17 days in Cook Islands & Auckland Itinerary

17 days in Cook Islands & Auckland Itinerary

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17 days in Cook Islands & Auckland Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  30​h
1
Avarua, Cook Islands
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Aitutaki, Cook Islands
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
3
Waiheke Island, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Warkworth, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Auckland Central, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: London, United Kingdom


3
nights
Avarua, Cook Islands

Avarua ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Titikaveka Beach and Black Rock Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Te Rua Manga (The Needle) and Muri Lagoon. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cook Island Christian Church (CICC), take in nature's colorful creations at Maire Nui Botanical Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Aroa Marine Reserve, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Punanga Nui.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Avarua travel planner .

London, UK to Avarua is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Cook Is. Time is minus 10 hours. In April, Avarua is much warmer than London - with highs of 33°C and lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Aitutaki.

Things to do in Avarua

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rarotonga, Titikaveka Beach
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Titikaveka Beach ©
Titikaveka Beach
Te Rua Manga (The Needle) ©
Te Rua Manga (The Needle)
Black Rock Beach ©
Black Rock Beach

2
nights
Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Aitutaki ©
Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): head off the coast to One Foot Island, look for gifts at T & S Artworx, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at O'otu Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aitutaki Lagoon, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Maungapu.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Aitutaki trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Avarua to Aitutaki takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Waiheke Island.

Things to do in Aitutaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Aitutaki Lagoon ©
Aitutaki Lagoon
O'otu Beach ©
O'otu Beach
Mount Maungapu ©
Mount Maungapu

3
nights
Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Waiheke Island ©
Head to Waiheke Island, a place of white sandy beaches, palm trees, great wine, and relaxation, just 35 minutes off the coast of Auckland.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wild on Waiheke Restaurant and Peacock Sky Vineyard. The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Man O' War Vineyards and explore the world behind art at Connells Bay Sculpture Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Waiheke Island day trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Aitutaki to Waiheke Island. You'll lose 22 hours traveling from Aitutaki to Waiheke Island due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Waiheke Island are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Warkworth.

Things to do in Waiheke Island

Wineries Fun & Games Breweries
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Man O' War Vineyards ©
Man O' War Vineyards
Wild on Waiheke Restaurant ©
Wild on Waiheke Restaurant
Obsidian Vineyard ©
Obsidian Vineyard

2
nights
Warkworth, New Zealand

Warkworth ©
Warkworth is a town on the Northland Peninsula in the upper North Island of New Zealand. On the 7th (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Tawharanui Regional Park, identify plant and animal life at Goat Island Marine Reserve, and then stroll through Parry Kauri Park. Keep things going the next day: hike along Brick Bay Sculpture Trail and then enjoy the sand and surf at Orewa Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Warkworth trip planning website .

Drive from Waiheke Island to Warkworth in 2.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Waiheke Island in May since evenings lows in Warkworth dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Auckland Central.

Things to do in Warkworth

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Orewa Beach, Brick Bay Sculpture Trail
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Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Tawharanui Regional Park ©
Tawharanui Regional Park
Goat Island Marine Reserve ©
Goat Island Marine Reserve

3
nights
Auckland Central, New Zealand

Auckland Central ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Bethells Beach and Muriwai Gannet Colony. Relax by the water at Takapuna Beach and Cheltenham Beach. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Tiritiri Matangi Island, take a stroll through Parnell, enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower, and meet the residents at Auckland Zoo.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland Central trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Warkworth to Auckland Central takes an hour. In May, daytime highs in Auckland Central are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland Central

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cheltenham Beach, Muriwai Gannet Colony
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Bethells Beach ©
Bethells Beach
Takapuna Beach ©
Takapuna Beach

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