8 days in Cook Islands Itinerary

8 days in Cook Islands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cook Islands journey maker

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Aitutaki
— 2 nights
Fly to Rarotongo, Taxi to Rarotonga
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Rarotonga
— 3 nights
Taxi to Rarotongo, Fly to Toronto

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Aitutaki

— 2 nights
Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Maungapu, stroll through Aitutaki Lagoon, and then enjoy the sand and surf at O'otu Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, stop by T & S Artworx, and then head off the coast to Moturakau.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Aitutaki online route maker.

Toronto, Canada to Aitutaki is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Cook Islands Standard Time (CKT), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Rarotonga.

Things to do in Aitutaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 22:

Rarotonga

— 3 nights
The center of Rarotonga is a mass of peaks and ridges, closely thatched with dense jungle.
Get some historical perspective at St Joseph's Cathedral and Cook Island Christian Church (CICC). Do some cultural sightseeing at Te Ara- Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise and Cook Islands Library & Museum. There's much more to do: stop by Bergman & Sons, stroll through Aroa Marine Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Black Rock Beach, and steep yourself in history at Wreck of the Matai.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rarotonga road trip site.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Aitutaki to Rarotonga in 3 hours. August in Rarotonga sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rarotonga

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:

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.