15 days in Cook Islands Itinerary

15 days in Cook Islands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cook Islands visit planner

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Fly to Rarotonga International Airport, Drive to Avarua
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Avarua, Rarotonga
— 5 nights
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Aitutaki
— 4 nights
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Atiu
— 3 nights
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Avarua, Rarotonga

— 5 nights
Step off the beaten path and head to St Joseph's Cathedral and Aroa Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cook Islands Cultural Village and Cook Islands National Museum. The adventure continues: stroll through Black Rock Beach, cast your line with a fishing tour, see the interesting displays at Te Ara- Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise, and get engrossed in the history at Pa Ariki's Takitumu Palace Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Avarua road trip website.

Seattle, USA to Avarua is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Seattle to Avarua, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in February, expect Avarua to be much hotter, temps between 85°F and 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Aitutaki.

Things to do in Avarua

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 25 — Mar 2:

Aitutaki

— 4 nights
Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at O'otu Beach and Aitutaki Lagoon. Get outdoors at Aitutaki Adventures and One Foot Island. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Maungapu, head off the coast to Moturakau, head outdoors with Akaiami, and look for gifts at T & S Artworx.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Aitutaki travel planning app.

Traveling by flight from Avarua to Aitutaki takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Atiu.

Things to do in Aitutaki

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 7:

Atiu

— 3 nights
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). Atiu is known for nature and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Anatakitaki Cave (Kopeka Cave).

Start your trip to Atiu by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Aitutaki to Atiu. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Atiu

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 10:

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.