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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




OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO EXPLORE IN FIJI


 

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.

Denarau Island Hilton Fiji
Denarau Island

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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Coral Coast Fiji Marriott
Coral Coast

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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Viti Levu Volivoli Beach Resort
Viti Levu Surrounds

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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Fiji Islands Malolo Beach Resort
Fiji Islands

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.

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Yasawa Islands Blue Lagoon Resort
Yasawa Islands

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.

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Fiji North Matangi Private Island
Fiji North

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.

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OUR FAVOURITE WAYS TO EXPERIENCE FIJI




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.

Waitui Beach Club Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa

Waitui Beach Club, Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa

Take a moment to appreciate famous Fijian sunsets with a glass of champagne and escape into a world of total bliss at Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa’s Waitui Beach Club - the exclusive adults only retreat with its own pool, swim up pool bar, poolside cabanas and restaurant. Spend your days lazing by the poolside, enjoying cocktails and the many nutritional Fijian culinary delights on offer. For the more energetic, stretching and fitness classes run regularly or you can keep your fitness routine in tack with assistance from the personal trainers on-site or just working out on your own in the state of the art gym or in the 25 metre lap pool. The benefits do not end when the sun goes down. In the evenings, relax with complimentary drinks and canapes at sunset and enjoy the entertainment on offer, providing the perfect atmosphere for you to unwind and reflect on your day in paradise.

Tiger Shark Dive at Beqa Lagoon Resort

Tiger Shark Dive Experience with Beqa Lagoon Resort

The Tiger Shark is one of the biggest predators of the tropical seas and there are only a few places in the world where you can dive with them. The professional dive masters team at Beqa Lagoon Resort Fiji Islands, will take you on a journey to get up close and personal. The Cathedral dive site is home to multiple shark species in the clear blue waters of Beqa lagoon and only 15 minutes by boat from the resort. This is a bucket list opportunity.

Located on Beqa Island, a 30 minute boat ride from Pacific Harbour on the southern coast of Viti Levu. Beqa Lagoon Resort boasts only 25 bures nestled within the lush tropical gardens, offering delicious Fijian and international cuisine and quality resort facilities providing you a tropical getaway.

Shangri-La Fijian Resort and Spa

Shangri-La's Fijian Resort & Spa

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.

Kokomo

Kokomo Private Island Fiji

Kokomo Private Island is Fiji’s most exclusive luxury resort, located in the celestial Kadavu Islands group, only 45 minutes from Nadi via helicopter or seaplane. The private Beachfront Villas, from one to three bedrooms or Luxury Residences, from three to six bedrooms are designed for privacy, comfort and relaxation. Each a private oasis, with infinity pool contained within a walled garden. Kokomo is known for its exquisite cuisine, with island grown and locally sourced, organic produce turned into gastronomic delights. Guests can select from one of three restaurants, in-villa dining, destination dining and private culinary experiences. The island boasts an extensive list of activities and facilities from active experiences to the secluded Yaukuve Spa Sanctuary for those in need of down time. Surrounded by the Great Astrolabe Reef, Kokomo offers some of the best scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing and excursions in the world.

Yasawa Island Resort and Spa

Yasawa Island Resort & Spa

A place where you can switch off and relax with your better half, you won’t beat the private picnics at Yasawa Island Resort. There are few places left in the world where you can enjoy an entire beach to yourself. Yasawa Island Resort & Spa is surrounded by 11 beautifully secluded beaches, with names like Champagne Beach, Lovers Beach and Paradise Beach they are as dreamy as they sound promising idyllic days in paradise. With little more than white sand beneath you, and an azure ocean before you, do as you please with little interruption. Then tuck into a menu of champagne, Fijian delicacies and fresh seafood – the most heavenly way to feed both your stomach and your soul.

