21 days in San Francisco, Hawaii & Auckland Itinerary

21 days in San Francisco, Hawaii & Auckland Itinerary

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21 days in San Francisco, Hawaii & Auckland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
San Francisco, United States
— 8 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
Honolulu, United States
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Kahuku, United States
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h
4
Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Melbourne, Australia

8
nights
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -18 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in July: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 26°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Neighborhoods Museums
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

7
nights
Honolulu, United States

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Venture out of the city with trips to Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie), Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea) and Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park, Waimea Bay, & more). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Honolulu journey builder site .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Honolulu takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in July, with highs in Honolulu at 36°C and lows at 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Kahuku.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Lanikai Beach, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Polynesian Cultural Center, Kualoa Regional Park
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Photography Tours
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

2
nights
Kahuku, United States

Kahuku ©
Kahuku is a census-designated place (CDP) in the Koolauloa District on the island of Oahu, County of Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Turtle Bay Beach. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Kailua Beach Park, then stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Bay Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): don't miss a visit to North Shore, enjoy the sand and surf at Laniakea Beach, and then stop by Pakaloha Bikinis - Oahu.

Start your trip to Kahuku by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Honolulu to Kahuku in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Honolulu in July, with highs in Kahuku at 33°C and lows at 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Mon) before leaving for Auckland.

Things to do in Kahuku

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Haleiwa, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Kailua Beach Park, North Shore
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Turtle Bay Beach ©
Turtle Bay Beach
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park

2
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
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.
Keep things going the next day: enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, and finally look for gifts at Pauanesia.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland travel website .

Explore your travel options from Kahuku to Auckland with the Route module. The time zone changes from Hawaii Standard Time (HST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 22 hour difference. While traveling from Kahuku, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum

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