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.
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
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
Cyclones (elsewhere called hurricanes or typhoons) are a fact of life in this part of the world.
Cook Islands Temperature
To enter Cook Islands visitors must have:
A passport valid for
Visitors to Cook Islands do not require entry permits (for stays of up to 31 days)