12 days in Cook Islands Itinerary

12 days in Cook Islands Itinerary

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Drive to Boise Air Terminal/Gowen Field, Fly to Atiu
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Atiu
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Aitutaki
— 4 nights
Fly to Rarotongo, Taxi to Rarotonga
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Rarotonga
— 5 nights
Fly to Boise Air Terminal/Gowen Field, Drive to Stanley

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Atiu

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). Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Anatakitaki Cave (Kopeka Cave).

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Atiu trip itinerary site.

Stanley, USA to Atiu is an approximately 31-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Cook Islands Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Aitutaki.
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Aitutaki — 4 nights

Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
Visit O'otu Beach and Aitutaki Lagoon for some beach relaxation. Step off the beaten path and head to Mount Maungapu and Aitutaki Secret Garden. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Moturakau, stop by T & S Artworx, and enjoy the sand and surf at Akaiami Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Aitutaki trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Atiu to Aitutaki with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Rarotonga.
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Rarotonga — 5 nights

The center of Rarotonga is a mass of peaks and ridges, closely thatched with dense jungle.
Step out of the city life by going to Aroa Marine Reserve and Black Rock Beach. Relax by the water at Titikaveka Beach and Muri Lagoon. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Te Ara- Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise, stop by Tokerau Jim, contemplate the long history of Cook Islands Cultural Village, and take in the awesome beauty at Te Rua Manga (The Needle).

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rarotonga route app.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Aitutaki to Rarotonga in 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Rarotonga can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for travel 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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