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:  14​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 4th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Richardson Beach Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, then browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Hilo trip planner .

Christchurch, New Zealand to Hilo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 22 hours traveling from Christchurch to Hilo. Traveling from Christchurch in April, expect nights in Hilo to be much warmer, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Hilo Farmers Market ©
Hilo Farmers Market

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.
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve will appeal to history buffs. Visit Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, get engrossed in the history at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, get interesting insight from Tours, and experience rural life at Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona journey maker app .

You can drive from Hilo to Kailua-Kona in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April in Kailua-Kona, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Kona Coffee Living History Farm
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take a stroll through Lahaina Front Street, contemplate the long history of Lahaina Jodo Mission, and then kick back and relax at Ka'anapali Beach. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Maria Lanakila Catholic Church, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then get engrossed in the history at Story of Hawaii Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Theresa Roman Catholic Church.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lahaina trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Lahaina takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. April in Lahaina sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Saint Theresa Roman Catholic Church, Story of Hawaii Museum
Highlights from your plan
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Maria Lanakila Catholic Church ©
Maria Lanakila Catholic Church

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.
Get some cultural insight at USS Arizona Memorial and Battleship Missouri Memorial. Take a break from the city and head to Waikiki Beach and Kailua Beach Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Sunset Beach Park (in Haleiwa), Lanikai Beach (in Kailua) and Ko Hana Distillers (in Waipahu). The adventure continues: browse the different shops at Ala Moana Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Kapiolani Regional Park, revel in the low prices at Waikele Premium Outlets, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Honolulu trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Honolulu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In April, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 25°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Waipahu, Sunset Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park

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