Kia Orana the Cook Islands – now open!

    We’re thrilled that NZ’s two-way bubble with the Cook Islands started on 17 May, so with colder weather fast approaching, please contact us now to secure your own spell of winter avoidance!

    Initially there will be 3-4 Air New Zealand flights per week to Rarotonga, departing Auckland at 855am (so that’s 6am from Christchurch!), and as you cross the international date line, you will arrive into Rarotonga at 230pm the previous day. You return from Rarotonga at 355pm, arriving Auckland at 625pm the following day, then arriving back into Christchurch at 955pm. Return ‘Seat + Bag’ airfares currently start at $825 return, with ‘Works’ fares $50 more, and we’ll watch out for any launch specials. Flight frequency increases to 5 per week from 8 June, 6 per week from 21 June and then daily from 5 July to 30 October.

    However, there’s only limited accommodation in this beautiful Pacific paradise so time is of the essence to secure both before it’s booked out. The 10-25 July school holidays are heavily booked already, so best avoided if possible.

    The Cook Islands doesn’t do big, impersonal resorts; rather this is the home of friendly, family owned and operated accommodation options. We’d be delighted to book hotels, villas and even private holiday homes for you.

    Have a look at the most recent e-brochure here

    And here’s a short Cook Islands tourism video to whet your appetite.

    Here’s the latest Cook Islands flyer prepared by our colleagues at House of Travel, highlighting some attractive accommodation deals  welcome-back-rarotonga_aitutaki-border-opening-may-2021_ex-chc

    We can usually hold Air NZ flights for you for up to a week and in many cases, accommodation too, giving us time to plan your perfect island escape.

    No matter where you go in the Cook Islands, the scenery is spectacular and the locals are welcoming. Just a short flight from home, you’ll find turquoise lagoons fringed by coral reefs, stunning white sand beaches, craggy volcanic peaks and dense jungles awaiting a tramp. As Pacific explorer James Upton said, “If you’ve not travelled to the Cook Islands, you will never really know what beauty is.”

    We love the Cook Islands, and we have both enjoyed family holidays there just before Covid. We’d be delighted to share our tips for making best use of your holiday time.

    Happy Travels!

    Ian and Peter