10 days in Auckland & Rarotonga Itinerary

10 days in Auckland & Rarotonga Itinerary

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10 days in Auckland & Rarotonga Itinerary

Start: Wellington, New Zealand
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Auckland, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Avarua, Cook Islands
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Wellington, New Zealand

6
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Auckland War Memorial Museum and Howick Historical Village are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Parnell and Auckland Town Hall will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Auckland: Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve (in Cooks Beach) and Hahei (Hahei Beach Walk & Cathedral Cove Walk). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, step off the mainland to explore Rangitoto Island, look for all kinds of wild species at Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre, and take in the waterfront activity at Viaduct Harbour.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Auckland online tour planner .

Wellington to Auckland is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Wellington in November, Auckland is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Avarua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hahei, Stockade Hill, Central City Library, Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 7:
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Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Cathedral Cove Walk ©
Cathedral Cove Walk
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden

3
nights
Avarua, Cook Islands

Avarua ©
Escape the urban bustle at Titikaveka Beach and Aroa Marine Reserve. Cook Island Christian Church (CICC) and St Joseph's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Cook Islands Cultural Village, take in the dramatic scenery at Papua ( Wigmore's) Waterfall, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Matutu Brewery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Muri Lagoon.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Avarua trip site .

Fly from Auckland to Avarua in 5.5 hours. You'll gain 22 hours traveling from Auckland to Avarua due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in November, expect Avarua to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Avarua

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Rarotonga, Titikaveka Beach
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 9:
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Cook Island Christian Church (CICC) ©
Titikaveka Beach ©
Titikaveka Beach
Muri Lagoon ©
Muri Lagoon

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