Cook Islands

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Cook Islands

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The stunning 15 paradisal islands in the heart of the South Pacific – lying halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii – make for an exceptional, heavenly getaway.  Far from your typical beach vacation, this is a location with secluded beaches so you never have to worry about rushing over to reserve beach chairs for yourself or your party.  Furthermore, the shores are calm and shallow, which make for safe conditions to play in, especially if you are travelling with children. 

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The history of the Cook Islands is rooted in its deep Polynesian Heritage with a mixture of European influences.   On the same time zone as Hawaii, which makes it rare to experience much jetlag, your sunny escape will provide you with many great vacation adventures!  The white-sandy beaches of the these majestic islands provide a rare, raw beauty coupled with an idyllic climate and much ground to play in, so you’re free to roam or rip around the main island of Rarotonga on a scooter hire. 

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The Cook Islands are what Hawaii was 50 years ago, except with the modern conveniences and necessities that travellers appreciate. Hawaii has about 8.3 Million visitors per year (an average of 159,615 per week) compared to the yearly number of visitors to the ‘Cooks, which is 121,458! without that typical touristy look-and-feel that no one wants!

Booking with a Destination Specialist will afford you some of the best offers in this true piece of heaven of the South Pacific.  We have direct contacts to airlines, resorts, hotels and excursion operators and we can also get you to enjoy some off-beaten path regions such as Aitu – a totally remote, practically uninhabited island – as well as some unique experiences you may only be able to get through us. We have extensive knowledge of the Cook Islands, even through some of our staff who have actually lived in ‘The Cooks!’ Yearly, we have our Christmas in the Cook Islands offers, which gives Downunder Travel passengers an exclusive deal for travel during the holiday season – a particularly prime booking time, and expensive time of year – as well as the New Year.  Be sure to look out of our yearly offers to The Cooks during the holiday period as it is sure to offer you and your family something of a unique experience.  As we like to say, swap out that winter snow for powdery-white sand beaches that only this little group of islands, totally around 240 square kilometers, can provide. 

The Cook Islands boasts that rare beauty that is untouched, unspoiled, pure and beautiful; the tropical region offers that idyllic climate you can find year-round. You’ll always be interacting with such warm welcoming locals be it at the Sunday Avarua Markets, listening to the gorgeous hymns at the Sunday Church service, to the tour leaders and everyday folks on the street – Cook Islands offers that authentic islander experience without that touristy feel.  Making for one of the most pristine romantic getaways, this is a perfect place for a honeymoon or anniversary getaway for you and your partner.

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Christmas in the Cooks

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Cook Islands Escape

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Ukelele Festival

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Made up of 15 unique islands, the Cook islands had untouched beauty and charm. Enjoy the rich culture in the heart of Polynesia, or simply relax on in paradise. Speak to a destination specialist to learn how you can book your next adventure to the Cooks!

Cook Islands: Facts & Information

Weather

The Cook Islands enjoy a pleasantly warm and sunny climate all year round. April through November is the cool, dry season with an average temperature of 26ºC. December through March is the warm, humid, wet season and has temperatures ranging from 22ºC to 30ºC. Occasional tropical showers can be expected during this time of year.

Safety

The Cook Islands are generally a safe destination for travel, with a relatively low crime rate, few endemic diseases and a great health care system. With all travel at home or away, you should observe the same precautions with your personal safety and possessions. Take copies of your important documents and keep them separate from the originals.

Vaccinations

WHO recommends travellers be up to date with their routing vaccines. You should also be vaccinated for Typhoid, Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B shots. In general, prior to departure for any vacation, it’s always best to speak with your physician.

Currency & Customs

The Cook Island’s unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZD), supplemented by notes and coinage for local use. The unique local coins and notes are not available outside the Cook Islands. There is no limit on currency, but amounts over $10000 must be declared. There is no Departure Tax, as this is included in your international airfare.

Electricity

Mains voltage in the Cook Islands is 230V 50Hz, the same as in New Zealand and Australia. Notable exceptions to this are Japan, USA and Canada which uses 100/120V 50/60Hz. If your country does not use appliances within the 230V 50Hz mains voltage range, you will need to purchase a voltage converter.

Language

Cook Islands Maori is the local language spoken but everyone also speaks English. Learning a few Maori words will make the locals smile

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Ghan Platinum Trip

Just to let you know we arrived safely back home late yesterday after a wonderful trip. Thank you for setting it all up. We saw almost no rain but the day that it did rain was when we arrived in Darwin. Having Platinum [The Ghan] meant our transfer bus was right beside the train whereas the Gold passengers had quite a walk to get to the station. The train is almost a kilometer long so it meant a walk in the rain for some.

G. Bernhardt

3 Week Australia Trip!

Our family would like to thank you for coordinating an amazing trip to Australia!  We only had 3 weeks but we were able to experience so much with an itinerary that was seamless and worry free!

Every spot was memorable, from the Grampians to Kangaroo Island, to a liveaboard on the GBR and the bright lights of Melbourne and Sydney  – a spectacular country and can’t wait to go back!

