17 days in United States & South Pacific Itinerary

17 days in United States & South Pacific Itinerary

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17 days in United States & South Pacific Itinerary

Start: San Jose, Costa Rica
Fly:  9​h
1
Los Angeles, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
Honolulu, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Nadi, Fiji
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
6
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: San Jose, Costa Rica

2
nights
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 27th (Fri), find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood and then examine the collection at The Getty Center.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning tool .

San Jose, Costa Rica to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Jose to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Jose in December, with highs in Los Angeles at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea) and Sunset Beach Park (in Haleiwa). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach, go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, stroll around Kapiolani Regional Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Honolulu trip planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to Honolulu by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Honolulu, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect Honolulu to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Nadi.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Sunset Beach Park
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Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial

1
night
Nadi, Fiji

Nadi ©
Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): go for a stroll along the water at Port Denarau Marina, then admire the natural beauty at Garden of the Sleeping Giant, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Nadi itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Honolulu to Nadi in 7.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Honolulu to Nadi is 22 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Honolulu in January: high temperatures in Nadi hover around 36°C and lows are around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Nadi

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Port Denarau Marina
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Garden of the Sleeping Giant ©
Garden of the Sleeping Giant
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Port Denarau Marina ©
Port Denarau Marina

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nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, wander the streets of The Rocks, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Nadi to Sydney takes 6.5 hours. Traveling from Nadi to Sydney, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nadi in January, expect Sydney to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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nights
Melbourne, Australia

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 6th (Mon), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

Discover how to plan a Melbourne trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Melbourne, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Outdoors
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Balloon Rides
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Hollyford Track, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, push the limits with an extreme tour, and enjoy some diversion at Break One Clay Target Shooting.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown trip planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Queenstown in 6 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Queenstown. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Fun & Games Parks

Side Trip

Hollyford Track
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Break One ©
Break One

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night
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 11th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Creek, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Auckland itinerary maker app .

Getting from Queenstown to Auckland by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In January, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Wildlife
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Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Butterfly Creek ©
Butterfly Creek

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