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The Cook Islands could be the best kept secret in the South Pacific when it comes to a truly natural (not manufactured) paradise. Located north east of New Zealand, it consists of 15 islands formed by volcanic activity, each one with its own individual character. The Cook Islanders are citizens of New Zealand as they have free association with that country but at the same time are independently governed. It is not surprising that the Cook Islands’ most important industry is tourism. This is due to not only its natural beauty and wonderful beaches but also due to its extremely friendly people who are smiling, spontaneous and warm-hearted and influenced by their Polynesian culture. Reasons to visit are many but include just relaxing, snorkeling, scuba diving, exploring and learning about the history of the islands. It is also a very popular wedding and honeymoon destination with an ideal climate all year round. Another attraction is its stunning scenery. The Cook Islands is where time stands still. There is no sense of urgency here. There are no traffic lights!

The point of entry is the main island of Rarotonga, the most populated island. It is only 32 kilometres/20 miles in circumference. The island is surrounded by a lagoon which often extends more than a hundred metres to the reef then slopes steeply into deep water. The interior is dominated by volcanic peaks cloaked in dense vegetation and largely unpopulated. The island is encircled by one main road and has only 2 bus routes.

One travels clockwise around the perimeter of Rarotonga and the other - anticlockwise. If you take the bus, you can request to stop off anywhere that suits you en route. You can also rent a bicycle, motor bike or car to drive around the island. On your journey, regardless of mode of transportation, you will see jagged pinnacles jutting out of the interior, terraces below them where bananas, coconuts, pineapples and paw paw grow and small villages. Also watch out for traditional Marae, the sacred ceremonial grounds.  As for the white sand beaches and palm-fringed blue lagoons, these are evenly distributed around the island as are the resort hotels. 

The capital of Rarotonga is Avarua, the largest town in the Cook Islands with a population of around 6000 people. The town has two harbours and a selection of hotels in or close to Avarua. One of the highlights here is the colourful daily market (except Sundays). For dining or just relaxing with a coffee, there is ample choice here. Want to explore the interior? You can join a guided cross-island walk or take a 3 to 4 hour four wheeled drive safari. Or if time is short, consider an inexpensive 20 minute scenic flight. 

The second most important island and most visited after Rarotonga is Aitutaki. It is more tranquil and peaceful. It is also nicknamed the “Honeymoon Island”. Aitutaki, triangular in shape, is surrounded by a barrier reef with palm-fringed beaches and is stunningly beautiful, a veritable Garden of Eden. The soil here is extremely fertile and produces many tropical fruits and vegetables. It also boasts the oldest church in the Cook Islands. Obviously, it’s a paradise for water sports such as scuba diving and snorkeling. Consider also attending the Saturday market for souvenirs.

Another island worth visiting is Atiu, unspoilt and lush with dense rainforest. It is the third largest island but with a population of only 600. Atiu offers secluded sandy beaches, a coral ring around the island, small villages and amazing birdlife. Here consider a visit to the Anatakitaki Cave with its interesting limestone formations. 

For the shopper, the Cook Islands offers woodcarvings, a common local art form including wooden seats, ceremonial tools and weaving including mats, baskets, hats and patchwork quilts. Also you can purchase paintings and sculptures produced by local artists.

Apart from the active pastimes of scuba diving, snorkeling, bike riding, horseback riding and hiking, you can also go deep-sea fishing. An interesting suggested visit is to attend a church service on Sunday where you are likely to hear wonderful A Cappella singing. Another form of entertainment is to take in an Island show where you can experience traditional Cook Island dancing accompanied by drumming. 

Stressed out or just lazy by nature, the Cook Islands can rejuvenate you or simply provide you with a relaxing vacation. But don’t forget all the other activities on offer. At Goway we can customize a Cook Islands vacation to suit your own personal needs, interest and budget.

 

Cook Islands Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to the Cook Islands. 

Learn about the history and culture of the Cook Islands, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about the Cook Islands nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering the Cook Islands for yourself. Start exploring...book one of our Cook Island vacations today!

 

Extend your Stay

Consider an additional stopover after or before your Cook island vacation at  one of Goway's other South Pacific destinations. You can choose from our selection of Australian vacationsNew Zealand vacation packages, Tahiti vacation packages or perhaps one of our Fiji resorts. 


 

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  • 15 Day Cook Islands Including Airfare

    The Cook Islands offer a mix of coral atolls and volcanic islands, have an ideal climate, offers stunning scenery, and is influenced by its Polynesian culture
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,919
    Trip Type:
    Air & Land Getaways, Independent Travel Modules, Island Resorts, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • 8 Day Cook Islands Including Airfare

    The Cook Islands offer a mix of coral atolls and volcanic islands, have an ideal climate, offers stunning scenery, and is influenced by its Polynesian culture
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,299
    Trip Type:
    Air & Land Getaways, Independent Travel Modules, Island Resorts, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Cook Islands Honeymoon Incl. Airfare

    The Cook Islands is a top honeymoon destination. It’s one of the few island paradises that doesn’t experience mass tourism allowing you to really relax and enjoy the serene surroundings with a loved one.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,475
    Trip Type:
    Air & Land Getaways
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  • Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa

    Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa is the only resort set directly on breathtaking Aitutaki Lagoon, offering breathtaking views of arguably the world’s most beautiful lagoon.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Island Resorts, Lodges & Beach Stays, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Castaway Resort

