11 days in Cook Islands Itinerary

11 days in Cook Islands Itinerary

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Avarua, Rarotonga
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Aitutaki
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Avarua, Rarotonga — 6 nights

Get outdoors at Titikaveka Beach and Black Rock Beach. Family-friendly places like Te Rua Manga (The Needle) and Papua ( Wigmore's) Waterfall will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Punanga Nui, join in the after-dark buzz at Rehab Nightclub, kick back and relax at Aroa Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Joseph's Cathedral.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Avarua road trip tool.

Auckland, New Zealand to Avarua is an approximately 8-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 22 hours traveling from Auckland to Avarua. Traveling from Auckland in August, you will find days in Avarua are much warmer (29°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (22°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Aitutaki.
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Aitutaki — 4 nights

Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Aitutaki Lagoon and Akaiami Beach. Visiting Boat Tours & Water Sports and Mount Maungapu will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore One Foot Island, look for gifts at T & S Artworx, admire the natural beauty at Aitutaki Secret Garden, and get great views at Piraki Lookout.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Aitutaki visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Avarua to Aitutaki takes 3 hours. You will leave for Avarua on the 6th (Tue).
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Avarua, Rarotonga

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Avarua tour itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Aitutaki to Avarua in 3 hours. On the 6th (Tue), you'll travel 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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