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Located in the Pacific between Hawaii and New Zealand, the Cook Islands boast perfectly strung hammocks, palm fronds and fresh sea breezes. For the ultimate island paradise escape, take a Cook Islands holiday package.
The Cook Islands enjoy similar weather to Hawaii; sunshine filled days with regular showers. Summer takes place from November to April. During this season, temperatures can reach up to 30 degrees, humidity is at an all time high and rain and storms occur regularly. The winter months are May through to October which bring about cool and drier weather.
Over the Christmas and New Year break the islands are buzzing with holiday makers and locals who have returned home. This time of year is the island’s peak season with air fares and accommodation prices increasing. September and October are the best months to holiday in Cook Islands as the days are wonderfully warm without being too humid.
September and October is also a good time to experience Cook Islands’ culture as the islands are buzzing with celebrations. The Te Maeva Nui Festival takes place in early September and celebrates the islands’ self-rule with singing, drumming and dancing. Later on that month and through to October The Cook Islands host the Pacific Mini Games with sporting teams from surrounding Pacific Islands participating. The games are the biggest event in The Cook Island’s calendar.
Travelling from New Zealand to the Cook Islands can only be done by air. Airlines that fly from New Zealand include:
Flights from Auckland to the Cook Islands take about three and a half hours. The international airport in The Cook Islands is located in Rarotonga.
Resorts in the Cook Islands are spread out across the coast line and enjoy complete beach-front views. From the outside it may appear as if you are on a deserted island but on the inside you can lounge in luxury thanks to the resort’s elegant interior, modern amenities and high level of service.
We’ve all fantasised about waking up in an island bungalow with pristine beaches at our door step. These dreams can become a reality with a Bungalow holiday in the Cook Islands. Romantic bungalows are ideal for honeymooners and couples looking for privacy with a breath-taking backdrop.
Take your relaxing holiday to the next level by staying at a peaceful Spa Resort. Spend your mornings swimming and soaking up sunlight in the lagoons and your afternoons enjoying feel-good pamper sessions at the spa. Spa Resorts are ideal accommodation for couples and those looking for an indulging escape.
Honeymooners will be spoilt for choice with romantic accommodation options. All inclusive, adult-only resorts provide wedded couples with intimate privacy, luxurious suites and all the trimmings to ensure their holiday is stress free and unforgettable.
To find out more about the range of holiday accommodation available with Travel Associates call 0800 482 776 or enquire online.
Reefs completely surround the Cook Islands so snorkelling and diving is great. For the best spots head to the south east side of Rarotonga and the northern tip of Aitutaki.
Keen fisherman will be spoilt for choice. Those with a strong stomach should try their hand at deep sea fishing with one of the many charters available. Fly fishing is also incredibly popular as the Aitutaki Lagoon is home to some of the world’s largest bone fish. Go along with a guide to increase your luck.
Te Vara Nui Village is one of Rarotonga’s most popular tourist attractions. The Village is the Cook Island’s cultural centre and offers a range of experiences from educational village tours and energetic night time shows. These experiences are touted as great value for money and offer traditional food and feasts as well as a taste of the history and culture of the islands.
Sharp coral and stone fish are common in the Cook Islands so pack a pair of reef shoes to avoid cuts and stings.
The heat from the tropical sun is intense so bring sun protection and don’t forget to re-apply every few hours.
If you visit the Cook Islands in the wet season its more than likely you are going to get caught out in the rain. Pack a raincoat, plastic bag and shoes that can withstand the mud and make the most of the rainy days.
Like other island destinations, locals mark special occasions with feasts, drums and dancing. Feasts usually involve meat cooked in an oven in the ground called an umukai, served alongside Ika mata and potato salad.
While there are a number of religions in The Cook Islands, Christianity is dominant and Sundays are treated as a day of worship and rest.
All bars on the island have to close at midnight except on Friday when they can stay open until 2am. Alcohol is not sold at grocery stores on Sunday.
Don’t wear your swim suit or go shirtless in public places as this may cause offence.
Water is not chemically treated here so stick to drinking only bottled water.
Contact us to tailor-make your experience.
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