Travel dates till 31 March 2022

Unwrapped cook islands, here and now

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Fifteen droplets of land cast across 2 million sq km of wild Pacific blue, the Cook Islands are simultaneously remote and accessible, modern and traditional.

If you’ve never visited Rarotonga, Aitutaki and the Cook Islands before, read on and discover what so many of our regular visitors already know. We are a laid back destination and people, where everything is easy and there is a sense of freedom everywhere you go.

Weather & Seasons

It’s always a good time to visit. The Cook Islands enjoy a pleasant warm and sunny climate all year round. The drier months are from April to November with an average temperature of 26°C. November to March marks the warmer season, with slightly higher humidity and occasional rainfall between December and March when the temperature ranges between 22°C (min) and 30°C (max).


Flights With Air NZ


From Auckland return

Economy Class (Seat+Bag 23 kg) from $695 per person

From Wellington return

Economy Class (Seat+Bag 23 kg) from $845 per person

From Christchurch return

Economy Class (Seat+Bag 23 kg) from $845 per person


From Auckland return

Economy Class (Seat+Bag) from $1185 per person return

From Wellington return

Economy Class (Seat+Bag) from $1325 per person return

From Christchurch return

Economy Class (Seat+Bag) from $1325 per person return

Travel dates: 17 May 2021 to 31 Mar 2022


5 NIGHTS from $1,249 pp share twin (prices ex Auckland)

There’s nothing like a Rarotonga holiday to put a bounce in your step. The sound of rolling surf and the smell of salty sea air are sure to refresh your mind and body. To be close to the town centre on your trip to Rarotonga, find a hotel around Muri Beach (only 3 miles (5 km) away). If the plan is to stay for a bit, browse our Rarotonga holiday packages. Not only will you save some cash, you’ll also have other stunning beaches around you to explore, like Aroa Beach and Puaikura Beach. We call that a win-win!



Aitutaki is the second most visited island. Dotted with 21 tiny palm-fringed islets, or motu, its sublimely beautiful lagoon is the star attraction. Other more remote islands attract adventurers, anglers, and real-life Robinson Crusoes.

Beachcombing, fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, and swimming are favorite things to do throughout all these islands, and if you need a break from the sand and sea, you can hike lush jungle trails for mesmerizing views.

Once you lay eyes on these dreamy shores, you’ll see why they rank among the most beautiful islands in the world. Wondering about the best places to visit? Take a look at our list of the top attractions in the Cook Islands.

Home away from home

The Cook Islands has a large range of holiday homes and rental properties for both short and long stays. From basic beach style properties to luxury boutique villas, there is an accommodation option to suit all budgets. Located in Rarotonga, holiday homes are popular for a ‘home away from home’ experience. They provide private spaces with the majority offering kayaks and snorkelling equipment for guest use, while some have private swimming pools. Properties are located both beachfront and inland, giving the option of stunning lagoon views or lush natural bush surroundings. Holiday homes are a fantastic choice for families or groups wanting all the conveniences of home in a tropical island paradise.

Activities and Transfers

Underwater, on the water or deep into our lush tropical landscape, the freedom and ease of exploring a little paradise is what sets us apart in the South Pacific. Lagoon cruises, fishing, diving, guided mountain hikes, storytelling cycling tours, buggies, quad bikes or 4WD trips inland – we’ve got it all. The diversity of our breathtaking natural terrain means you can craft your ideal itinerary. Fast or slow? Laidback, culturally enriching or full throttle adrenaline? The only limit is how you choose to define your perfect holiday.


Mitiaro @my_rarotonga


What currency is used in the Cook Islands?

The Cook Islands unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar, supplemented by local coins. The unique local coins and notes are not negotiable outside of the Cook Islands, but are keenly sought by collectors worldwide.

Bank of the South Pacific (BSP), the Bank Cook Islands (BCI) and Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) are located in downtown Avarua. Open Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm. BSP in Avarua is also open from 9am-12 noon on Saturdays.

ATMs are conveniently located around Rarotonga and Aitutaki and EFTPOS is available at most hotels and stores. Western Union has an office in Avarua offering money exchange and transfers.

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