The Northern Atolls of the Cook Islands

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    Date: 4-11th October 2021
    Duration: 8 Days, 7 Nights
    Price (all inclusive): NZ$14,995 pp

    Day 1: Rarotonga

    Arrive in Rarotonga in accordance to your booked flight. You will be collected and taken to your hotel for the night – Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel. Note: To fly to Rarotonga from Australia or New Zealand you will cross the International Date Line and arrive on the day before you leave.

    Day 2: Rarotonga to Pukapuka

    You will be meet at your hotel and be taken to the airport to board your plane that will be your mode of transport for the week. Your first destination is the island of Pukapuka. From the Pukapuka airport in Motu Ko you will be taken by boat to Wale Pukapuka’s main settlement. Upon arrival to Wale, you will be transferred to your accommodation to check in. Once checked in, you will be hosted to a lunch before your guide takes you on an Island tour to meet the locals and learn their way of life.

    Day 3: Pukapuka to Manihiki

    Begin your day with breakfast before you are transferred by boat back to Motu Ko for your flight to Manihiki. Upon arrival, you will be transferred from Tukao to Tauhunu by boat to Manihiki Villas where lunch will be served. After lunch a guided tour of Tauhunu will take place before heading back to accommodation to relax for the rest of the evening. Dinner will be served at your accommodation.

    Day 4: Manihiki

    Breakfast is served at your accommodation, before your boat trip to a Kaoa (Pearl Farm) where you will learn how pearls are farmed. Enjoy the clear waters and spend the day swimming and snorkelling. BBQ lunch is provided during this tour. After lunch you will be taken back to your accommodation to unwind and relax. Dinner will be served at your accommodation.

    Day 5 – 6: Manihiki to Tongareva (Penhryn)

    Tongareva (Penhryn) is a 1-hour flight from Manihiki. The accommodation in Tongareva is on the main island of Omoka, and roughly 250 meters from the airport. Upon arrival, you have the option to be transferred by vehicle or to walk to take in some scenery on the way. Lunch will be served at your accommodation. Dinner will be planned around the activities you have on for this afternoon. A selection of tours are available to you including: An Island Tour which includes a visit to the remains of a crashed WWII B24 Liberator bomber called “Go Gettin Gal”, we can take you to feed the sharks by the shore, or a boat trip to Te Tautua (weather/seas permitting) where 40% of the population live, an overnight stay may be possible. You will enjoy two days in Tongareva to make the most of these activities.

    Day 7: Tongareva to Rarotonga

    After breakfast, there is time for one last tour or activity before your flight back to Rarotonga. You will be spending a night at the Edgewater Resort. Tonight enjoy a final dinner with your fellow travellers at On the Beach, Rarotonga.

    Day 8: Rarotonga

    This morning you will check out of your hotel and are free to stay on in Rarotonga or transfer to the airport to go home.

    Includes pre and post tour accommodation in Rarotonga, airport transfers & a final group dinner!*

    Wild Earth Travel is excited to take you on a 6-day / 5-night island hopping adventure to three of the Cook Islands unspoiled and lesser known islands of the Northern Group — Pukapuka, Manihiki and Tongareva (Penhryn).

    You will experience the unique natural beauty and the authenticity of each islands history and culture – which will no doubt draw you closer in appreciation for the environment and the simplicity of life as you absorb all that these islands and their people have to share with you.

    This Northern Atoll package has you and your group enjoying guided tours, engaging with locals, and experiencing the unique island life of the Northern Group.

    Atolls / Islands:

    Pukapuka: The island of Pukapuka, traditionally known as Te Ulu O Te Watu, is located north-west 1,287 kilometres from Rarotonga and 450 kilometres from Samoa. Late American writer Robert Dean Frisbie settled on the island in 1924, writing a number of books there including ‘Island of Desire’.

    Pukapuka is made up of three islets (Motu Ko, Motu Kotawa and Wale), shaped like a three bladed fan with a total land area of approximately 3 square kilometres. Historically the island served as a hub between east and west Polynesia. This is evident in the dialect and culture which has some influences from the Samoan and Tokelauan language.

    Manihiki: Manihiki or Te Fuinga o Niva as it is traditionally known, is the second-largest of the Northern Group atolls. Approximately 1,299 kilometres north of Rarotonga, Manihiki is roughly triangular-shaped, consisting of 43 tiny islets (motus) surrounding a deep nine-kilometre-wide lagoon. The population is divided between the two main islands – Tauhunu on the west coast and Tukao to the north.

    The deep and indigo lagoon is the source of its greatest asset – black pearls. Pearl farming involves cultivating the special black-lipped mollusc otherwise known as “Pinctada Margaritifera”. You will visit a Kaoa (Pearl Farm) and learn how these exquisite treasures are farmed. The exploration does not end there with several tour options available (weather permitting) such as fishing, snorkelling, diving, coconut crab hunting and night fishing.

    Tongareva (Penrhyn): Tongareva or also known as Penrhyn, is the most remote island of the Cook Islands lying 1,365km NNE of Rarotonga. A remarkable cerulean lagoon measuring 233 sq km. The atoll is 77km in circumference and made up of more than 50 motus (islets) making the surrounding reef and necklace of the extraordinary lagoon. The villages of Te Tautua and Omoka are on different islets that are barely visible to each other. Penrhyn women make the finest rito crafterwork in the Cook Islands.

    Your accommodation is a range of accommodation types from resorts to private local houses. Your mode of transport is on a Cessna Citation VII.