16 days in United States & Auckland Itinerary

16 days in United States & Auckland Itinerary

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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 + Bus:  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), take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, then enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then take a stroll through Devonport, and finally look for gifts at Pauanesia. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Karekare Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland online route planner.

Wellington to Auckland is an approximately 3.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Wellington in February, Auckland is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Shopping Museums

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Waikiki Beach and Lanikai Beach. Get outdoors at Diamond Head State Monument and Kailua Beach Park. Step out of Honolulu to go to Haleiwa and see Sunset Beach Park, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at Ala Moana Center, get great views at Puu Ualakaa State Park, stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, and appreciate the views at Nu’uanu Pali.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Honolulu online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Auckland to Honolulu in 12.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 22 hours traveling from Auckland to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in February, expect nights in Honolulu to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Nu’uanu Pali, Sunset Beach Park
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Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Mauna Kea Beach. Visiting Swim with Dolphins and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax in the rural setting at Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kailua-Kona attractions planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Honolulu to Kailua-Kona in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In February, daytime highs in Kailua-Kona are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

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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Scuba & Snorkeling
Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, stop by Big Island Candies, then pick up some local products at Hilo Farmers Market, and finally admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hilo trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Hilo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Hilo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°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
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

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. Visiting Waimea Canyon State Park and Kayaking & Canoeing will get you outdoors. Step out of Lihue to go to Wainiha and see Na Pali Coast State Park, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's more to do: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour and explore the striking landscape at Spouting Horn.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Lihue travel route builder site.

Fly from Hilo to Lihue in 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Lihue can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish 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, Na Pali Coast State Park, Waimea Canyon 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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