7 Day Itinerary in Rarotonga

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Rarotonga is the largest of the Cook Islands, a small group of islands to the northeast of New Zealand. Made up of 15 islands, the Cook Islands were formed ages ago by volcanic activity. They are split up into 2 groups, the Southern Cook Islands and the Northern Cook Islands. Rarotonga is the home of the island's main airport and is also the most populous. Because of its beautiful beaches and tropical climate, Rarotonga has become popular with tourists.

Day 1

Fly in to Rarotonga International Airport. The most frequent flights in are from Aukland, New Zealand, but there are also direct flights from Los Angeles if you are coming from the east. If you want you can stop at the duty free store on your way out of the airport. Grab a taxi or a shuttle to your hotel. If you arrive early and still have time go check out the beach.

Day 2

If you want to rent a car or a motor scooter you will have to get a license, making this a good start to Day 2. A valid driver's license and a small fee will get you a driver's license, while to rent a scooter you will likely have to take a short test. Once you have transportation, explore the island. Stay on the exterior, as most roads that run in-land will either come to a dead end or peter out.

Day 3

Rarotonga has some great scuba diving opportunities, with comfortably warm tropical waters and beautiful coral reefs. If you aren't or don't want to worry about getting certified, spend an afternoon snorkeling instead

Day 4

Now that you've explored the outside of Rarotonga, explore the inside. This former volcano has some tropical scenery inside that's not to be missed. Pick up a local guidebook and head on in, there are trails and walking tracks heading in-land all around the island.

Day 5

If you've ever considered taking up windsurfing, now is your chance. Rarotonga's Muri Lagoon has some great waves for windsurfing, and because winds usually stay relatively mild, it's a great place to learn.

Day 6

On your last full day in Rarotonga, take advantage of some more time windsurfing, scuba diving, or hiking the in-land trails. If not, just relax on the beach, finish up your shopping and maybe check out a rugby game at the National Stadium.

Day 7

Depending on when you leave, the last day of a vacation sometimes doesn't feel like a vacation day at all. If you have the time on your way to the airport, stop at the sea wall which skirts the edge of the airport runway and watch as jets come in right above your head.

January 10, 2010 new by cjr236

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