Where clichés come to life
The Cook Islands are the pearl of Polynesia; 15 islands situated between French Polynesia and American Samoa, the most well-known of which is Rarotonga. Self-governing, they are in free association with New Zealand, which means the inhabitants are both New Zealand citizens and Cook Islands nationals. Here you’ll find a mix of ancient Polynesian traditions fused with a contemporary cafe and nightlife scene that makes these places so appealing to Kiwi travellers.
Rarotonga, or “Raro” as it’s affectionately called by so many travellers, is the largest island in the Cook Islands group. It’s a place of incredible natural beauty - this is no doubt where the clichés of “crystal blue waters” and “sparkling white sand” originated. The island is also dominated by volcanic peaks and mountains that offer a wealth of hiking trails for those wanting to escape the beach for a little while - though you might not want to!
Venture outside of Raro, however, and you’ll be rewarded with an experience few tourists get. Explore the coffee plantations of ‘Atiu, the limestone burial caves of Mangaia, kayak Aitutaki’s lagoon or take a tour of the circular road past the secluded coves of Ma’uke. Our expert travel consultants can help you plan an itinerary that gets you to the heart of the Cook Islands for a unique Pacific experience.