When to Go to the Cook Islands

Local people in traditional dress in the Cook Islands
Cook Islands dancers

Cook Islands by seasons

The Cook Islands are a true year-round destination, with little change in temperature or humidity throughout the year. If it’s warm, sunny days, blue skies and light breezes you’re after, then this is the place to come. There are just two seasons here, wet and dry, with the dry season the most popular time to visit. However, when to travel is up to you: here’s our weather guide to help you decide: 

Traditional dancers in the Cook Islands
Dry Season

April to October

The dry season in the Cook Islands is a little cooler than the wet season, with temperatures hovering around 25°C, and very little rain. This is the ideal time to go to the beach, although note that June to August is a very popular time for holidaying Australians and New Zealanders, so for fewer crowds (and lower prices) try the shoulder seasons of April, September or October.

Go for:

Te Maeva Nui Festival: in August, Cook Islanders celebrate their independence with plenty of dancing, music, traditional costume and of course food. Why not join them?

International Kite Surfing Contest: in late June, head down to Aitutaki’s beach to watch the kite surfers ride the waves in this celebration that attracts competitors from all over the world.

Cloudy day in Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Wet Season

November to March

The Cook Islands’ wet season sees a greater chance of cloudy days, often with a dramatic storm to go with them. It doesn’t rain every day though, and temperatures are warm, averaging around 29°C, and increasing the further north you travel. Luckily the humidity is softened by welcoming sea breezes. Although rare, cyclones can occur at this time, so do watch out.

Go for:

Turama: on November 1st, Cook Islanders celebrate All Sants’ and All Souls’ Day by visiting the graves of their relatives and decorating them with flowers and candles, sharing stories and attending mass.

Vaka Eiva: in mid-October, Rarotonga puts on this fun-filled event, otherwise known as the Canoeing Festival. Nearly 1,000 competitors join and compete for the much-coveted Pacific Cup.

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Round the World Expert Alex King

I recommend staying nearby Muri Beach. This part of the island has the best weather and snorkelling opportunities, and is also where the traditional Te Vara Nui Village is located.

- Alex King, Expert
A balcony overlooking the ocean in the Cook Islands

The perfect island paradise stopover? It's got to be the Cook Islands in the South Pacific! Our Expert Alex snapped this idyllic shot their last week #expertfinds #rarotonga #cookislands #aitutaki

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