Kia Orana

'Live long and healthy'

Kia orana are the Cook Islands Maori words for 'hello'. Pronounced, kee-ya or-rana, the greeting literally means 'live long and healthy'.

The Cook Islands, there is no place quite like it!

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 always "island time!"

There are few safe and welcoming vacation destinations left in the world, fortunately the Cook Islands is one of them.

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, usually for the day.

The airlines that serve 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, from March 2016). is the online companion to the long-established Cook Islands Sun Visitor's Guides and Maps, which are published twice yearly and distributed primarily around 'the Cooks'. The current edition of the Cook Islands Sun, and the maps of Rarotonga, Aitutaki and Atiu, can be viewed from this website.

Published from Rarotonga, is designed to provide you with an insight into what is on offer in the Cook Islands, from information about the islands, to recommendations about what to see and do, eat and drink, and where to stay.

As you navigate your way around the website, you will notice Trip Favourites. Using Trip Favourites allows you to save activities, accommodation or destinations so you can easily view them from one point later. Look for the Add to Favourites button on activity pages.

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​These are our stories...

To help you better appreciate the Cooks on a personal level, there are stories about interesting people living in the islands, and on things to do and see.

04.02.2016 Meet Serena, the Cook Islands Vaka Queen

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02.02.2016 The ‘retro’ soundtrack to a Cook Islands holiday!

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