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Cook Islands Geography and Maps

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The Cook Islands are a combination of 15 islands and atolls located in the middle of the South Pacific with Tonga to the west, and the Society Islands of French Polynesia to the east. The 15 islands are broken up into two groups:

The Northern Group: Manihiki, Nassau, Penryhn, Pukapuka, Rakahanga and Suwarrow. The Northern Group is the older of the two and is made up of sunken volcanoes that are now topped with coral. Suwarrow has the smallest population out of all the islands with only two resident caretakers.

The Southern Group: Aitutaki, Atiu, Mangala, Manuae, Mauke, Mitiaro, Palmerston, Rarotonga (the largest island and the capital) and Takutea. The Southern Group are considered “high” islands and they are of volcanic origin. The majority of the population of the Cook Islands live in the Southern Group, however, both Takutea and Manuae are uninhabited.

The Cook Islands are located to the east of the International Date Line and are ten hours behind Greenwich Mean Time.

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, and '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.

Book your Cook Islands Vacation with Goway!

With a wide choice of Cook Islands vacations and experiences, Goway’s Downunder wizards can offer you many ways to explore and enjoy the Cook Islands. Relax with a romantic tropical island stay, escape winter on a Snowbird long stay, enjoy an air-land getaway and more. We want to be your first choice when next you go globetrotting to the Cook Islands.

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