An Ultimate Adventure in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji

A backpacking adventure “down under”

travelling across the incredible South Pacific

This gap year and backpacking adventure combining not just your favourite travel destinations of Australia and New Zealand but also an amazing 10-day self-guided adventure through out the Island of Fiji. Travel the sun and surf of the East Coast of Australia with like-minded U.Travellers before exploring New Zealand and it’s enormous landscapes and min-blowing scenery.

Start Your journey with a day trip to the stunning Blue Mountains from Sydney. Your tour with your U. group goes from Sydney to Cairns, sailing in the Whitsunday Islands, exploring the worlds most dangerous island on Fraser Island, learn to surf, and venture into the rainforests of the Tropical Far North. After 22-days of amazing adventures you will catch a flight from Cairns to Auckland, New Zealand.

Meet your New Zealand U. group – many of which you have travelled in Australia with. Head south into the land of huge mountains, desolate beaches, lush green rolling hills and a people that have a wonderful relaxed attitude to life. Enjoy everything that New Zealand holds over one of our favourite 24-day adventure tours.

Ending your New Zealand trip back in the starting point of Auckland your next hop is a flight to Suva, the capital of the island paradise, Fiji. Over the next 10-days you self-discover the white-sand beaches, multi-coloured coral, and friendly Fijians. Hang in a hammock, sunset cruises, paddle-boarding, snorkelling coral reefs, and happy hour cocktails – life does not get any better than this.

Your U. Australia, Fiji and New Zealand package includes a huge amount of included activities, day-trips and unique experiences.  Free nights accommodation is included – bringing your total savings to over €1,000. Flights between Australia and New Zealand and Fiji are not included in the price but your U. Travel Guru will book these at our exclusive U. prices.

If you can’t find a date that suits talk to your U.Travel Guru as order of each destinations can always be altered to match your dates.

At a glance

From: £6,595

Blue Mountains, city hum drum to Surf

Your trip starts in Sydney, Australia.  where you have an exciting day out at the Blue Mountains. We kick off your adventure with an epic day-trip into the UNESCO World Heritage area of the Blue Mountains, where you’ll hike up to the Three Sisters and take a ride on the world’s steepest train – plus you get your first meeting of the cuddly Koala’s. You group joins you in Sydney for the beginning of a once in a lifetime adventure. We get to know each other with a cruise and BBQ  on Sydney harbour on your first evening.

The insane adventure starts for real by heading up the east coast of Australia and a surf camp at Spot X where a great team of local surf instructors will introduce you to one of Australia’s national sports: Surfing! You’ll be able to learn how to surf like a pro – or sunbathe even better on our magnificent 2 days!

  • Hike the cliff top walk from Bronte to Bondi beaches
  • Explore Sydney’s inner city, the Rocks, Darling Harbour or climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Get the obligatory Insta photo of the Sydney Opera House
  • Learn to ride the waves at the surf camp Spot X
Sun, surf and beach parties Aussie style

Heading north from Spot X we overnight in the ultra-hip, ‘slightly hippy Byron Bay full of everything from wicked vegan cafes to Michelin start restaurants before crossing from New South Wales to southern Queensland and a plethora of amazing experiences such 4WD driving on Rainbow Beach, sea kayaking with dolphins in Tin Can bay, shipwrecks, sharks & dingos on Fraser Island (the world’s largest sand island), we party hearty outdoors and inside at any number of bars, pubs & nightclubs in the Gold Coast, surf at Surfers Paradise, sun bake on sun-kissed white sand beaches on the Sunshine Coast, and explore Australia’s most liveable city, Brisbane.

  • Explore Byron Bay and see Australia’s most eastern lighthouse
  • Explore Surfers Paradise by Go Boat
  • Overnight on Fraser Island, the world’s most dangerous island, or so they say
  • Rainbow coloured sand on, you guessed it, Rainbow Beach
  • Stunning inner-city sunsets in Brisbane
Whitsundays sailing, Sunburnt faces, and turquoise water

From Airlie Beach we head out on our own yacht to sail in the incredible Whitsunday Islands – you will discover what a secluded paradise really looks like. Squeaky white sand oozes between your toes only to be washed off with a snorkel trip amongst colourful coral and passing sea turtles. Dolphins kiss the back of the moving boat and migrating whales make their presence known with a breach or water spout. BBQs on the beach, great Aussie wines, fresh seafood platters, and kangaroo steaks.

If this all sounds a bit boring then how about a skydive from 10,000 feet high above Mission Beach, sleeping in a swag in the outback or white water rafting down the famous Tully River.

