Date: 4-11th October 2021
Duration: 8 Days, 7 Nights
Price (all inclusive): NZ$14,995 pp
Day 1: Rarotonga
Day 2: Rarotonga to Pukapuka
Day 3: Pukapuka to Manihiki
Day 4: Manihiki
Day 5 – 6: Manihiki to Tongareva (Penhryn)
Day 7: Tongareva to Rarotonga
Day 8: Rarotonga
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.