The people at our resort - our lovely staff.
From Left to Right:
- RBB Resident Hostess--Luckey TePake-from Manahiki, COOK ISLANDS.
- Bungalow Cleaner, Jacqueline Parker--from Huahine, FRENCH POLYNESIA.
- Office Manager, Mary McDonald--from Mauke, COOK ISLANDS.
- Bungalow Cleaner, Miriama Tuarau from Manahiki, COOK ISLANDS.
About The Cook Islands
- The Cook Islands are located in the South Pacific Ocean. Coordinates are 60W and 21SW of the equator. There are 15 small volcanic and coral islands in the total group. The chain is southwest of Tahiti, south from Hawaii, east from Fiji, and northeast from New Zealand. The population of the total group is approximately 20,000 people, of which 14,000 reside on the main island and capital, RAROTONGA. The Cook Islands are self governing under the protectorate of New Zealand. The currency of the Cook Islands is the New Zealand dollar. There are basically two seasons—‘wet’ season from November to April (summer) and ‘dry’ season (winter) from May to October.
- No visas are required for tourists entering the Cook Islands for 30 days or less (90 days for New Zealanders) with a valid passport and an outward airline ticket. However, specific to the Cook Islands-- when filling out the Immigration card—one must specify the name of your accommodations on the arrival form. For those arriving into the country without NZ dollars, there is a Westpac ATM machine located outside the customs area in the ‘greeting’ lounge/pickup area.
- Each visitor 18 years or older has the right to purchase DUTY FREE liquor before entering the Cook Islands. This must be done before entering the Immigration line. The purchase limit is two liters of spirits and one carton of cigarettes. There are two or three stores available, but the best priced is the small SAVA store.
AIRLINE SERVICE TO THE COOK ISLANDS
- From New Zealand: Air service is daily from Auckland on Air New Zealand and Pacific Blue—a Branson/Virgin company—with a 4 hour flight time. Seasonal flights are also available from Christchurch and take 5.5 hours. Most aircraft operated are 767’s and Airbus 300’s.
- From Australia: Air service is presently both Air New Zealand and Pacific Blue with passengers required to transit through Auckland. However, direct air service between Sydney and Rarotonga will commence once weekly beginning 11 July 2011 using a 767 aircraft with a seating capacity of 223. Flight time is 6.5 hours
- From Tahiti: Air Rarotonga and Air Tahiti code share a once weekly flight to Rarotonga using a 72 seat ATR. Flight time is 2.5 hours
- From USA and Europe: Air New Zealand operates a once weekly direct flight from Los Angeles using a 767 aircraft with a flying time of 9.5 hours. Connections are available with other European and US carriers.