15 days in Hawaii Itinerary

15 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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15 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Queenstown
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Queenstown

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Haleiwa (Waimea Bay, Waimea Valley, &more), Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach, stroll around Ala Moana Beach Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, and see some colorful creatures with Oahu Diving.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Honolulu travel route planning app .

Queenstown, New Zealand to Honolulu is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 22 hours traveling from Queenstown to Honolulu. In October, daily temperatures in Honolulu can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua Beach Park, Polynesian Cultural Center, Sea Life Park Hawaii, Makapu'u Point
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Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lahaina: Surfing Goat Dairy (in Kula), Iao Valley (in Wailuku) and Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park). The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at Maui Ocean Center, identify plant and animal life at Hawaii Ocean Project, enjoy the sand and surf at Ka'anapali Beach, and walk around Lahaina Banyan Court.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lahaina trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Honolulu to Lahaina by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. In October, daytime highs in Lahaina are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wailuku, Surfing Goat Dairy, Haleakala Crater, Wai'anapanapa State Park
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Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach

2
nights
Hilo, Island of Hawaii

Hilo ©
One of the island of Hawaii's major towns, Hilo contains a mix of Asian and Polynesian cultures and is known for its proximity to a national park encompassing two active volcanoes.
On the 3rd (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wailuku River State Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, look and learn at Imiloa Astronomy Center, and then hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hilo online trip builder .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lahaina to Hilo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Kilauea Iki Trailhead
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Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens

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