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The Cook Islands is a nation in the South Pacific, comprised of 15 scattered islands. The largest island, Rarotonga, is home to rugged mountains and Avarua is the capital city.
Visa and Immigration Procedures to Cook islands
The Cook Islands issue entry permits, but not visas. On arrival, the Cook Islands grants visitors a 31-day entry permit. This permit may be extended up to 6 months with an application. You are not permitted to work if you are in the Cook Islands as a visitor. You must have a valid passport and a return or onward air ticket in order to enter the country.
Things/Items Allowed into Cook islands
The importation of fruits, meats and livestocks are not allowed with exception of New Zealand. Additionally, visitors are allowed to bring in without customs duty 200 individual cigarettes, 2 liters of wine or spirits and perfume for personal use.
Things/Items Forbidden out of Cook islands
• Endangered Species
Things/Items Forbidden into Cook islands
• Endangered Species
Voice of Travelers to Cook islands
Nice Trip to Cook Islands
I bought my ticket through the air New Zealand airlines for a flight to Cook Islands. I visited three places in cook islands of which i felt happy and was enjoyable. i went for sailing at Palmerston Island a coral atoll in the Cook Islands in the Pacific Ocean. Its about 500 km northwest of Rarotonga. Went for great history and caves at Mauke an island of the Cook Islands archipelago. Mauke lies in the central-southern Pacific Ocean. I also went to Mitiaro, the fourth island in the Cook Islands group, is of volcanic origin. Standing in water 14,750 feet deep it is four miles across at its widest point.
Attractions in Cook Islands
I booked and bought a ticket through Virgin Australia Airlines for a tour to the Cook Islands. The flight was good because of the great services from the cabin crew. There are many natural attractions in the Cook Islands including Aitutaki lagoon, the four islets of Muri, Motuanga Cave which is a complex of tunnels and caverns, Eerie Anatakitaki which is another cave, and Vai Tango which is a cave you can swim in. There are other sights including the Vai Nauri which is a landmark in Mitiaro, Cook Island's Christian Church which is Avarua’s white-washed church, and Te Ana O Rakanui in the Cook Islands which is a burial cave packed with musty old skulls and skeletal remains.
Nature and parks in Cook Islands
There are different places in the Cook Islands where one can go to enjoy nature and parks. There is the stunning Aitutaki Lagoon, One-foot island, Titikaveka beach and Muri lagoon. Others like Te Rua Manga, Aroa Marine Reserve, Black Rock beach, Mount Maunganui and much more are scattered all around the Cook Islands.
Cook islands Travelers' Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What Tourist Information is available?
A. There is a tourist information center beside the Banana Court in the main town of Avarua. This center provides free maps and helps with general information. Most hotels have tour brochures and tourist magazines for guests.
Q. What is the currency used in the Cook Islands?
A. The currency used in Rarotonga and in the Cook Islands is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD). Visitors can exchange travelers' cheques and principal currencies at larger stores and hotels.
Q. When is the weather the best to travel in Cook Islands?
A. Temperatures range between 23 and 30 degrees Celsius year round which is optimal for sunbathing and swimming. Be sure to check the weather report before you travel. It is recommended to start looking for accommodations and air tickets 2 to 4 months prior to your desired travel date in order to find the best rates.
Cook islands - Direct Flights to Major Airports
Airports handling direct flights to Rarotonga International Airport • Auckland International Airport
• Sydney Airport
• Fa'a'ā International Airport
Flight Routes to Cook islands
International airlines that fly to the Cook Islands are Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Air Tahiti. Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia have several flights a week from Auckland, and Air Tahiti has 1 flight a week from Tahiti to the Cook Islands. Air New Zealand also operates direct flights out of Sydney and Los Angeles once a week. Jetstar has 3 flights from Australia via Auckland.