Welcome to the Cook Islands, an idyllic Paradise comprised of 15 islands scattered over 2.2 million sq. kilometres in the South Pacific. Located approximately half way between New Zealand and Hawaii the Cook Islands are generally accessed via New Zealand with daily flights servicing the main Island of Rarotonga, which also happens to be the capital. There is also one return flight a week from LA to Rarotonga. The Cooks are a mix of crystal clear coral atolls and volcanic Islands – with dense green tropical bush and sparkling white sand, the perfect combination for a South Pacific island getaway.
The Islands of Rarotonga and Autitaki are key destinations and have the most infrastructure, offering luxury resorts and accommodation at both destinations. There are resorts on the remaining islands but the main concentration lies with Rarotonga and Autitaki respectively.
Rarotonga is a relatively small Island with a total circumference of 32kms or almost 20 miles and with a population of around 14, 000 people life is pretty quiet and relaxed in the capital of the Cook...
The sweet smell of Frangipani fragrance is often one of the first impressions of Aitutaki when you arrive - the smell of Frangipani is synonymous with Aitutaki. The island is located only 220 kilometres...
Polynesian migration began as early as 1500BC when the Cook Islands were gradually populated by Maori who landed in their giant canoes. Around 800 AD voyagers came from French Polynesia and arrived in Rarotonga. Apart from a visit from the Spanish explorers Alvaro de Mendana in 1595 and Pedro Fernandex de Quiros in 1606 it was quiet until around 1773 when Captain James Cook visited the area. Christian missionaries arrived a few decades later in 1821 and that changed the way of life for many Polynesians although their many traditions have been preserved.
Originally the Cook Islands were named the Hervey Islands after a British Lord, although it was the Russians that named them the Cook Islands after the famous captain in 1823. In 1888 the Cook Islands became part of the British Domain because of fears the France may claim them first. The country today is self governing with free association with New Zealand which also overseas defense of the area. In 1980 a treaty with the United States of America in which claim to the islands of Penrhyn, Pukapuka, Manihiki and Rakahanga was surrendered by the US and a treaty with France delimited the boundary between the Cooks and French Polynesia in 1990.
We offer a range of luxury vacations within the Cook Islands and can also combine New Zealand, Australia, Tahiti and Tahiti and Fiji. You can select from our range of ready made packages or have us create a Fiji. You can select from our range of ready made packages or have us create a tailored Cook Island vacation especially for you. Please go to our Cook Islands luxury vacations / holidays section to view our range of luxury vacation packages. Or simply contact us to start planning your tailored Cook Island vacation now!