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Cook Islands Holidays

The Cook Islands are a collection of tiny pieces of paradise scattered across the Pacific Ocean.

A place of warm smiles and friendly people, the atmosphere and glorious beaches of the Cook Islands are unforgettable. But holidays to the Cook Islands aren't complete by just visiting one island. Take to the skies on a scenic flight from Rarotonga to Aitutaki and islands beyond for the ultimate island-hopping holiday.

The largest island, Rarotonga, is a bustling hub of activity. But don’t let that put you off; the island is just as beautiful as its enchanting sisters. With lush greenery, volcanic peaks and rainforest blanketing its interior. While a 32-kilometre, round-the-island road links the beaches, lagoons and reefs.

For adventure, head into the mountains and forests for a 4WD guided tour. Or, to get a taste of the captivating culture, visit Te Vara Nui, a cultural village. Here you can see carving demonstrations, costume making, dancing, and learn about the traditional songs and myths.

Aitutaki is the next closest island to Rarotonga and the two make an idyllic island holiday duo. Aitutaki – thought to be the most beautiful of the Cooks – is famous for its lagoon studded with 15 islets and bright coral. For those who want to explore the islands' underwater treasures, Aitutaki's lagoon won't disappoint. Its crystal-clear waters are perfect for getting up close to the unique marine life.

Holidays in the Cook Islands give you the chance to do as much or as little as you like. Snorkel, hike, sail or explore the local lifestyle. Experience the Kia Orana spirit and discover why everyone loves these 15 islands in the heart of the South Pacific.

This place has the wow factor. Its amazing beaches, blue lagoons and deserted islands make you feel like you are in total paradise! Snorkelling is definitely my activity of choice here.
Vicki, Travel Designer
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Traveller's guide

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    Useful information

    Currency: Cook Islands Dollar (CKD) – the New Zealand Dollar is also an accepted currency

    Language(s): English and Rarotongan

    Time difference: GMT -10

    Flying time: approx. 32 hours + 2 stops

    International airport: Rarotonga (code: RAR)

    Recommended airlines: Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines

    Visa: British citizens do not require a visa to travel to the Cook Islands. However, you will need a valid passport for at least six months from your date of arrival.

    Best time to visit the Cook Islands

    The Cook Islands are a year-round destination weather wise. As one of the most southern nations of the South Pacific, the Cooks enjoy pleasant, steady temperatures and humidity levels. However, evenings are cool so pack a few heavier layers.

    High season: winter (May to Oct)

    • Dry season means sunny days and pleasant temperatures in the mid 20s.
    • The busiest season is from late June and through August as Australians and New Zealanders escape their own winter for more tropical climes.

    Shoulder season: autumn and spring (Apr to May and Oct to Nov)

    • Low rainfall, low humidity and milder temperatures.
    • The shoulder months provide an ideal combination of sunshine and warmth, outside of peak travel times.

    Low season: summer (Nov to Apr)

    • Wet season in the Cooks is characterised by cloudy days, rain showers and slightly higher humidity.
    • Expect temperatures in their high 20s and low 30s.
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    Getting to the Cook Islands

    Stopover in South East Asia en route to the Cook Islands or include a stay in the Cooks as part of your Australia or New Zealand holiday. The flight to the Cooks requires a few stops on the way so why not take advantage of some of the exciting cities you can visit on your travels.

    See all our stopover destinations here.

    Approximate flying times:

    • London Heathrow to Rarotonga = 32 hours + 2 stops
    • Sydney to Rarotonga = 6 hours
    • Auckland to Rarotonga = 4 hours

    Getting around the Cook Islands

    Rarotonga has a regular circle-island bus service, while both ‘Raro’ and Aitutaki have plenty of taxis for getting around the islands. If you’d prefer to be more self-sufficient, why not hop on a bicycle? All the islands are good for cycling or for the longer distances, you can rent a car and scooter. While ferries between the islands can be quite unreliable, Air Rarotonga, the only domestic airline in the Cooks, has several daily flights to Aitutaki.

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