29 days in Cook Islands Itinerary

Created using Klarna Trips Cook Islands holiday planner
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Aitutaki
— 7 nights
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Atiu
— 7 nights
Fly to Rarotonga International Airport, Drive to Arorangi
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Arorangi, Rarotonga
— 12 nights
Drive to Rarotonga International Airport, Fly to Dublin

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Aitutaki — 7 nights

Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
You'll get in some beach time at O'otu Beach and Akaiami Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Aitutaki Adventures and Moturakau. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Maungapu, head off the coast to One Foot Island, stop by T & S Artworx, and enjoy the sand and surf at Aitutaki Lagoon.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Aitutaki trip planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Aitutaki is an approximately 36-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Aitutaki is minus 10 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Atiu.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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Atiu — 7 nights

Atiu, also known as Enuamanu, is an island 187 km northeast of Rarotonga, in the Southern Islands group of the Cook Islands Archipelago.GeographyAtiu is a raised volcanic island surrounded by a reef from which rise 6m cliffs of fossilized coral (makatea). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Anatakitaki Cave (Kopeka Cave) and Atiu Fibre Arts Studio.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Atiu holiday tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aitutaki to Atiu. You will leave for Arorangi on the 16th (Thu).
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Nightlife · Shopping · Parks · Nature
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Arorangi, Rarotonga — 12 nights

Escape the urban bustle at Aroa Beach and The Dive Centre - The Big Fish. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cook Islands Cultural Village and St Joseph's Cathedral.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Arorangi trip itinerary website.

Explore your travel options from Atiu to Arorangi with the Route module. In December, daily temperatures in Arorangi can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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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.
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