I'm traveling to Australia next spring to study abroad. I am looking to leave about 2 weeks earlier and travel to New Zealand and the Fiji Islands. I have had a hard time finding a way to plan a flight with stopovers. My University uses a company that would cost a little under $2000 US for round trip airfare to Oz with 2 stopovers. I'm beginning to think this is the best and cheapest route to take but I was wondering if anybody has had luck anywhere else?
I was also wondering if somebody could explain how exactly stopovers work? Do I just plan how long I will be in each destination and get my tickets according to my itinerary? For example, would I just order the plane tickets and tell them I want to stopover in NZ on the way over for a week, then fly to Fiji for 3 days, then fly to Oz finally? OR is there a limit on the time you can stay in each stopover? Sorry I am a complete newb to this, I have never traveled by myself before. Thanks!