 72 championship standard golf course boasts up to five tee positions on each hole, providing an enjoyable challenge to players of all skill levels. It’s a good idea to get in early for a round in the morning to beat the heat of the afternoon.
The multi-gen holiday, consists of at least three generations and is fast becoming a popular holiday choice for many. With busy schedules getting in the way of family time, it’s a good opportunity to reconnect and create memories the whole clan can enjoy. Deciding on the resort is important as one of the biggest challenges is finding activities that suit everyone, young and old as well as accommodation that’s comfortable and spacious. A stay at Radisson Blu Resort on Fiji’s Denarau Island is a great choice. It offers Two Bedroom Suites and while adults can partake in a rejuvenating massage, a round of golf or a spot of shopping at Denarau marina, the little ones can enjoy activities at the Kids Club or making a splash in one of the four pools. Day trips to the outer islands are also a great family day out and available from the marina.
Blue Lagoon Beach Resort is located in the tranquil lagoon of Nacula Bay in the northern Yasawa Islands where you’ll find stunning white sand beaches crystal blue waters, and nearby, the famous limestone Sawa-I-Lau Caves – where Brooke Shields starred in the movie Blue Lagoon. The caves are accessible only by boat and are hidden within a little island. Your friendly Fijian guides will explain the history of the area and the spiritual stories of the caves, before you jump in and explore. There are two chambers, the first of which is bigger and brighter as the light filters through a hole in the ceiling. You will need to know how to swim as the water is deep. Those up for more excitement can choose to enter a secondary cave, which you access via an underwater tunnel. This is definitely a must-do activity while in the Yasawa’s. Image credit: Tourism Fiji
For many years, Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort has led the way in developing community tourism in Fiji, with programs that have benefitted local people while broadening the holiday experience of its guests. It has proven to be enormously successful, being embraced by guests as a way of making a contribution to local communities while deepening
their understanding of the Fijian way of life. Holidaymakers who might never have contemplated wielding a paintbrush or a shovel in the course of their idyllic Fiji vacation have seized the opportunity to gift their time and pitch in to help make a difference to the quality of life of the local people in projects organised by the resort. A variety have been successfully completed and more are planned, further strengthening the strong bonds that exist between Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort and the community which hosts its guests.
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Total per family (2 adults & 2 kids 2-11yrs)Flights are additional
Tee off in Fiji
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per person share twinFlights are additional
Ultimate Luxury - Savasi Island, Savusavu
5 nights & transfers from
per adult share twinFlights are additional
Couples Dive and Rejuvenation
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per adult share twinFlights are additional
Take the hassle out of getting to your hotel and let Rosie Holidays do that for you. Rosie’s operate transfers to all hotels throughout Fiji. They provide a 24 hour meet and greet service and welcome lounge at the airport and a wide range of transfer services from shared seat coaches to deluxe private car transfers to suit your needs. The Rosie’s staff will make that extra effort to ensure that every visitor enjoys the very best in service and hospitality right from the start with a warm Bula welcome on your arrival.
Sit back and relax in air-conditioned comfort on a South Sea Cruises catamaran while enjoying the views and onboard commentary as you cruise to your island resort. Transfers depart from Denarau Marina. Since most island resorts have check-in time around 2pm, we recommend you have a leisurely start to the day and catch the mid afternoon departure – after all, you’re on holiday! Transfers to: Treasure, Mana, Castaway, Malolo, Tropica, Likuliku, Matamanoa, Tokoriki, Vomo Island and Sheraton Resort & Spa – Tokoriki Island.
With four set boat departures daily along with a connecting 20 minute coach transfer to/from Nadi Airport, the Malolo Cat service offers quick and easy access to many international flights. The 50 minute Malolo Cat boat transfer from Denarau Marina is a comfortable and fun way to relax into your holiday and begin your island experience. Transfers to: Plantation Island Resort, Lomani Island Resort and Musket Cove Island Resort.
Mamanuca Express is a 24 hour water taxi service offering boat transfers from Denarau Marina to all of the island resorts in the Mamanuca Islands. Avoid the queues of the traditional ferry schedules and ride in style and comfort on your personal cruise direct to your island resort. No need to book additional Nadi hotel accommodation because of a late flight arrival
or early flight departure when taking this safe and reliable service – unpack once and enjoy your holiday!
SeaFiji provide a 24 hour fast boat service from Denarau Marina to all resorts in the Mamanuca and Yasawa islands. This allows you to connect to your island resort without having to overnight in Nadi. Whether you are arriving on a late flight or departing on an early one, SeaFiji has you covered. Transfer times are fast and convenient and range from ½ hour to 1 hour depending on the island resort you’re staying at and on sea and weather conditions. Private charters are also available.
