9 days in Auckland & Rarotonga Itinerary

9 days in Auckland & Rarotonga Itinerary

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Avarua, Cook Islands
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Auckland, New Zealand

— 1 night

City of Sails

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland day trip planner.

Christchurch to Auckland is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Auckland. On the 19th (Sat), you're off to Avarua.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
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Avarua, Cook Islands

— 7 nights
Avarua is known for shopping, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the eclectic array of goods at Punanga Nui, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Matutu Brewery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tikioki Marine Reserve, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Te Rua Manga (The Needle).

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Avarua journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Avarua takes 8 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Avarua is minus 22 hours. Traveling from Auckland in June, expect nights in Avarua to be a bit warmer, around 24°C, while days are much hotter, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Avarua

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

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Auckland, New Zealand

City of Sails

Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): stop by Pauanesia and then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Auckland sightseeing app.

Fly from Avarua to Auckland in 8 hours. The time zone changes from Cook Islands Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 22 hour difference. When traveling from Avarua in June, plan for much colder days in Auckland, with highs around 15°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Auckland

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Auckland Region travel guide

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Observation Decks · Volcanos · Military Museums
As home to New Zealand's largest urban area, Auckland Region is by far the most populous in the country, despite its modest proportions. Its concentration of settlements makes it a region of culture, history, and cosmopolitan development, boasting a range of museums, buildings of interest, restaurants, and bars, many in the city of Auckland itself. As with all of New Zealand, you don't have to go far from the urban centers to experience wild and varied landscape on your Auckland holiday: from rugged coastal areas to lush native forests, you'll find stunning biodiversity and impressive geological features.

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.