60 days in United States & South Pacific Itinerary

60 days in United States & South Pacific Itinerary

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Honolulu, United States
— 6 nights
2
Kailua-Kona, United States
— 5 nights
3
Lahaina, United States
— 7 nights
4
Vaitape, French Polynesia
— 6 nights
5
Papeete, French Polynesia
— 1 night
6
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 6 nights
7
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 6 nights
8
Melbourne, Australia
— 7 nights
9
Sydney, Australia
— 7 nights
10
Gold Coast, Australia
— 1 night
11
Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights

6
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.
Visit Waikiki Beach and Kapiolani Regional Park for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Pupukea (Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument & Ehukai Beach Park), Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay) and Lanikai Beach (in Kailua). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, stroll through Turtle Bay Beach, kick back and relax at Ala Moana Beach Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Honolulu day trip planning app.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Honolulu is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -13 hour difference. When traveling from Kuwait City in June, plan for colder days in Honolulu, with highs around °C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pupukea, Haleiwa, Turtle Bay Beach, Lanikai Beach, Kualoa Regional Park
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 7:
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Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Sunset Beach Park ©
Sunset Beach Park

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Laupahoehoe Beach Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Kailua-Kona: Waipiʻo Valley Lookout (in Honokaa), Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau) and Papakōlea Green Sand Beach (in Naalehu). The adventure continues: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, kick back and relax at Mauna Kea Beach, experience rural life at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, and admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona trip planner.

Getting from Honolulu to Kailua-Kona by flight takes about 4 hours. In June, daytime highs in Kailua-Kona are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Waipiʻo Valley Lookout, Mauna Kea Beach, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Kahaluu Beach, Akaka Falls State Park
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 12:
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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
Mauna Kea Beach ©
Mauna Kea 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ka'anapali Beach and Napili Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park), Ho'okipa Beach Park (in Paia) and Wailea (Wailea Beach, Maluaka Beach, &more). Spend the 16th (Tue) exploring the striking scenery along Hana Highway - Road to Hana. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kapalua Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Iao Valley, enjoy the sand and surf at Kalepolepo Beach Park, and walk around Lahaina Banyan Court.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lahaina sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Kailua-Kona to Lahaina in 4.5 hours. June in Lahaina sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Vaitape.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wailea, Kapalua, Wailuku, Haleakala Crater, Hana Highway - Road to Hana
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 19:
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Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater

6
nights
Vaitape, French Polynesia

Vaitape ©
Perched at the foot of Bora Bora's emerald peak, by the side of the deep blue central lagoon, Vaitape is breathtakingly beautiful.
Vaitape is known for wildlife, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Matira Beach, view the masterpieces at Bora Art Upstairs, explore the galleries of Alain Despert, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse Saint Pierre-Celestin Church.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Vaitape attractions website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lahaina to Vaitape. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Papeete.

Things to do in Vaitape

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Bora Bora
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 26:
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Matira Beach ©
Matira Beach
Mount Otemanu ©
Mount Otemanu
Deep Sea Pearls ©
Deep Sea Pearls

1
night
Papeete, French Polynesia

Papeete ©
The capital of French Polynesia, Pape'ete amounts to little more than a medium-sized town by Western standards, but it is still a thriving hub of culture and commerce.
On the 27th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, contemplate the long history of James Norman Hall Home, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Venus.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Papeete trip itinerary planning tool.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Vaitape to Papeete in 3.5 hours. June in Papeete sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Papeete

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Tahiti, Museum of Tahiti and the Islands
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 27:
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James Norman Hall Home ©
James Norman Hall Home
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands ©
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands
Point Venus ©
Point Venus

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Waitomo Glowworm Caves (in Waitomo Caves) and Taupo (Kinloch Beach, Huka Falls Walkway, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, stop by Eat Street, identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, and don't miss a visit to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua online travel route builder.

Traveling by flight from Papeete to Rotorua takes 11 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 22 hours traveling from Papeete to Rotorua. Traveling from Papeete in June, things will get cooler in Rotorua: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Taupo, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Whakaari White Island Volcano
Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 5:
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Whakaari White Island Volcano ©
Whakaari White Island Volcano
Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley ©
Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley
Kinloch Beach ©
Kinloch Beach

6
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.
Explore Queenstown's surroundings by going to Mount Aspiring National Park (in Wanaka) and Te Anau (Milford Sound, Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, get interesting insight from Tours, trek along Lake Marian Track, and explore the activities along Lake Gunn.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Queenstown day trip planning website.

You can fly from Rotorua to Queenstown in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, Mount Aspiring National Park
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 11:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Lake Marian Track ©
Lake Marian Track
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

7
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take a stroll through Melbourne Central, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Melbourne are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 18:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Central ©
Melbourne Central

7
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.
Visit Bondi Beach and Shelly Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Bilpin Cider Company (in Bilpin) and The Grape Escape (in Mittagong). The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and stop by The Rocks.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney attractions planning app.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Melbourne in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Sydney, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Bondi to Coogee Walk, Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Bilpin Cider Company, Wentworth Falls
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 25:
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Bilpin Cider Company ©
Bilpin Cider Company
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

4
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Safaris (in Port Douglas) and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blue Sky Brewery, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In July, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Gold Coast - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Safaris, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 30:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

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