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Escape to the Cook Islands

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Escape to the Cook Islands, from the lush mountains and pristine rain forests of Rarotonga, to the dreamy turquoise waters of the Aitutaki Lagoon, this 10 night escape is perfect for a romantic getaway or an adventurous holiday.
Cook Islands
Beach Holidays
Independent Holiday Packages

Highlights

5 nights in Rarotonga at Moana Sands Lagoon Resort - 3* in a Beachfront Studio

5 nights in Aitutaki at Tamanu Beach - 3* in a Beachfront Bungalow

Lagoon Cruise on The Vaka - you will be amazed by the natural beauty of Aitutaki’s world famous lagoon!

Enjoy the myths and legends on the Aitutaki Punarei Cultural Tour

Your escape starts with a 5 night stay at Moana Sands Lagoon Resort. The resort offers a quiet, intimate environment where you can truly relax and enjoy natures green surroundings and tropical ambience. Located close to the popular Muri Village, the resort is framed with swaying palm trees with a lovely backdrop of the majestic lush mountains. Soak up the sun or explore the lagoon and its rich marine life with complimentary kayaks and snorkelling gear. Enjoy a cocktail or two poolside or lounge around on the complimentary sun loungers and enjoy the stunning views.

You will then fly to Aitutaki for another 5 night stay at Tamanu Beach. The resort offers guests a truly wonderful experience combining a blend of culture, tradition, superb beachfront location and friendly local Cook Islands hospitality. Located near the Arutanga township, the resort has all the facilities one expects of a superior resort. From the beautiful beachfront bungalows to the private beach to the Tamanu Restaurant, this resort is sure to impress. Relax by the pool and enjoy a cocktail or take time to explore the lagoon through a bit of snorkelling, kayaking or swimming.

There's a unique choice of tours designed for you to explore the culture and beauty of the islands and its people on your escape to the Cook Islands.

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Included

5 nights at Moana Sands Lagoon Resort - 3*
5 nights at Tamanu Beach - 3*
Fresh "Flower Ei" meet and greet on arrival
Return airfares Rarotonga to Aitutaki
Private return transfers from Rarotonga Airport to Moana Sands Lagoon Resort
Private return transfers from Aitutaki Airport to Tamanu Beach
5 Tropical Breakfasts at Moana Sands Lagoon Resort
5 A la Carte Breakfasts at Tamanu Beach
Lagoon Cruise on The Vaka with BBQ lunch and transfers
Aitutaki Punarei Adventures Cultural Tour
Aluminium water bottle with pure water for use and keepsake
Freedom of Choice Days

Freedom of Choice

For this package we have included Freedom of Choice days in the itinerary. Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day.

Pre-select two tours on the following days:

  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on days 2 - 5
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on days 2- 5

Expand the itinerary below for more details.

Itinerary

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Day 1
Rarotonga Airport → Moana Sands Lagoon Resort

Upon arrival at Rarotonga Airport you will be greeted with Fresh "Flower Ei" and escorted to your private transfer to Moana Sands Lagoon Resort. Along the way you will enjoy a refreshing juice or piccolo bubbly with chilled towels.

In an effort to eliminate plastics on the island, you will also receive an aluminium water bottle with pure water for use and keepsake.

Arrive at Moana Sands Lagoon Resort for check-in and enjoy the resort facilities for the rest of the day.

Overnight stay at Moana Sands Lagoon Resort in a Beachfront Studio.

Rarotonga Airport → Moana Sands Lagoon Resort
Moana Sands Lagoon Resort
Day 2 - 5
Rarotonga

Days at leisure; take advantage of the many complimentary activities Moana Sands Lagoon Resort has to offer.

Enjoy a pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Tumutoa Umu Private Walking Tour - available on Monday - Saturday (from 3:00pm - 7:00pm)
    This interactive tour has you learning hands-on how our ancestors once lived, and the traditional skills many Cook Islanders still practice today. Tumutoas focus is to share his knowledge passed down to him through demonstration which he showcases in a special way through the Umu Walking Tour.

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  • Island Discovery Private Tour - available Monday to Friday
    Explore Rarotonga as our experienced local guide takes you on a fascinating 3 hour sightseeing tour, your perfect introduction to the islands rich culture & history. You will visit many points of interest including ancient maraes (sacred sites), local arts & crafts shops, the Library & Museum, the Garden of the 7 Canoes, and many more. Light refreshments will be served at the end of your tour.

OR

  • Ocean and Earth Private Tour - available Monday to Friday
    Rarotonga is well known for its lush tropical surroundings, great beaches, and stunning lagoons that are all surrounded by the beauty of the Pacific Ocean. This tour gives you a more in-depth experience of the natural surroundings from the comfort of an air-conditioned car or mini van, and with your very own experienced local tour guide. Over 3 hours you will visit a few of the sites including Te Ara Museum, Black Rock and Te Maire Nui Tropical Gardens.

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  • Myths and Legends Private Tour - available Monday to Friday
    Your personal tour guide will take you on a fascinating journey through history to learn about our culture & traditions. See the first limestone church which was built in 1841 and is still being used to this day. Visit ancient maraes (ceremonial & sacred sites), the departure point of the 7 canoes, the National Museum & Library, and also Pa Arikis Palace Museum, the only exhibition on the ancient chiefs of Rarotonga. Then before your tour ends enjoy a delicious lunch served at the Mooring Fish Cafe.

