21 days in United States, Auckland & Rarotonga Itinerary

21 days in United States, Auckland & Rarotonga Itinerary

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21 days in United States, Auckland & Rarotonga Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Avarua, Cook Islands
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  22​h
3
New Orleans, United States
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  6​h
4
New York City, United States
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Chicago, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Las Vegas, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
7
Hilo, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 15​min
8
Kihei, United States
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
9
Lihue, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
10
Honolulu, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Brisbane, Australia

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): learn about all things military at Auckland War Memorial Museum, then explore the world behind art at TSB Wallace Arts Centre, and then cruise along Arataki Visitor Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, and then stroll through Cheltenham Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Auckland trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Brisbane to Auckland due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Brisbane, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Avarua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Tours

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

1
day
Avarua, Cook Islands

Avarua ©
On the 10th (Mon), kick back and relax at Muri Lagoon, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Titikaveka Beach, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Matutu Brewery.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Avarua online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Avarua takes 5.5 hours. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Cook Is. Time (CKT), which is usually a -22 hour difference. When traveling from Auckland in May, plan for warmer days in Avarua, with highs around 32°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Avarua

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rarotonga, Titikaveka Beach
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Titikaveka Beach ©
Titikaveka Beach
Muri Lagoon ©
Muri Lagoon

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): examine the collection at Whitney Plantation, take a stroll through Royal Street, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Lafayette Cemetery No.1, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Garden District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): put a fun spin on your tour with Escape My Room New Orleans, admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral, then sample the fine beverages at Old New Orleans Rum Distillery, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find out how to plan a trip to New Orleans, use our trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Avarua to New Orleans. The time zone difference moving from Cook Is. Time (CKT) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 4 hours. Traveling from Avarua in May, expect nights in New Orleans to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Whitney Plantation
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Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation
Garden District ©
Garden District
Royal Street ©
Royal Street

2
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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Met Cloisters and Ground Zero Museum Workshop. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Brooklyn Heights Promenade are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at 9/11 Memorial, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, admire the masterpieces at Frick Collection, and stroll around World Trade Center's Liberty Park.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our New York City road trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from New Orleans to New York City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New Orleans to New York City is 1 hour. Traveling from New Orleans in May, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in New York City. 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
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met Cloisters ©
The Met Cloisters
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

2
nights
Chicago, United States

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Buckingham Fountain, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, then get to know the fascinating history of Chicago Riverwalk, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Lakefront Trail. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, examine the collection at The Field Museum, and then admire the landmark architecture of Chicago Cultural Center.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Chicago travel itinerary planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Chicago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Chicago due to the time zone difference. In May in Chicago, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Trails
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail
Field Museum ©
Field Museum

3
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Mob Museum and The Strip. Museum-lovers will appreciate Shelby American Inc and Titanic. Step out of Las Vegas to go to Overton and see Valley of Fire State Park, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through The LINQ Promenade and see the interesting displays at Counts Kustoms.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip itinerary builder website .

Fly from Chicago to Las Vegas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Chicago in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 36°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
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Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
The Strip ©
The Strip

1
night
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), admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then cruise along Saddle Road, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hilo online trip maker .

You can fly from Las Vegas to Hilo in 10 hours. Traveling from Las Vegas to Hilo, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hilo: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Hilo

Tours Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Saddle Road
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Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Saddle Road
Saddle Road
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

2
nights
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): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then get interesting insight from Tours. On your second day here, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, make a trip to Lahaina Banyan Court, then wander the streets of Lahaina Front Street, and finally kick back and relax at Ho'okipa Beach Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kihei road trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hilo to Kihei in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. May in Kihei sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Lahaina, Ho'okipa Beach Park
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Zipline
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Lahaina Front Street ©
Lahaina Front Street

1
night
Lihue, United States

Lihue ©
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): experience rural life at Kauai Coffee Company, stroll around Poipu Beach Park, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lihue journey planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kihei to Lihue takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May, daytime highs in Lihue are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lihue

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Poipu Beach Park, Kauai Coffee Company, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Kauai Coffee Company ©
Kauai Coffee Company

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Iolani Palace, then see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, then contemplate the long history of Battleship Missouri Memorial, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lanikai Beach.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Honolulu driving holiday website .

Getting from Lihue to Honolulu by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Honolulu can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Lanikai Beach
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Iolani Palace ©
Iolani Palace
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach
Battleship Missouri Memorial ©
Battleship Missouri Memorial

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