14 days in Hawaii Itinerary

14 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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14 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
Fly:  18​h
1
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Honolulu, Oahu
— 7 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Christchurch

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, look for gifts at Big Island Candies, admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, pick up some local products at Hilo Farmers Market, then stop by Hawaiian Crown Plantation & Chocolate Factory, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hilo trip itinerary planner.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Hilo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Christchurch to Hilo is minus 22 hours. In January, Hilo is somewhat warmer than Christchurch - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trip

Big Island Candies
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Hilo Farmers Market ©
Hilo Farmers Market
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens

3
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
Visiting Swim with Dolphins and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mauna Kea Beach and Anaehoomalu. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kailua-Kona: Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae), Waikoloa Beach Resort (in Waikoloa) and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kahaluu Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona holiday builder .

Getting from Hilo to Kailua-Kona by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January in Kailua-Kona, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Waikoloa, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Puukohola National Historic Park, Mauna Kea Beach
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

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.
On the 28th (Tue), kick back and relax at Wailea Beach. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Kapalua Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ka'anapali Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lahaina day trip planning app .

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Lahaina by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. January in Lahaina sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Wailea Beach, Kapalua Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Kapalua Beach ©
Kapalua Beach

7
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate USS Arizona Memorial and Battleship Missouri Memorial. Visit Waikiki Beach and Lanikai Beach for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Sunset Beach Park (in Haleiwa), Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Ala Moana Center, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, pause for some photo ops at Queen Liliuokalani Statue, and identify plant and animal life at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Honolulu vacation planning website .

You can fly from Lahaina to Honolulu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. January in Honolulu sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Polynesian Cultural Center, Nu’uanu Pali, Sunset Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Ala Moana Center ©
Ala Moana Center
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

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