16 days in French Polynesia & Avarua Itinerary

16 days in French Polynesia & Avarua Itinerary

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16 days in French Polynesia & Avarua Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Papeete, French Polynesia
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Taiohae, French Polynesia
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Fatu Hiva, French Polynesia
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  7​h 45​min
4
Moorea, French Polynesia
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
5
Avarua, Cook Islands
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Auckland, New Zealand

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Papeete, French Polynesia

Papeete
The capital of French Polynesia, Pape'ete amounts to little more than a medium-sized town by Western standards, but it is still a thriving hub of culture and commerce.
You've now added Municipal Market to your itinerary.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Papeete route planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Papeete is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Papeete is minus 22 hours. When traveling from Auckland in July, plan for much hotter days in Papeete, with highs around 34°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Fatu Hiva.

Things to do in Papeete

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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nights
Taiohae, French Polynesia

Taiohae ©
Taiohae is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Taiohae online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Papeete to Taiohae in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. You'll set off for Fatu Hiva on the 22nd (Wed).

Things to do in Taiohae

Historic Sites
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Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Notre Dame Cathedral

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nights
Fatu Hiva, French Polynesia

Fatu Hiva ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Bay of Virgins (Baie de Vierges).

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Fatu Hiva itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Taiohae to Fatu Hiva with the Route module. On the 24th (Fri), you're off toMoorea.

Things to do in Fatu Hiva

Parks Nature
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Bay of Virgins (Baie de Vierges) ©
Bay of Virgins (Baie de Vierges)

4
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Moorea, French Polynesia

Moorea ©
On the tattered triangle of Mo'orea, green peaks and ridges jut up out of the flat, fertile valleys.
Attractions like Ta'ahiamanu Beach and Tiahura Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Visiting Route des Ananas and Swim with Dolphins will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Afareaitu Waterfalls, head outdoors with Cooks Bay, contemplate the long history of Tiki Village Cultural Center, and look for gifts at Ron Hall Pearls.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Moorea online travel planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Fatu Hiva to Moorea takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. July in Moorea sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Avarua.

Things to do in Moorea

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Tiahura Beach ©
Tiahura Beach
Ron Hall Pearls ©
Ron Hall Pearls
Route des Ananas ©
Route des Ananas

4
nights
Avarua, Cook Islands

Avarua ©
Visiting Titikaveka Beach and Tikioki Marine Reserve will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Muri Lagoon and Aroa Beach. The adventure continues: sample the tasty concoctions at Matutu Brewery, contemplate the long history of Wreck of the Matai, see the interesting displays at Cook Islands National Museum, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Punanga Nui.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Avarua journey planner .

You can fly from Moorea to Avarua in 17.5 hours. When traveling from Moorea in July, plan for little chillier days in Avarua, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Avarua

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Rarotonga, Aroa Beach, Titikaveka Beach
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Muri Lagoon ©
Muri Lagoon
Tikioki Marine Reserve ©
Tikioki Marine Reserve
Titikaveka Beach ©
Titikaveka Beach

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