14 days in Cook Islands Itinerary

14 days in Cook Islands Itinerary

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Aitutaki
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Avarua, Rarotonga
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Aitutaki

— 4 nights
Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
Get outdoors at Aitutaki Lagoon and O'otu Beach. The adventure continues: cast your line with a fishing tour, stop by T & S Artworx, step off the mainland to explore Moturakau, and get outside with Akaiami.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Aitutaki trip itinerary planner.

Perth, Australia to Aitutaki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Perth to Aitutaki due to the time zone difference. On the 4th (Sun), you'll travel to Avarua.

Things to do in Aitutaki

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
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Avarua, Rarotonga

— 9 nights
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Muri Lagoon and Black Rock Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Dive Rarotonga and Tikioki Marine Reserve. There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Punanga Nui, take in nature's colorful creations at Maire Nui Botanical Gardens, look for gifts at Bergman & Sons, and stroll through Takitumu Conservation Area.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Avarua trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Aitutaki to Avarua by flight takes about 3 hours. In July in Avarua, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Avarua

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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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.