Image Cover: Honeymoon Island, Aitutaki Image This Page: Muri Lagoon, Rarotonga If you’re looking for a tropical island getaway, the idyllic Cook Islands might just be the perfect destination. You’ll find this stunning collection of 15 islands, located in the heart of the Pacific Ocean. With inviting beaches lapped by crystal clear waters, warm weather year round and locals waiting to give you a ‘Kia Orana’ welcome, The Cooks are a little piece of paradise. From the blue lagoons in Rarotonga to the pristine white beaches of Aitutaki, there is something for everyone.
Cruise around the islands, hike to spectacular waterfalls, try any number of watersports or relax by the pool with a refreshing cocktail. These fascinating islands offer a truly magical experience complete with Polynesian culture and hospitality. As passionate and experienced travel professionals, we understand what goes into creating great holidays. For a holiday you’ll remember and want to tell everyone about, chat with your local Helloworld Travel agent today.
HELLO COOK ISLANDS Valid 1 April 2018 – 31 March 2019. Wigmore Waterfalls, Rarotonga Muri Lagoon, Rarotonga
3 Navigating This Brochure 4 Travel Tips 6 Top 10 Things To Do 8 Planning Your Cook Islands Holiday 10 Holiday Packages 12 Weddings 14 Rarotonga 16 Aitutaki 42 Outer Islands 48 Accommodation Index 50 Booking Conditions 51 Contents
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These are our views and are not related to any other rating system. We recommend checking with your travel consultant to find the accommodation that best suits your needs and budget.
¿¿ Budget standard of accommodation and facilities ¿¿¿ Comfortable standard of accommodation and facilities ¿¿¿¿ Superior standard of accommodation and facilities ¿¿¿¿¿ Deluxe standard of accommodation and facilities ¯ Denotes additional half rating Pricing Guide Prices in this brochure are based on the lowest available price at the time of print and are a guide only. All prices are subject to availability and subject to change due to factors such as currency fluctuations, taxes or seasonal surcharges. Accommodation ‘From’ prices are per person per night twin share using the lead-in room type in low season based on the length of stay indicated on the individual property listing.
A minimum stay is generally required. Where a price for more than a one night stay is featured, the nights must be taken consecutively.
Ask your travel consultant for the best price available, other room types or travel dates and refer to the inside back cover for our complete booking conditions. What the Symbols mean Properties offering free Wi-Fi access in common areas and rooms. Properties offering in-room disabled facilities. Properties offering facilities catering for families, which may include kids club, family rooms, child menus, highchairs and cots. A special bonus offer (e.g. sparkling wine) is available if you are celebrating your honeymoon. Details must be provided at the time of booking.
Properties featuring the Luxury Collection symbol, in our view, provide an exceptional standard of accommodation, facilities and service.
B U Y N O W - B O O K L A T E R B U Y NOW - BOOK L A T E R Buy Now Book Later tour options give the flexibility to pay for ‘must do’ tours before you travel and book when you arrive. Just pick the day that suits you and call us up to 24 hours in advance to book.
5 Creating Holidays for Over 40 Years Qantas Holidays has been in the business of creating amazing holiday experiences for Australian travellers for over 40 years. We’re experts at designing holidays to suit a wide variety of tastes and budgets. Our team has exceptional destination knowledge and a passion for travel. Exceptional Product Range Our comprehensive product range includes hotels, flights, sightseeing, cruises, car hire, rail, extended tours and much more! The products in this brochure are just a start. We can book everything you need to make your dream holiday a reality providing great value and unparalleled choice.
Multi-Award Winner Over the years we’ve picked up many travel awards and we were thrilled to win the highly coveted ‘Best Wholesaler – International Product’ at the 2017 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards. We Care We know your holiday experience doesn’t end until you are safely home. That’s why our Customer Care Team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, should you require assistance during your holiday. Bonus Offers Everyone loves a bonus offer! Free nights, free breakfasts and free room upgrades are just a few of the exceptional deals on offer with Qantas Holidays. Look for the BONUS offers through this brochure and ask about our special offers released throughout the year.
We Love It! Look for this symbol to see some of our best selling products and experiences. Our customers love them and so will you! Exclusive Packages Our Product team have crafted a range of fantastic packages exclusively for our customers. Choose one of our Holiday Packages which include our most popular accommodation and ‘must do’ experiences. Just look for the packages displaying ‘Exclusively For You’. Earn Qantas Points Qantas Holidays is proud to be among the select group of companies who offer Qantas Frequent Flyer points on combined air and land packages when flying with Qantas or Jetstar.
See below for full details. The Qantas Holidays Difference ^ You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to earn Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and points are subject to the terms and conditions of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program available at qantas.com/terms. Multiple carriers are permitted, provided one sector is a Qantas or Jetstar service or on a service with a Qantas or Jetstar flight number. # Qantas Holidays Gift Vouchers are available from the Qantas Store. For delivery in Australia only. Valid for 12 months from the date of issue for travel from Australia only.
Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn 1 point per $1 spent on Qantas Holidays combined air and land packages when flying with Qantas or Jetstar (excludes Jetstar Asia and Jetstar Pacific)^. Plus Qantas Frequent Flyers can also earn points on eligible Qantas and Jetstar flights when booked as part of these packages. That means members can earn twice – once on the flight and again on the package! Redeem your Qantas Points for Qantas Holidays Gift Vouchers Did you know you can use your Qantas Points for a Qantas Holidays Gift Voucher? Visit the Qantas Store at qantasstore.com.au to purchase a voucher using your points, then call Qantas Holidays or see your travel agent to book your holiday package# .
Not a member? Join the Qantas Frequent Flyer program for free at: qantaspoints.com/freejoin/qantasholidays~ Earn 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent with Qantas Holidays EXCLUSIVELY FOR YOU One Foot Island, Aitutaki
6 TBC - Dates for this event were yet to be confirmed at the time of printing. Currency The New Zealand Dollar is the official unit of currency in the Cook Islands. ATMs are located around Rarotonga and Aitutaki and EFTPOS is available at some hotels and stores. All major credit cards are widely accepted. Visas & Passports All travellers must carry a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of departure.
Travellers must also hold a return or onward ticket. A visa is not required for stays of up to 31 days. Travel advice is available from the Australian Government at smarttraveller.gov.au. Tipping & Bargaining Tipping is not customary in the Cook Islands, however you will not offend for rewarding good service. Bargaining is not encouraged and may cause offence.
Weather Guide The Cook Islands are warm and sunny all year, with a dry season from April to November. December to March is warmer and more humid. Rarotonga Temperature Average (Max.°C) J F M A M J J A S O N D 29 29 29 28 27 26 25 25 25 26 27 28 Rainfall Average (mm) J F M A M J J A S O N D 230 252 275 202 152 127 101 127 127 126 152 202 Internet Internet services are relatively slow in the Cook Islands and most properties apply an additional charge for use of their Wi-Fi facilities, payable direct. Electricity 240V 50Hz. Etiquette Dress modestly when outside your hotel or resort and cover up before leaving the beach.
If you are visiting a church it is recommended to dress conservatively. Language Cook Islands Maori is the official language and most people also speak English.
How to Get There BY AIR Qantas operate flights from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne and seasonally from Perth to Auckland and Jetstar operate connections to Rarotonga. Jetstar also fly from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Gold Coast to Auckland with connections to Rarotonga. Connecting flights from all major Australian cities are available. Direct flights operate once a week from Sydney to Rarotonga with Air New Zealand. Connecting flights from all major Australian cities are available. Virgin Australia fly from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Gold Coast via Auckland to Rarotonga and seasonally from Christchurch to Rarotonga.
Air Rarotonga operates flights between Rarotonga and Aitutaki three to four times daily. Air Rarotonga also operates direct flights from Rarotonga to Atiu and Mangaia three days a week and Mitiaro two days a week. A direct flight operates between Aitutaki and Atiu three days a week. See page 17 for details. FLIGHT DURATION FROM / TO RAROTONGA SYDNEY Aitutaki 50 mins – Atiu 45 mins – Mangaia 40 mins – Mitiaro 50 mins – Rarotonga – 6 hrs 10 mins The above table shows flight durations for direct flights only. Connecting flights from other destinations are also available. Times are a guide only and subject to change.
DRIVING If hiring a car or scooter, the standard left hand rule applies to driving in the Cook Islands. The maximum speed limit in villages and towns is 40km/h, with 50km/h in less populated areas. If hiring a car a current Australian driver’s licence is required. If hiring a scooter, a current Cook Islands driver’s licence is required which can be obtained from the police station on Rarotonga or Aitutaki. Compulsory theory, practical, handling and skills tests are required at a cost of NZD90. Once you have passed a fee of NZD20 applies for a Cook Islands visitor driver’s licence which is valid for 30 days.
Events & Public Holidays April Anzac Day 25th Te Mire Ura – Dancer of the Year, Rarotonga 27th Apr-10th May Aitutaki Marathon 30th Apr-4th May May International Triathlon, Rarotonga TBC Cook Islands Bowls Carnival 15th-23rd May June Opera in Rarotonga 1st-2nd Queen’s Birthday 4th July Ra o te Ui Ariki (House of Ariki) 6th Whale Watching Season Jul-Oct Te Maeva Nui – Constitution Celebrations 27th Jul-4th Aug August Constitution Day 6th Manureva Aquafest, Aitutaki TBC September Round Raro Road Race 20th-27th October National Gospel Day 26th November Te Mire Tiare Flower Festival, Rarotonga23rd-30th Vaka Eiva – Canoe Paddling Festival, Rarotonga23rd-30th TBC – Dates for this event were yet to be confirmed at the time of printing.
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