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Cook Islands holidays provide the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation. Whether you’re trekking through the lush rainforest greenery or sitting back and admiring the breath-taking blue water of Aitutaki Lagoon, your unforgettable Cook Islands holiday is waiting to be explored.

The volcanic island of Rarotonga is the largest of the 15 Cook Islands and a haven of natural beauty. Surrounded by a stunning coastal lagoon and orange coral reef, these warm waters are perfect for swimming and watersports.

The reefs also give you the chance to meet unique marine life during scuba diving and snorkelling trips. Meanwhile, fresh green rainforests border the translucent waters, providing an idyllic view.

Learn about Rarotonga’s, and the Cook Islands’, rich history in the village of Te Vara Nui, where you can see traditional dancing and singing, as well as enjoy storytelling and performances at the Over Water Night Show.

For a relaxed day spent soaking up the sun, visit Muri Beach, which is set along Rarotonga’s encircling lagoon. With its stunning sandy beaches and dazzling blue waters, Muri Beach is the perfect place to unwind. For an unforgettable experience on your Cook Islands holidays, swim out over white sands and spot tropical fish out towards the reef.

Cook Island holidays: explore, discover, unwind

Don’t miss the island of Aitutaki on your Cook Islands holiday. It’s home to a sparkling blue lagoon and surrounding barrier reef with a rich underwater ecosystem, including rays, tropical fish and turtles.

For a special encounter here in the South Pacific, Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort is an adults’ only resort with luxurious amenities around every corner. The palm-fringed shore and panoramic views of Aitutaki’s beautiful lagoon is ideal for couples or honeymooners looking for a romantic break.

While in the Cook Islands, be sure to visit the quiet town of Arutanga, which is home to the beautiful stained glass windows and carved panelling of Cook Islands’ Christian Church. More adventurous travellers can experience the best view of the island of Aitutaki by taking the short hike up to the top of Mount Maunganui. Here, from the highest point on the island, you can view the turquoise-blue waters of the lagoon and the reef islets, which are formed by broken coral and sand, known as motu.

For an unforgettable experience, book a Cook Islands multi-centre holiday and combine it with a city break in Auckland, a major city on New Zealand’s North Island. A short flight from the Cook Islands, this glorious destination offers stunning views from the iconic Sky Tower, as well as vibrant bars, mouth-watering restaurants, and formal gardens.

Destination Highlights

  • Visit the volcanic island of Rarotonga, with its emerald green rainforests and alluring blue lagoon
  • Stand tall on the highest peak of Aitutaki and marvel at the view from Mount Maungapu
  • Dive or snorkel through the underwater world, or explore the inland island tracks by car on a 4WD guided tour
  • Discover the wonder of Motuanga, a complex of caves that end with a magical black water pool beneath the reef

Explore Cook Islands

Time Zone

GMT -10

Flight Time

approx. 32 hours + 2 stops

Currency

Cook Islands Dollar (CKD) – New Zealand Dollar is also accepted

Visa Information

British citizens do not require a visa to travel to the Cook Islands. However, you will need a valid passport for at least six months from your date of arrival.

Language

English and Rarotongan

Health Info

No special vaccinations are required. It's important to contact your GP for latest recommendations.

Charlie, Destination Manager

“Take your passport to the stunning One Foot Island and receive a unique stamp from one of the most idyllic post offices in the world.”

 

Charlie
Destination Manager
Lucy, Destination Specialist

“Explore the Aitutaki Lagoon and its 21 motus by kayak. Pack a snorkel and a picnic and choose a secluded motu (island) for a romantic day on your own private island.”

Lucy
Destination Specialist

Events & Festivals

Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Cook Islands holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.

 

Motu2motu

In this multiple award-winning event, paddlers race through Aitutaki’s lagoon, which spans 22 miles. View the motus from a new perspective while you race through the warm, blue waters, or spectate and soak in the fun and friendly feel-good atmosphere. 

 

Local Cuisine

Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Cook Islands holiday. There’s one foodie experience here not to be missed.

 

Punanga Nui Market

For fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and seafood, visit the Punanga Nui Market in Rarotonga. Here, you can feast on barbecued snacks and purchase fresh bread and traditional Polynesian food. It’s the perfect way to indulge in the local cuisine during your Cook Islands holiday.  

 

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