Kia Orana from the small island with big smiles
Rarotonga is a small self governing island country located in the Southwest Pacific about 3400 kilometres north east of New Zealand. It is made up of 15 islands. Tourism is one of the main industries in the Cook Islands, the majority of visitors are from New Zealand, a smaller percentage is from Australia, then from Europe, United States and Canada in that order. The countries key export is Black Pearls and the government is working on developing its Agricultural industry with goods such as, citrus fruits, pineapples, coconuts and bananas.
The flights from Auckland to Rarotonga take over 4 hours and 20 minutes, depending on the airline chosen. Contact your local Global Travel Network Agent to find the best possible airfares and suggestions to design your ideal holiday.
Cook Islanders are believed to be descendants of Polynesians from Tahiti. Captain James Cook discovered the Cook Islands in 1773 and the islands were named after him. Avarua is the main town of Rarotonga and Capital and commercial centre of the Cook Islands. English is widely spoken as well as Cook Island Maori.
Anytime of year is a good time to visit the Cook Islands however winter to early spring is popular from May to October. The locals are friendly and welcoming and it has a warm tropical climate. There is a road around the island of Rarotonga which stretches about 32 kilometres and a popular way to get around the island for both locals and tourists is by scooter. A more relaxing way is by catching the Island Bus or by hiring a car or bike. With a variety of hotels and resorts and a range of activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, swimming or just relaxing on the beach. The fresh food is plentiful with a range of places to eat, such as restaurants, burger places, seaside food trucks or markets to enjoy.