The locals are warm and friendly, the culture is attractive and engaging, the beaches and lagoons are pristine, there are lots of cafés, restaurants, beach bars and nightlife, and there are countless outdoor adventure and shopping experiences. Importantly, the pace is pleasantly 'island time!'
The Cook Islands is in the same time zone as the Hawaiian Islands, our northern hemisphere cousins.
Situated in the South Pacific Ocean, the Cook Islands is connected to the world by air: around four hours from Auckland, six hours from Sydney, nine and a half hours from Los Angeles, and two and a half hours from Tahiti. And, cruise ships regularly visit the islands of Rarotonga and Aitukaki.
The airlines serving the Cook Islands are Air New Zealand (to/from Auckland, Sydney and Los Angeles), Virgin Australia (to/from Auckland), Air Rarotonga (to/from Papeete) and Jetstar (to/from Auckland).
Once here, Air Rarotonga provide scheduled flights to Aitutaki, Atiu, Mangaia and to outer islands.
Check out the Calendar of Events for this year.
enjoycookislands.com is the online companion to the long-established Cook Islands Sun publications. The current edition of the Cook Islands Sun, the Guide to Eating & Drinking in Rarotonga, the Guide to Accommodation in the Cook Islands, and maps of Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Atiu and Mangaia, can be viewed from this website.
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