23 days in Rarotonga, New Zealand & Aitutaki Itinerary

23 days in Rarotonga, New Zealand & Aitutaki Itinerary

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Avarua, Cook Islands
— 8 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Aitutaki, Cook Islands
— 8 nights

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Avarua, Cook Islands

Avarua ©
Avarua is known for shopping, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Rock Beach, hunt for treasures at Punanga Nui, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cook Island Christian Church (CICC), and explore the world behind art at Cook Islands Library & Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Avarua journey builder.

New York City, USA to Avarua is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from New York City to Avarua due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in July, you will find days in Avarua are little chillier (77°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). On the 13th (Mon), you'll travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Avarua

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Rarotonga, Aumata Mini Golf
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 13:
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Cook Island Christian Church (CICC) ©
Cook Island Christian Church (CICC)
Te Rua Manga (The Needle) ©
Te Rua Manga (The Needle)
Cook Islands Library & Museum ©
Cook Islands Library & Museum

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Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Cheltenham Beach, then wander the streets of Devonport, then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Foxes Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Piha Beach, then kick back and relax at Anawhata, and finally stop by Pauanesia.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Auckland attractions tool.

Traveling by flight from Avarua to Auckland takes 8 hours. The time zone difference moving from Cook Islands Standard Time (CKT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 22 hours. While traveling from Avarua, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 53°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Aitutaki.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Auckland Region, Piha Beach
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 17:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Wine Tours & Tastings
Devonport ©
Devonport

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Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Aitutaki ©
Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
Visit Aitutaki Lagoon and O'otu Beach for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore One Foot Island, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Maungapu, admire the natural beauty at Aitutaki Secret Garden, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Aitutaki journey builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Aitutaki takes 10.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Cook Islands Standard Time is minus 22 hours. On the 24th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Aitutaki

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 24:
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Aitutaki Lagoon ©
Aitutaki Lagoon
One Foot Island ©
One Foot Island
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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