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    Accommodation In Cook Islands

    Halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii lies a secret Polynesian paradise: the Cook Islands. The 15 islands in this Pacific archipelago are just 240 total square km. Size isn’t everything, though—there are plenty of Cook Islands hotels awaiting your arrival, and these tiny clusters of volcanic rock pack a big punch, with friendly, welcoming locals and unbeatable tranquil beaches. Aitutaki is even called “Honeymoon Island”!

    Things to Do on the Cook Islands

    Accommodation on Rarotonga or Aitutaki, the two largest islands, is easiest to come by and will be the perfect home base for day trips to the other islands, some of which are as uninhabited and remote as the Outback. Takutea, for example, has incredible diving on its untouched reefs, but you’ll need to say “Kia orana!” (hello) to the High Chief and get permission to go there. Adventure lovers can check out Mangaia, the oldest of the isles and home to cliffs, caves and lakes, plus unique red volcanic soil and “tropical potatoes” for the taking.

    Sticking to the two main islands also provides plenty of memory-making. Anyone can be a play-buoy on Cook Islands holidays with chartered boat tours and fishing trips; if you’d rather be in the water, snorkel with new fishy friends or soak up some vitamin “sea” as you splash in the waves. On Aitutaki, visit the motus (small, palm-filled isles)—just make sure you’ve packed your sunnies, as you’ve never seen anything like these sparkling turquoise waters.

    Getting To & Around the Cook Islands

    Flights to the Cook Islands land at Rarotonga International Airport (RAR), and from there the local airline can fly you to most islands, for a price, of course. The flight from Rarotonga to Aitutaki is about 45 minutes, and on either island, it’s easiest to buzz around on two wheels with a scooter rental. Neither island has stoplights or many paved roads, but Rarotonga does have bus service. Buses run on the one main road all the way around the island, so all you have to know is whether to go clockwise or anti-clockwise!

    Best Time to Travel

    With a true-blue tropical climate, any time is a good time to book accommodation on the Cook Islands. Temperatures hover in the high 20s C year-round, with the most rainfall from December to March. The “cooler” months are June through August, although temps will still be in the low- to mid-20s. While we can’t completely predict the weather, great deals are definitely in the forecast, and severe storms are rare. Since hotels on the Cook Islands are in what might be the most perfect climate on earth, how do you decide when to go? Rarotonga’s spectacular festivals are a great time to visit. Te Maeva Nui, in July, marks the nation’s independence and is a huge celebration filled with parades, dance competitions and imene tuki singing performances (this means “hymn of grunts”—which is bound to be interesting).

    Ready to get cultured while enjoying small-town kindness and gorgeous scenery? (And who wouldn’t be?) Find the perfect Cook Islands accommodation from Wotif, and get packing!

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    Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach - Rarotonga Hotels

    Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach

    Aroa Beach & Marine Reserve, Rarotonga - Map
     
     
    "Beautiful resort, the beach was our backyard."
    What I cant get over is the snorkelling. No need to go on a boat tour or anything, grab free to use snorkel gear, kayaks, paddle boards, from the activities hut, walk down to the beach, jump straight in and you'll see tropical fish everywhere. Beautiful!
    Traveller from Rotorua, New Zealand
    Located in Rarotonga, this beachfront resort is in the historical district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Puaikura Beach and Aro'a …More
    Manuia Beach Resort - Rarotonga Hotels

    Manuia Beach Resort

    Arorangi Adjacent To Beach, Rarotonga - Map
     
     
    "Loved it nice hotel right on the beach"
    Had a fantastic time with friends over six nights Meals reasonably priced and enjoyable. Loved the sand floor!!
    Traveller from Newcastle Aust.
    Nestled on the beach, this Arorangi resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Aro'a Beach, Puaikura Beach, and National Stadium. Para O …More
    The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa - Rarotonga Hotels

    The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa

    Aroa Beach Marine Reserve, Arorangi, Rarotonga - Map
     
     
    nice hotel it is very close to the beach and they apply all the swimming stuffs for free. If I travel Rarotonga next time I will stay there again.
    A Traveller
    Nestled on the beach, this Rarotonga hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Puaikura Beach and Aro'a Beach. Tikioki Marine Sanctuary …More

    Hotels in Aitutaki

    Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa - Akitua Island Hotels

    Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa

    Aitutaki Lagoon, Akitua Island - Map
     
     
    It was a lovely place but a bit dated with the decor. We went in July and the weather was vey windy. Staying Lagoon side was perfect because we didn't get the wind.
    A Traveller
    Nestled on the beach, this Akitua Island resort is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Ootu Beach and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Aitutaki Golf …More
    Tamanu Beach - Aitutaki Hotels

    Tamanu Beach

    Main Road, Aitutaki - Map
     
     
    "Great views from my room. Staff are very friendly"
    This is a nice quiet place to stay. I was here for 2 days on business but wish I could bring the family. It's half way between the airport and "city centre" so really you need to hire a bike to get around as the shops/restaurants are far apart. If you come here you need to book a day out on a lagoon cruise as that is the best thing about this place. Definitely worth a visit.
    Traveller from brisbane
    Nestled on the beach, this Aitutaki resort is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Arutanga Harbour and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Aitutaki Golf …More
    Gina's Garden Lodges - Aitutaki Hotels

    Gina's Garden Lodges

    Tautu Village, Aitutaki - Map
     
     
    3.7 out of 5 (3 reviews)
    Situated near the airport, this motel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Arutanga Harbour and within 9 mi (15 km) of Aitutaki Golf Club …More