59 days in United States, South Pacific & Central America Itinerary

59 days in United States, South Pacific & Central America Itinerary

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59 days in United States, South Pacific & Central America Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Kailua-Kona, United States
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Hilo, United States
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
3
Lahaina, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Honolulu, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
5
Nadi, Fiji
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Sigatoka, Fiji
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
7
Auckland, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  29​h
10
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
11
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
12
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
13
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  34​h
End: Brisbane, Australia

4
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kayaking & Canoeing. Visit Honaunau Bay and Ka Lae for some beach relaxation. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Magic Sands will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Kailua-Kona to Ocean View to see Kula Kai Caverns about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, get to know the fascinating history of Waipi'o Valley, and experience rural life at Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona trip planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Brisbane to Kailua-Kona, you'll gain 20 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in September: highs in Kailua-Kona hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Ka Lae, Honaunau Bay, Kula Kai Caverns, Waipio Valley
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Honaunau Bay ©
Honaunau Bay
Waipio Valley ©
Waipio Valley

5
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Richardson Beach Park and Kīlauea. Relax by the water at Carlsmith Beach Park and Laupahoehoe Beach Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Hilo: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Sulphur Banks, Holei Sea Arch, & more) and Kapoho Tide Pools (in Pahoa). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, and cruise along Chain of Craters Rd.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hilo vacation maker tool .

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Hilo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in September, expect little chillier with lows of 25°C in Hilo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Kapoho Tide Pools, Chain of Craters Rd
Highlights from your plan
Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea
Holei Sea Arch ©
Holei Sea Arch
Kulanaokuaiki Campground ©
Kulanaokuaiki Campground

5
nights
Lahaina, United States

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.
Visit Kamaole Beach Park II and Baby Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Zipline. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lahaina: Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Kihei), Maui Veterans Cemetery (in Makawao) and Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Napili Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ho'okipa Beach Park, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and get engrossed in the history at Baldwin Home Museum.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lahaina journey planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Hilo to Lahaina takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in September, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Maui Veterans Cemetery, Parasailing & Paragliding, Kamaole Beach Park II, Honolua Bay, Ho'okipa Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Kamaole Beach Park II ©
Kamaole Beach Park II
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Skydiving and Scuba & Snorkeling. Visiting Sharks Cove and Koko Crater Railway Trail will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Kailua (Lanikai Beach & Kailua Beach Park) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Kapolei). There's much more to do: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, appreciate the views at Nu’uanu Pali, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, and stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Honolulu vacation site .

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. September in Honolulu sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nadi.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Haleiwa, Oahu, Sharks Cove
Highlights from your plan
Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail
Scuba & Snorkeling
Photography Tours

2
nights
Nadi, Fiji

Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
On the 22nd (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Garden of the Sleeping Giant and then explore the striking landscape of Koroyanitu National Heritage Park. On the next day, kick back and relax at Denarau Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nadi trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Nadi takes 7.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Honolulu to Nadi is 22 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Honolulu in September since evenings lows in Nadi dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can take a bus to Sigatoka.

Things to do in Nadi

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Koroyanitu National Heritage Park, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Koroyanitu National Heritage Park ©
Koroyanitu National Heritage Park
Denarau Beach ©
Denarau Beach

2
nights
Sigatoka, Fiji

Located at the western end of Coral Coast, with its long sheltered beaches and popular surf spots, Sigatoka is best known for its immediate surroundings than for the town itself.
On the 24th (Thu), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then take in the dramatic scenery at Biausevu Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Natadola Beach and then Head underground at Naihehe Caves.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sigatoka trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Nadi to Sigatoka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Sigatoka can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Sigatoka

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Natadola Beach ©
Natadola Beach

4
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Muriwai Gannet Colony and Mangawhai Walkway. Step off the beaten path and head to Tawharanui Regional Park and Fishing Charters & Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: Orewa (Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway & Orewa Beach). There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower, experience rural life at Sweet Red Strawberries, enjoy the sand and surf at Takapuna Beach, and get your game on at Virtual Reality Studio.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Auckland tour itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Sigatoka to Auckland in 8 hours. Traveling from Sigatoka in September, expect nights in Auckland to be a bit cooler, around 15°C, while days are colder, around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Orewa, Mangawhai, Browns Bay Beach, Tawharanui Regional Park, Muriwai Gannet Colony
Highlights from your plan
Tawharanui Regional Park ©
Tawharanui Regional Park
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach

5
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Step off the beaten path and head to Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Mount Maunganui Base Track. Venture out of the city with trips to Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool (in Wai-O-Tapu), McLaren Falls Park (in Tauranga) and Papamoa Beach (in Papamoa). Next up on the itinerary: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, don't miss a visit to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, and stroll through Blue Lake Track.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua day trip app .

Getting from Auckland to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Auckland in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Rotorua: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tauranga, River Rafting & Tubing, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, Papamoa Beach
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Remarkables Ski Area and Fishing Charters & Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Coronet Peak and Mt Crichton Loop Track. Change things up with a short trip to Tobins Track in Arrowtown (about 30 minutes away). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and contemplate the long history of Vesta Design Boutique.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown travel route builder website .

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Queenstown takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Tobins Track
Highlights from your plan
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Zipline
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

4
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Avellana and Playa Mina. Take a break from the city and head to SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Playa Danta (in Las Catalinas), MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY (in Nosara) and Hidden Garden Art Gallery (in Liberia). The adventure continues: get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Queenstown to Tamarindo takes 29 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Queenstown to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Nosara, Fishing Charters & Tours, Playa Danta, Playa Mina, Hidden Garden Art Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

2
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
On the 16th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then take an in-depth tour of Monteverde Chorotega Arts & Crafts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Valle Escondido Preserve, then stop by Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sustainability Demonstration Center.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Monteverde tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Sustainability Demonstration Center
Highlights from your plan
Sustainability Demonstration Center ©
Valle Escondido Preserve ©
Valle Escondido Preserve

5
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Butterfly Conservatory and Venado Caves. Step out of the city life by going to Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, trek along Bogarin Trail, and explore by horseback at Arenal Wilberth Stables.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos journey maker .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

5
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Playas Gemelas. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Espadilla Norte. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita), Playa Bejuco (in Esterillos Este) and Parque Reptilandia (in Dominical). There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Naturalist Michael Araya Flores, kick back and relax at La Playita, stroll around Parque Nahomi, and look for gifts at Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip planner .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Quepos, Parque Reptilandia, Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, Playa Bejuco
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio

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