Kia Orana

Pronounced, kee-ya or-rana, the Cook Islands greeting literally means 'live long and healthy'.

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 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. 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 and Atiu, can be viewed from this website.

As you navigate 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 the 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.

14.09.2016 ​The MD is a DJ

In his spare time he’s an iconic Rarotonga deejay with a big love of underground and electronic music and a radio show on 88FM called...

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01.09.2016 ​The Black and White Pearls of Aitutaki ​

Game fishing around Aitutaki is some of the most accessible in the South Pacific with plentiful Wahoo, Mahi Mahi and Yellow Fin Tuna; similarly, the...

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