18 days in Cook Islands Itinerary

18 days in Cook Islands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cook Islands itinerary planner

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Fly to Rarotonga International Airport, Drive to Arorangi
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Arorangi, Rarotonga
— 11 nights
Drive to Rarotonga International Airport, Fly to Aitutaki Airport
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Aitutaki
— 4 nights
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Arorangi, Rarotonga

— 11 nights
Do some cultural sightseeing at St Joseph's Cathedral and Cook Islands Library & Museum. Get outdoors at Aroa Marine Reserve and Black Rock Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Arorangi road trip planning tool.

London, UK to Arorangi is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Cook Islands Standard Time, which is usually a -10 hour difference. Traveling from London in March, expect Arorangi to be much warmer, temps between 34°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Aitutaki.

Things to do in Arorangi

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 5 — 16:

Aitutaki

— 4 nights
Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mount Maungapu and Aitutaki Secret Garden. Relax by the water at Aitutaki Lagoon and O'otu Beach. Next up on the itinerary: cast your line with a fishing tour, look for gifts at T & S Artworx, get outside with Akaiami, and step off the mainland to explore One Foot Island.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Aitutaki travel planner.

Explore your travel options from Arorangi to Aitutaki with the Route module. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Aitutaki

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 20:

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.