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Cook Islands
Take a step back in time and let Cook Islands woo your mind, body and soul. With sublimely beautiful beaches, miles of clear, glittering waters and the warmest hospitality you can chance upon, this destination will be a holiday for the ages. Check out our latest all-inclusive Cook Islands holiday packages and deals below; if you’d like to speak to our South Pacific Specialist to create a bespoke itinerary, get in touch at 1300 991 751!
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About Cook Islands

About Cook Islands

About Cook Islands

With 15 islands, travellers will find water sports, culture, festivals, nightlife and some of the most pristine beaches in the South Pacific seas. The main island and the capital is Rarotonga; along with Aitutaki Mangaia, Atiu, Mauke, Takutea, Manuae, Palmerston and Mitiaro – each with its own unique beauty, fun and identity. For couples, families, solo travellers and friends, there is an abundance of activities to be experienced.

Explore Rarotonga’s beaches and villages, Atiu’s  forests and bird species, Manuae’s thriving marine life or just laze by the clean white sand beaches of Aitutaki. A trip to the Cook Islands can guarantee lasting memories.

Things to Do in Cook Islands

Things to Do in Cook Islands

Things to Do in Cook Islands

The Cook Islands has some of the clearest waters in the world. On an average day, visibility is around 50 feet to over 200 feet of shimmering seas, making it a mecca for diving, snorkelling, windsurfing and water sports. Secondly, along with a celebrated whale conservation centre, travellers can charter trips to see humpback whales on their seasonal visit (July-October) to this island destination. Aitutaki, Tongareva and Rarotonga are surrounded by some of the largest lagoons in the world. A cruise is the perfect way to spend a relaxing day amidst natural beauty of the South Pacific Ocean. Then, A visit to a village is must to experience true Cook Island hospitality. Guests will learn about arts, crafts, pearl farming, and the traditional feast. A Mitiaro home-stay is recommended for a true immersion in island life. In fact, check out our blogs on Cook Islands – we regularly post on the resorts, things to do, top experiences and activities and so on!

Best Times to Visit Cook Islands

Best Times to Visit Cook Islands

Best Times to Visit Cook Islands

As a tropical island destination, there are always stray rain showers in any week. But as a whole, Cook Islands has good weather for most of the year. For guaranteed good weather, April to October are the right months to travel to this slice of paradise.

Cook Islands is unique in the aspect that festivals, events and fun in general is taken very seriously – to the point that the whole country shuts down to have a good time! For example, the people celebrate Te Maeva Nui to mark their decision to self-rule. For a week (28 July to 4 August), there are floats, parties, dance competitions and a carnival-like atmosphere day and night. The Vaka Eiva is Cook Island’s traditional competition of canoeing, where having fun is paramount!

 

Hotels and Resorts in Cook Islands

Hotels and Resorts in Cook Islands

Hotels and Resorts in Cook Islands

This destination has a range of accommodations options. Travellers can choose from small inns, resorts to self-contained luxury villas to suit their individual or group needs. As the capital, Rarotonga has quite a number of hotels and resorts. If you are seeking out a premium resort then don’t pass up Rumours, Club Raro Resort or the Edgewater Resort. For those seeking five-star offering with more seclusion, the Pacific Resort in Aitutaki checks all the boxes.

For a dream honeymoon, Cook Islands is the perfect destination. Check out Hideaway Holidays’ list of hotels and resorts below, or drop in your details for our South Pacific Specialists to call you with our bestsellers.

Top 5 Experiences in Cook Islands

Top 5 Experiences in Cook Islands

Top 5 Experiences in Cook Islands

The Te Mira Ura Festival is a seasonal festival in April where people bring out their dancing shoes and compete in the Dancer of the Year event. Visitors are encouraged to join islanders in this spectacular event of dance, gaiety and non-stop fun. Then, let our South Pacific Specialists plan you a sublime charter across the islands, diving the numerous wrecks and coral reefs full of schools of colourful fish. When Cook Islands celebrates their freedom and self-governance, it’s a riot of colourful floats, dances, cultural performances and wreaths of sweet-smelling flowers on August 4th, the Te Maeva Nui Festival. Picture a private bungalow on miles of powdery white sand beach lining a lagoon, with a glass-like sea. A romantic escape or honeymoon in Cook Islands can be surreal, magical and picture-perfect.

Post lockdown holidays in Cook Islands

Post lockdown holidays in Cook Islands

Post lockdown holidays in Cook Islands

Looking to book a great Cook Islands holiday to properly celebrate post-lockdown travel? Why, that’s an excellent idea! Did you know that from January 13, 2022, onwards, Cook Islands is opening its borders for international travellers? Yes, it is!

Of course, there would be a certain set of basic health and safety rules applicable to all travellers. One, there has to be a COVID-19 RT-PCR test to be performed within 72 hours of departure and the results to be carried with. Travellers need to download the CookSafe+ app to help with contact tracing and keep it on at all times. And lastly, just obey and practice COVID-appropriate behaviour as you are normally observing. End of story, begin holiday.

