12 days in Cook Islands Itinerary

12 days in Cook Islands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cook Islands holiday planner
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Avarua, Rarotonga
— 7 nights
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Aitutaki
— 3 nights
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Avarua, Rarotonga — 7 nights

Bring the kids along to Muri Lagoon and Papua ( Wigmore's) Waterfall. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, identify plant and animal life at Raro Mountain Safari Tour, browse the eclectic array of goods at Punanga Nui, and stroll through Aroa Marine Reserve.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Avarua visit planner.

Alofi, Niue to Avarua is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Alofi to Avarua is 1 hour. May in Avarua sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Aitutaki.
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Aitutaki — 3 nights

Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
Kids will enjoy Aitutaki Lagoon and Akaiami Beach. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to One Foot Island, take in nature's colorful creations at Aitutaki Secret Garden, kick back and relax at O'otu Beach, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Aitutaki road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Avarua to Aitutaki takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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Cook Islands travel guide

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Beaches · Concerts & Shows · Scuba & Snorkeling
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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