47 days in United States & New Zealand Itinerary

47 days in United States & New Zealand Itinerary

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47 days in United States & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  6​h
1
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
3
Lihue, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Kailua-Kona, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Lahaina, United States
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Honolulu, United States
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  13​h 45​min
7
New York City, United States
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Miami, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h
9
Los Angeles, United States
— 8 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Sydney, Australia

3
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Get in touch with nature at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at Artbay Gallery and Queenstown Arts Centre. Venture out of the city with trips to Homer Tunnel (in Milford Sound) and The Chasm Walk (in Te Anau). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, tee off at Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary planning app .

Sydney, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Queenstown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Homer Tunnel, The Chasm Walk
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The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua ©
Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Huka Falls Walkway and Te Puia. Visiting Waimangu Volcanic Valley and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take in the exciting artwork at New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, take a memorable tour with Tours, and stroll around Centennial Park.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Rotorua takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. April in Rotorua sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Huka Falls Walkway
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Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

4
nights
Lihue, United States

Lihue ©
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. You'll explore and learn at Seductions of Kauai Gallery and Kauai Museum. Kids will appreciate attractions like Poipu Beach Park and Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lihue: Allerton Garden (in Poipu), Salt Pond Beach Park (in Hanapepe) and Canyon Trail (in Waimea). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Makawehi Bluff, enjoy the sand and surf at Kalapaki Beach, look for gifts at Garden Isle Bath & Body LLC, and stroll through Shipwreck Beach.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lihue trip itinerary planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rotorua to Lihue. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -22 hour difference. In April, Lihue is a bit warmer than Rotorua - with highs of 31°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Poipu, Kapaa, Salt Pond Beach Park, Canyon Trail, Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge
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Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Shipwreck Beach ©
Shipwreck Beach

1
night
Kailua-Kona, United States

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.
On the 11th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mokuaikaua Church, then take an in-depth tour of Kona Coffee Living History Farm, then stroll through Kahaluu Beach, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Kailua-Kona trip planning app .

You can fly from Lihue to Kailua-Kona in 2.5 hours. In April in Kailua-Kona, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Kahaluu Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kona Coffee Living History Farm ©
Kona Coffee Living History Farm
Kahaluu Beach ©
Kahaluu Beach

7
nights
Lahaina, United States

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kahekili Beach Park and Po'olenalena Beach. Appreciate the collections at Maui On Metal and Costantino Studio. Change things up with these side-trips from Lahaina: Ho'okipa Beach Park (in Paia), Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery (in Kula) and Kihei (Kamaole Beach Park III & Stand-Up Paddleboarding). Spend the 15th (Mon) exploring the striking scenery along Hana Highway - Road to Hana. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Wailea Beach Path, explore the activities along Lahaina Harbor, get a taste of the local shopping with Lahaina Printsellers, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lahaina planning site .

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Lahaina takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In April, daytime highs in Lahaina are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Wailea, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Kapalua Beach, Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery, Hana Highway - Road to Hana
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Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Kapalua Beach ©
Kapalua Beach
Kamaole Beach Park III ©
Kamaole Beach Park III

2
nights
Honolulu, United States

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): appreciate the views at Nuuanu Pali Lookout, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lanikai Beach, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument and then trek along Koko Crater Railway Trail.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Honolulu online tour itinerary 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, daytime highs in Honolulu are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Kailua, Nu’uanu Pali
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 20:
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Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach
Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

7
nights
New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to High Point Cross Country Ski Center and Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. Explore New York City's surroundings by going to Cragsmoor (Ice Caves and Verkeerderkill Falls Trail Hike & Sam's Point Preserve), High Point State Park (in Sussex) and Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary (in New Paltz). And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Central Park, take in the views from Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Chapel, and hunt for treasures at Chelsea Market.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the New York City trip builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Honolulu to New York City in 14 hours. Another option is to fly. The time zone changes from Hawaii Standard Time (HST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. In April, New York City is cooler than Honolulu - with highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Miami.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sussex, Cragsmoor, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary, Black Creek Preserve
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Times Square ©
Times Square

5
nights
Miami, United States

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Step out of the city life by going to Shark Valley and Everglades National Park. Lincoln Road and Charlotte Jane Memorial Park Cemetary will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Miami side-trips: Fishing Charters & Tours (in Chokoloskee), Coral Springs Museum of Art (in Coral Springs) and Ochopee (Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery & Big Cypress National Preserve). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Anhinga Trail, browse the different shops at Bayside Marketplace, and kick back and relax at South Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Miami trip planner.

You can fly from New York City to Miami in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City in April, expect Miami to be warmer, temps between 34°C and 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Ochopee, Everglades National Park, Miami Beach, Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Everglades National Park
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 4:
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Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
Anhinga Trail ©
Anhinga Trail
Lion Country Safari ©
Lion Country Safari

8
nights
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and Hollywood Walk of Fame. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano (in San Juan Capistrano), Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo) and Oceanside (Oceanside Pier & Dolphin & Whale Watching). The adventure continues: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, tour the pleasant surroundings at Crystal Cove, immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles travel planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Miami to Los Angeles takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Miami to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. In May, Los Angeles is a bit cooler than Miami - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tehachapi, Anaheim, Santa Monica, Oceanside, Camarillo Premium Outlets
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

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