About the Cook Islands

The Cook Islands are situated in the South Pacific Ocean, northeast of New Zealand, between French Polynesia and American Samoa. There are 15 major islands divided into two main distinctive groups, the Southern Cook Islands and the Northern Cook Islands, with the islands main population centres on the island of Rarotonga.   

Rarotonga, the capital of the Cook Islands and the largest of the islands,was once dominated by an almighty volcanic activity and is also the youngest island and the main transport hub for the country. Rising 455 metres above the sea and surrounded by a  large warm lagoon makes this island an aquatic paradise for tourists all year round. 

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Rarotonga, part of the South Islands, is covered with dense tropical ferns, creepers, towering trees and is covered by eroded volcanic peaks and dense vegetation. Along the palm fringed shores there are stretches of beautiful beach, lagoons and marine coral reefs all just waiting to be explored. Raratonga has plenty of history with some of the best coral churches in the South Pacific.

Aitutaki, north of Rarotonga, is the second most visited island of the Cook Islands, and often referred to as Honeymoon Island, Was first explored by Melanesian sailors around 800BC. This island is at the heart of a glorious ring of coral and is situated just 200 kilometres to the north of Rarotonga.

With a warm tropical climate, the climate levels and temperatures in the Cook Islands is generally pleasant year round with steady humidity and provides lovely relaxing summer days , the hottest and wettest months are during the cyclone period which is between November and March.

Tourism provides the main economic base and growth for the Cook Islands, with about 100,000 visitors travelling each year. In more recent years and times, the Cook Islands have expanded into the mining, fishing, pearl, marine and fruit sectors, adding significant economic value to the country. Additionally, the economy is supported by Foreign Aid from New Zealand and China throughout the year.

Size: 240 square kilometres and1, 800,000 square kilometres of ocean (Britain is 245,000 km2)

Population: 13,933

Industries: Mining agriculture, fishing, tourism

Main cities: Avarua (capital - 13,373), Amuri (285), Omoka (180), Roto (74)

Top 10 things to see in the Cook Islands:

  • Rorotanga Island
  • Aitutaki Island
  • Arorangi Island
  • Wigmore Waterfall
  • Te Rua Manga (The Needle)
  • Titikaveka Beach
  • One Foot Island
  • Avana Point
  • Kateka Winery
  • Aroa Marine Reserve



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