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 has three lovely kids, aged 10, 8 and 2. While her husband organises the family trips, Sophie makes sure that she takes everything they need to enjoy a happy, smooth and trouble-free family holiday. Sophie and her family love discovering local cultures and finding the best restaurants in town. Also, they are curious and eager to try new sports.
” 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. Check them out in the section trip details.  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.”
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NEW YORK – HONOLULU – SYDNEY -AUCKLAND -FIJI -KAUI -NEW YORK
56 hours!! Get organized 🙂
$2300 per person
RENTAL CAR IN NEW ZEALAND
1540 km in 13 days in New Zealand
20 hours on the road -5 stops
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
$2300 /pp 
 
One month trip!
Nature at its purest in New Zealand
Opera house & bay in Sydney
The Maori aborigines customs in New Zealand 
Surf lessons with the kids in Hawaii
 
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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP
O'ahu, Hawaii
Beaches and surf lessons
Snorkeling
Visit of Pearl Harbor

A snapshot

O’AHU, HAWAII, US
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
NEW ZEALAND
FIJI ISLANDS
1GrnCircleAIRPORT HONOLULU TO
 KAHUKU, O’AHU, HAWAII
 

1h10 – 65 km
Kahuku
  • We stayed at Hotel Turtle Bay. Comfortable family rooms with dramatic Ocean Views. A great way to start our one month trip!
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    Sunset beach: beautiful surfing mecca
     
    Turtle bay & Shark’s Cove – snorkeling
     
    Pool at hotel
2GrnCircle
 KAHUKU TO
WAIKIKI BEACH, O’AHU, HAWAII
 

1h15 – 61 km
Waikiki
  • We stayed at the Hotel Royal Hawaiian – beautiful typical hotel, not a big building. Intimate.

  • We drove to Honolulu along the east coast.  We stopped at the many beautiful beaches on the way to Waikiki beach.

    Visit of the Tropical Farms at Kualoa – great cultural island highlight!

    Walk in the area, big shopping opportunities. (Very touristy).

    Beach and surf lessons.
WAIKIKI , O’AHU, HAWAII  TO
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
 

10h30 – Flight
Sydney
  • We stayed at Langham Hotel, 20 minutes from the airport. Beautiful boutique hotel style in the center of Sydney.Perfect and comfortable to adjust after a long flight from Hawaii.
  • Walk in the city: Circular Quay & the Opera. Then we went to Taronga Zoo.
    We surfed in the ocean. We rented chairs, body boards and umbrellas on the beach.
    We headed to Bondi beach by car (approximative 20 min). Then we hiked from Bondi to Bronte beach. This is a beautiful 30 minutes coastal walk, easy to plan with kids. Don’t forget to buy a picnic on before hand with plenty of water.
    Visit of Darling harbor & the Sydney Sealife aquarium 
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA TO
TUTUKAKA, NEW ZEALAND

3h30 flight+ 2h30 / 190 km

New Zealand
  • We stayed  at Novotel Auckland for one night, stopover, before our departure to my Uncle’s house in Tutukaka, 2h30 drive from Auckland.There we stayed for 4 nights.
  • Fishing time and relaxing home.
    Boat day to Poor Knights Islands and Southern Arch, one of the world’s top dive location. 
    Visit of the town of Whangarai, located 30 min away from Tutukaka: visit of the city and walk along the water.
TUTUKAKA, NEW ZEALAND  TO
HOKIANGA, NEW ZEALAND
 

2h30 – 150 km
Hokianga
  • We stayed at Hotel Copthorne  for one night, located in Hokianga.
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    We went for a two days trip to Hokianga & Cape Reinga, north of the peninsula, On our way up, we had a picnic along a beautiful lake . 
     
    Visit of the oldest tree of the Southern hemisphere.
HOKIANGA, NZ TO
CAPE REINGA-MANGONUI, NZ
 

5h – 330 km
Mangonui
  • We stayed at the Waterfornt Motel  – in  Mongonui. Experience the charm of Northland in classic style . The apartments offer a waterfront lifestyle, in the centre of Mangonui village, just metres from the harbour edge.
  • We took the ferry from Hokianga. Then we drove to Cape Reinga, the nothern tip of the island. 
    From Cape Reinga we went back to Mangonui and settled down for the night  in a nice waterfront hotel.
MANGONUI TO PAIHIA – RUSSEL
HIKURANGI- TUTUKAKA, NZ
  

3h45-190 km
Road trip
  • We went back to my uncle’s place in Tutukaka.
  • We drove from Mongnui to Paihia to visit this little town.
    From there we drove to  Opua and took the ferry to Russel.
    We went to Hikurangi Bay where we had lunch.
    We drove back to Tutukaka. There we stayed 2 nights to relax in my uncle’s house, just chilling out.
TUTUKAKA, NZ TO
ROTORUA, NZ
 

6h – 450 km
Rotorua
ROTORUA-AUCKLAND, NZ TO
CASTAWAY ISLAND , FIJI
 

3h/230 km + 3h flight
Castway Resort Island
  • We stayed one night in Fiji Gateway, 5 minutes walk from the airport. The next day, we took  a little seaplane to our resort Castaway Island resort. An island for ourselves in an amazing setting! A great family resort with Diving and snorkeling opportunities. Good food, ideal for families.
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    Chilling out at the resort….just enjoying the moment! Scuba diving, paddle boarding, kayaking, massage, swimming, tennis….
CASTAWAY ISLAND TO
DENARAU ISLAND, FIJI
  

20 min by seaplane
Denarau Island
FIJI VIA AUCKLAND, NZ
TO HONOLULU, HAWAII
  

5 h + 9 h flights
Honolulu

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 moment, & 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.