For endless adventures, stunning lagoons and warm tropical days, look no further than the Cook Islands. From surf to safaris; from waterfalls to wake-boarding; from pampering to paddle boarding; from nightlife to night-markets. The island vibe is chilled and the locals can’t wait to welcome you to our Modern Polynesian home. With over 50+ restaurants and cafes and only 45 minutes by car round the whole island of Rarotonga you will feel like you are in one big resort. Take the 45 minute flight from Rarotonga to Aitutaki for the bluest lagoons you have ever seen! Your only problem will be, once you find paradise its hard to let go!
So what are you waiting for #ComeVisitCookIslands so we can wish you Kia Orana (Hello, and may you live long)
Relax. Play. Soothe the Soul.
Where are we?
The warmth of the tropical sun envelops you, the scent of frangipani washes over you, the most pressing decision that you face, should you climb the summit of the islands majestic volcanic peak or explore the crystal clear turquoise waters and swim with schools of tropical fish.
Aitutaki is our second most visited island in the Cook Islands. Secluded and romantic, it holds a compelling allure for honeymooners, many of whom choose this haven for the duration of their stay.
If you’re looking for a more intrepid adventure, Atiu is the island for you. Unlock its mysteries, explore ancient caves, observe rare tropical bird life, and discover 36 secluded coral sand beaches.
Embrace the call of our paradise and relax in your choice of accommodation. From five star luxury villas, self catering holiday homes, guest houses, affordable full service resorts, B&B’s and backpacker hostels we provide a wide range of options to ensure you’ll have your ideal holiday.
The choice of divine cafés and restaurants is vast in our small nation and one could easily dine in a different location for every meal of their stay. For if there’s one thing we Cook Islander’s are fiercely proud of protecting, it’s our reputation for creating the best cuisine in the Pacific.
Fishing, Diving, eco-cycling, we’ve got it all! From water sports to guided hiking, the diversity of our Island terrain ensures your ideal itinerary of activities is just waiting to be enjoyed. What does it look like? Is it underwater, on the water, or on ground?
Our islands provide you with the perfect destination to combine attending an international event with an unbelievable holiday. With numerous sporting codes hosting international events, cultural festivals, flower shows and renowned musicians playing here across the year.
Our Top 21
Reasons to Visit the Cook Islands
Easy to get around. Rarotonga, the main island, is 32km in circumference and takes just 45 minutes by car to circle the island – it truly is one big resort island. Easy access to explore the island by scooter, the island bus service, or car.
Endless adventures by day, both on the land and in the water to keep you entertained.
Delicious fresh seafood and locally grown fruit and veg. Try the national dish, ika mata (fresh tuna marinated in coconut milk, lime & chilli). With over 50 café’s and restaurants on Rarotonga alone, you are sure to find dining options to suit.
Pamper yourselves with sublime day spa’s at most of the major resorts.
Visit Aitutaki, arguably the most beautiful lagoon in the world, also boasting the Cooks very own Overwater bungalows. Cruise to Honeymoon Island or partake in sport fishing, kite surfing or simply immerse yourself in your own private escape.
Relaxed but modern lifestyle with high standard of living and accommodation ranging from self contained villas to full service hotels no chain resorts, no building higher than a coconut tree, no traffic lights.
Easy flight access. Fly direct from Sydney-Rarotonga with Air New Zealand every Saturday night or via Auckland daily with Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia.
Authentic modern Polynesian culture – easy to engage with the warm local Maori people - see their amazing drumming and dancing talents at cultural shows, - join thecongregation at church on Sunday, - chat at the markets and roadside stalls.
NZ dollar currency makes for excellent value for money – Bargain priced tours and dining no alcohol tax.
Year-round glorious weather and warm sparkling lagoons. Some of the best beaches and lagoons in the South Pacific - Rarotonga and Aitutaki on world’s best islands TripAdvisor Traveller - Choice 2013 and 2014.
The Cook Islands is perfect for families. Kids Club group leaders are very involved and interactive. A Cook Islands family holiday will see you sharing experiences that bring the family closer together and have you returning home with lasting fond memories.
Easy going fun outdoor nightclubs in Avarua (town Rarotonga), such as Whatever Bar or Rehab. Or get onboard the Going Troppo Night Life Tour,
Visit Atiu, land of rare birds, amazing cave tours, locally grown Arabica coffee and bush beer drinking clubs.
The Saturday morning Punanga Nui markets in Avarua (town, Rarotonga) offers free entertainment, fresh food stalls and organic coffee as well as wonderful souvenirs. Be sure to get a black pearl.
Scuba dive or snorkel in incredibly clear lagoons to see giant turtles, colourful fish and diverse corals. Lagoon and PADI dives on offer.
Safe, there’s no stranger danger in the Cook Islands. Walk to restaurants at night, visit the open air island vibe bars and feel at home.
The Cook Islands suits families, honeymooners, couples, friends getaways, special celebrations – we know you’ll love it.
TripAdvisor voted two of our Islands in the top 10 best in the world.
Beautiful scenery. Watch whales (Jun-Oct) from the foreshore, swim in crystal clear waters with no nasty stingers. Star gaze at a trillion stars, and marvel at the jagged mountain peaks. It truly is paradise.
Romance is in the air. From weddings to a secluded honeymoon, Cook Islands offers anything but cookie-cutter memories.
All the beaches are spectacular. White sandy beaches and crystal clear turquoise lagoons are available to everyone and for the experienced surfer, the waves are awesome.
1 EXPLORE THE LAGOONS
Swimming, Snorkelling, Stand up Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, Sailing, Diving, Fishing, Glass Bottom Boat Tours, Kite Surfing, Lagoon Cruises, Raro Reef Sub, Whale Watching, Surfing & much more!
2 EXPLORE BY LAND
Safari, 4WD, Quad bike, Horse riding, Museums, Mountain biking, Tennis, Kids Club, Bowling, Cinema, Church, Putt Putt, Golf & much more!
3 NATURE WALKS WITH PA
4 DISCOVERING WATERFALLS
5 WHALE CENTRE & WHALE WATCHING
6 CULTURAL DINNER & DANCE SHOWS, DINING & CAFÉS
7 SHOPPING AT MARKETS
8 SAFE BUT FUN OPEN-AIR NIGHTLIFE SCENE
9 AITUTAKI DAY TOURS & ISLAND HOPPING
10 ENGAGE WITH THE LOCALS
Zumba, Dance & Football Games
Best time to visit the Cook Islands
We often get asked the best time to visit the Cook Islands, and the truth is – there is no bad time. There’s only two tropical seasons – dry and summer, and not much difference between the two. You can expect Aitutaki to be a few degrees warmer.
Why travel then?
Bright sunny mornings, higher humidity, tropical quick showers to cool things down and perhaps the best time to get airfare and resort deals from Feb-May. Typically Dec/Jan is when Cookies living in Australia return home, so great deals on resorts, but book early for flights. February is the month of love, a perfect time to get a deal, get married or renew vows. See whales late Jun.
OUR WINTER (DRY SEASON)
Why travel then?
July is ‘mid-winter’, lower humidity, dry sunny days and low dew point. It is also the peak season for Kiwi’s, so book early to avoid disappointment. September is the biggest month for arrivals on the islands. See whales Jul-Oct. Lots of festivals and sporting events happen in Nov so always lots happening.