US Vice President Mike Pence will make his first visit to the Asia-Pacific region this month, but New Zealand has been left off the itinerary.
The 10-day trip will take in Australia, Japan, Indonesia and the Republic of Korea, with a stop in Hawaii on the way back.
Mr Pence is expected to hold a series of meetings in Australia, including with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, as well as with US and Australian service members.
"Focusing on American businesses, jobs, and the economy, Vice President Pence will join a listening session and give remarks to the US and Australian business community," a White House statement said.
The visit to the region comes as the US looks toward individual trade deals with Trans-Pacific Partnership member countries, including New Zealand.
– With NZN