6 days in Cook Islands & Nuku'alofa Itinerary

6 days in Cook Islands & Nuku'alofa Itinerary

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Fly to Rarotonga International Airport, Drive to Muri
Muri, Cook Islands
— 2 nights
Drive to Rarotonga International Airport, Fly to Fua'amotu International Airport, Drive to Nuku'alofa
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
— 2 nights


Muri, Cook Islands

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Muri Lagoon, learn about winemaking at Koteka Winery, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with Island Crafts, kick back and relax at Titikaveka Beach, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Muri route planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Muri is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Cook Islands Standard Time (CKT) is minus 20 hours. Traveling from Brisbane in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Muri, with lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Nuku'alofa.

Things to do in Muri

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

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Nuku'alofa, Tonga

— 2 nights
The capital of Tonga and the seat of the island nation's royal family, Nuku'alofa was first seen by Western eyes in 1777, when legendary Captain James Cook arrived in the area.
On the 4th (Fri), kick back and relax at Mapu'a 'a Vaea Blowholes and then kick back and relax at Ha'atafu Beach. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Captain Cook's Landing Place, stroll through Anahulu Cave - The Underground Swimming Pool, and then soothe aching muscles at Island Glow.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nuku'alofa travel route site.

Explore your travel options from Muri to Nuku'alofa with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Muri to Nuku'alofa is 23 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Nuku'alofa can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 6th (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Nuku'alofa

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

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Cook Islands travel guide

Nature & Parks · 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.

Tonga travel guide

Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Nature & Parks
The Friendly Islands
Spread out over 177 islands, Tonga features an incredible array of natural environments and places to visit. "Island time" remains omnipresent in Tonga, and visitors may find that locals are in little hurry in their day-to-day lives. While sightseeing in Tonga, head for the country's three main island groupings--Vava'u, Ha'apai, and Tongatapu--to enjoy a taste of their world-class snorkeling and diving opportunities. Reefs and forests burst with life and lush foliage, and lend themselves well to enjoying the great outdoors, while sun-kissed beaches and idyllic lagoons make for fantastic lazy days along the shore. Alternatively, take advantage of the country's prolific whale-watching industry--frequently ranked among the best on the planet.