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Live Like a Local: Cook Islands incl. Airfare

15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,169

Head to the exotic Cook Islands in the South Pacific and live amongst the friendly locals. Spend your days in the gorgeous ocean waters and exploring the mainlands, enjoying the company of the amazing Cook Islanders and adapting to their leisurely island rhythms.

Spend 12-nights in one of nature’s crowning achievements, the idyllic Cook Islands. On a Live Like a Local tour, you’ll be free to do whatever you want on your vacation. Indulge in the white-sand beaches and turquoise waters or sink into the rhythms of the islands and connect to the amazing people that call the islands home. The price of this island stay includes international airfare.

The Cook Islands remain some of the best-kept secrets in the South Pacific. They’re a series of 15 islands northeast of New Zealand, halfway to Hawaii. The Cook Islands present plenty of opportunities for the kind of beach resort getaways you fantasize about, but they also offer a chance to embed yourself in island culture and live like a local in paradise. Cook Islanders are extremely friendly people, and are more than happy to welcome you to their island and help you adjust to “island time.” It’s key to relax while visiting the Cook Islands. There’s no sense of urgency here. There aren’t even traffic lights! Cook Islanders take their time and enjoy every moment of the day. If you want to experience the authentic Cook Islands, slow down and take in everything these wonderful islands have to offer.

On arrival in the Cook Islands, you will be taken to one of our recommended self-contained accommodations for a 12-night stay. If you want to blend into the local rhythms, stay on Rarotonga, the largest of the islands. Most Cook Islanders get around by scooter or bicycle, so rent one to travel around the island. If you spot a particularly gorgeous lagoon off the coast, or one of the island’s many white coral and limestone churches, stop and take a photo. Talk to the local groundskeeper to learn about the church’s history or stroll along the beach to see what else the water reveals to you. Traveling by cycle or scooter lets you move at your own pace and experience the Kia Orana spirit.

Your time in the Cook Islands can be taken at your leisure in the gorgeous waters of the Pacific or around the colourful island interiors. Your stay also comes with a guided tour of the Highland Paradise Cultural Centre, to educate you on island customs and history, as well as a trek across the island with a colourful local character called Pa who will regale you with stories about native myths and legends and introduce you to the indigenous flora and fauna. You’ll also enjoy a hosted dinner at three different local family homes.

Goway offers Live Like a Local Escapes to other great destinations in the South Pacific - Queensland's Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand and the Central Coast NSW Australia.


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15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,169

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Day 1

Depart North America

Depart from North America on  Air New Zealand

Meal Plan Dinner
Day 2

Arrive Cook Islands

On arrival in Rarotonga, you will be met by Goway's local representative and transferred to your chosen self-contained accommodation.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Progressive Dinner

Your day is free to relax. This evening enjoy a hosted 3-course dinner (appetizier, main and desert) served at 3 different homes around the island. Dine with your local hosts as you are treated to a delicious meal.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Days 4 - 10

Cook Islands at leisure

Your days are free to enjoy your Cook Islands vacation, Embark on day excursions around the island, go snorkelling and swimming or relax with a book an cocktail on the beach. On Day 8 (Sunday), we recommend you experience a Sunday morning church service. The locals will warmly welcome you and you can expect to hear beautiful singing and there are often refreshments after the service. 

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 11

Cross Island Trek

Today enjoy a leisurely trek across the island of Rarotonga and explore the rugged interior. You will be guided by Pa, a delightful and colorful local Cook Islander. Pa will explain the flora and fauna and its use in Cook Island culture (such as in cooking and in medicine). You will see an ancient ceremonial stone, pictographs on the face of the Needle and hear legends from Pa of the ancient Polynesians.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 12

Cook Islands at leisure

Your day is free at leisure. Why not consider adding a full day tour to the beautiful island of Aitutaki, or embark on a storyteller’s eco-cycle tour – a great way to experience local life aboard a bicycle.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 13

Highland Paradise Cultural Centre Guided Tour

Today embark on an interactive cultural experience at the Highland Paradise Cultural Centre. Visit Pre-history worshipping places, chiefly house sites, ancient sacrificial sites and reconstructed tribal buildings. You will learn to cook and sample an umu (underground oven), plus learn to weave drum and dance.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 14

Depart Cook Islands

You will be met by a Goway Representative for your transfer to the airport. Depart Rarotonga for your return flight back to North America or onwards to New Zealand or Australia.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 15

Arrive North America

Arrive back into North America

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Saturdays from North America
Low Season1 Mar – 31 May & 1 Nov – 11 Dec’19
High Season1 Jun – 31 Oct’19 & 12 Dec'19 – 31 Jan’20


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Lagoon Breeze Villas

3 star, Garden Studio with Continental breakfast

$2,169 $2,429 $2,669 $2,979
Palm Grove

3 star, Garden Studio with continental breakfast

$2,249 $2,389 $2,879 $3,039
Sunset Resort Rarotonga

3.5 star, Poolside Garden Studio with Continental breakfast

$2,599 $2,759 $3,059 $3,369
Sea Change Villas

4 star, 1 Bedroom Lagoon View Villa with breakfast start pack

$3,559 $3,889 $4,449 $4,869


  • Round trip airfare from North America including all taxes with Air New Zealand
  • Roundtrip transfers
  • 12 nights’ accommodation in a self-contained apartment
  • Continental Breakfast  at Palm Grove, Lagoon Breeze Villas & Sunset Resort Rarotonga
  • Breakfast starter pack at Sea Change Villas
  • Includes 3 excursions with a chance to interact with locals.


Travel insurance, items of a personal nature and drinks. Limited seats, subject to availability


Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share and include international airfare from the cities mentioned above, and all taxes. For any other dates or departure cities not listed, please ask your Goway agent for a customized quotation. Flights to the Cook Islands depart once week and availability of discounted seats is limited. All prices are subject to availability. Promo Code 337931 (CAD) 337932 (USD)

15 May 2019
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