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1. Posted by fotza (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


in january i am going to embark on my first rtw trip. i have no time limit of when i need to get back but roughly i am thinkin of spending somehwere between 8 to 10 months away. im just wondering if anyone can give me some ponters on the best amount of time to stay in each place. my itinary is London - LA (basically a quick stop over) - Hawaii - Fiji - NZ - OZ - Asia

the part im not too sure on as of yet is how long to spend in Hawaii and Fiji..... i want to fit in all the good backpacker routes etc and maybe spend a few days being lazy on the beach, so what would be a good amount of time to spend in each of these places coz i have heard different things from different resources.

Also, what is a good amount of time to spend travelling from Aukland to Christchurch in NZ and Sydney to Cairns in OZ? obviously we all have different interests and ideas on whaere to explore and for how long but any approximate pointers you guys could give me would be much appreciated,



2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5235 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'd take at least two months for New Zealand, and ideally four, assuming you're at all interested in seeing beautiful nature and doing some hiking. I spent ten months there and thought it was far too short a time. I've also done two-week rush-trips from Auckland to Christchurch though, and still seen a decent amount, so that is possible.

If you'd stick to just the East Coast of Australia, two months might be a decent time for that as well. I did Cairns to Sydney in three weeks, hopping from place to place by plane, but that's really not a good idea. (Had to do it as the time on my visa was running out.) :)
Taking in the rest of the country you'd quickly reach the point where you'd be needing at least six months. (But personally, if I could choose, and despite loving Australia quite a bit, I'd rather spend six months in New Zealand and two in Australia.)

If you have the money to spare, I can also recommend making the stopover in LA a bit longer, renting a car, and driving up to north California. The Pacific Coast Highway, San Francisco, Yosemite, the redwoods, Avenue of the Giants... you could get a pretty decent overview in that in about two weeks time, and it's absolutely worth the time.

Can't comment on Asia I'm afraid.

3. Posted by fotza (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

thanks for the advice Sander, anymore from anyone would be sweet too! cheers

4. Posted by ukguy23 (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hey fotza, im in the same boat as you really, i leave sooner tho, in mid oct this year, im goina few places u are.
its something ive been thinking a lot about too, how long to spend in each place, im goin to fiji for about 2/3 weeks.
one of my close mates has just been to nz and oz and he reckons 5/6 weeks in nz is enough to see a lot and he says its an amazing place.
im goin to oz for 4 months (workin there as well), then goin to asia for 3/4 months

hope this helps

5. Posted by hannah24 (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

My advice is you want to give yourself enough time in each place, but not too much time. I spent 5 weeks from Sydney to Cairns which seemed about right. I think 4-5 weeks is a good amount of time for that route.

A week in Fiji is good, and I would say 10 days at a max. I spent 7 days there and visited 3 islands which was great. I met some people who were there for two weeks and they felt it was a bit long. Some people burn out on the island scene faster than others.

Hawaii- I spent 5 weeks in Hawaii. I would say one week on each island is perfect, but it would be fine and possible to do Hawaii in 3 weeks.

Thailand- you are permitted to stay 30 days on a regular tourist Visa. A full month is good in Thailand and there is so much to see and do that you won't get bored.

Since you are going the quite tropical route I would recommend less time in each place so you don't get island fever or completely fried on the ocean scene. Before you travel you wonder how that could be possible, but believe me- it is! Have tons of fun out there! Feel free to contact me about specific places.