15 days in Rarotonga & Aitutaki Itinerary

15 days in Rarotonga & Aitutaki Itinerary

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Fly to Rarotonga International Airport, Drive to Avarua
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Avarua
— 4 nights
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Aitutaki
— 6 nights
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Muri
— 1 night
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Avarua

Avarua is known for shopping, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hunt for treasures at Punanga Nui, stop by Perfumes of Rarotonga, steep yourself in history at Wreck of the Matai, and enjoy the sand and surf at Aroa Beach.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Avarua driving holiday app.

Gaborone, Botswana to Avarua is an approximately 35-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 12 hours traveling from Gaborone to Avarua due to the time zone difference. In April, Avarua is somewhat warmer than Gaborone - with highs of 33°C and lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Aitutaki.

Things to do in Avarua

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 19:

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Aitutaki

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: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Aitutaki Lagoon, step off the mainland to explore One Foot Island, and stroll through O'otu Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Aitutaki travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Avarua to Aitutaki takes 3 hours. You will leave for Muri on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Aitutaki

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 25:

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Muri

Raratonga's lagoon measures widest and deepest around Muri, attracting large numbers of tourists to swim, snorkel, dive, and boat in the turquoise water filled with tropical sea life.
On the 25th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Maire Nui Botanical Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Muri Lagoon, then see the interesting displays at Te Ara- Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: sample the tasty concoctions at Matutu Brewery and then see Raro Buggy Tours.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Muri trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aitutaki to Muri. In April in Muri, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Muri

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 25 — 26:

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.