8 days in Cook Islands Itinerary

8 days in Cook Islands Itinerary

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Aitutaki
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Mauke
— 1 day
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Avarua, Rarotonga
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Aitutaki

Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): stroll through O'otu Beach, kick back and relax at Aitutaki Lagoon, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Maungapu. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore One Foot Island, admire the natural beauty at Aitutaki Secret Garden, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Aitutaki trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Aitutaki is an approximately 10-hour flight. You'll gain 20 hours traveling from Sydney to Aitutaki due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mauke.

Things to do in Aitutaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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Mauke

Mauke is an island of the Cook Islands archipelago, lying in the central-southern Pacific Ocean. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zion church.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Mauke trip planner.

You can fly from Aitutaki to Mauke in 8.5 hours. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Avarua.

Things to do in Mauke

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 12:

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Avarua, Rarotonga

Get outdoors at Muri Lagoon and Te Rua Manga (The Needle). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cook Island Christian Church (CICC), stop by Bergman & Sons, enjoy some diversion at Cocoputt, and kick back and relax at Black Rock Beach.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Avarua trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mauke to Avarua. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Avarua

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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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.