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 Islands logoCook 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.
is the online companion to the long-established Cook Islands Sun publications.

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

Kia Manuia.

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​These are our stories...

To help you better appreciate the Cooks on a personal level, we offer a series of stories on interesting people living in the islands, and on adventure activities, Cook Islands culture and history.

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