15 days in Rarotonga, Niue & Tonga Itinerary

15 days in Rarotonga, Niue & Tonga Itinerary

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15 days in Rarotonga, Niue & Tonga Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  35​h
1
Avarua, Cook Islands
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
2
Alofi, Niue
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
3
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Neiafu, Tonga
— 2 nights
Fly:  37​h
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

3
nights
Avarua, Cook Islands

Step out of the city life by going to Fishing Charters & Tours and Tikioki Marine Reserve. Get a sense of the local culture at Cook Islands Cultural Village and Te Ara- Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Takitumu Conservation Area, kick back and relax at Titikaveka Beach, take in the waterfront activity at Ngatangiia Harbour, and contemplate the long history of Wreck of the Matai.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Avarua trip planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Avarua is an approximately 35-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Avarua, you'll gain 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in September: high temperatures in Avarua hover around 30°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Alofi.

Things to do in Avarua

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Rarotonga, Arorangi, Titikaveka Beach
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Takitumu Conservation Area ©
Takitumu Conservation Area
Aroa Beach ©
Aroa Beach

3
nights
Alofi, Niue

Alofi ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hio Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Do some cultural sightseeing at Togo Chasm and Ekalesia Church.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Alofi planning website .

Traveling by flight from Avarua to Alofi takes 16 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Avarua to Alofi. In September in Alofi, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nuku'alofa.

Things to do in Alofi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Togo Chasm, Hio Beach, Peniamina's Grave, Talava Arches, Limu Pools
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Avaiki Cave ©
Avaiki Cave
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Hio Beach ©
Hio Beach

1
night
Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Nuku'alofa ©
The capital of Tonga and the seat of the island nation's royal family, Nuku'alofa was first seen by Western eyes in 1777, when legendary Captain James Cook arrived in the area.
On the 30th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Ha'atafu Beach, make a trip to Kingdomkoffie, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Centenary Church, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Talamahu Markets. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Captain Cook's Landing Place, then take in the dramatic natural features at Hufangalupe Natural Land Bridge, then stroll through Mapu'a 'a Vaea Blowholes, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Free Church of Tonga.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nuku'alofa itinerary tool .

Getting from Alofi to Nuku'alofa by flight takes about 9 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Alofi to Nuku'alofa is 24 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Nuku'alofa when traveling from Alofi in September, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Neiafu.

Things to do in Nuku'alofa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tongatapu Island
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Ha'atafu Beach ©
Ha'atafu Beach
Centenary Church ©
Centenary Church
Free Church of Tonga ©
Free Church of Tonga

2
nights
Neiafu, Tonga

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St Joseph's Cathedral, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): browse the eclectic array of goods at Utakalongalu Market, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Talau, and then admire the natural beauty at Ene'io Botanical Garden.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Neiafu online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Nuku'alofa to Neiafu in 2 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In October in Neiafu, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Neiafu

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Swim with Dolphins
St Joseph's Cathedral ©
St Joseph's Cathedral
Mt Talau ©
Mt Talau

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