The Tropical Far North

There is a reason why the east coast of Australia is one of the most visited backpacking and gap-year travel destinations in the world. Sun, surf, and loads of adrenalin experiences. Your three week adventure finishes in the tropical northern port of Cairns gateway to the world’s largest reef – The Great Barrier Reef home to over 1500 species of fish! Cairns is a really culturally diverse city with tropical rainforests all around creeping into the open ocean. We drive north to Cape Tribulation through the thick canopy of the Daintree rainforest on a unique day safari, and spend two days onboard our private charter boat exploring the underwater world of the the Great Barrier Reef.  An optional day trip the Atherton Tablelands takes us inland and well off the beaten track for a unique perspective of Australian country life.

  • Option to learn to dive and become a certified scuba diver
  • Learn how the Aboriginal people lived off the land in the tropical far north
  • Bungy jump, skydive, white water raft or take the Kuranda train for an amazing trip in to the rainforests

We could say some cliché here about all good things coming to an end but in fact you are only a third into your crazy adventure and from Cairns we jump on a plane to “cross the ditch” as they say down under and head to Auckland, New Zealand.

Auckland here we come

It’s a five hour flight from Cairns to Auckland which is a little longer than just a hop across the ditch.

Like Bilbo headed off from Hobbiton on his big adventure your New Zealand journey sets out with an overnight trip to experience the winterless north and the Bay of Islands. Relax on the beach or check out where modern New Zealand started with the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, visit the picturesque town of Russell (which was known as the hell of the South Pacific during colonial explorer days), sea kayak into a playground of 140 island or jump on an exciting fast-boat to head out to the Hole in the Rock in the mouth of the Bay and hopefully see a few dolphins on the way.

Back in Auckland you join the rest of your group for an evening sunset cruise on the Auckland harbour, a few dock-side sundowners, and hopefully (but unlikely) an early night as tomorrow we are turning up the volume in the land of adrenalin activities, huge mountains, incredible scenery and hobbits (to be fair your more likely to see a few Orcs than Hobbits but who knows).

Volcanoes to the Sea

After an extra-ordinary day trip climbing the dormant volcano of Rangitoto Island and exploring the lava fields and crossing Auckland harbour we head south through the old gold mining town of Thames and onto the Coromandel Peninsula for hot pools on the beach and a spectacular ocean sunrise. With just enough time for a pint of mead (beer) in the actual Green Dragon pub from the Lord of the Rings to fortify us, before an assault on the nasal passages in Rotorua. geothermal steam rises from cracks in the road, bubbling pools of hot mud can be seen around the city, and the smell of sulphur pierces the air like your mums curried eggs.

Rotorua is rich in Maori heritage and we visit a traditional village and then spend a night with a Maori family on the shores of lake Aniwhenua. Learn about the different hakas, how to cook a hangi and traditional poi dances.

  • Explore the viaduct and harbour of New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland
  • Ascend the volcanic Rangitoto island that dominates the Hauraki Gulf
  • Dig your own hot pool on Hot Water beach and worship the sunrise at Cathedral Cove
  • Mud pools, geysers and thermal massages define your Rotorua experience
  • Share the history and traditions of local Maori at Lake Aniwhenua.
Crossing Tongariro and crossing the Cook Strait

We are heading south in the direction of Wellington and then Cook Strait where we take a ferry through the picturesque Marlborough Sounds to hit the South Island. Before that however there a little matter of three rather large volcanoes in our way as we hike the most incredible Tongariro Alpine Crossing – traversing the three active volcanoes of Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe past emerald volcanic pools and over high alpine terrain with unbelievable views all the way to the ocean. Regarded as one of the best one day walks in the world for many this is the highlight of their trip to New Zealand.

Before crossing to the south island from New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, we spend a few days at a high country farm who are leading the way in sustainable farming and conservation. Their program to protect the Blue Duck is amazing. You can explore the farm by 4WD or horse back or jet boat and kayak the local Whanganui River.

  • Get wet at the raging Huka Falls
  • Siddle down the huge volcanic caldera of Lake Taupo (some have attributed its eruption to the demise of the dinosaurs)
  • Grab a craft beer, fine local wine, home made kombucha or artisan coffee in the hipster Cuba Street area of Wellington
  • Visit Te Papa national museum
Adventure Time - the Wild West Coast to Queenstown

We start our south island journey in the Abel Tasman national Park with a hike along the coastal track dotted with secluded sandy beaches perfect for a cooling dip in the sea – either grab a water taxi or sea kayak back past the headlands at the end of this amazing day walk.

