Where is Cook Islands? Cook Islands is a country in the South Pacific Ocean that consists of 15 islands with a total area (land) of nearly 240 square kilometers. Cook Islands are in free association with New Zealand and despite having a relatively small land area, the Exclusive Economic Zone of the country covers approximately 1,800,000 square kilometers of the Pacific Ocean.
The foreign affairs and defense of Cook Islands is handed by New Zealand in consultation with the country’s government. While Cook Islanders are designated New Zealand citizens, they also have the status as Cook Islands’ nationals. Avarua is the capital as well as the largest city in the country. English and the Maori dialect are official languages, whereas Rakanhanga-Manihiki and Pukapukan are also widely spoken.
Since August 1965, Cook Islands have been an associated state of New Zealand in self-government, and was officially recognized as an independent state in 1992 by United Nations. The Cooks Islands are towards the northeast of New Zealand and feature 15 major islands divided into Southern Cook Islands and Northern Cook Islands. The Rarotonga Island is where the nation’s capital city, Avarua, is located.
Where is Cook Islands in terms of tourism? Tourism is actually the main industry in the country and a major contributor to the GDP. All of the 15 islands are basically a mix of coral atolls and lagoons, and are known for their pleasant climate, stunning landscapes and beaches, and warm hearted people. Roratonga and Aitutaki islands dominate the breathtakingly picturesque scenery of the Cook Islands. Rarotonga is also the most popular places to visit in Cook Islands.
It is the main island in the region for transportation, served by the Avarua International Airport. From there, it’s all a matter of choosing how you want to spend your holidays as the Northern Islands and the Southern Islands are on different sides of the Cook Islands. The Southern Islands are famous for being exotic tropical destinations with islands like Takutea, Mangaia, Rarotonga, and Aitutaki charming the visitors with golden beaches, secret caves, vast blue lagoons, freshwater pools, and wide range of activities from water sports to yacht cruises.
The Northern Islands on the other hand, are known for attracting artists, writers, and explorers from different parts of the world.The Rakahanga Island is one of the popular places to visit in Cook Islands, known for its local arts and music scene, whereas the Pukapuka has historic ties to the Samoa, dating back to 2000 years. Overall, Cooks Islands is like going on an exotic exploration in an unseen but beautiful world.