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 Peniamina's Grave. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Opaahi Landing and Scuba & Snorkeling. Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Taoga Niue Museum and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ekalesia Church.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Alofi road trip site.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Alofi is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Niue Time (NUT), which is usually a -23 hour difference. Traveling from Christchurch in March, expect nights in Alofi to be much hotter, around 30°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Aitutaki.

Things to do in Alofi

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

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 Mount Maungapu. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to One Foot Island, stroll through Aitutaki Lagoon, look for gifts at T & S Artworx, and take in nature's colorful creations at Aitutaki Secret Garden.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Aitutaki journey planning app.

Traveling by flight from Alofi to Aitutaki takes 24 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Alofi to Aitutaki is 1 hour. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Avarua.

Things to do in Aitutaki

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
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Avarua, Cook Islands

— 4 nights
Step off the beaten path and head to Cook Islands Library & Museum and Cook Islands Cultural Village. Get some cultural insight at Te Ara- Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise and St Joseph's Cathedral. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Cook Islands National Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tikioki Marine Reserve, kick back and relax at Muri Lagoon, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cook Island Christian Church (CICC).

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Avarua trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Aitutaki to Avarua in 3 hours. April in Avarua sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Avarua

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

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Find places to stay Apr 4 — 8:

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

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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.

Rarotonga travel guide

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Concerts & Shows · Beaches · 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.