This tour is escorted by a Rarotonga expat resident, it is a wonderful opportunity to experience the local culture and explore four distinct and rarely visited islands of the Cook Islands southern group. The three of the four islands have virtually no beaches as they have been pushed up from the sea floor by volcanic activity and are surrounded by ‘Makatea’ (previously coral beds) that now form the cliff faces of the islands. Aitutaki is the opposite as it has a beautiful lagoon (in earlier times it was the landing base for the flying boats on the Pacific Coral route) with sandy beaches and crystal clear water. On each island the local guide will explain the crops that grow and the way of life. They will also brief you on local activities and options.
A morning departure on Air New Zealand, cross the dateline to arrive on the previous day
Arrive mid-afternoon where you will be met on arrival and transferred to your accommodation at Sunset Resort for five nights. Welcome dinner tonight.
This morning an orientation tour of the island balance of the day free allowing time to relax/shop/explore. Late afternoon/evening a visit to Highland Paradise for dinner and show – the most authentic show and experience on the island.
Market Day this morning, an opportunity to visit and view all aspects of local life and craft. A local bus leaves from outside your accommodation. The rest of today is yours to relax.
Morning free to visit a local church to experience their singing. Lunch venue today will be determined by local guide
Today’s venture is a glass bottom lagoon cruise, it includes a local lunch.
This morning fly to world renowned Aitutaki lagoon. Accommodation is at Aitutaki Village Villas - set a few steps from the sandy lagoon. This afternoon enjoy an island tour. See the main village of Arutanga with its harbour and few stops and the CICC church - the oldest in all the Cook Islands. Mt Maunganui (407 feet) is the highest point and will offer great views of the island and lagoon. Visit a marae, pass plantations and inland villages.
Today is “Lagoon Cruise Day’. Walk across the road to your boat! Cruise the lagoon - visit several motu (islands). On One Foot Island stop for lunch of a BBQ fish, salads and fruit with time for a swim and snorkel in the warm wate
Our flight today takes us to Aitu. On arrival we are transferred to our accommodation at Aitu Villas. On arrival and after your island briefing depart on the Punarea Tour that includes lunch. Late afternoon visit a Tumunu – a bush brewery with origins to the missionaries who disapproved of alcohol consumption. Return to our accommodation for dinner and two night stay.
This morning’s island Eco tour includes light refreshments. Travel the rural roads and see the simple island life. Life in the fine villages. See the rich soil where crops thrive. The island also has a number of complex caves. Your guide will keep a lookout for the birds the island is famous for. This afternoon an optional tour is available for the active person - Visit Anatakitaki Cave. Otherwise relax and perhaps explore the gardens near the villas
We fly to Mauke today. Our accommodation is in a guesthouse for 2 nights. Mauke is a volcanic plateau surrounded by Makatea (raised coral ) Our tour today includes the CICC church – uniquely one church to satisfy the two island villages was jointly built but divided by its decoration and had separate doorways. Today it is a united church. Mauke has rich volcanic soil and the tour of the island on unsealaed roads will illustrate this.
The outer islands take their religion seriously so you will be invited to Church this morning. This afternoon time for a swim. There are many swimming holes your guide will suggest to you or perhaps enjoy tiny ‘V’ shaped beaches tucked into the coastline. Sunset at the harbour is an ideal place for the best photos.
A mid-morning flight and on arrival transfer to your guesthouse for the next two nights. Mangaia is the oldest island in the Pacific-18 million years old! It is roughly circular in shape and rises to 4760m. After lunch visit one of Mangaia’s many caves and perhaps stop at a rock pool or a swim or visit one of the secluded beaches tucked away within the surrounding Makatea.
Today’s island tour includes a visit to the CICC – Cook Islands Christian Church. Garlands of delicate white pupu shells adorn its alter. If it is low tide you can see the Salagossa shipwreck of 1904 when she was carrying coal from Newcastle (NSW) to San Fransciso. Travel the backroads with its free range pigs, the odd goat and lush vegetatian beside the coral road.
After breakfast fly to Rarotonga and connect to your International flight to Auckland. Cross the international Dateline
Arrive Auckland this evening.
• Return Air New Zealand Travel ‘The Works’ Auckland/ Rarotonga
• Five nights accommodation in Rarotonga
• Eight nights accommodation on four islands of the Southern Cook Islands group. Best available- some shared facilities
• Breakfast in Rarotonga
• Dinner and Island Show
• Island tour Rarotonga
• Lagoon cruise - Aitutaki
• Most meals transfers and touring on the outer islands
• Escorted by Local Host
• Group size 11 people maximum
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Auckland - Auckland
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• A deposit of $500 per person will secure a place on the tour
• Full payment is due no later than 01 July 2022
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• A good standard of health is required and clients should be mobile with the ability to walk on uneven surfaces and steps.
• All visitors to the Cook Islands, aged 12 years and above, will need to be fully vaccinated (except those with a medical certificate).
• All travelers must be fully vaccinated and be able to provide a copy of the Ministry of Health Vaccine Record Card with proof of your full Covid-19 vaccination.
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