    Castaway Resort is a small, quiet and secluded island paradise boutique resort featuring a mix of twelve units built on the edge of Rarotonga’s sunset side of the island, offering views of a white sandy beach, magnificent turquoise lagoon, reef and ocean beyond.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Island Resorts, Lodges & Beach Stays, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Cook Islands Long Stay

    Imagine a month in your very own island paradise. The Cook Islands offers you what you have been looking for, whether its that romantic getaway, down time with your family or just an excuse to get away from it all. Here you can escape the rush and clutter of city life, choosing simply to relax or to purposefully explore the culture and varied natural environments.
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,959
    Trip Type:
    Snowbird Long Stays
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  • Crown Beach Resort and Spa

    Ridiculously romantic, Crown Beach Resort & Spa presents a private secluded space for just 36 couples to frolic about 5 acres of botanical gardens.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Island Resorts, Lodges & Beach Stays, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Incredible Aitutaki

    A 50 minute flight from Rarotonga is the jewel of the Cook Islands, Aitutaki, home to one of the most beautiful lagoons in the world. Try snorkelling or simply relax, the choice is yours.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 626
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Island Resorts, Lodges & Beach Stays, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Lagoon Breeze Villas

    Lagoon Breeze Villas is located opposite its own stunning white sandy beach on a marine reserve in the south-west coast of Rarotonga.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Island Resorts, Lodges & Beach Stays, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Manuia Beach Resort

    On the sheltered, sunset coast of Rarotonga, Manuia Beach Resort has a great beachfront location. Sparkling blue water, an amazing white sand beach and tropical gardens frame this boutique resort which caters for adults and children over 16.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Island Resorts, Lodges & Beach Stays, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel and Villas

    Located on a stretch of white sand beach, this intimate 17 room boutique hotel, and 6 Villas, provides a tranquil atmosphere.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Island Resorts, Lodges & Beach Stays, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Muri Beach Club Hotel

    The Muri Beach Club Hotel enjoys an enviable location on Rarotonga’s best stretch of beach on Muri Lagoon right on Muri Beach Point and caters for adults 18 years and over.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Island Resorts, Lodges & Beach Stays, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Muri Beachcomber

    Muri Beachcomber is a small, intimate property superbly located on beautiful Muri Lagoon - 22 units ensure a truly relaxing atmosphere.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Island Resorts, Lodges & Beach Stays, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Pacific Resort Aitutaki

    Secluded Luxury. Like a siren of the South Pacific, Aitutaki seduces you. This magical place is home to Pacific Resort Aitutaki – Cook Islands , the “World’s Leading Boutique Island Resort” (World Travel Awards) and a member of “Small Luxury Hotels of the World”.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Island Resorts, Lodges & Beach Stays, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Pacific Resort Rarotonga

    Pacific Resort Rarotonga is situated in one of the world’s most spell-binding spots. Muri Beach is laden with white sand, fringed by palm trees and lapped by the waters of an aqua lagoon.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Island Resorts, Lodges & Beach Stays, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Palm Grove

    Set in the quiet, enchanting area of Vaima on the stunning southern coast, Palm Grove features the peace and tranquility of one of the best locations on Rarotonga.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Island Resorts, Lodges & Beach Stays, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Radiant Rarotonga

    For those who seek the tranquility of a deserted island, white sand beaches, clear turquoise waters and friendly smiles await them in Rarotonga, the largest of all the Cook Islands.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Island Resorts, Lodges & Beach Stays, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Rarotonga and Aitutaki Escape

    The best of both worlds - spend 12 nights in the Cook Islands exploring both Rarotonga and Aitutaki.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Island Resorts, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Rarotonga and Aitutaki Escape - 6 days

    Rarotonga and Aitutaki Escape - 6 days
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 960
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Rarotonga Beach Bungalows

    Rarotonga Beach Bungalows is a small, intimate resort, built in a Polynesian village design ideally located on Titikaveka Beach – one of the most beautiful in Rarotonga with swimming and snorkeling directly in front of the resort.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Island Resorts, Lodges & Beach Stays, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Royale Takitumu

    Located in the village of Titikaveka, 20 minutes from the airport and situated on the white sand shores of a magnificent lagoon where one can swim and snorkel at all tides.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Island Resorts, Lodges & Beach Stays, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa

    Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa is renowned on the island of Rarotonga for the luxury their 3 villas provide to guests wanting top class villa accommodation with full servicing and personal attention.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Island Resorts, Romance & Honeymoon, VIP Luxury Touring
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  • Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach

    Indulge in this adults-only absolute beachfront boutique resort with a distinctive South Pacific ambience, secluded white sands, crystal-clear blue lagoon and a unique swim-up bar.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Island Resorts, Lodges & Beach Stays, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Sea Change Villas

    Secluded Luxury. Like a siren of the South Pacific, Aitutaki seduces you. This magical place is home to Pacific Resort Aitutaki – Cook Islands , the “World’s Leading Boutique Island Resort” (World Travel Awards) and a member of “Small Luxury Hotels of the World”.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Island Resorts, Lodges & Beach Stays, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Sunset Resort

    The Sunset Resort is a beachfront property set on the sheltered western side of the island, 5 minutes from the airport and 8 minutes from the town of Avarua.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Island Resorts, Lodges & Beach Stays, Romance & Honeymoon
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