21 days in United States, Auckland & Rarotonga Itinerary

21 days in United States, Auckland & Rarotonga Itinerary

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Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Avarua, Cook Islands
— 1 day
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New Orleans, United States
— 2 nights
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New York City, United States
— 2 nights
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Chicago, United States
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas, United States
— 3 nights
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Hilo, United States
— 1 night
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Kihei, United States
— 2 nights
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Lihue, United States
— 1 night
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Honolulu, United States
— 2 nights

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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.
On the 9th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Auckland Museum, then admire the masterpieces at TSB Wallace Arts Centre, and then get answers to all your questions at Arataki Visitor Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, get impressive views of Mount Eden, and then kick back and relax at Cheltenham Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland road trip website.

Brisbane, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Auckland, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Brisbane in May: highs in Auckland hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Avarua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Arataki Visitor Centre, TSB Wallace Arts Centre, Cheltenham Beach
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden

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Avarua, Cook Islands

Avarua ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): stroll through Muri Lagoon, then kick back and relax at Titikaveka Beach, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Matutu Brewery.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Avarua attractions planning website.

You can fly from Auckland to Avarua in 8 hours. You'll gain 22 hours traveling from Auckland to Avarua due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in May: highs in Avarua hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Avarua

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rarotonga, Titikaveka Beach
Find places to stay May 9 — 10:
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Titikaveka Beach ©
Titikaveka Beach
Muri Lagoon ©
Muri Lagoon

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New Orleans, United States

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): examine the collection at Whitney Plantation, wander the streets of Royal Street, then stroll the grounds of Lafayette Cemetery No.1, and finally take a stroll through Garden District. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: put a fun spin on your tour with Escape My Room New Orleans, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Old New Orleans Rum Distillery, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the New Orleans itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Avarua to New Orleans with the Route module. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Avarua to New Orleans due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Avarua in May: highs in New Orleans hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Whitney Plantation, Nature & Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay May 11 — 13:
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Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation
Garden District ©
Garden District
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Met Cloisters and Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Your inner history buff will appreciate 9/11 Memorial and St. Paul's Chapel. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, stroll around World Trade Center's Liberty Park, examine the collection at Ground Zero Museum Workshop, and take a stroll through Times Square.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our New York City sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to New York City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Traveling from New Orleans in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in New York City, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Find places to stay May 13 — 16:
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met Cloisters ©
The Met Cloisters
Ground Zero Museum Workshop ©
Ground Zero Museum Workshop

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Chicago, United States

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain, explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chicago Riverwalk, and finally grab your bike and head to Lakefront Trail. Keep things going the next day: get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, then learn more about the world around you at Field Museum, and then explore the galleries of Chicago Cultural Center.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Chicago travel planner.

You can fly from New York City to Chicago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks
Find places to stay May 16 — 18:
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Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago Riverwalk ©
Chicago Riverwalk

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Las Vegas, United States

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Mob Museum and The Neon Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Valley of Fire State Park and Shelby American Inc. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through The LINQ Promenade, examine the collection at Counts Kustoms, shop like a local with The Strip, and get engrossed in the history at Titanic.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas day trip tool.

Getting from Chicago to Las Vegas by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in May; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 36°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
Find places to stay May 18 — 21:
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Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
The Strip ©
The Strip

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Hilo, United States

Hilo ©
One of the island of Hawaii's major towns, Hilo contains a mix of Asian and Polynesian cultures and is known for its proximity to a national park encompassing two active volcanoes.
On the 22nd (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then cruise along Saddle Road, and finally admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hilo trip itinerary builder app.

Fly from Las Vegas to Hilo in 10.5 hours. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, expect nights in Hilo to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are little chillier, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Hilo

Tours · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Saddle Road
Find places to stay May 21 — 22:
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Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Saddle Road
Saddle Road
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

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Kihei, United States

Stretching over 9.7 km (6 mi) of pristine south Maui coastline, Kihei is the island's driest and sunniest region, making it a perfect location for water activities and beach leisure.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then walk around Lahaina Banyan Court, then take a stroll through Lahaina Front Street, and finally kick back and relax at Ho'okipa Beach Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kihei online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Hilo to Kihei in 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Kihei are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lahaina, Ho'okipa Beach Park
Find places to stay May 22 — 24:
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Zipline
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Lahaina Front Street ©
Lahaina Front Street

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Lihue, United States

Lihue ©
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): experience rural life at Kauai Coffee Company, stroll through Poipu Beach Park, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lihue road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Kihei to Lihue takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lihue

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Kauai Coffee Company, Kayaking & Canoeing, Poipu Beach Park
Find places to stay May 24 — 25:
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Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Kauai Coffee Company ©
Kauai Coffee Company

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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 26th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Iolani Palace, examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, then take a tour of Battleship Missouri Memorial, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lanikai Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Honolulu tour builder.

Getting from Lihue to Honolulu by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in May, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Lanikai Beach
Find places to stay May 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Iolani Palace ©
Iolani Palace
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach
Battleship Missouri Memorial ©
Battleship Missouri Memorial

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