About The Cooks

General Travel Information

DEPARTURE TAXES

Departure taxes are now included in the price of your airline ticket. Visitors will be charged the following taxes: Adults NZ$55. Children under 12 years NZ$15, Children 2 years and under are free of charge.

DRESS

Although the dress code is informal, we do ask that brief attire not be worn when visiting town or villages. Nude or topless sunbathing will cause offense. A light sweater may come in handy for the cooler evenings during July and August.

Currency

CURRENCY & BANKING

The denomination of currency used in the Cook Islands is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD). The Westpac and ANZ Banks in Avarua (the main town in Rarotonga) are open Monday to Friday 9:00am – 3:00pm. In addition, visitors can exchange principal currencies at larger stores and hotels. Banking facilities are also provided at the airport for currency exchange and cashing of travellers cheques. They are open for the arrival and departure of all International flights.  

Government/History

GOVERNMENT

The Cook Islands has a Westminster parliamentary style of government similar to that of New Zealand and England. The country is a semi-independent country in free association with New Zealand. While it has its own government responsible for its own affairs in the Cook Islands and internationally, New Zealand provides assistance with defense and some aspects of international relations.