We definitely recommend Downunder Travel and are grateful to Andree for all her help and expertise in creating a wonderful adventure!

Maureen

Wonderful Thailand and Myanmar!

Thanks for organizing and planning our recent trip to Thailand and Myanmar. We had a wonderful, magical month on some Thai islands, and tremendously enjoyed Mandalay and particularly, Bagan. The hot air balloon ride, is not to be missed.  Our next trip to that part of the world , we will certainly use your expertise Andree.

T. Baker

Best Vacation Ever

Jason created the Best Vacation Ever for us – a month long trip to Australia travelling the east coast, the Red Center and south. All arrangements, locations, excursions, transfers were well executed which resulted in a stress free vacation for us! Thanks so much for your attention to all the details. Would definitely recommend that others trust Jason to make their entire trip as spectacular as ours was.
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L. Gregory

New Zealand Self-Drive

“We spent 6.5 wonderful weeks exploring both Islands in New Zealand. Jason met with us to understand our interests and a sense of where we hoped to travel while there. Accommodations, day trips, half day tours etc all ran without a hitch. At one point we thought we might be seeking medical assistance at a drop in clinic. Not sure about the process with Medical Insurance, we sent him a note to which he quickly responded and we really appreciated. We are very thankful for the arrangements and bookings that helped make the time there truly great. Thanks Jason.”

D. Nixon

Southern Africa 25 Day Tour

“Heard about this place through a friend and decided to inquire about a trip to Southern Africa. Jason did a fantastic job with very little time and set up a 25 day trip, flights included. Was excellent at every stage and everything went off without a hitch. Would absolutely recommend, and will most definitely be a repeat customer.”

J. Szoo

NZ and Cook Islands

“Jason planned our 3 week honeymoon to New Zealand and Cook Islands in October 2016. Jason was very knowledgeable and saved us so much time not trying to plan the trip details ourselves! We had an amazing time, with everything going smoothly. Overall, happy to recommend his service to anyone else planning to go “down under” 🙂 .”

L. Filipic

Australia, Africa, and more!

“A group of 9 travelers wanted to do a tour of Australia. 4 of us have been using Jason at Downunder Travel since 2005. We are a group with agricultural interests so we were hoping to see the diversity of Australia with as many ag components as possible. We met with Jason and he compiled an itinerary for us which gave us another trip of a lifetime. Jason’s attention to detail is truly amazing. Everything happened without a glitch which makes for a worry-free holiday. He also allowed for some free days if anything needed rearranged. We are already planning our next holiday with his company. Kudos to Jason!”

T. Evans

A Phenomenal South Pacific Adventure

A special thanks for putting my phenomenal South Pacific Adventure of a lifetime together.  Much appreciation for all the hard work that you have endured to make my trip a most memorable adventure.  I have totally enjoyed every aspect of the trip.  I will definitely recommend this itinerary to anyone looking for a trip of a lifetime.

A. Millette

We will be recommending you to anyone we know

We absolutely loved our vacation, Jason!  Kudos to you with your recommendations, bookings, etc.  Everything came off without a hitch –  excursion pickups, airport shuttles were always on time.  We made out great driving on the wrong side of the road, and steering wheel on wrong side of car lol.  Air New Zealand was a great choice for our main flights, flight attendants came to our seats and thanked us personally for flying with Air New Zealand.  Again, we have to thank you so much Jason for helping us plan such a fantastic vacation – such a great time.  Hopefully we will vacation in another area you sell and we’ll need your services again.  We will definitely be recommending you to anyone we know.

C. Hinks

Melbourne, Cairns & Sydney!

The tours in Melbourne, Cairns and Sydney were exceptional.  The guides were all very informative and helpful when explaining the sites, sometimes throwing in their own personal stories too.  In Melbourne we enjoyed: the hop on/off bus tour, the Central Historical tram, the Treasury and ANZAC Memorial is is very worthwhile, The Great Ocean Road with our small group tour was fabulous and the Penguin Parade with underground viewing is definitely a must-see!  The Cairns tours are remarkable; I enjoyed our small personalized group travel to Frankland Island (including guided walk), the Kuranda Train, Skyrail and Hartley’s offered a great variety and St. Monica’s Cathedral with its stained glass windows are a hidden gem!  In Sydney, we enjoyed so much; the Ferry boat was easy to manage, The Sydney Opera House was definitely a highlight, our Harbour Cruise was fantastic and our Blue Mountains tour with hike was lovely, definitely another must-experience.

In addition to the terrific tours, our flights and connections were seamless and the personal touches and the variety of experienced offered on this trip was one of a kind!  I look forward to working with you again in the not too distant future!

W. MGee

African Safari

“Our group of 4 travelled to Africa, 4 different countries, many flights, hotels and tours under the guidance of Jason at Down Under Travel. The trip was amazing especially the safaris. Jason’s attention to detail made this trip outstanding. Truly a trip of a lifetime that was arranged perfectly. Don’t hesitate to book with this company, you will not be disappointed.”

M. O'Bryan