With transfer times ranging from 10–20 minutes one way, Pacific Island Air will maximize the amount of time you can stay at your island resort without any unnecessary delay. Experience the thrill of flying in one of their fast helicopters over the shimmering waters of the inner reef as you’re taken to your resort in comfort and breath-taking style. This is your shortcut to paradise. In addition to resort transfers they also offer scenic flights, charters and adventure packages. Transfers to: Most Mamanuca Island resorts.
Enjoy a sightseeing experience whilst getting to your island resort in minimum time. These amphibious aircraft allow you the convenience of transferring from an arriving domestic or international flight at Nadi Airport, to landing in the lagoon and stepping out right onto the pristine beach in front of your resort. Most trips to the islands in the Mamanuca group are between 10-20 minutes. Yasawa Islands are between 20-30 minutes. In addition to resort transfers they also offer scenic flights. Transfers to: Most Mamanuca and Yasawa Island resorts.
Driving in Fiji is easy and lots of fun! You’ll get to experience the “real” Fiji as you pass through local villages, small towns and sugar cane fields. Avis provides competitive rates on a wide range of vehicles. Pick up and drop
off fees may apply at some locations. With a car at your disposal you will be able to enjoy the ton of activities that Fiji has to offer at your own pace, so get out and enjoy!
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By its very definition, a Fijian holiday is luxurious. 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 Resort Fiji. If island hopping appeals but your sea legs aren’t quite as robust as you’d like, opt for seaplane or helicopter transfers. Exotic resorts such as Vomo Island Fiji and Six Senses Fiji are just 15 minutes from Nadi Airport via helicopter, what an incredible way to add a truly special experience to your luxury adventure. Go all-out, or totally low-key, you can relax by the infinity pool, zen-out in beachfront spas, or zip off to deserted islands on chartered yachts. Whatever your preference, Fiji is guaranteed indulgence.
Resorts are rich in cultural insight, with many hotels organising traditional performances
and village market visits. Elsewhere you’ll find classic ‘bures’ 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 feast and banana tree planting.
Everyone knows that the islands of Fiji are perfect for a great family holiday, whether it be with your children or including the grandparents and in-laws. The Fijian people have such a natural love of kids, from the moment they arrive they’ll feel welcomed and relaxed and will return home with fond memories. The Coral Coast and Mamanuca Islands offer a diverse selection of resorts ideal for families with array of facilities and activities suited to all.
The sun’s vitamin D, beachside massages and a local fave - 'Bu'
(green coconut juice) will all make you feel divine, but for a little extra indulgence, some of Fiji’s resorts max-out on wellness. Koro Sun Resort Fiji’s Rainforest Spa, situated in Fiji's North, is the full shebang - nestled in virgin rainforest and beside its very own waterfall. We also love the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa, especially the hydro-therapy pool and on-site steam and ice room. For those after a detox, Six Senses’ personalised wellness program starts with a wellness screening, followed by a unique-to-you treatment and nutritional advice. There’s also the hillside Yoga Pavillion, with flying yoga hammocks, a really fun way to get fit.
Dishing out enough golden shoreline to rival the rest of Fiji, Pacific Harbour might be known as the “Adventure Capital”, but it’s also home to ample relaxing resorts. Just under an hour’s drive from Suva, it’s the perfect combination of relaxation mixed with jet skiing, kayaking and white-water rafting. Zip lines will swoop you over Fijian jungle and shark dives will submerge you into a watery underworld. Pacific Harbour is equal parts adrenaline and glorious downtime.
There’s a Fiji holiday to suit every budget. To save maximum dollars, look out for resort deals where kids can stay, play and eat free, usually up to the age of 11 or our best value holiday packages jam packed with extra bonuses and inclusions. All-inclusive holidays such as at The Naviti Resort (a Kiwi favourite) are great because you pay for everything in advance. Package deals often include accommodation, meals, unlimited drinks, resort tours, nightly entertainment and water activities.
Republic of Fiji
Current Time in Fiji
New Zealand is 1 hour ahead of Fiji
Fijian Dollar (FJD)
Current is 240V, 50HZ. Plug is a 3 point rectangle-pin adaptor
English, Fijian and Hindi
ANZ & Westpac are located in Suva and Nadi
Hospitals are located in Nadi, Lautoka & Suva
If you're travelling on a NZ Passport, a Visa is not required, however if you intend on staying longer than 4 months a visa will be required
3 hour flight from Auckland and a 4 hour flight from Christchurch
From June to September are the cooler months but are also high season. The July and September Australia and New Zealand school holidays are busy periods and we recommend that you book at least 6-8 months advance to avoid disappointment.
Air New Zealand, Qantas, Fijii Airways and Virgin Australia
Are you thinking of planning a family holiday to Fiji? Check out our Fiji Holiday Guide for families for everything you need to know before you go.
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