Travelling there: The islands are most easily reached from New Zealand, which has daily direct flights into Rarotonga International Airport (RAR). For Americans there is a direct flight from Los Angeles to Rarotonga every Sunday.
Capital city: Avarua.
Religion: The dominant religion is Christianity.
Language: English, Rarotongan.
Currency: New Zealand dollar (NZD), Cook Islands dollar.
Climate: The Cook Islands have a tropical oceanic climate with warm sunny weather nearly all year-round. The cooler, dry months are June to October, while November to May marks the warmer period, and tropical showers. The Cook Islands have a tropical oceanic climate with warm sunny weather nearly all year-round. The cooler, dry months are June to October, while November to May marks the warmer period, and tropical showers.
Transport: There is a circle bus service available to travel around Rarotonga and taxis are available. Hire a bicycle or scooter to explore. There are domestic flights between islands on very small aircrafts.
Best time to travel: Visiting the islands from late March through to November will mean warm but not hot and humid sunny stretches with the odd shower instead of almost daily afternoon rain prevalent in the very hot summer months (November to early March) and the possibility of hurricanes.
What to wear: Dress is very relaxed here — totally island style. Dress conservatively when going into town or churches though. A light jumper will come in handy for the cooler winter evenings.