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  • Arts and Crafts Private Tour - available Monday to Friday
    In the comfort of an air-conditioned private car or mini van, your friendly local tour guide will take you around Rarotonga to visit a number of local sites including Rito Factory, Natua Ukulele Workshop, Tokerau Jim Pearl Carving, and the Beachcomber to name a few. This 4 hour tour allows you the opportunity to visit and learn about the values of our Arts and Crafts and meet locals who are very passionate about their culture and history.

Also you can enjoy one pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Highland Paradise Drums of Our Forefeathers Islands Night Show & Dinner - Monday, Wednesday or Friday
    Highland Paradise, also known by the locals as ‘the lost village’ is locally owned by the descendants of those who once lived there. They look forward to welcoming you, and taking you on a journey back in time to experience what the life of their ancestors was like 600 years ago. This tour includes guided coach transfers, complimentary cocktail, warrior welcome, tour of cultural village, marae tapu lifting ceremony, umu feast and cultural stage show.

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  • Te Vara Nui Overwater Island Night Show & Dinner - Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday
    The Cook Islands greeting Kia Orana, “may you live on” reflects the beauty not only of our islands but also of our Cook Islands people. At Te Vara Nui Village you will meet local Cook Island Maori people who will share their stories, knowledge and heritage with you during the Cultural Village Tour. Finish with Rarotonga’s finest dancers and musicians as they perform by flaming torchlight on the floating and fixed stages of our waterfall garden while enjoying our delicious buffet. This stunning Over Water Night Show reflects the experience of our Village delivering an electric and authentic cultural performance like no other on the island.

Overnight stay at Moana Sands Lagoon Resort in a Beachfront Studio.

Breakfast
Rarotonga
Tumutoa Uma Walking Tour
Day 6
Rarotonga → Aitutaki

After your tropical breakfast check out from Moana Sands Lagoon Resort and take your private transfer to Rarotonga Airport.

A quick and comfortable forty-five minute flight from Rarotonga takes you to the sublime turquoise waters of one of the world's most beautiful tropical lagoons. 

Arrive at Tamanu Beach and check-in. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight stay at Tamanu Beach in a One Bedroom Beachfront Bungalow. 

Breakfast
Rarotonga → Aitutaki
Tamanu Beach Resort
Days 7 - 10
Aitutaki

Days at leisure, take advantage of the many complimentary activities Tamanu Beach has to offer.

While you are on Aitutaki you can enjoy the following two tours:

  • Lagoon Cruise on the Vaka with lunch and transfers
    This superb cruise takes you to three fantastic, remote islets and a snorkelling area where you can feed tropical fish and see giant clams. Visit Akaiami, Moturakau and One Foot Island. Relax, enjoy warm tropical waters and be amazed by the natural beauty of Aitutaki’s world famous lagoon. The Vaka Cruise includes a substantial barbecue lunch with fresh fish and alcoholic beverages and soft drinks are available for sale. Towels, snorkels, masks and fins provided. The cruise provides complimentary tea, coffee and cold water onboard and biscuits for the hot drinks. 
     
  • Aitutaki Punarei Adventures Cultural Tour - Monday, Wednesday or Friday
    Enjoy the myths & legends that will be told to you during the tour. You will visit sacred maraes (sacred meeting places). There is a lot of interaction on tour that will allow you to experience, and enjoy what was practised by their ancestors. Learn to weave, prepare your lunch in the umu (underground oven), explore the lush tropical gardens and learn of the plants used for traditional medicine, you’ll also have the chance to learn the basics of the art of Cook Islands dancing. There is so much more that you will learn before you enjoy the traditional feast you prepared earlier in the day.

Overnight stay at Tamanu Beach in a One Bedroom Beachfront Bungalow.​

Breakfast, Lunch
Aitutaki
Lagoon Cruise on the Vaka
Day 11
Aitutaki → Rarotonga

Enjoy your A la Carte breakfast and check out. Relax on your return flight to Rarotonga after your escape in the Cook Islands.

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
Cook Islands Maori and English
Local currency
New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
Independent Holiday Package

Start your holiday when and with who you want! Our Independent Holiday Packages are NOT group tours with set departure dates. Available daily, they are pre-designed, purpose built, packaged itineraries full of memorable experiences delivered by our hand-picked local partners.

10 nights
from AUD4,690
per person, twin share
Cook Islands
Rarotonga Airport
Rarotonga Airport
Beach Holidays
Independent Holiday Packages
01 April 2021 - 31 March 2022

Hotel options

Moana Sands Lagoon Resort
Moana Sands Lagoon Resort

Rarotonga
Situated on the famous Muri beach overlooking Rarotonga’s famous pristine lagoon, this modern ‘adults only’ 18+ resort offers deluxe studios and suites spread across two levels (ground and first floor), a large spectacular swimming pool, cabana, sun lounging deck, kayaks, guest laundry, Hibiscus spa and the contemporary and stylish Laguna Restaurant & Bar.

Tamanu Beach Resort
Tamanu Beach Resort

Aitutaki
Tamanu Beach resort is located on the western coast of Aitutaki, with stunning sunset views from the beachfront Restaurant and Bar and offers guests a truly unique Polynesian experience. The private, white sand beach borders Aitutaki Island's crystal clear lagoon providing endless opportunities for island activities such as swimming, snorkelling, SUPS and kayaking in the azure waters.

Important notes

Terms and Conditions apply.

Why are international flights not included?

Following customer feedback, we do not include international flights in our holiday packages. Many prefer the flexibility to book flights with Frequent Flyer points or travel on specific airlines.  

However, we are able to assist, so please just notify us during the booking process or contact our team.

Blackout dates may apply during festive season.

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