10 days in Auckland & Rarotonga Itinerary

10 days in Auckland & Rarotonga Itinerary

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Avarua, Cook Islands
— 6 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand

— 2 nights

City of Sails

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Auckland online journey builder.

Christchurch to Auckland is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in June, Auckland is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. You will leave for Avarua on the 20th (Sun).

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
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Avarua, Cook Islands

— 6 nights
Avarua is known for shopping, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Muri Lagoon, stop by Bergman & Sons, browse the eclectic array of goods at Punanga Nui, and stroll through Titikaveka Beach.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Avarua trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Avarua takes 8 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 22 hours traveling from Auckland to Avarua. When traveling from Auckland in June, plan for warmer days in Avarua, with highs around 30°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Avarua

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Auckland, New Zealand

— 1 night

City of Sails

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland journey planner.

You can fly from Avarua to Auckland in 8 hours. Traveling from Avarua to Auckland, you'll lose 22 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Avarua in June, plan for cooler days in Auckland, with highs around 15°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 15°C. On the 27th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 27:

Rarotonga travel guide

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Concerts & Shows · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
The center of Rarotonga is a mass of peaks and ridges, closely thatched with dense jungle. Around the outer edge of the island, between verdant bush and pristine white beaches, you'll find a scattering of hotels and resorts; restaurants, bars, and cafes; paw paw patches and fields of taro, mango, and bananas. Explore the unspoiled scenery of the interior, or relax wholeheartedly into the laid-back Islander way of life. There are two bus routes--clockwise and counterclockwise around the island--and the buses stop on demand, allowing you to get around with ease (if at a sedate place). Encircled by a sheltering coral reef, the crystal clear waters surrounding the island are calm and perfect for fishing, swimming, diving, paddling, snorkeling, or simply splashing about. Rarotonga also serves as the gateway to the rest of the Cook Islands, with tiny traditional communities, ancient caves, uninhabited islets, and sandy atolls to discover.