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Tailor-made Holidays to the Cook Islands

Castaways take note: if you hadn’t considered this South Pacific archipelago before, our Cook Islands page will change all that. Choose from bewitching Rarotonga and memorable Aitutaki, known for its coral lagoon and multi-coloured reefs, then save your favourite to your Trip List.

Cook Islands

Visit in Jul for the Te Maeva Nui Festival

Perfect to add onto a trip to Australia or New Zealand, enjoy a luxurious stop in the Cook Islands complete with luxury resorts, powdery white beaches, clear waters and a wild bush interior.

Boats on the shore of Rarotonga, Cook Islands


Visit in Apr to Jun for the best weather

Famous for its turquoise lagoon, Aitutaki receives a constant stream of day-trippers on cruises and snorkelling trips, but secluded resorts ensure they don't disturb the honeymooners. The best way to reach Aitutaki is by plane from Rarotonga; chat to your Expert for more information.

Blue lagoon with white sand and palm trees in the Cook Isands

About Cook Islands

For many, the Cook Islands is simply a place to lie back and relax on a beach. While you should definitely take the time to do this, lazing by a pool for the whole time would be to seriously miss out on this South Pacific gem. And that’s where we come in.

Tailor-made holidays to the Cook Islands with Round the World Experts

More than just a flight and resort deal, at Round the World Experts, we want to ensure you don’t just stay in the Cook Islands, but truly experience them; from scuba diving in some of the world’s best reefs, to embracing local island life.

We do this by getting to know exactly what you want from your holiday and tailoring it accordingly. Many of our Experts have visited the Cook Islands also, which means we can offer you advice and recommendations based on first-hand experiences. Our service doesn’t just stop when you book either. We’re so adamant you'll have a good time in the Cook Islands that we offer a free of charge Travel Butler service, so we can help and make arrangements for you every step of the way.

Our bespoke service and expertise is backed up by global buying power and over 18,000 staff worldwide. So when you book with Round the World Experts you can book with confidence knowing that we have access to one of the world’s largest ranges of airfares, accommodation and more.

Want to visit the Cook Islands sooner rather than later? Start the conversation today by contacting our team today.

If you’ve ever dreamed of escaping to a near-deserted island (with all the mod cons), the Cook Islands would be it; an archipelago of 15 islands scattered across the South Pacific between New Zealand and Hawaii.

Away from crowds and traffic jams, the Cook Islands boasts a lifestyle just as tranquil as the classic postcard surroundings, and despite receiving more than 100,000 visitors a year, has remained steadfastly unspoiled by tourism. If you're looking for high-rise hotels and familiar fast food chains, then these aren't the islands for you.

As one would suspect, nature is the Cook Island’s big draw card, from the palm-lined beaches and colourful reefs teeming with marine life, to inland adventures exploring caves and rafting downriver. You'll also find plenty of opportunities to explore the local culture too – a fusion of ancient Polynesian heritage and more recent colonial influences, combined with a distinctive Kiwi twist. While the largest islands like Rarotonga are up to speed with the modern world, even if they prefer a slower pace of life, venturing to far-flung islands of Mangaia, Mau’ke and Mitiaro is your chance to explore traditional villages untouched by time.

When to go

The Cook Islands is a true year-round destination, with little change in temperature throughout the year. If you want to avoid the rainy winter and the humid summer, the shoulder seasons from March to April and September to October strike the most comfortable balance and are less crowded. The islands are busiest in December and January as many Cook Islanders return home from working in Australia and New Zealand. This is also when cyclones are most likely to hit. The cool and dry winter from June to August is also a favourite time to travel for many Australians and New Zealanders. To avoid the crowds, we recommend travelling in the shoulder seasons.

The Cook Islands can be a destination in their own right, or act as a relaxing stopover for travel to Australia and New Zealand. When you book with Round the World Experts, we can tailor-make your flight itinerary to encompass all of the destinations you want to visit.

Airlines that fly to Cook Islands

  • Air New Zealand

Cook Islands airports

All international flights to the Cook Islands land in Rarotonga. Your accommodation will normally arrange pick-up from the airport, or you can catch a bus or taxi to get to where you need to go.

Best time to fly

Unless you have your heart set on a Christmas break, visiting the Cook Islands during the off-peak months of April, May, September or October will normally mean more affordable rates and a comfortable climate with lower humidity.

Flight facts

Air New Zealand is the primary international carrier servicing the Cook Islands. The flight from London to Rarotonga usually takes 25 hours or longer, with one or more stopovers in North America, Asia, Australia or New Zealand.

Looking for not just any beach, but the best beaches in the Cook Islands? Talk to our consultants about their favourite spots on the islands and start planning your itinerary today.

For first-time visitors:

  • Swim and snorkel in the shallow waters off Muri Beach
  • See the wreck of the Alexander freighter and spot rare seabirds at Aitutaki Lagoon
  • Experience an Island Night, a fiesta of food, dance and colourful costumes
  • Shop for clothing and other authentic souvenirs at Punanga Nui Market
  • Try local specialities, like raw tuna with coconut milk, on Aitutaki

For sightseeing:

  • Trek to Anatakitaki Cave on Atiu, one of the only nesting grounds of the kopeka bird
  • Head to the top of Maungapu for breathtaking views over Aitutaki and the lagoon
  • Visit the world's most remote post office on One Foot Island and stay for the beach
  • See the full diversity of local flora in one place at Maire Nui Gardens
  • Take a 4WD tour to Wigmore's Waterfall, the only waterfall on Rarotonga

For adventure:

  • Learn to scuba dive at one of Rarotonga's purpose-built dive schools
  • Grab a snorkel and swim with colourful fish just off Aroa Beach
  • Hike through Rarotonga's interior in three to four hours along the Cross-Island Track
  • Join a deep sea fishing trip to catch mahi-mahi, marlin, sailfish and tuna

For local culture:

  • Join a singing sermon at Cook Island Christian Church, which dates back to 1853
  • Learn the art of weaving and other time-honoured activities at the Cook Islands Cultural Village
  • Learn the history of the islands at the Cook Islands Library and Museum
  • Browse the Beachcomber Gallery and see jewellery being made in the on-site workshop

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