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Cook Islands

Discover idyllic RarotongaAitutaki or the Outer Islands on a Cook Islands holiday. Spend lazy days soaking in the crystal clear turquoise seas in the beautiful Cook Islands.

(Image: ©Cook Islands Tourism)

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OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO EXPLORE IN THE COOK ISLANDS


 

The Cook Islands turquoise lagoons, idyllic beaches, mountainous backdrop aligned with beautiful resorts and accommodation throughout the nation ensure that we can tailor your tropical getaway to suit your needs and wants. From romantic honeymoon packages, fishing charters, soft adventure and off the beaten track island escapes, we can create an experience holiday just for you.
Rarotonga
Rarotonga

The main island of the Cooks, Rarotonga, is not only a holiday destination in itself but the gateway to more far-flung isles. Not that you have to leave its sandy shores. Rarotonga is almost completely encircled by a lagoon, so water-based activities are everywhere. (Image: ©Cook Islands Tourism)

Aitutaki
Aitutaki

Aitutaki and its lagoon captivate visitors from that first glimpse out the aircraft window. Startlingly white swathes of sand contrast with the deep azure of the encircling Pacific Ocean and the remarkable turquoise of its lagoon studded with tiny islets. (Image: ©Cook Islands Tourism/Craig Owen)

 

Outer Islands
Outer Islands

Authentic island life flourishes on the three remote volcanic and coral islands of Atiu, Mangaia and Ma’uke, all less than an hours flight from Rarotonga.




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TIPS FOR YOUR COOK ISLAND HOLIDAY


  1. EXPLORE ON WHEELS
  2. Don’t get caught in a Raro downpour, hire a car and follow the coastal road come rain or shine. With only 32 kilometres of road it only takes about an hour to get around. Discover deserted beaches, villages and yummy eateries along the way. You can now drive in the Cook Islands for up to six months using your full overseas license. Scooters are available too. If you have a motorcycle class on your overseas license you do not need to take a test to acquire a Cook Islands license, you just need to pay $20 at the police station for a visitor license. If you do not have a motorcycle class on your license you’ll just need to head down to the Cook Islands Police Station in Avarua and take a test riding up and down the street without falling off! It is now compulsory to wear a safety helmet while driving a scooter.

  3. IT'S A SNORKELLERS PARADISE
  4. From giant trevally to reef fish, Rarotonga’s underwater odyssey is replete with curiosities. Aroa Lagoon Marine Reserve offers safe snorkelling and zero coral. Then there’s Tikioki - ‘Fruits of Rarotonga’, which is one of the island’s permanent marine parks, with a nearby café for post-snorkelling refreshments. Blackrock, which is considered one of the calmest places to snorkel in Rarotonga is great for families with kids, it also has a BBQ area.

  5. BOOK EARLY
  6. This little paradise is becoming more and more popular for Kiwi’s. We’re already seeing resorts book out much earlier than usual, particularly over Easter and school holidays. Make sure you book early to ensure you get into your favourite resort and don’t miss out.

  7. HOLIDAY WITH THE RELLIES
  8. When we live such busy lives, planning some time to be together with the ones we love most has become essential so why not book a multi-generational holiday in Raro with the in-laws, and grandparents in tow. It’s a good opportunity to reconnect and create memories and let’s be honest, the extra help with child care is a bonus! Ask us about super-sized villas, two and three bedroom apartments and holiday homes, we’ll help you find the right fit.

  9. HIT THE MARKETS
  10. Punanga Nui Market is a must-do for unique and well-priced Pacifica pieces, clothing, handicrafts and black pearls. Although open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm, Saturday is the main market day with more stalls and live music performed on the stage. For a delicious selection of food, Muri Beach night market boasts island specialities at very reasonable prices. From curries to locally baked cakes, entertainers and stage singers.

  11. ISLAND HOPPING
  12. For an even slower pace of life, fly from Rarotonga to the laid-back islands of Aitutaki, Atiu, Ma’uke or Mangaia in just under an hour. The romantic island of Aitutaki is home to the most pristine turquoise, sun-kissed lagoon. Untouched and unspoiled Atiu offers secluded caves, rare tropical birds and coral sand beaches. Mau’ke known as the garden island is abundant with flowers, deep underground caves, fresh water pools and lakes. Estimated to be 18 million years old Mangaia encompasses rugged beauty, ancient artefacts and lush landscape.



NEED TO KNOW



 
Cook Islands

COUNTRY NAME


Cook Islands

Capital

CAPITAL


Avarua

Clock

TIME DIFFERENCE


Current time in Cook Islands
New Zealand is 22 hours ahead of the Cook Islands

Currency

CURRENCY


New Zealand Dollar (NZD)

Electricity

ELECTRICITY


Current is 240V, 50HZ. Plug is a 3 point rectangle-pin adaptor

Language

LANGUAGE


English and Cook Island Maori

Banking

BANKING


ANZ Bank is located in Rarotonga and Aitutaki. ANZ ATM’s are located at Avarua

Meidcal

MEDICAL


Hospital is located in Rarotonga

Visa Information

VISAS


If you’re travelling on a NZ Passport a Visa is not required, however if you intend on staying longer than 32 days a visa will be required

Flight times

FLIGHT TIMES


4 hours from Auckland top Rarotonga, 6 hours and 20 minutes from Wellington to Rarotonga and 6 hours and 40 minutes from Christchurch to Rarotonga

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BEST TIME TO GO


From May – October. This time of year falls in the middle of a tropical winter, but winter is dry in Rarotonga and these months are best for sunshine and warm weather. You’re looking at temperatures of highs of 23°C to Lows of 21°C. There’s never a bad time to visit the tropical island paradise that is Rarotonga, embodying a warm tropical climate all year round.

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AIRLINES


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