Cook Islands

A volcanic archipelago of 15 pristine islands sprawling 2 million square kilometres across the South Pacific, the Cook Islands boasts an idyllic climate, endless adventure, romance and pure relaxation.

Fifteen hidden island havens cast across 2 million square kilometres of sparkling Pacific blue, the Cook Islands offer an immersive tropical escape, the ethereal landscapes suffused with traditional Polynesian history and culture.

Just 32 kilometres around, the Cook Islands beating heart of Rarotonga (Raro to the locals), can be explored in a day, but you’ll be tempted to stay longer with its abundance of idyllic unspoilt landscapes just waiting to be discovered. Adventure high and low, climbing the summit of the island's majestic volcanic peak guided by Pa, a local icon, or exploring the crystal clear turquoise waters swimming with schools of tropical fish. The sparkling waters surrounding the islands are an adventurer’s paradise, offering plethora of active pursuits, from floating out across the glittering lagoons in a kayak, to diving a little deeper on a scuba exploration of the depths, inhabited by a kaleidoscope of spectacular sea life.

The islands’ proud and welcoming Polynesian culture is imbued with ancient folklore and traditions passed down from generation to generation. Experience it for yourself on a guided cultural village tour. See the artistic traditions come to life, captivated by Rarotonga’s finest dancers and musicians as they perform by flaming torchlight on floating stages, an electric, authentic experience like no other.

Every adventure is sure to leave you in awe, and with more than 100 bars and restaurants, ‘Raro is a gastronomic paradise for gourmands and gourmets alike.

North of ‘Raro lies the sublime lagoon of Aitutaki, ringed with tiny deserted islands and one of the Pacific’s most captivating scenic jewels. Secluded and romantic, it holds a compelling allure for honeymooners and those looking for a little bit of private paradise. You can look forward to languid, leisurely days simply revelling in the picture-perfect surroundings, unwinding under a coconut palm, relaxing with a massage or perhaps exploring the island by cycle or motor-scooter. Perfect for a day trip or a longer stay, the island is known for its angler offerings, with fly-fishing for the mighty bonefish a popular pastime. If you’re feeling a little more active, go kayaking, and snorkelling around the island, or even embark on a boating adventure to Maina, Honeymoon Island, or One Foot Island – and get your passport stamped at the world’s smallest post office.

When to Go

June to September is the Cook Island's dry season when the weather is pleasant and temperatures are milder. December to April is considered the wet season when cyclones and heavy rainfall can be a common occurrence. The Cook Islands have an average temperature of 26 degrees.

Region South Pacific
Language Rarotongan/English
Capital Avarua
Population 17,459
Area 236.7 km²
Currency New Zealand Dollar

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