10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
2
Volcano, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Hanalei, Kauai
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h
4
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Auckland

2
nights
Lahaina, Maui

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wailea Beach Path and Wailea Beach. Relax by the water at Kapalua Beach and Napili Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lahaina: Ho'okipa Beach Park (in Paia) and Kihei (Kamaole Beach Park III, Tutu's Pantry, & more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lahaina trip itinerary planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Lahaina is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Auckland to Lahaina, you'll gain 22 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in December: highs in Lahaina hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Volcano.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Kihei, Wailea, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Kapalua Beach
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Kapalua Beach ©
Kapalua Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Wailea Beach Path ©
Wailea Beach Path

1
night
Volcano, Island of Hawaii

Volcano ©
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), stroll through Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then get impressive views of Kīlauea, and finally see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Volcano trip planning website .

Getting from Lahaina to Volcano by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly. In December, daytime highs in Volcano are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Hanalei.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea

1
night
Hanalei, Kauai

Hanalei ©
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Na Pali Coast State Park, identify plant and animal life at Kalalau Trail, and then cruise along Hanalei Valley Lookout. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Queen's Bath, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, and then kick back and relax at Hanalei Beach.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Hanalei online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Volcano to Hanalei takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Hanalei

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kalalau Trail, Queen's Bath, Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Na Pali Coast State Park
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Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Kalalau Trail ©
Kalalau Trail
Hanalei Beach ©
Hanalei Beach

3
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

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 2nd (Thu): explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and then kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Koko Crater Railway Trail, kick back and relax at Lanikai Beach, and then explore and take pictures at Nu’uanu Pali.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Honolulu road trip site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hanalei to Honolulu in 3 hours. January in Honolulu sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nu’uanu Pali, Lanikai Beach
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Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

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