SOPHIE’S TRIP TO
HAWAII & THE SOUTH PACIFIC
32 NIGHTS/11 STOPS
Once in a lifetime trip from Hawaii to New Zealand,
with a stopover in Sydney, Australia & Castaway Island, Fiji.
” Sophie and her family had an exceptional opportunity to take a one-month trip. They decided to head to New Zealand, stopping over in Hawaii, Sydney and Fiji on the way back. They were marveled by the unspoiled wilderness of New Zealand, unlike anything they had ever seen before; they witnessed nature at its purest. The addition of Hawaii with its extraordinary biodiversity, ranging from volcano to gorgeous beaches, together with the paradisiacal island of Fiji, made this trip unique. They visited the majestic opera house in Sydney, which has a beautiful view overlooking the Sydney bay. They took surfing lessons in Hawaii, made a boat trip in New Zealand and hiked along beaches in Sydney.
They chose to travel with their three kids. Mattia (2) behaved very well and handled the long flights impeccably. All three kids were delighted to discover Maori customs in New Zealand. Also, this gourmet family found lovely local restaurants at every stop along the way. Enjoy this out-of-the-ordinary itinerary created and tested by Sophie and her family. You can opt for one or two legs of the trip. Just choose the places you wish to visit and feel inspired by Sophie’s experience for your next once in a lifetime trip. Their budget for the whole trip was around $ 4500 per person for 22 nights (10 nights spent with relatives + excluded food and activities).“
32 nights & 11 stops
1540 km in New Zealand
from November to April (New Zealand)
nature & cultural discovery
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP
Beaches and surf lessons
Visit of Pearl Harbor
NEW YORK – HONOLULU
12 hours – direct flight
HONOLULU – SYDNEY – AUCKLAND – FIJI – HONOLULU
RENTAL CAR IN NEW ZEALAND
1540 km in 13 days in New Zealand
20 hours on the road -5 stops in New Zealand
AVERAGE BUDGET PER PERSON
$ 4500 / pp for 22 nights (10 nights spent with relatives)
$2000 /pp for 22 nights (without breakfast)
$200/pp for rental car & taxis
Honolulu Arrival airport
O’AHU, HAWAII, US
GOOD TO KNOW
We traveled with Hawaiian airlines. It’s a great company: good food & service, they are very caring with kids!
Buy a roundtrip with one airline company to get great deals.
Don’t forget to plan activities for your kids during the long haul flights. It can quickly become a nightmare if you don’t have sufficient entertainments. Here are some tips and ideas that I read from NY times.
When you travel for an extended period, foresee some longer stops of at least 5-6 days to relax to do some laundry & to get organized for the next stop.
Don’t plan a strenuous program in each places. Sometimes it’s also nice to decide on the spot & follow your inspiration.
Be ready to change your plan in function of unforeseen weather events.
We had already been to Australia therefore we went only for a couple of days to Sydney. We would recommend to skip this part and foresee an exclusive trip to Australia if you have never been there.
Packing for one month can be kind of a challenge: foresee both warm and light clothings. Don’t overpack – you can always buy missing stuff in a lot of places in Hawaii & Australia – Plan the medications that you are used to as this can be more difficult to get.
Very good Asian food in Honolulu.