What's Aitutaki like?
Aitutaki, the 2nd largest island in the Cook Islands, is a tropical paradise. Palm-fringed beaches look out over crystal clear waters, and the sun is almost certain to be in the sky. Beautiful lagoons and bustling reefs give great options for day trips, but for most people, Aitutaki is a place to relax and leave behind the stresses of life.
Which airlines fly to Aitutaki?
There are no direct flights from New Zealand to Aitutaki, with almost all flights going through Auckland and Rarotonga.
Your options for flights to Aitutaki are:
How long is the flight to Aitutaki?
Auckland to Aitutaki
6 hours 25 minutes (1 stop)
Christchurch to Aitutaki
9 hours 20 minutes (2 stops)
Queenstown to Aitutaki
19 hours 35 minutes (2 stops)
Wellington to Aitutaki
9 hours 5 minutes (2 stops)
What is the best time to visit Aitutaki?
Aitutaki has warm weather throughout the year, with average monthly temperatures ranging between 26°C and 29°C.
The Cook Islands receive a lot of rain between November and May, which may mean day tours have to be rearranged or cancelled if you're visiting during this time.
Do I need a visa for Aitutaki?
New Zealand citizens can visit the Cook Islands for up to 31 days without a visa.
How expensive is Aitutaki?
There aren't many shops in Aitutaki (and few open on Sundays), so much of your shopping will be done at your resort. Local prices are generally cheaper than in New Zealand, but imported goods such as cheese can be very expensive.
The island's hostel has dorm rooms available from $29, while mid-range hotels are $60+ per night.
Arriving in Aitutaki
Aitutaki Airport (AIT) is a single-terminal airport that's built on a former airstrip used by New Zealand in World War 2.
The terminal has limited facilities, but arriving passengers do have the chance to buy a drink or snack in the airport's snack hut.
Wi-Fi is available at the airport for a small fee. This can be paid by credit card online or by getting a voucher from the shop.
The airport is located at the northern end of the island, which is a 10-minute drive from the central area. Most resorts offer a pick-up service. Be sure to give them details of your flight before you land.
Useful tips about Aitutaki
The New Zealand dollar is legal currency in the Cook Islands, so there's no need to visit a currency converter.
It's very hard to find free Wi-Fi in the Cook Islands, making it easy to stay disconnected and truly relax.
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Please note: all information is correct as of November, 2017.
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