Breathe in the fresh pure air. Wade into the cool, calm, blue lagoons. Let the untouched charm of these beautiful Cook Islands capture your spirit and hold your heart.
The 15 islands of the Cooks lie halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii in the South Pacific. Scattered like fragrant frangipani petals floating across 2.2 million square kilometres of a seductive, sensual ocean.
Boasting rare beauty, an idyllic climate, warm welcoming people with the widest white smiles and a pace of life unsurpassed for peace: the Cook Islands are an Island Paradise.
Easily reached, the Cook Islands are the perfect add-on to your New Zealand tour, just four hours away. Travelling onwards to London, you are one stop away via Los Angeles.
Crossing the dateline to the reach the Cook Islands you get to ‘go back in time’ – why not plan your trip to celebrate that special occasion twice!
Rarotonga – the main island in the Cook Islands and the island with the international airport. Home to 12,000 of the 18,000 Cook Islands call Rarotonga home.
Just 32Km or 20 miles in circumference with only one continuous road, nothing on Rarotonga is more than 20 minutes away
Clockwise / Anticlockwise – where else in the world are there two buses an hour, timetabled to go around the island, one clockwise one anti-clockwise. No need for bus stops – just flag the driver down whenever you see the bus coming!
Fancy a swim – with 20km or 14 miles of uninterrupted public beach, lay your towel wherever you want and take a dip in the lagoon surrounding the island.
Work up a bit of sweat – why not trek across the island. The untouched volcanic interior, can be explored by foot – a morning trekking followed by a refreshing dip under a waterfall, is a must for many visitors
Trekking not for you – other options include 4×4, Quad bikes and cycle tours enable you to see day to day life in Rarotonga.
Have a whale of a time – visit between July and September and you can see the Hump Back Whales close to shore. No need for boats, simply sit on the beach and watch the whales beyond the reef.
Island Night – proud of their Cook Islands and Polynesian heritage, enjoy an island night, with traditional Umu (underground Oven) feast and Cook Island dancers.
Punanganui Market – meet all the new friends you have met during your stay at the Saturday morning market in town.
Bag a bargain – you will find an array of things to buy from Black Pearls to Handicrafts, Pareos to colourful Cook Island shirt……..and with the NZ$ as the currency , spending couldn’t be easier!
Sunday – the local churches openly welcome visitors – listen to those traditional hymns being sung in Cook Island Mauri, and admire the fine Sunday attire worn by the worshipers.
AItutaki Lagoon – one of the most idyllic lagoons in the world. Explore unspoilt Aitutaki – half atoll, half island. Just 45 minutes flight from Rarotonga and you will discover what paradise really is.
One Foot Island – found in Aitutaki lagoon, this legendary island is yours to enjoy. Don’t forget your passport for that ‘One Foot Island’ stamp!
Giant Clams and Giant Trevally – this turquoise blue lagoon, is home to giant clams and the fast swimming Giant Trevally. Grab your snorkel and fins to get up close to them both!
Stay with us – the island is your resort! Forget the big chains, in the Cook Islands all the hotels are owner operated, hospitality is personal!
Eat with us – with over 50 restaurants and bars on Rarotonga, including the world famous Muri Night market, to some of the South Pacific’s finest restaurants. You’ll be sure to eat well in the Cook Islands at prices that you will find surprisingly good value.
It easy to say what we do have – but come and visit us for what we don’t have too! No big hotel chains, no international fast food restaurants, no escalators, no elevators, no traffic lights, no zebra crossings. We do have wifi hotspots and we do have mobile networks (check your provider) but in the Cook Islands you will find the things you find important at home, are not important when holiday with us.
Feeling inspired? See the beautiful Cook Islands for yourself. Speak to one of our Travel Experts today to curate your dream trip!
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