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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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    Hotels in Rarotonga

    The Edgewater Resort and Spa - Rarotonga Hotels

    The Edgewater Resort and Spa

    Avarua, Rarotonga - Map
    Basic island style rooms, clean and comfortable. Awesome beach bar and great snorkelling at your doorstep.
    Traveller from australia
    Nestled on the beach, this Arorangi resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of National Stadium, Aro'a Beach, and Puaikura Beach. Para O …More
    Aroa Beachside - Rarotonga Hotels

    Aroa Beachside

    Arorangi, Rarotonga - Map
    "beachside unit five steps to the beach"
    Three nights per week there is live entertainment at the bar. The beachside inn is on the sunset side of the island and is picture perfect on a nice sunset evening. The owners have been there just under a year and are very friendly. Each guests is given an induction of the best things to do on the island and they can book everything for you. Breakfast is included and everyday you are given a freshly baked muffin, fresh fruit, glass of fruit juice, tea or coffee. If you are still hungry you can help yourself to toast. There is free snorkelling equipment, kayaks, and the paddle boards to use. The bar is great and you can also get generous pub meals for $15. No kids under age of 12 years so great if you are wanting a couples retreat without little people noise.
    Traveller from new zealand
    Nestled on the beach, this Rarotonga hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Aro'a Beach and Puaikura Beach. Tikioki Marine …More
    Muri Beachcomber - Rarotonga Hotels

    Muri Beachcomber

    Muri Beach, Rarotonga - Map
    "First rarotonga visit"
    Great location on lagoon Walking distance to great local and resort dining Friendly staff and facilities lived up to the stated standards and options Fully recommend rarotonga has a beautiful place to relacks
    A Traveller
    Nestled on the beach, this Rarotonga resort is within a 10-minute walk of Te Vara Nui Village and Muri Beach. Tikioki Marine …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
    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
    Paradise Cove Lodges - Aitutaki Hotels

    Paradise Cove Lodges

    Amuri, Aitutaki - Map
    4.2 out of 5 (34 reviews)
    Nestled on the beach, this Aitutaki hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Aitutaki Golf Club, Ootu Beach, and Arutanga Harbour.More