16 days in Hawaii & New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in Hawaii & New Zealand Itinerary

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16 days in Hawaii & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly + Bus:  11 h
1
Lahaina, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Honolulu, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  15 h
3
Paihia, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Taupo, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
6
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  20 h
End: Vancouver, Canada

1
night
Lahaina, United States

Lahaina ©
Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lahaina day trip planning tool .

Vancouver, Canada to Lahaina is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Lahaina is minus 2 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Vancouver in March, with highs in Lahaina at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Tours

Side Trip

Maui Ocean Center
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Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center
Scuba & Snorkeling
Lahaina Banyan Court ©
Lahaina Banyan Court

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. On your second day here, take a tour of Battleship Missouri Memorial and then kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read our Honolulu travel route builder app .

You can fly from Lahaina to Honolulu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. March in Honolulu sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

2
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tapeka Point Track in Russell (about 36 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, and get interesting insight from Tours.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Paihia fast, fun, and easy.

Fly from Honolulu to Paihia in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Honolulu to Paihia, you'll lose 22 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Tapeka Point Track
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Taupo, New Zealand

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Get out of town with these interesting Taupo side-trips: Rotorua (Redwoods Treewalk, Te Puia, &more). There's much more to do: stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, push the limits with an extreme tour, and stop by Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo vacation builder website .

Getting from Paihia to Taupo by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Rotorua, Tongariro Alpine Crossing
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, and then make a trip to Fallen Soldiers Memorial. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, learn about winemaking at Mt Rosa Wines, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown online trip planner .

You can fly from Taupo to Queenstown in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Nature Fun & Games
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Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines

3
nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford to see Milford Foreshore Walk about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, hike along Lake Gunn, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk, and get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau day trip tool .

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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