14 days in Niue & Cook Islands Itinerary

14 days in Niue & Cook Islands Itinerary

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Alofi, Niue
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Aitutaki, Cook Islands
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Avarua, Cook Islands
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Alofi, Niue

— 4 nights
Alofi is the capital of the Pacific Ocean island nation of Niue, which is located within the Realm of New Zealand. Get a sense of the local culture at Togo Chasm and Taoga Niue Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Opaahi Landing and Ekalesia Church. The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Peniamina's Grave and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Alofi trip maker tool.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Alofi is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Niue Time is minus 23 hours. When traveling from Christchurch in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Alofi, with highs around 34°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Aitutaki.

Things to do in Alofi

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 26 — 30:

Aitutaki, Cook Islands

— 4 nights
Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
Discover out-of-the-way places like O'otu Beach and T & S Artworx. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at One Foot Island, get outside with Outdoor Activities, enjoy the sand and surf at Aitutaki Lagoon, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Maungapu.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Aitutaki online tour planner.

You can fly from Alofi to Aitutaki in 24.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Niue Time (NUT) to Cook Islands Standard Time (CKT) is 1 hour. On the 4th (Sun), you're off to Avarua.

Things to do in Aitutaki

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
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Avarua, Cook Islands

— 4 nights
Step off the beaten path and head to Te Ara- Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise and St Joseph's Cathedral. Get some cultural insight at Cook Islands Library & Museum and Cook Islands National Museum. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Cook Islands Cultural Village, explore the galleries of Pa Ariki's Takitumu Palace Museum, kick back and relax at Muri Lagoon, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Avarua road trip tool.

Getting from Aitutaki to Avarua by flight takes about 3 hours. In April, daytime highs in Avarua are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Avarua

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

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Niue travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Scuba & Snorkeling · Historic Walking Areas
One of the world's tiniest independent nations, Niue packs plenty of appeal for bold explorers. A trip to Niue reveals rugged terrain--you'll need a good pair of hiking boots to climb and walk to some of the island's top attractions. Guided tours abound, but you can always rent a motorcycle of bicycle and set off on your own. If you're into active vacations, consider making your holiday in Niue all about caving, snorkeling, fishing, hiking, or kayaking.

Cook Islands travel guide

4.2
Nature & Parks · 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.

Rarotonga travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Concerts & Shows · Scuba & Snorkeling
The center of Rarotonga is a mass of peaks and ridges, closely thatched with dense jungle. Around the outer edge of the island, between verdant bush and pristine white beaches, you'll find a scattering of hotels and resorts; restaurants, bars, and cafes; paw paw patches and fields of taro, mango, and bananas. Explore the unspoiled scenery of the interior, or relax wholeheartedly into the laid-back Islander way of life. There are two bus routes--clockwise and counterclockwise around the island--and the buses stop on demand, allowing you to get around with ease (if at a sedate place). Encircled by a sheltering coral reef, the crystal clear waters surrounding the island are calm and perfect for fishing, swimming, diving, paddling, snorkeling, or simply splashing about. Rarotonga also serves as the gateway to the rest of the Cook Islands, with tiny traditional communities, ancient caves, uninhabited islets, and sandy atolls to discover.