Kia Orana

Pronounced, kee-ya or-rana, this Cook Islands greeting translates as 'live long and healthy'.

There is no place quite like it!

Cook Islanders are proudly Polynesian, warm and friendly; the vibrant culture is happy and engaging. Beaches, lagoons, mountains and rain forests are a pristine wonderland. Cafés, restaurants, beach bars and nightlife are all around. And, offshore and onshore adventures and activities are bountiful.

It's not hard to love this little paradise! Importantly, the pace is pleasantly 'island time!'

Situated in the South Pacific Ocean, the Cook Islands is in the same time zone as the Hawaiian Islands, our northern hemisphere cousins.

Rarotonga, Cook Islands' biggest island and gateway, is around four hours flying time from Auckland.

Cook Islands is served from Auckland by Air New Zealand and Jetstar, from Honolulu by Hawaiian Airlines, Sydney by Jetstar, and Papeete by Air Rarotonga.

For more information on travel to the Cook Islands during the COVID pandemic, click: Getting here. is the online companion to the long-established Cook Islands Sun publications.

As you navigate you will notice Trip Favourites. Using Trip Favourites allows you to save activities, accommodation, or destinations so you can easily view them from one point later. Look for the Add to Favourites button on the pages.

Explore the menu banner at the top of this page to begin your Cook Islands experience.

Visit the Cook Islands soon: there is no place quite like it!

Kia Manuia.

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