DISCOVER THE COOK ISLANDS HOSTED TOUR
9 days/8 nights. July 07 - 15, 2023
I invite you to join me as I introduce you to Rarotonga, my old home island, along with Aitutaki. - Stephen Greenfield.
Day 1. Friday 07 July (Arrive Thursday 06 July), 2023. AUCKLAND - RAROTONGA (D)
7.00am. Meet your escort at Auckland airport and depart aboard Air New Zealand Dreamliner flight departing at 8.55am. Premium Economy seats included. Crossing the dateline means arrival in Rarotonga is scheduled for 2.45pm Thursday and we will be met and transferred to Edgewater Resort. Beachfront de luxe rooms included. Time for a swim in the lagoon before dinner at the hotel..
Day 2. Friday 07 July. (again). RAROTONGA (BD)
Enjoy a leisurely orientation tour of Rarotonga, just 32 km in circumference. Circle the island and visit Avarua, the capital including the Cook Islands Museum, whale and wildlife centre, perfume manufacturing centre, plantations, the "Ara Metua" ancient road, Muri lagoon from where the Maori migration left for New Zealand. Enjoy beautiful beach and lagoon vistas plus the rugged mountains of the interior. See and learn of the culture and the value of the coconut tree. Time to relax at the hotel and this evening we will be picked up and transferred to Highland Paradise historic marae to learn of the history of King Tinomana. This area is reputed to have been a stopover by Maori on the migration to New Zealand. Tour the ancient village and enjoy an Umu feast and cultural show.
Day 3.Saturday. 08 July. MURI LAGOON CRUISE (BL)
We will be transferred to beautiful Muri lagoon to join your crew for a fun day out on the water. Swim, snorkel, relax, enjoy a fresh fish barbecue lunch, watch the coral through a glass bottom boat and be entertained by your crew. Return to your hotel mid afternoon.
Day 4. Sunday. 09 July RAROTONGA
Free day to relax, unwind, enjoy the lagoon and all the activities of your resort. We do recommend visiting a local church this morning to enjoy the beautiful singing and a major part of Cook Island life. Dinner included at the hotel.
Day 5. Monday 10 July. RAROTONGA - AITUTAKI (BD)
Transfer to the airport and fly to the beautiful island of Aitutaki, renowned as one of the most beautiful atolls in the Pacific and flying boat stopover point on the historic Coral Route. Transfer to your accommodation. This afternoon enjoy a tour including the site of an ancient marae, main village, historical landmarks, plantations, and WW2 bunkers. Dinner at the hotel
Day 6. Tuesday. 11 July. AITUTAKI – LAGOON CRUISE (BL)
Enjoy a full day cruise on Aitutaki lagoon to Barefoot and Akiami islands. Plenty of time to swim and snorkel and enjoy a barbecue lunch. Dinner is not included tonight to let you choose.
Day 7. Wednesday 12 July. AITUTAKI - RAROTONGA (BD)
Transfer to the airport and fly back to Rarotonga. Transfer to our accommodation on Muri Beach.
Day 8. Thursday 13 July. RAROTONGA (BD)
Free day to relax, swim, or explore at your leisure. For the young and fit a guided walk across the island is a great experience,
Day 9. Friday 14 July / Saturday 15 July RAROTONGA - AUCKLAND (B)
Transfer to the airport and depart at 9am with Air New Zealand, Premium Economy class seats included, Recrossing the dateline means arrival Auckland is scheduled for 11.20am.
Tour cost per person
Tour cost includes - 9 day tour
** Return air fares from Auckland to Rarotonga, Premium Economy class
** Domestic fares within the Cook Islands - standard class
** Arrival and departure transfers at each point
** 4 nights Edgewater Resort, Beachfront de luxe rooms.
** 2 nights Aitutaki Lagoon Resort.
** 2 nights Muri Lagoon
** Tropical breakfast daily, 2 lunches while cruising, and 5 dinners.
** Highland Paradise cultural evening and feast on the Tinomana Tribe marae.
** Muri lagoon cruise with snorkelling and barbecue lunch
** Full day Aitutaki lagoon cruise
** Aitutaki tour
RAROTONGA - AITUTAKI - ATIU TOUR - 12 day tour. - available 2023 only
Day 7. Friday RAROTONGA - ATIU. (BD)
Arrive from Aitutaki and depart at 11am with Ar Rarotonga for Atiu arriving 11.45am. Transfer to the Atiu villas with an introduction to the island on the way. Dinner at the villas.
This afternoon enjoy an eco tour with Birdman George.