Our route takes us down the west coast of the South Island where black sand beaches are squeezed between the high mountains of the Southern Alps and the Southern ocean. The ocean pounds the beaches and rock headlands creating massive blowhole and unusual rock formations. Rainforest fill every available space before glaciers and alpine moonscapes take over. The West Coasters (locals) are a unique breed and we share a jug with them at their local pubs. At Franz Josef we hike to the headwall of the glacier and visually see the effect of climate change on causing this massive ice-pack to retreat.

Finally we arrive in the adventure playground of the rich and famous – Queenstown. home to amazing wine, extravagant shopping, heady nightlife, and enough adrenaline activities to blow your mind and budget. Between wine tours, gin tasting, skydiving, bungy jumping, canyon swings, jet boating and mountain biking we manage to fit in a day trip to breath-taking Milford Sound in the Fiordland National Park. Sea lions, penguins and dolphins are plentiful in the deep black water that is disrupted with crash from waterfalls cascading from the black thousand foot cliffs that frame the fjord. Rudyard Kipling described Milford as the eight wonder of the world.

  • Explore split-apple rocks by sea kayak.See the magnificent Franz Josef glacier
  • Show off on social media with a mountain reflection photo like the pros take from Lake Matheson
  • Party and pump the adrenalin in Queenstown
  • Climb Mt Roy for an epic sunrise
  • Bungy jump at the place where it all started
  • We dare you to dive into the glacier fed blue pools at Makarora
  • Catch a helicopter high onto Franz Josef Glacier and explore the moving ice caves
  • How close can you stand to the blowholes at Punakaki
The Mighty Southern Alps and back North

Sadly leaving Queenstown (that is not what the bank manager said) we head north up the centre of the south island and past the three massive glacier lakes of Ohau, Pukaki, and Tekapo. Flanked to the west by the alps if the weather is good amazing insta photos can be taken of snow covered Mount Cook/Aoraki – New Zealand highest mountain. Aoraki in the Maori language means sky piercer. The night sky around Lake Tekapo is a UNESCO World Heritage site and we take a night tour to learn about the Milky Way, southern cross and big dipper. UNESCO protected? The sky? Yes, no one is allowed to do any development that could create light pollution – the darkness is protected, being light up only by the trillions of stars.

As we head north we explore the city of Christchurch that has undergone a complete rebuild after it was almost flattened by an earthquake in 2011. Today is a unique of what modern cities of the future might develop into. In Kaikoura (literally in Maori meaning food of the sea) the is the opportunity to swim with dolphins or seals or take a whale watching trip year round. A deep warm current runs along the ocean floor into Kaikoura providing endless supplies of food for Blue whales, big packhorse crayfish, orca and seals.

Finally after crossing back to the north island in Wellington again we make our way back toward Auckland stopping at the hippy cool surf town of Raglan. If you have not learned to surf or after Australia are addicted to surfing this is one of the best places in New Zealand boasts the longest left hand surf break in the world. Keep your eyes open for any number of international musicians or actors who have hidden holiday homes here.

  • Hike the Hooker Valley to Mulleur Glacier in Mount Cook national park
  • Get up close to our solar system at the Mount John Observatory
  • Choose any bar any night in the funky Christchurch central city
  • Try the freshest seafood anywhere in the world in Kaikoura
  • Grab a standup paddle board and explore Raglan harbour

And then all of a sudden three weeks in new Zealand is done. Oh my god it happened so fast! I can’t remember was I supposed to look up at the mountains or down at the coast, did we have one shot in Queenstown or was that one hundred, how stunningly beautiful was Milford Sound, and how lovely are the Maori people of New Zealand. And just like that it is time to board a flight north to Fiji.

Mamanuca Islands

We start our South Pacific adventure landing in Nadi. Refreshingly this is one place in the world that wi-fi is not everywhere so we give you a 1.5 Gb sim card for your time – just so you can keep those Insta photos heading back to the family. But truly, there is no need to be online, we are in tropical paradise.

The first half of your adventure starts in the Mamanuca Islands where you explore the mainland of Viti Levu and then the famous Beachcomber Island. We will stay a few nights on the mainland at Smugglers Cove before you transfer by ferry from Port Denerau to Beachcomber.

One option is to grab a cocktail, a book and a hammock and just switch off from the world. OR you can go zip lining across the tropical rainforest treetops, try a mud bath at the thermal springs with the locals, visit the enchanting “garden of the sleeping giant”, taste Kava in a traditional ceremony, learn how to make a traditional Lovo dinner and how to weave baskets, party on the beach, snorkel amongst the coloured corals, swim with the sharks and even visit some movie locations from the film Cast Away with Tom Hanks. Just saying – wasn’t this supposed to be a sleepy island time part of the trip.

