15 days in New Zealand & Hawaii Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand & Hawaii Itinerary

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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Paihia, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Honolulu, United States
— 3 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): get your game on at Skyline Queenstown and then push the limits with an extreme tour. On the next day, explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown travel route planning website.

Brisbane, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 7-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Brisbane to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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Lake Wakatipu
Water Body
Lake Wakatipu
4.8
Skyline Queenstown ©
Entertainment Center
Skyline Queenstown
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Spa
Spas
4.5

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Te Anau, New Zealand

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 13th (Tue), hike along The Chasm Walk, explore the activities along Milford Sound, and then explore the activities along Lake Gunn. On the next day, see the world from above with Southern Lakes Helicopters and then get some thrills on the water with Fiordland Jet.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip itinerary website.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Milford Sound ©
Water Body
Milford Sound
4.8
Fiordland Jet ©
Speed Boats Tour
Fiordland Jet
5.0
Southern Lakes Helicopters ©
Helicopter Tour
Southern Lakes Helicopters
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Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on Glacier Explorers, then head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, and then trek along Sealy Tarns Track. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Minnehaha Walk, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then push the limits with Skydive Fox Glacier.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip site.

Getting from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) by bus takes about 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Outdoor Activity
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
4.9
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Hiking Trail
Sealy Tarns Track
4.9
Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
Skydive Fox Glacier
4.9

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get interesting insight from Tours, then make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, and then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids, take in the natural beauty of Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally test your team's savvy at The Locked Room.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo holiday maker website.

Traveling by flight from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Taupo takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks
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Huka Falls Walkway
Waterfall
Huka Falls Walkway
4.7

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Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the next day, hike along Taranaki Falls, see the top attractions with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, then trek along Ridge Track, then trek along Silica Rapids Track, and finally hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park online journey planner.

Getting from Taupo to Tongariro National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature
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Taranaki Falls ©
Waterfall
Taranaki Falls
4.7

2
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Paihia, New Zealand

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 21st (Wed): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then take the plunge with Skydive Bay of Islands.

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Traveling by flight from Tongariro National Park to Paihia takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 22:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Historic Site
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
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Parasailing / Paragliding
Parasailing & Paragliding
4.9

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Honolulu, United States

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: take an in-depth tour of USS Arizona Memorial, take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, and steep yourself in history at Battleship Missouri Memorial.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Honolulu day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Honolulu takes 15 hours. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time, which is usually a -22 hour difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

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