Description of Cook Islands
The Cook Islands are located in Polynesia. They are situated in the South Pacific Ocean between Tonga and French Polynesia. They are self-governing, but associated with New Zealand. The archipelago is made up of 15 islands that are inhabited and spread out over 2.2 million kilometers of ocean. There is no land between the islands and Antarctica. Cook Islands have the same time zone as Hawaii and are often referred to as being the Hawaii of down under. The islands are smaller than Hawaii, but many older visitors are reminded of what Hawaii was before it became a state and was covered with hotels and other developments.
The Cook Islands were named for Captain Cook who saw the islands in the year 1770. The islands were named as a British protectorate in the year 1888. Control over the islands was then transferred to New Zealand by the year 1900. Residents chose to have self-government with free association with New Zealand in the year 1965. New Zealand handles passports and other foreign affairs, currency, and defense and the islands are self-governing for everything else.
The population of the islands is less than 15,000. Many people from the island live either in Australia or New Zealand.
Visiting Cook Islands
The climate of the islands is tropical and moderated by the trade winds. The average temperature of Rarotonga is about 25 degrees Celsius in the winter months and about 29 degrees Celsius during the summer. The temperatures of many of the northern islands are a bit higher. Rain occurs mainly during the summer months.
Rarotonga and Aitutaki have well-developed tourism facilities with plenty of information available. If you want to visit the islands you will have to make the first move as the people of the islands do nothing to advertise tourist spots.
Food and Drink
Pizza is abundant on the islands, but you really should try to find some of the local cuisine first. Try the ika mata, which is a raw fish dish that is made with finely chopped vegetables and coconut milk. Other local dishes to try include poke, rukau, curried eke, and umu food.
There are 2 breweries located on the islands which produce a wide range of great beers. The Matutu brewery offers tours.
There are a few places to stay on the islands, but it is important to note that many of the outer islands will shut off the entire electric system each night. You will want to make sure that you bring a flashlight and batteries with you during your stay.
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