Special time to visit Cooks

Special time to visit Cooks

Demand for travel to the Cook Islands has exceeded expectations as New Zealanders respond to the once in a lifetime opportunity of having the tropical island to themselves.

Graeme West, general manager for Cook Islands Tourism Australasia, says since the travel bubble between the two countries opened last week, bookings and enquiries have been much higher than anticipated. Air New Zealand has added 16 more flights in July and additional flights through to October.

‘With people from New Zealand the only ones able to enter the country, it’s an incredibly special time to visit,” he say.  ‘As well as tourism providers waiting to greet guests, the lagoon is warm, the sun is shining – and there’s only around half the number of visitors we’d normally have in any given month.’

The Cook Islands is also one of the safest places in the world to visit, having been fortunate to remain Covid-19 free throughout the pandemic.

By late June, most eligible Cook Islanders will be fully vaccinated, adding another layer of comfort and safety for locals and visitors.

‘Already, 90% of the eligible population in Rarotonga have had their first Pfizer dose. Vaccinations will begin in Aitutaki on Tuesday 1 June with the other outer islands following progressively after that.’

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