Yasawa Islands

In your second week we head in to the Yasawa chain of islands and either Barefoot Manta or Kuata Islands depending on the time of the year. To most this is quintessential Fiji  – lush tropical islands fringed by golden palm tree lined beaches, fine white sand and colourful soft coral reefs.

If groundhog day was filmed in paradise thankfully this would be it. Island Life means late starts and sunset beach parties, snorkelling, diving and swimming. There is endless sea kayaking and stand up paddle boarding around the lagoons, coastal caves to explore, and either a sunrise or sunset hike to the summit of Waya Lailai is an absolute must regardless of how loud that deck chair is calling. Take a guided snorkelling trip to the outer reef to see spectacular underwater life, a trip to swim with reef sharks, or get an introductory course to scuba diving in the pool.

And then just like that we have a cocktail in our hand again and are getting a massage from a trained local masseuse.

But seriously, you have made it this far – an incredible journey across three of the coolest destinations in the world, three completely different countries, completely different people, completely different pace of life, your memories are not going anywhere fast, your friends list is exploding (did we really agree to meet on a U.Trip in Costa Rica next year?!?!?), and your heart craves more travel. We loved travelling with you!

Always included:

  • Covered by the Travel Guarantee Fund in Denmark
  • 100% climate-neutral travel
  • Professional travel experts and local guides
  • We do all the planning for you
  • Personalized meetings before departure
  • 24/7 emergency telephone
  • Your own personal travel profile with program, add-ons, flight tickets etc.
  • Packing list and advice
  • Certification of participation
  • Advice and assistance with booking flights
  • Possibility of purchasing cancellation and travel insurance
  • All entrances and fees for experiences
  • All tour accommodation



  • Night train
  • Surfboard
  • Minibus
  • Bikes
  • Ferry
  • Maybe even helicopters and horses!


Experiences in Australia:

  • Australia 22-day East Coast Trip
  • Surf, sea kayak, snorkel, swim, sunbathe, sail, sleep, skull (Aussie word for drinking a beer in one go) your way up the east coast of Australia and some of the world’s best white sand beaches
  • Sleep on the world’s most dangerous island, your own sailing boat, on a boat at the Great Barrier Reef and loads of unique high quality hostels
  • Get off the beaten track in the remote tropical north of the Daintree and Cape Tribulation


Experiences in New Zealand: 

  • New Zealand 24-day U.Trip
  • Climb volcanoes, swim in thermal hot pools, smell boiling mud, get black sand in places you didn’t know you had and scale glaciers through the incredible scenery of New Zealand
  • Hang with the locals and learn about the amazing Maori culture
  • Relax on the thermally warmed white sand beaches of Hahei and picturesque Cathedral Cove
  • Visit the movie set of Hobbiton, the famous shire in TLOTR trilogy.
  • Culturally immerse yourself in traditional Maori culture in the geothermal city of Rotorua
  • Live like a local on the shores of Lake Aniwhenua
  • Sea kayak, mountain bike, grab a helicopter, and hike to some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere in the world from National Parks to high altitude alps from sunrises to sunsets.
  • Learn to surf, jump off bridges, fall out of planes, leap off cliffs (or just miss them in jet boats) in an adrenalin fuelled 3 weeks in New Zealand


Experiences in Fiji: 

  • 10 day Fijis Island hopping
  • Totally download in a hammock, read a good book, drink too many cocktails, fall asleep and get sunburnt on Fiji Island time
  • Say “Bula” to the worlds friendliest locals at a traditional Kava ceremony, bathing in mud baths and making Lovo
  • Snorkel amongst incredibly colourful coral teaming with a multitude of fish and even passing sharks
  • Sea kayak, stand-up paddle board, and kite surf inside reef protected waters

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Your expected footprint: 2.20 tons of CO2

(not including flights). Find out more about our commitment to net-zero travel and how you can lower your footprint.

Accommodation: 945kgs Approx. 50 nights at 14kgs and 9 nights at 37kgs per night Transport: 904kgs Approx. 4050km at 21 kgs and 318kgs at 25kgs per 100km Optional activities: 90kgs Approx. average (6 activities) Food & drinks: 42kgs Approx. 700g per day Boats: 13kgs Approx. 686km at 19g per km

Your local investment: AUD$5,190 – NZD$7,200 – FJD$2,200

The average expected amount our U.Traveller’s spend that goes directly into the local economy.

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