Travel Advice for The Cook Islands
The Cook Islands
Capital: Avarua

Time Zone GMT - 10
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 682
IDD: International Direct Dialling is available although operator assistance may be required
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Police - 999, Ambulance and hospital - 998, Fire - 996.
Tourist
Information
Cook Islands Tourist Authority, PO Box 14, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Tel: 29435
Fax: 21435.
Passport
Information
Required by all except nationals of New Zealand. Passports should be valid for 12 months after the intended date of departure. Return Ticket Required. Regulations may be subject to change at short notice. Contact the embassy before departure.
Visa
Information
Required for business purposes. Not required for tourist purposes if staying for less than 31 days. NOTE: Proof of arranged accommodation and sufficient funds for length of stay will be required.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Food
& Drink
Water is considered drinkable, normal precautions should be observed with food.
Currency New Zealand Dollar (NZ$) = 100 cents.
Both credit cards and travellers cheques are accepted. Australian dollars are the preferred currency in travellers cheques.
ATM availability: Unavailable.
Cost of
Living
Can be expensive in the tourist centres. However, accommodation is increasing yearly, which may bring a price decrease in the resorts.
Languages Maori. English widely spoken.
Weather Hot climate throughout the year. Most rain Nov - Apr.
Electricity 240 Volts Ac, 50 Hz.
Post Up to 2 weeks.
Transport The cheapest way to travel around the island is on an Inter-Island cargo ship. On Rarotonga there is a bus service and plenty of taxis.
ROAD: Vehicles can be hired from a number of outlets.
DOCUMENTATION: A current Cook Islands driving licence is required and available from the police station in Avarua on presentation of a national licence or IDP.
Special
Information
Religious celebrations, for instance Gospel Day in October, are taken very seriously and should be respected. Beach-wear should not be worn in the towns. Usual social courtesies should be followed.