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1. Posted by birdjaguar (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Hey there,

Due to luck, I have two weeks free--and one free plane ticket-- to backpack in the South Pacific in July and cannot decide where to spend them--New Zealand or Fiji? Both are beautiful, and I need some advice from experienced travelers. New Zealand will be cold; can you spend two weeks in a country if you don't ski? Fiji is an option, but is it overrun with cruise ships and obnoxious tourists? It's a trip of a lifetime and a difficult choice! All advice is greatly appreciated!

2. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 9y

"Fiji is an option, but is it overrun with cruise ships and obnoxious tourists? "
No more than New Zealand-do want to be warm or not?

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4896 posts) 9y

Only the South Island of New Zealand is what I'd actually call cold in July - yet oh so very gorgeous, with the southern alps gloriously covered with fresh snow. The South Island is always beautiful, of course, but winter is when it really shines. And meanwhile the tourist hordes are non-existent during this time of year (excepting skiing destinations like Queenstown). It's perfect really, for everything except doing overnight hikes.
North of Auckland meanwhile is downright balmy, with the Bay of Islands being good for just sitting on the beach and enjoying the temperature. Not hot, but definitely pleasant.

I've never been to Fiji, so I can't comment on that side of the question.

4. Posted by mitti (Inactive 22 posts) 9y

Good site if you decide on NZ
Good luck and safe travels

5. Posted by Chris T (Budding Member 16 posts) 9y


Have been to Fiji, and was fantastic here is a few pic's:

Have not been to NZ, so can really comment. Another traveler who we met in Fiji who is now in NZ, prefers NZ as there is more to do..

Best of luck