60 days in Hawaii, Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in Hawaii, Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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Lahaina, United States
— 5 nights
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Honolulu, United States
— 8 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 6 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
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Port Douglas, Australia
— 6 nights
Fly to Darwin, Drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), Australia
— 7 nights
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Drive to Darwin, Fly to Alice Springs, Drive to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 6 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Lahaina, United States

— 5 nights

Crown Jewel of Maui

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.
Explore Lahaina's surroundings by going to Makawao (Bike Park Maui & Ho'omana Spa Maui), Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park) and Photography Tours (in Kahului). Spend the 9th (Sun) exploring the striking scenery along Hana Highway - Road to Hana. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Napili Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Iao Valley, and walk around Lahaina Banyan Court.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lahaina trip builder tool.

Hartford to Lahaina is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Hartford to Lahaina, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hartford in May, expect Lahaina to be somewhat warmer, temps between 81°F and 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to fly to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 8 — 13:

Honolulu, United States

— 8 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Laie (Malaekahana State Recreation Area & Polynesian Cultural Center), Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea) and Haleiwa (Pupukea Beach Park, Sunset Beach Park, &more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Diamond Head State Monument, don't miss a visit to Battleship Missouri Memorial, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Honolulu trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Honolulu takes 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Honolulu can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Sydney.

Things to do in Honolulu

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 13 — 21:

Sydney, Australia

— 6 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls) and Lennox Bridge (in Blaxland). And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, visit Darling Harbour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Sydney takes 13.5 hours. You'll lose 20 hours traveling from Honolulu to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Honolulu in May: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 70°F and lows are around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can fly to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 22 — 28:

Cairns, Australia

— 4 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). Spend the 30th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 31st (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cairns Aquarium, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, and let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Cairns online holiday planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In May, Cairns is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 82°F and lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 28 — Jun 1:

Port Douglas, Australia

— 6 nights
A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Douglas: Cape Tribulation (Marrdja Botanical Walk & Cape Trib Farm) and Diwan (Daintree Entomological museum & Alexandra Bay Waterfall). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, and stroll through Mossman Gorge Centre.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip website.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. June in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 7:

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), Australia

— 7 nights
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Ubirr, admire the sheer force of Motor Car Falls, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and explore the striking landscape at Nourlangie Rock.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) tour planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Port Douglas to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is minus 0.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 7 — 14:

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

— 3 nights
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip app.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. June in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to fly to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 17:

Melbourne, Australia

— 6 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 19th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 18th (Fri), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, and admire all the interesting features of Royal Exhibition Building.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Queenstown.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 23:

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 5 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Change things up with a short trip to Milford Sound in Te Anau (about 1h 45 min away). There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, hike along Lake Gunn, do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Queenstown online attractions planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Queenstown in 6.5 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 28:
Get out of town with these interesting Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) side-trips: Fox Glacier (River Walk, Fox Glacier South Side Walk, &more).

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip itinerary tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Queenstown to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to fly to Taupo.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 1:

Taupo, New Zealand

— 5 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Get out of town with these interesting Taupo side-trips: Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Buried Village of Te Wairoa, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Taupo in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 6:

Hawaii travel guide

4.4
The Aloha State
An archipelago of hundreds of volcanic islands located in a geological hot spot in the middle of Pacific, Hawaii offers diverse natural scenery and a warm tropical climate. The six major islands open to tourism draw visitors with their sun-drenched public beaches and craggy natural trails. Thanks to their mid-Pacific location, the islands boast a vibrant native culture influenced by both North America and Asia. You can spend your vacation basking in the modern comforts of the big hotels, but to experience the true spirit of these islands, remember that real Hawaiians live outdoors. Encounter nature by surfing, swimming, fishing, and picnicking, or join a guided tour across the ancient lava flows to the top of Hawaii's rugged volcanic peaks.

Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.