Kia Orana

Pronounced, kee-ya or-rana, this Cook Islands greeting translates as '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, lagoons, mountains and forests are pristine. There are cafés, restaurants, beach bars and nightlife, and countless outdoor adventure and shopping experiences. It's not hard to love this little paradise! Importantly, the pace is pleasantly 'island time!'

Situated in the South Pacific Ocean, the Cook Islands is in the same time zone as the Hawaiian Islands, our northern hemisphere cousins.

Rarotonga, Cook Islands' biggest island and gateway, is around four hours flying time from Auckland, six hours from Sydney, nine and a half hours from Los Angeles, and two and a half hours from Tahiti.

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 the islands of Aitutaki, Atiu, Mangaia, and to the outer islands.

Cruise ships regularly visit Rarotonga and Aitutaki. 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 and downloaded 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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To help you better appreciate the Cooks on a personal level, we offer a series of stories on interesting people living in the islands, and on adventure activities, Cook Islands culture and history.

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Celebrating 25 years in the lagoon cruising business, Tamaiva Tuavera, or as he is better known in the tourism industry, Captain Tama, or just Tama...

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