16 days in Hawaii Itinerary

16 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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16 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Lahaina, Maui
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Volcano, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Koloa, Kauai
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 45​min
4
Laie, Oahu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Auckland


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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kahekili Beach Park and Kamaole Beach Park III. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kamaole Beach Park II and Kapalua Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Ho'okipa Beach Park (in Paia), Wailea (Wailea Beach Path & Wailea Beach) and Zipline (in Wailuku). And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the fascinating landscape at Surf Ripper Shave Ice Co, get a taste of the local shopping with Reeflections Fine Art Gallery, and view the masterpieces at Kush Fine Art.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lahaina trip itinerary builder tool .

Auckland, New Zealand to Lahaina is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Lahaina is minus 22 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in January: highs in Lahaina hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Volcano.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kihei, Wailea, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Kapalua Beach, Zipline
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Napili Beach ©
Napili Beach
Wailea Beach Path ©
Wailea Beach Path
Kamaole Beach Park II ©
Kamaole Beach Park II

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), then hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then examine the collection at Jagger Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Punalu‘U Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Volcano Garden Arts, take in the exciting artwork at 2400 Fahrenheit Art Glass, stop by Hilo Coffee Mill, then contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Volcano Art Center.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Volcano visit planner.

Getting from Lahaina to Volcano by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Koloa.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hilo Coffee Mill, Punalu‘U Beach
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Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Punalu‘U Beach ©
Punalu‘U Beach
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead

2
nights
Koloa, Kauai

Kōloa is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Koloa Monday Farmers Market, stop by The Wine Shop, then get a taste of the local shopping with Art House Hawaii, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Kauai Coffee Company, enjoy the sand and surf at Salt Pond Beach Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Polihale State Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Koloa tour planning website .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Volcano to Koloa in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Laie.

Things to do in Koloa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Polihale State Park, Salt Pond Beach Park, Kauai Coffee Company
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Polihale State Park ©
Polihale State Park
Art House Hawaii ©
Art House Hawaii

2
nights
Laie, Oahu

Laie ©
Laie is a census-designated place (CDP) located in the Koolauloa District on the island of Oahu in Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then admire the verdant scenery at Waimea Valley, and finally admire the local landmark of Laie Hawaii Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Turtle Bay Beach, make a trip to Banzai Pipeline, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset Beach Park.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Laie trip itinerary maker .

Explore your travel options from Koloa to Laie with the Route module. January in Laie sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Honolulu.

Things to do in Laie

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Pupukea, Turtle Bay Beach
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Laie Hawaii Temple ©
Laie Hawaii Temple
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sunset Beach Park ©
Sunset Beach Park

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and Kailua Beach Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and Bishop Museum. Go for a jaunt from Honolulu to Kaneohe to see Byodo-In Temple about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Ala Moana Center, appreciate the views at Nuuanu Pali Lookout, hike along Koko Crater Railway Trail, and see the interesting displays at US Army Museum of Hawaii.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Honolulu trip planner.

You can drive from Laie to Honolulu in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Laie in January, things will get a bit warmer in Honolulu: highs are around 32°C and lows about 22°C. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Nu’uanu Pali, Kailua Beach Park, Byodo-In Temple
Highlights from your plan
Bishop Museum ©
Bishop Museum
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail ©
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

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