11 days in Cook Islands Itinerary

11 days in Cook Islands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cook Islands itinerary planner

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Aitutaki
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Avarua, Rarotonga
— 7 nights
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Aitutaki

— 3 nights
Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
Aitutaki is known for nature, beaches, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Aitutaki Lagoon, step off the mainland to explore Moturakau, stroll through O'otu Beach, and head outdoors with Akaiami.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Aitutaki road trip planning site.

Sydney, Australia to Aitutaki is an approximately 10-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 20 hours traveling from Sydney to Aitutaki. On the 28th (Sat), you'll travel to Avarua.

Things to do in Aitutaki

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
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Avarua, Rarotonga

— 7 nights
Avarua is known for shopping, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hunt for treasures at Punanga Nui, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cook Island Christian Church (CICC), tour the pleasant surroundings at Aroa Marine Reserve, and have fun at Cocoputt.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Avarua trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Aitutaki to Avarua takes 3 hours. November in Avarua sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Avarua

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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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.