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: head off the coast to One Foot Island, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Maungapu, admire the natural beauty at Aitutaki Secret Garden, and take some stellar pictures from Piraki Lookout.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Aitutaki sightseeing site.

Auckland, New Zealand to Aitutaki is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Cook Islands Standard Time (CKT), which is usually a -22 hour difference. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Titikaveka.
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Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
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Titikaveka — 6 nights

Titikaveka is known for beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Muri Lagoon, kick back and relax at Titikaveka Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cook Island Christian Church (CICC), and take in nature's colorful creations at Maire Nui Gardens & Cafe.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Titikaveka trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Aitutaki to Titikaveka with the Route module. In July, daytime highs in Titikaveka are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for 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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