Cook Island Tourism

Cook Island Tourism
The Cook Islands lie in the South Pacific Ocean between French Polynesia and Fiji. They include 15 islands spread across more than 1.2 million square miles. The most popular destinations are Rarotonga Island and Aitutaki Atoll. The outer islands are less visited and offer a more rustic experience.

Country Entry Rules

Visitors with a passport and return airline ticket can stay up to 31 days. You must have accommodations booked for at least one night. Travel extensions are granted monthly for up to five months. Extension fees are assessed for visitors over 15 years old.



Air New Zealand provides service into Rarotonga airport from Auckland, New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti and Los Angeles. Air Rarotonga provides daily intra-island flights.


The tropical climate is ideal for outdoor sports. The cool, drier season is April-November with temperatures between 68-78 degrees Fahrenheit. The wet, warmer season is December to March with temperatures between 72-82 degrees Fahrenheit.


Rarotonga is the most mountainous island and offers hiking trails. Snorkeling is popular on the southeast side of the island. Aitutaki Atoll has a large barrier reef making it ideal for snorkeling, lagoon tours and fishing. The outer islands offer cave exploration and Maori cultural activities. Camping is not allowed in the Cook Islands.


The Cook Islands use the New Zealand dollar, and English is spoken throughout.


Article Written By Julie Preiss

Julie Preiss is a freelance writer and marketing consultant. She is co-founder and partner of JKP Group, a boutique communications company. She has worked in many industries, including entertainment/media, sports marketing, technology, education, the government and more. Preiss has helped reinvent brands and launch new markets and products.

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