16 days in Cook Islands Itinerary

16 days in Cook Islands Itinerary

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Avarua, Rarotonga
— 9 nights
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Aitutaki
— 4 nights
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Atiu
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Avarua, Rarotonga

Avarua is known for shopping, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Muri Lagoon, hunt for treasures at Punanga Nui, take in the dramatic scenery at Papua ( Wigmore's) Waterfall, and sample the tasty concoctions at Matutu Brewery.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Avarua trip itinerary maker.

Sydney, Australia to Avarua is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Cook Islands Standard Time (CKT), which is usually a -20 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in March, expect Avarua to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Aitutaki.

Things to do in Avarua

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

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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: step off the mainland to explore One Foot Island, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Aitutaki Lagoon, and admire the natural beauty at Aitutaki Secret Garden.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Aitutaki online route planner.

Fly from Avarua to Aitutaki in 3 hours. You will leave for Atiu on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Aitutaki

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
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Atiu

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). Anatakitaki Cave (Kopeka Cave) has been added to your itinerary. On the 2nd (Thu), explore the fascinating underground world of Anatakitaki Cave (Kopeka Cave).

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Atiu online holiday maker.

Explore your travel options from Aitutaki to Atiu with the Route module. On the 3rd (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Atiu

Parks · Nature
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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.