ABOUT THE COOK ISLANDS

WELCOME TO THE COOK ISLANDS

The Cook Islands, named after Captain James Cook who landed there in 1773,  are made up of fifteen small islands and two reefs located in the South Pacific Ocean northeast of New Zealand, between French Polynesia and American Samoa.  Altogether they have a land area of 92.7 square miles (240 kms). The fifteen major islands are divided into two groups, the Southern Cook Islands and the Northern Cook Islands.  

 

The Cook Islands are a self governing island country in free association with New Zealand who is responsible for the Cook Islands defense and foreign affairs.  Cook Islanders are citizens of New Zealand with Cook Island national status.   Approximately 20 000 people live in the Cook Islands (a July 2000 estimate) but many more Cook Islanders live in New Zealand.  Most people live in the Southern group of islands which due to volcanic activity are hilly and have more vegetation and wildlife than the Northern group which is mostly coral atolls.  The main population is on the island of Rarotonga with the next highest population on Aitutaki.  The capital of the Cook Islands is Avarua, the main town of Rarotonga. When you fly to the Cook Islands you fly into Rarotonga International Airport.

Travel information

WHERE TO VISIT IN THE COOK ISLANDS

Rarotonga

The capital of the Cook Islands is Avarua, the main town of Rarotonga. When you fly to the Cook Islands you fly into Rarotonga International Airport.

You won’t find a tropical paradise so packed full of super-special slivers of beach and lagoons like Rarotonga. This popular island has an endless supply of natural wonders, and famous local establishments such as the Te Vara Nui Village, or the Mutatu Brewery. Experience a warm welcome from the island’s locals as you leave any worries from home behind on the plane as you step into one of the most beautiful islands in the southern hemisphere.

Popular activities in Rarotonga.

Aitutaki

Get out and about on the beach in Aitutaki! With a bustling snorkeling and scuba diving scene, the island has no shortage fun to be had on the endless white sands and in the clear blue water. Take a tour around Aitutaki to learn of the history and ecology, be it in a seaplane or a relaxing boat tour with champagne. Be sure to check out the Lagoon, peppered with tiny islets waiting to be explored- find your own and claim your secret snorkeling spot! For those looking for a relaxing summer escape, Aitutaki is a must-visit.

Popular activities in Aitutaki.

 
 
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