18 days in Australia, Auckland & Hawaii Itinerary

18 days in Australia, Auckland & Hawaii Itinerary

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18 days in Australia, Auckland & Hawaii Itinerary

Chicago, United States
Fly:  22​h
Auckland Central, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Gold Coast, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
Wailea, United States
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  11​h
Chicago, United States

2
days
Auckland Central, New Zealand

Auckland Central ©
The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Muriwai Gannet Colony, then steep yourself in history at Howick Historical Village, then make a trip to Parnell, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum and then kick back and relax at Orewa Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland Central road trip tool .

Chicago, USA to Auckland Central is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Auckland Central is 18 hours. Traveling from Chicago in July, you will find days in Auckland Central are colder (52°F), and nights are a bit cooler (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Auckland Central

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trips

Orewa Beach, Muriwai Gannet Colony
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Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
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Orewa Beach
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Auckland Museum

3
days
Sydney, Australia

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Escape the urban bustle at Bondi Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Rocks and Darling Harbour. There's still lots to do: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney day trip planning tool .

Fly from Auckland Central to Sydney in 7 hours. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Auckland Central in July: highs in Sydney hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
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The Rocks

3
days
Gold Coast, Australia

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Popular historic sites such as Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse and St Vincent's Catholic Church are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Kirra Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Spend the 18th (Wed) exploring nature at Natural Bridge. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfer's Paradise Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast online trip builder .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 49°F. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Thu) before leaving for Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Kirra Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge

3
days
Cairns, Australia

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palm Cove Beach and Spas & Wellness. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Gold Coast in July, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 79°F and lows about 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Wailea.

Things to do in Cairns

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
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Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
days
Wailea, United States

Wailea ©
Wailea is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maui County, Hawaii, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Keawakapu Beach and Little Beach. Get in touch with nature at Ulua Beach and Makena Beach. There's much more to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Polo Beach, kick back and relax at Wailea Beach Path, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cairns to Wailea. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 20 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cairns in July: high temperatures in Wailea hover around 88°F and lows are around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Wailea

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

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Helicopter Tours
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Ulua Beach ©
Ulua Beach
Little Beach ©
Little Beach
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Wailea Beach Path

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