12 days in Aitutaki & Rarotonga Itinerary

12 days in Aitutaki & Rarotonga Itinerary

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Aitutaki
— 4 nights
Fly to Rarotonga International Airport, Drive to Titikaveka
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Titikaveka
— 6 nights
Drive to Rarotonga International Airport, Fly to Auckland

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Aitutaki — 4 nights

Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
Aitutaki is known for beaches, nature, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get interesting insight from Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Akaiami Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Aitutaki Secret Garden, and head off the coast to One Foot Island.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Aitutaki tour planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Aitutaki is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Cook Islands Standard Time, which is usually a -22 hour difference. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Titikaveka.
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Titikaveka — 6 nights

Titikaveka is known for beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Titikaveka Beach, sample the tasty concoctions at Matutu Brewery, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Te Rua Manga (The Needle), and identify plant and animal life at Raro Mountain Safari Tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Titikaveka trip planning website.

Explore your travel options from Aitutaki to Titikaveka with the Route module. In August, daily temperatures in Titikaveka can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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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.
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