Check out our Cook Islands Hot Deals, where we’ve collected the best of post-lockdown holiday packages to Rarotonga and other islands!

Cook Islands FAQ's

The Cook Islands is a beautiful island nation in the South Pacific.
Yes, the Cook Islands are very much an independent country in the South Pacific.
No, the Cook Islands are currently not open for travel and tourism. You can check out blogs on COVID-19 updates in the South Pacific to get the latest on the news.
The Cook Islands is a part of the Oceania group of islands and countries. It includes Fiji, Vanuatu, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Tahiti & Her Islands, Micronesia and the great Australasia.
There are four dates, to be exact. The first ever human settlement of the islands was by French Polynesians around 800 AD. Then, the first European explorer who laid eyes on Cook Islands was Pedro Fernández de Quirós, and that was in 1606. Captain James Cook was a little late to the party when he set foot on the islands around 1773. And finally, the Cook Islands formally came into existence, or founded, on August 4th, 1965.
Rarotonga is the biggest island in the 15 that make up Cook Islands. Besides being the administrative centre of the country, it is also the launchpad for all activities and experiences in a Cook Islands holiday.
No, the Cook Islands are certainly not a part of Australia. The Cook Islands is an independent country in the South Pacific.
In one word, no. The Cook Islands are not expensive. That said, it’s a very subjective question dependent on the travellers’ country and currency. Comparatively, the Cook Islands would be much more affordable destination than, say Bora Bora in Tahiti, or more expensive than an Airbnb in Koh Samui. It all depends, even on the kind of resort you’re looking at and the type of holiday you have in mind.
Yes, the Cook Islands are an incredibly safe destination. It has one of the lowest rates of crime in the world.
The Cook Islands is an independent country in the South Pacific and not a part of New Zealand. But that being said, their security and certain government functions are taken care of by the New Zealand government, and they use the NZ dollar as official currency.
Currently, the Cook Islands are not open to Australian holidaymakers. You can check out blogs on COVID-19 updates in the South Pacific to get the latest on the news.
No, the Cook Islands are not a part of Torres Strait. The latter is uniquely Australian, while Cook Islands is uniquely… Cook Islands.
Currently, the Cook Islands are not open to Australian and Kiwi holidaymakers. You can check out blogs on COVID-19 updates in the South Pacific to get the latest on the news.
Sure, you can move to Cook Islands – considering how the world is, we’d go with you. But before moving permanently to Cook Islands, we’d suggest taking a holiday there first. You can check out our Cook Islands holiday deals, too!
Usually, that’s the preferred way to travel to Cook Islands. Sailing via cruises and private yacht charters to Cook Islands are also doable. But currently, the Cook Islands are not open to Australian and Kiwi holidaymakers. You can check out blogs on COVID-19 updates in the South Pacific to get the latest on the news.
The Cook Islands are a group of 15 islands. Fun fact: this country, which include the main Rarotonga and other smaller islands like Aitutaki, Mitiaro, Atiu, and others, have a dry land spread of just 240 sq km, but it’s waters cover a shade under 2 million sq kilometres!
The Cook Islands are 3,005 kilometres from Auckland, a 4-hour flight away.
The Cook Islands is a little less than 5,000 km away from Australia, and a six-hour flight from Sydney.
Subjective. How expensive are Cook Islands, depends on where travellers are coming from and what is their spending ceiling. So, for an Australian/ Kiwi family spending in dollars, a Cook Islands holiday would be more affordable than, say Tahiti. But a Cook Islands holiday in a five-star resort would be more expensive than a budget holiday in Fiji.
The Cook Islands consist of 15 islands, which cover a total dry land area of 240 square kilometres.
Well, we can tell you which Cook Island to start your holiday with – Rarotonga. It has the international airport and great beaches and is a great launchpad for all your island-hopping activities!
The Cook Islands have an island-style cuisine, which is a meld of Polynesian and international tastes.
The Cook Islands currently uses New Zealand dollars, but it also had its own currency up till 1995.
Along with English, the Cook Islands has Maori as its official language. Maori is an East Polynesian language, closely related to New Zealand Maori, or te reo.
The Cook Islands has a Maori culture, which is common to nearly all Polynesian countries.
Quite a fair number of activities. Starting from
  • Diving, snorkelling, windsurfing and other water sports
  • See humpback whales
  • Go on a lagoon cruise
  • Visit a Polynesian village
  • Learn about island arts and crafts
  • Visit a pearl farm
  • Parasailing
  • Jungle tours
The best time to visit the Cook Islands is between March and October. Why? Because Cook Islands has two distinct seasons – dry and very wet. Even in the dry season between March and October, there will still be rainshowers. The period between November to February, well it’s incessantly rainy.
No, the Cook Islands are not in lockdown, but they are closed off for travel and tourism. You can check out blogs on COVID-19 updates in the South Pacific to get the latest on the news.
The Cook Islands are named after the British naval explorer Captain James Cook.
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