10 days in Cook Islands Itinerary

10 days in Cook Islands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cook Islands holiday planner
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Atiu
— 1 night
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Aitutaki
— 2 nights
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Avarua, Rarotonga
— 6 nights
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Atiu — 1 night

Atiu, also known as Enuamanu, is an island 187 km northeast of Rarotonga, in the Southern Islands group of the Cook Islands Archipelago.GeographyAtiu is a raised volcanic island surrounded by a reef from which rise 6m cliffs of fossilized coral (makatea). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Anatakitaki Cave (Kopeka Cave).

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Atiu road trip planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Atiu is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Cook Islands Standard Time (CKT) is minus 22 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Aitutaki.
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Aitutaki — 2 nights

Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at O'otu Beach and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Maungapu. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Moturakau and then surround yourself with nature on Aitutaki Adventures.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Aitutaki trip builder site.

Explore your travel options from Atiu to Aitutaki with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can fly to Avarua.
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Avarua, Rarotonga — 6 nights

Get outdoors at The Dive Centre - The Big Fish and Tikioki Marine Reserve. Explore hidden gems such as Black Rock Beach and Cook Islands Cultural Village. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Aroa Marine Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Aroa Beach, explore the world behind art at Cook Islands Library & Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Joseph's Cathedral.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Avarua trip itinerary app.

Fly from Aitutaki to Avarua in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in April, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Cook Islands travel guide

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Scattered across a 2,200,000 sq km (849,425 sq mi) zone in the vast Pacific Ocean, roughly halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, the Cook Islands are about as remote a holiday destination as you will find. With their pristine white-sand beaches, tranquil azure lagoons, lush tropical jungles, and teeming coral reefs, the 15 islands seem plucked from a picture postcard of paradise. Relaxation comes first and foremost, for locals as much as tourists, and you will find the laid-back lifestyle of the Cook Islanders as infectious as their warm smiles. As tempting (and fulfilling) as it might be to spend all day swinging lazily in a hammock strung between shady palm trees, plenty of adventures await exploring the idyllic scenery overland, on the waves, and undersea.
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