16 days in United States & Auckland Itinerary

16 days in United States & Auckland Itinerary

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16 days in United States & Auckland Itinerary

Start: Wellington, New Zealand
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
2
Honolulu, United States
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Kailua-Kona, United States
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Hilo, United States
— Few hours
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Lihue, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Wellington, New Zealand

2
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
On the 8th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Sky Tower, listen to music at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, then contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, and finally look for gifts at Pauanesia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, view the masterpieces at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Karekare Beach.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Auckland custom trip planner.

Wellington to Auckland is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Wellington in February since evenings lows in Auckland dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Karekare Beach, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery
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Devonport ©
Devonport
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium
Pauanesia ©
Pauanesia

6
nights
Honolulu, United States

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Step out of the city life by going to Kailua Beach Park and Diamond Head State Monument. You'll get in some beach time at Waikiki Beach and Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Sunset Beach Park (in Haleiwa) and Lanikai Beach (in Kailua). There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at Ala Moana Center, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery-Pacific, and immerse yourself in nature at Puu Ualakaa State Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Honolulu sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Auckland to Honolulu in 13 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Honolulu is minus 22 hours. When traveling from Auckland in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Honolulu, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Sunset Beach Park, Nu’uanu Pali
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Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Sunset Beach Park ©
Sunset Beach Park

3
nights
Kailua-Kona, United States

Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. We've included these beaches for you: Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Mauna Kea Beach. The adventure continues: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and experience rural life at Hula Daddy Kona Coffee.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona vacation trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Honolulu to Kailua-Kona takes 3.5 hours. In February in Kailua-Kona, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Mauna Kea Beach, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
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Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

few
hours
Hilo, United States

Hilo ©
One of the island of Hawaii's major towns, Hilo contains a mix of Asian and Polynesian cultures and is known for its proximity to a national park encompassing two active volcanoes.
On the 18th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, then look for gifts at Big Island Candies, then look for gifts at Hilo Farmers Market, and finally admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hilo trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Hilo, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Hilo

Shopping Nature Parks

Side Trip

Big Island Candies
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Hilo Farmers Market ©
Hilo Farmers Market
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls
Big Island Candies ©
Big Island Candies

3
nights
Lihue, United States

Lihue ©
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Poipu Beach Park and Shipwreck Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Waimea Canyon State Park and Spouting Horn. Change things up with a short trip to Na Pali Coast State Park in Wainiha (about 1:25 hours away). There's much more to do: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, get into the urban bustle at Līhuʻe, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lihue travel itinerary creator.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Hilo to Lihue in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in February, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Poipu, Kayaking & Canoeing, Waimea Canyon State Park, Na Pali Coast State Park
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Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park

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