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
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Queenstown

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Kailua (Kailua Beach Park & Lanikai Beach), Waimea Valley (in Haleiwa) and Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach, stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, and see the interesting displays at Iolani Palace.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Honolulu journey website .

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. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Sea Life Park Hawaii, Waimea Valley, Polynesian Cultural Center
Highlights from your plan
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), Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park) and Iao Valley (in Wailuku). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Ka'anapali Beach, observe the fascinating underwater world at Maui Ocean Center, immerse yourself in nature at Wai'anapanapa State Park, and stroll around Lahaina Banyan Court.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lahaina trip planner.

You can fly from Honolulu to Lahaina in 3.5 hours. Other options are to 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hilo side-trips: Jagger Museum (in Volcano), Mauna Kea (in Kailua-Kona) and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kīlauea & Kilauea Iki Trailhead). There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park, see the sky in a new way at Imiloa Astronomy Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, and contemplate the waterfront views at Wailuku River State Park.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hilo day trip planner .

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 in Hilo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jagger Museum, Mauna Kea
Highlights from your plan
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens

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