Top Things to See and Do
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Get a close up look at the world's most active volcano, Kilauea and see the fiery Halemaumau Crater on the Island of Hawai'i. Walk one of the many hiking trails and discover fire pits, a lava tube and an 18 kilometre crater rim.
The crescent beach of Waikiki is known as the birthplace of modern surfing and is the perfect place to learn to surf. At the end of the day, relax in one of the beachfront bars with a cocktail and watch a spectacular Waikiki sunset.
Take a tour of Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and the USS Arizona Memorial and learn about the historic attack on Pearl Harbor. The USS Arizona Memorial is built over the sunken wreckage of the USS Arizona, the final resting place for many of its crewmen.
Waimea Canyon State Park
Known as 'the Grand Canyon of the Pacific,' Waimea Canyon is located on the southwest side of Kuau'i. 22 kilometres in length and over one kilometre deep, enjoy panoramic views of the deep valleys and rugged gorges from the lookouts.
Na Pali Coast
Journey to the North Shore of Kauai'i and take in the dramatic cliffs of the Na Pali Coast and the panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Hike along the Kalalau Trail and take in the majestic green cliffs, cascading waterfalls and the deep, narrow valleys. For a stunning view without the hike, try a helicopter tour.
Haleakala National Park
Feel the power of nature at Haleakala National Park on Maui. Hike or drive to the summit of Haleakala, Maui's highest peak. Wake up early and head to the Haleakala Visitor Center to catch the sunrise.
Diamond Head Hike
Hike to the top of one of Waikiki's iconic peaks, Diamond Head. The 1.3 kilometre trek to the summit of this extinct volcano will reward you with stunning views of Waikiki and O'ahu south shore.
Snorkel at Hanauma Bay
The crystal clear waters of Hanauma Bay State Park, O'ahu, are a sanctuary for snorkellers. An easy shuttle ride from Waikiki (entrance fees apply), and you will be rewarded with the stunning beach, tropical fish, colourful coral and maybe even a sea turtle! Other great places to snorkel and dive are Kealakekua Bay (Island of Hawai'i), Poipu Beach (Kaua'i) and Molokini Crater (Maui).
Drive the Hana Highway
With 620 bends and 59 bridges, Maui's Hana Highway is one the world's most scenic drives. Pass through rainforests, flowing waterfalls and picturesque seascapes. Make sure you stop off at Wai'anapanapa State Park, Ho'okipa Lookout and Wailua Falls before you reach sleepy Hana town.
Don't leave Hawaii without taking part in an authentic luau where you can get a taste of Hawaiian culture and food. See the kalua pork unveiled during the imu (underground oven) ceremony. Watch the art of the hula and the talented fire knife dancers as they spin and twirl their knives into the night sky.
Molokini is a crescent-shaped, partially submerged volcanic crater which forms a small, uninhabited islet. This has now becoming a popular spot for snorkelling with it's crystal clear waters and whale-watching trips will also come and visit the islet.
Night Dive & Snorkel with Manta Rays
Experience close encounters with these beautiful wild animals while snorkelling around a lighted raft or diving beneath them at night. The sea is all lit up as the Mantra Rays gracefully glide through the water while feeding on plankton - A must do experience when visiting the big island.
Last Updated: 12 April 2018
HOW TO GET THERE
Air New Zealand operates direct flights from Auckland to Honolulu seven days a week and Hawaiian Airlines flies up to five days a week. Connecting flights are available from major New Zealand cities. From Honolulu, Hawaiian Airlines operates flights to the islands of Maui, Kauai'i and the Island of Hawai'i
All travellers to the USA must carry a machine readable passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of departure. Travel advice is available from the New Zealand Government Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade at www.safetravel.govt.nz
All travellers to the USA are required to obtain the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) prior to travel, see www.cbp.gov/esta for more details.
GETTING AROUND by Car
Take the time to explore and discover as you make your way around the Hawaiian Islands. Driving is on the right hand side of the road. Talk to your Travel Consultant for details about Rental Car Hire.
The US Dollar (USD) is the official unit of currency in Hawai'i. All major credit cards are accepted throughout the islands, with ATMs also available.
As a guide tipping is expected in restaurants (15-20% of the bill), bars (USD1 per drink) and taxis (10-15%). Also tip hotel porters (USD1-2 per bag), housekeeping (USD1-2 per night), parking valets (USD3-5) and tour guides (USD2 per day)
110V 60Hz. Two flat pin plug. (An adapter is required)
Many properties charge a Daily Resort Fee or Mandatory Checkout Cleaning Charge. These are compulsory fees, payable direct to the property, covering a variety of inclusions. Fees and inclusions are always subject to change.
Last Updated: 16 April 2018
Weather & Events/Public Holidays
August is the hottest month in Hawaii with an average temperature of 27°C and the coldest is January at 23°C with the most daily sunshine hours at 11 in July. The wettest month is November with an average of 124mm of rain.