Soft Adventure - Ziplining

River Tubing & Zip Lining

For those wanting a little soft adventure, the options are endless in Fiji’s Pacific Coast area, famously referred to as the Adventure Capital of Fiji. River tubing is a perfect day out for the whole family. Enjoy an exhilarating longboat ride up the pristine Navua River through meandering rapids passing cascading waterfalls, tropical rainforest and deep gorges. Visit a Fijian village, cool off with a waterfall swim then float downstream on inner tubes interspersed with gentle rapids. Seeking more of a thrill? Feel the rush of adrenalin pump through your veins as you fly 65 feet in the air above river canyons and the jungle floor on one of Fiji’s original zip-lines. You’ll fly through the sky on one of eight giant zip-lines located in the Wainadoi River Valley and will spend nearly 2 kilometers in the air before landing on the ground at the end of your adventure. Best for those in good physical health, who are up for moderate walking.

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Six Senses Fiji

Six Senses Fiji

Six Senses Fiji is the country’s newest resort, offering a personalised wellness programme. The programme begins with a wellness screening along with in depth discussions around lifestyle concerns and personal goals. Whether your focus is to cleanse or detox the body, improve your quality of sleep, increase energy levels, keep trim and fit or to eliminate stress, the wellness experts will recommend a unique personalised programme to suit which includes daily spa treatments, fitness and wellness activities as well as nutritional advice. The resort uses fresh ingredients from the garden to blend house-made tonics, bitters and probiotics to help keep you feeling your best. Indigenous flora is also prepped in the ‘Alchemy Bar’, where you can take part in hands-on workshops to create personal body scrubs, soaps and oils.

Say “Yes” at Malamala Beach Club Fiji

If you are a romantic at heart, searching for that perfect proposal idea, we have a bespoke package to make yours a truly unique experience. Arrive at Malamala Beach Club Fiji by helicopter like a rock star and surprise that special person with an intimate proposal message placed on the sand. As the world’s first beach club which is located on its very own island, this bijou button of Utopia is just a short flight from Nadi domestic airport. Surrounded by gorgeous crystal - clear waters offering snorkelling right off the beach, a sensational infinity pool and sumptuous cuisine, Malamala Beach Club Fiji is a place to create special memories. The helicopter arrives 45 minutes before the first boat so you will have the island to yourself for a time. Enjoy champagne on arrival, a private cabana with butler service and soak up the romance with your loved one in this dreamy idyllic paradise.




GETTING AROUND FIJI


 

Rosie Holidays Nadi Airport Transfer
Nadi Airport Transfers

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.

South Sea Cruises
South Sea Cruises

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.

Malolo Cat
Malolo Cat

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
Mamanuca Express

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!

 
Sea Fiji
SeaFiji

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.

Pacific Island Air Helicopter
Helicopter

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.

Seaplane
Seaplane

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.

Hire a Car with Avis
Hire a Car

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!



TIPS FOR YOUR FIJI HOLIDAY


  1. LUXURY ESCAPES
  2. 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.

  3. CULTURE ABOUNDS
  4. 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.

  5. FAMILY FUN & SMILES
  6. 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.

  7. PERSONALISED WELLNESS
  8. 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.

  9. FIJI HAS AN ADVENTURE CAPITAL
  10. 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.

  11. MORE FUN, LESS EXPENSE 
  12. 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.



NEED TO KNOW



 
Fiji

COUNTRY NAME


Republic of Fiji

Capital

CAPITAL


Suva

Clock

TIME DIFFERENCE


Current Time in Fiji
New Zealand is 1 hour ahead of Fiji

Currency

CURRENCY


Fijian Dollar (FJD)

Electricity

ELECTRICITY


Current is 240V, 50HZ. Plug is a 3 point rectangle-pin adaptor

Language

LANGUAGE


English, Fijian and Hindi

Banking

BANKING


ANZ & Westpac are located in Suva and Nadi

Meidcal

MEDICAL


Hospitals are located in Nadi, Lautoka & Suva

Visa Information

VISAS


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

Flight times

FLIGHT TIMES


3 hour flight from Auckland and a 4 hour flight from Christchurch

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BEST TIME TO GO


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.

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AIRLINES


Air New Zealand, Qantas, Fijii Airways and Virgin Australia







FIJI FOR FAMILIES


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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