Get ready for a big Aloha welcome from the sun-kissed isles of Hawaii. Speckling the Pacific Ocean like a string of pearls, they are the stuff of tropical travel brochures. There's Kauai, carved by mighty cliffs and mountains and canyons that drop straight into a frothing sea. There's Maui, where golden beaches host surf swells while smoking volcanos keep watch overhead. Or, you can choose a deluxe resort on the pink-tinged shores of Big Island, for days of golfing and lagoon swimming. Cheap flights to Honolulu from New Zealand will take you to the capital of the state. It's the perfect base point for further explorations, but also has bumping Waikiki Beach and enthralling WWII history museums of its own.
Hikes to the top of Diamond Head will reveal unique Hawaiian flora and landscapes of sweeping hills set to a cobalt Pacific Ocean.
Life's good in Waikiki. White sands, blue lagoons, and easy-going waves for the longboarders see to that.
There's a national memorial and an enthralling WWII military museum around the old battleships of Pearl Harbor.