12-Day Vacation with Stops in Auckland, Rotorua, and Honolulu
Included in this tour package:
- Round-trip airfare on Hawaiian Airlines, from Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), Phoenix (PHX), Sacramento (SMF), Las Vegas (LAS), or New York (JFK)
- Three nights at 4-star Copthorne Hotel Auckland City in a Standard Room
- Two nights at 4-star Copthorne Hotel Rotorua in a Standard Room
- Two nights at 4-star Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands
- Three nights at either the Shoreline Waikiki Hotel or a similar hotel in Honolulu.
- Car rental in New Zealand (4-door sedan, automatic transmission)
- One-way transfer from Auckland Airport to Copthorne Hotel Auckland City
Click here to see a detailed trip itinerary. Below is a summary of trip highlights—note that trips from New York have a reverse itinerary (Hawaii first, then New Zealand).
Days 1–3: Auckland, New Zealand
On Day 1, you’ll take a morning flight to Honolulu where you’ll catch a connection flight to Auckland. You’ll arrive in Auckland on Day 2 and transfer to your downtown hotel for a two-night stay. While you’re in Auckland, check out the Auckland Museum, which pays homage to New Zealand’s vibrant history and rich culture with recreated marine exhibits and a collection of taonga, or treasures from the island’s indigenous Maori tribe.
Arguably the best view of Auckland is from 328 meters high atop the Auckland Sky Tower, an observation tower that bears resemblance to Seattle’s Space Needle or Toronto’s CN Tower. The tower—which is the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest freestanding structure—offers panoramic views of Auckland’s glittering harbors, beaches, and skyscrapers.
Days 4–6: Rotorua On Day 4, you’ll pick up your rental car in the downtown depot just a few steps from your hotel. You’ll venture south to Rotorua, a lakeside town with an enchanting landscape of geothermal pools, geysers, and springs. At the region’s Waimangu Volcanic Valley, you can see this geothermal upheaval firsthand, as fumaroles spout amid lush tropical vegetation, sulphuric rocks, and azure lakes.
For an eerie yet magical experience, take a detour and visit the Waitomo Caves and take a boat ride for an additional fee. Here, the boat glides through an underground river, where if you look up, you’ll see hundreds of tiny glowworms glowing from the cavern’s stalactites.
On Day 6, you will depart Rotorua. You’ll head back to Auckland for an overnight stay before visiting the Bay of Islands, located a few hours north of Auckland.
Days 7–8: Bay of Islands Bay of Islands is a cluster of nearly 150 individual islands that have attracted tourists in search of water recreation. Sea-kayak tours weave around the islands and their rocky shores, including the famous Hole in the Rock. Along the way, you should see dolphins, which thrive in the sub-tropic waters. Some tours stop off to allow passengers to swim with the dolphins at designated sites.
Days 9–12: Honolulu, Hawaii
On Day 9, you’ll drive back to Auckland for your late evening flight to Hawaii. A trip to Honolulu brings this vacation to a close. You’ll have three nights to bask in the temperate climate and lush, green surroundings of Oahu. A good place to start is Waikiki Beach, surrounded by tranquil waters that are ideal for first-time surfers.
Further inland, you can hike through Makiki Valley’s rainforest to see massive, sinuous trees alongside rock-filled brooks. It’s worth making the trek to Diamond Head State Monument, a 300,000-year-old saucer formed by a single explosive eruption and arguably Hawaii’s most recognizable landmark. Hikers can walk down a 0.8-mile trail where molten lava once smoldered to ascend to the crater’s 560-foot-tall lip. Before heading home, consider attending an optional luau to watch hula dancers perform the traditional dance by torchlight (additional fee).
Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
1. How much would it cost to fly from an airport not listed as part of this deal?
This deal is only available from the airport listed in the promotion.
2. Can we extend our trip before or after the promotional dates for the deal?
Your Groupon is for specific dates. We are holding seat and room allocations for those dates and we are using a special airfare that is not valid outside of Groupon dates. We can’t guarantee availability or price for the dates outside specified in Groupon, but we’ll be happy to give you a quote.
3. How do I find out if the dates I want to travel are available?
You buy vouchers for a specific departure date. The availability is guaranteed.
4. What happens if I buy the Groupon and my travel dates are not available?
You buy vouchers for a specific date, so you’ll be set.
5. Does my child need a Groupon, and can they stay in my room?
Your child doesn’t need a Groupon. There is a child supplement that will be calculated based on the child’s age and your travel dates. This child supplement is paid directly to pacificislands.com.