8 days in Cook Islands Itinerary

8 days in Cook Islands Itinerary

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8 days in Cook Islands Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + Drive:  13​h 15​min
Avarua, Rarotonga
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

Avarua, Rarotonga

Avarua ©
Avarua is known for shopping, historic sites, museums, wildlife, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Muri Lagoon, kick back and relax at Titikaveka Beach, admire the sheer force of Papua ( Wigmore's) Waterfall, and enjoy some diversion at Cocoputt.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Avarua trip itinerary planning app .

Los Angeles, USA to Avarua is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Cook Is. Time (CKT) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, Avarua is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Aitutaki.

Things to do in Avarua

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rarotonga, Arorangi, Titikaveka Beach
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Muri Lagoon ©
Muri Lagoon
Titikaveka Beach ©
Titikaveka Beach
Cocoputt ©


Aitutaki ©
Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): kick back and relax at O'otu Beach, get outside with Akaiami, then head off the coast to One Foot Island, and finally look for gifts at T & S Artworx. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Maungapu, kick back and relax at Aitutaki Lagoon, then admire the natural beauty at Aitutaki Secret Garden, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Aitutaki visit site .

You can fly from Avarua to Aitutaki in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aitutaki

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Aitutaki Lagoon ©
Aitutaki Lagoon
One Foot Island ©
One Foot Island
Akaiami ©