THE COOK ISLANDS
The 15 islands in the Cooks are located in the heart of the Pacific, halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand. An oasis of freedom with crystal blue waters, white sandy beaches, warm weather all year round and authentic, friendly locals. Under 30 minutes from plane to any beach, it's so easy to do as much or as little as you like in the Cook Islands. Come share our Kia Orana spirit and discover why everyone loves a little paradise.
International airlines that service the Cook Islands are Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Air Tahiti. Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia have several flights a week from Auckland, and Air Tahiti, in conjunction with Air Rarotonga, has 1 flight a week from Tahiti. Air New Zealand also operates direct flights out of Sydney and Los Angeles once a week. Jetstar has 3 flights from Australia via Auckland. There is no departure tax payable at the airport as this is included in your international tickets. It takes approximately 24 hours to travel from the UK to the Cook Islands.
Domestic flights are operated by Air Rarotonga with daily flights to Aitutaki and scheduled flights to the other islands.
The Cook Islands unit of currency is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD), supplemented by notes and coinage. The unique local coins and notes are not negotiable outside of the Cook Islands, but are keenly sought by collectors worldwide.
Cook Islands’ time is GMT-10 hours.
Althugh the dress code is informal, we do ask that brief attire not be worn when visiting towns or villages. Nude or topless sunbathing will cause offence. A light sweater may come in handy for the cooler evenings.
Vehicles are driven on the left hadn side of the road. Drivers of all vehicles are required to have a valid driver's licence issued in their own country.
WEATHER & SEASONS
Always a good time to visit, the Cook Islands enjoy a pleasant warm and sunny climate all year round. June to August are slightly cooler months, November to March marks the warmer season, with occasional tropical showers. The drier months, from April to November, average 26°C. The warmer, more humid and damp season is from December to March, with temperatures ranging between 22°C (min) and 30°C (max).