Cook Island

 

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The Cook Islands 

The Cook Islands is a self-governing parliamentary democracy in the South Pacific Ocean in free association with New Zealand. The 15 small islands have a total land area of 240 square kilometers. Major populated islands include Rarotonga, Aitutaki and Mangaia.

Rarotonga
Rarotonga is the most populous island of the Cook Islands, with a population of 14,153  (census 2006). The Cook Islands’ capital, Avarua, and international airport are on Rarotonga. The island is a very popular tourist destination with many resorts, hotels and motels.

Aitutaki Island
Aitutak is one of the Cook Islands, north of Rarotonga. It has a population of approximately 2,000. Aitutaki is the second most visited island of the Cook Islands. The capital (main village) is Arutanga on the west side. 

The island is famous for its turquoise central lagoon, uninhabited islands and palm-fringed beaches. Another advantage is that until now it has been spared by mass tourism. Source

map of Cook Island

Weather and Climate of Cook Islands

The Cook Islands weather is typically tropical. Summer is hotter and more humid with a higher rainfall and the risk of tropical storms and sometimes cyclones (hurricanes). Winter is cooler and drier.

Aitutaki and the northern islands are noticeably warmer than the capital island, Rarotonga, which accumulates cloud around its mountain peaks. Mangaia in the south is the coolest island; Penrhyn and Rakahanga in the North are the hottest as they’re closer to the equator (typically 5-7 degrees Celsius warmer than Rarotonga).

The summer rainy season begins in December and lasts until April.   November to March is also the cyclone season.  It can become hot and humid (29 degrees celcius/84 Fahrenheit by day) with bright sunny ornings and late afternoon downpours around Rarotonga.  As the heat accumulates over the Pacific Ocean during this season, depressions can form bringing with them thunderstorms, strong winds and the occasional tropical cyclone.

The dry season is from May to October. July is midwinter and the average daily temperature
is 25 degrees celcius/77 Fahrenheit. This drops to around 19 degrees celcius/66 Fahrenheit
at night. And on really cold nights, it can fall as low as 14 celcius/57 Fahrenheit! The lowest
winter temperature on record was in 1965 when the thermometer fell to just over 9
degrees C (48F).

Cyclones (elsewhere called hurricanes or typhoons) are a fact of life in this part of the world.
The cyclone season in the Cooks runs from November to March, and at worst they can bring
winds around 200 kph, very stormy seas, flooding and extensive damage. But the extreme
ones are relatively rare. Source

Cook Islands Temperature

Click for Aitutaki, Cook Islands Forecast

To enter Cook Islands visitors must have:

A passport valid for
An onward or return ticket
Accommodations and adequate money to support their stay

Visitors to Cook Islands do not require entry permits (for stays of up to 31 days)

Additional Visa/Entry Requirements Information