12 days in Cook Islands Itinerary

12 days in Cook Islands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cook Islands vacation planner
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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). Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): Head underground at Anatakitaki Cave (Kopeka Cave).

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Atiu trip itinerary builder.

Stanley, USA to Atiu is an approximately 31-hour combination of car and flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Stanley to Atiu due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) 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.
Relax by the water at O'otu Beach and Aitutaki Lagoon. Discover out-of-the-way places like Moturakau and Mount Maungapu. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Akaiami Beach, admire the natural beauty at Aitutaki Secret Garden, head off the coast to One Foot Island, and stop by T & S Artworx.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Aitutaki trip site.

Explore your travel options from Atiu to Aitutaki with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Black Rock Beach and Aroa Marine Reserve. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Titikaveka Beach and Muri Lagoon. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Te Ara- Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise, admire the masterpieces at Cook Islands Library & Museum, do a tasting at Koteka Winery, and stroll through Takitumu Conservation Area.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rarotonga online road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Aitutaki to Rarotonga takes 3 hours. In September in Rarotonga, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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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