6 days in Cook Islands Itinerary

6 days in Cook Islands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cook Islands vacation planner

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— 1 night
Avarua, Rarotonga
— 4 nights



— 1 night
Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Maungapu, tour the pleasant surroundings at O'otu Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Aitutaki Lagoon, and finally look for gifts at T & S Artworx.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Aitutaki trip planning tool.

Wellington, New Zealand to Aitutaki is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Wellington to Aitutaki, you'll gain 22 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Avarua.

Things to do in Aitutaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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Avarua, Rarotonga

— 4 nights
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St Joseph's Cathedral and Cook Island Christian Church (CICC). Explore hidden gems such as The Dive Centre - The Big Fish and Perfumes of Rarotonga. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Cook Islands Cultural Village, tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Rock Beach, examine the collection at Te Ara- Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise, and sample the tasty concoctions at Matutu Brewery.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Avarua trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Aitutaki to Avarua takes 3 hours. December in Avarua sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Avarua

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

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Cook Islands travel guide

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.