60 days in United States & South Pacific Itinerary

60 days in United States & South Pacific Itinerary

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60 days in United States & South Pacific Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  16​h
1
Kailua-Kona, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Lahaina, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Honolulu, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
4
Cairns, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Gold Coast, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney, Australia
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Melbourne, Australia
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h
8
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Auckland, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
11
Aitutaki, Cook Islands
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 15​min
12
Avarua, Cook Islands
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Toronto, Canada

5
nights
Kailua-Kona, United States

Kailua-Kona ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kailua-Kona side-trips: Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau), Hilo (Liliuokalani Gardens & Akaka Falls State Park) and Waipiʻo Valley Lookout (in Honokaa). There's still lots to do: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, enjoy the sand and surf at Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, play a few rounds at Mauna Lani Resort , and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kahaluu Beach.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona trip itinerary planner .

Toronto, Canada to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Toronto to Kailua-Kona. In February, Kailua-Kona is much hotter than Toronto - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Hilo, Waipiʻo Valley Lookout, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Mauna Lani Resort
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Kula Kai Caverns ©
Kula Kai Caverns
Swim with Dolphins
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lahaina: Wailea Beach (in Wailea), Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park) and Iao Valley (in Wailuku). Spend the 12th (Sat) exploring the striking scenery along Hana Highway - Road to Hana. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get impressive views of Molokini Crater, stroll through Napili Beach, and make a trip to Lahaina Banyan Court.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Lahaina journey planning tool .

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Lahaina by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Lahaina can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wailuku, Maui, Haleakala Crater, Wailea Beach
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 15:
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Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hana Highway - Road to Hana ©
Hana Highway - Road to Hana

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay), Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls, browse the different shops at Ala Moana Center, and contemplate the long history of Battleship Missouri Memorial.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Honolulu online travel route 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 February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Kailua Beach Park
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 20:
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

5
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Spas) and Port Douglas (With Sugar, Safaris, & more). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Cairns sightseeing planner.

Getting from Honolulu to Cairns by flight takes about 16.5 hours. Traveling from Honolulu to Cairns, you'll lose 20 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Honolulu in February: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 27:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, then get outside with Watersports Guru, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast online holiday planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in February; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Watersports Guru
Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 1:
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Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

6
nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
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.
Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Wentworth Falls to see Wentworth Falls about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney journey builder website .

Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Wentworth Falls
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 7:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

6
nights
Melbourne, Australia

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, see the interesting displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

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Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in March, Melbourne is little chillier at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 13:
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Te Anau (Milford Sound, Te Anau Glowworm Caves, & more). And it doesn't end there: trek along Hollyford Track, learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Queenstown in 6 hours. Traveling from Melbourne to Queenstown, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Te Anau, Fiordland National Park
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 19:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown

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Rotorua, New Zealand

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera), Taupo (Huka Prawn Park, Huka Falls Walkway, & more) and Waitomo Caves (Ruakuri Walk & Waitomo Glowworm Caves). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, don't miss a visit to Te Puia, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua day trip planner .

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. In March in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set, Whakaari White Island Volcano
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 24:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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nights
Auckland, New Zealand

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Auckland: RAPAURA Watergardens (in Thames), Waiheke Island (Connells Bay Sculpture Park & Oneroa Beach) and Tawharanui Regional Park (in Warkworth). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to SkyTower, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, get impressive views of Rangitoto Island, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Auckland sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Rotorua, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Aitutaki.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Waiheke Island, Tawharanui Regional Park, Cheltenham Beach, RAPAURA Watergardens
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 29:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum

1
night
Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Aitutaki ©
Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): kick back and relax at O'otu Beach, then stroll through Aitutaki Lagoon, and then stop by T & S Artworx. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Akaiami, then head off the coast to One Foot Island, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Maungapu.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Aitutaki trip planner .

Getting from Auckland to Aitutaki by flight takes about 8.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Cook Is. Time is minus 22 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Avarua.

Things to do in Aitutaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 30:
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Aitutaki Lagoon ©
Aitutaki Lagoon
One Foot Island ©
One Foot Island
Akaiami ©
Akaiami

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Avarua, Cook Islands

Avarua ©
Avarua is known for shopping, historic sites, museums, wildlife, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Muri Lagoon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cook Island Christian Church (CICC), take in the awesome beauty at Te Rua Manga (The Needle), and sample the tasty concoctions at Matutu Brewery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Avarua route builder .

You can fly from Aitutaki to Avarua in 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Avarua

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Rarotonga, Arorangi, Titikaveka Beach, Natua Ukulele
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 4:
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Muri Lagoon ©
Muri Lagoon
Titikaveka Beach ©
Titikaveka Beach
Te Rua Manga (The Needle) ©
Te Rua Manga (The Needle)

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