15 days in Hawaii & New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in Hawaii & New Zealand Itinerary

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Honolulu, United States
— 4 nights
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Paihia, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 2 nights

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Honolulu, United States

Honolulu ©

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Honolulu is known for historic sites, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, steep yourself in history at Iolani Palace, and appreciate the history behind King Kamehameha Statue.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Honolulu road trip planning tool.

Brisbane, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 20 hours traveling from Brisbane to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in October: high temperatures in Honolulu hover around 36°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Honolulu

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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

2
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Paihia, New Zealand

Paihia ©
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): gain a rich perspective with Salt Air, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Bay of Islands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then stop by Paihia Bookshop, and then add some adventure to your tour with Bay of Islands Kayaking.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip site.

Fly from Honolulu to Paihia in 15 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Honolulu to Paihia is 22 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife
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Salt Air ©
Salt Air
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Skydive Bay of Islands ©
Skydive Bay of Islands

1
night
Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua ©

Sulphur City

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature · Parks · Tours · Adventure
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Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Zipline
Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest ©
Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest

2
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Taupo, New Zealand

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): stop by Huka Honey Hive, take a memorable tour with Tours, then get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Taupo Museum, then make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Taupo day trip planning site.

Drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

1
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Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the activities along Tama Lakes, hit the best photo ops around with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, and then admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Tongariro National Park trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 20:
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Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 21st (Thu), get interesting insight from Tours, then take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Tongariro National Park to Queenstown in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas

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Te Anau, New Zealand

Te Anau ©
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
On the 23rd (Sat), hike along The Chasm Walk, then explore the activities along Milford Sound, and then explore the activities along Lake Gunn. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then take an unforgettable tour with Southern Lakes Helicopters.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Te Anau travel route planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Southern Lakes Helicopters ©
Southern Lakes Helicopters
Lake Gunn ©
Lake Gunn

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