Day 8. Saturday ATIU (BD)
This morning we take a cultural and island discovery tour. An optional tour is available to the Anatakitaki caves and Kopeka birds walk however this is a very strenuous walk and anyone who has had hip, knee, or heart surgery or is not fully mobile should not go!
Day 9. Sunday. ATIU (BD)
Free day to relax, explore at your leisure, and meet the local people.
Day 10. Monday. ATIU - RAROTONGA (B)
Free time to explore before flying back to Rarotonga. Transfer back to your hotel.
Day 11. TuesdayWednesday RAROTONGA - AUCKLAND (B)
Depart at 4.05pm with Air New Zealand and crossing the dateline means arriving Auckland 6.40pm wednesday evening.
RAROTONGA - AITUTAKI - ATIU. 11 days,
Total tour cost per person
2 per room $
Single room $
OPTIONS TO MANGAIA, AND OTHER COOK ISLANDS WILL BE DEVELOPED DEPENDING ON DEMAND AND THE OPENING OF MORE FLIGHT OPTIONS WITHIN THE COOK ISLANDS. Register for any island you wish to visit.
DISCOVER MANIHIKI. 8 days/7 nights. Departs Rarotonga most tuesdays
Includes return air fares from Rarotonga, 7 nights accommodation at Manihiki Lagoon Villas, breakfast ingredients, 1 day lagoon and pearl farm cruise/tour. Tour cost per person share twin $4,800.
Discover Manihiki and Pukapuka by charter plane - minimum 6 passengers requoired.
Visit the Remote northern Cook Islands where very few tourists go
Special hosted departure available any week subject to availability of aircraft for a minimum of 6 passengers.
Day 1. ARRIVE RAROTONGA
Arrive Rarotonga and transfer to our accommodation at Pacific resort.
Day 2. RAROTONGA (B)
Free day to relax, enjoy the lagoon or explore the island.
Day 3. RAROTONGA - MANIHIKI (BLD)
Our 2 hour flight by chartered Citation jet will bring us to the remote atoll of Manihiki, home to the Cook Islands pearl industry. Here the lagoons are dotted with small structures serving as platforms for the seeding of oysters that will, after nearly 2 years yield a lustrous South Seas black pearl. Manihiki's lagoon measures some 44.6 sq km enclosed in a reef almost 17 km long topped by 30 atolls, 2 of which are inhabited.
Day 4. MANIHIKI (BLD)
Travel by boat to an islet in the lagoon to learn about seeding pearls with swimming and snorkelling time around the pearl beds. Later try your hand at the outrigger canoes and fishing, and visit the fish traps and bird sanctuary. For bird watchers and fishers we will arrange special activities for you.
Day 5. MANIHIKI (BLD)
The day is free to relax in the lagoon, visit the local school and meet the people
RAKAHANGA Two hours by boat north of Manihiki lies the island of Rakahanga. Subject to weather, a day cruise may be available for extra cost.
Day 6. MANIHIKI – PUKAPUKA (BLD)
Rejoin our jet for the 1 hour flight to Pukapuka and enjoy a 1 hour cruise across the spectacular lagoon to the main village of Wale. This is a fascinating island and community. This afternoon we meet the local people including visiting the local school and explore the main village. Stay in local bungalows - col;d water taps for showers.
Day 7. PUKAPUKA - RAROTONGA. (BLD)
Cruise the lagoon stopping off at remote motu's (islets) on the reef, seeing the main entry passage and some of the massive bird life including a stopover at one bird sanctuary as well as meeting the local people. Mid afternoon we depart for the 2 hour 12 minute flight back to Rarotonga. In clear weather we will see spectacular views of Tema Reef, Nassau Island, and Suwarrow Island where hermit Tom Neale lived his solitary existence. Subject to weather and time we may overfly unique Palmerston island also. Transfer on arrival back in Rarotonga to the Pacific Resort. Farewell dinner
Day 8. RAROTONGA DEPART (B)
Transfer to the airport for departure
Projected tour cost per person Share twin $9,600 Single room $10,800
Tour cost includes:
** Arrival and departure transfers in Rarotonga, Manihiki, and Pukapuka
** All travel by charter jet from Rarotonga to Manihiki, Pukapuka, and return to Rarotonga
** 3 nights accommodation and breakfast at Pacific Resort
** 4 nights accommodation on Manihiki and Pukapuka in local bungalows. All meals provided.
** All visits and activities on Manihiki and Pukapuka except Rakahanga cruise.
A minimum of 5 passengers are required to operate this tour.