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Ready for an idyllic island getaway? Twist your arm, right? The Cook Islands have everything you’d want in a tropical paradise: gorgeous lagoons, stunning sunsets and little umbrella drinks—all with a hodgepodge of Rarotongan, Polynesian, British and New Zealand culture that you can’t help get caught up in.
You can’t have an island getaway without the open ocean. These 15 inhabited islands are spread out over 2 million square kilometres off the coast of New Zealand. What we’re trying to say is you don’t have to go far to feel far away from the rest of the world on the Cook Islands. Welcome to paradise!
Cook Islands flights land at Rarotonga International Airport. From there, you can catch a puddle-jumper to most of the islands. Want some time on the open seas? Take a boat like Captain Cook would. Don’t forget your eyepatch.
Are you onflights to the Cook Islandsthat touch down in the morning? Strap on your flippers and snorkel around the islets of Aitutaki Lagoon for the rest of the day. Landing in the afternoon? Enjoy the sunset from the white sand beach of Muri islet.
If you land after dark, don’t pass up the chance to head to town and shop for those beautiful black pearls Polynesia is famous for. Put them on now and paint the town red (don’t you just look fab!), or just hit the hay at your accommodation in the Cook Islands.
How do you get the most out of lastminute.com.au’sCook Islands holiday packages? By dining like a local, of course. While there’s plenty of pizza on the islands, try local favourites like ika mata (raw fish with coconut milk and veggies), poke (a cooked fruit pudding) or curried octopus. Wash it all down with beer from one of the two local microbreweries, and you’re sure to have areal Cook Islands experience!
What’s the fastest way to paradise? Duh! It’s lastminute.com.au’s deals! You can book cheap flights to the Cook Islands, plus hotels, car rentals and more. It’s all right here, so what are you waiting for?
Reviewed on 8 Oct. 2019
Reviewed on 8 Mar. 2020