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Q. What will the temperature be like when I am there?
A. The Cook Islands enjoy a pleasantly warm and sunny climate all year round. June to August are the cooler months, whilst November to March marks the warmer season, with occasional tropical showers expected. It is also known as cyclone season – something to be aware of although not necessarily a deterrent as they are not a regular occurrence.
The drier months, from April to November, have an average of about 26°C, whilst the warmer, more humid and damp season runs from December to March. During this season the temperature ranges between 22°C (min) and 30°C (max).
Q. Will I need my own transport?
A. The main Road around Rarotonga is about 32km’s. There is a Public bus service that runs hourly in a clockwise and an anti-clockwise direction.
We recommend guests rent transport because it provides you with the flexibility to travel when you want to and to go off the beaten track and discover “inland Rarotonga” as well.
Riding an automatic scooter is something many visitors haven’t had the chance to do before and Rarotonga is a perfect place to let the breeze blow through your hair – helmets are not required to be worn by law but are recommended.
Whether hiring a scooter or a car there can be a shortage, particularly in the busy seasons and school holidays so pre-booking is best at these times to avoid disappointment. Bicycles are also an option and are available for hire from several outlets across the Island.
Q. What about money?
A. The currency of the Cook Islands is the New Zealand Dollar. New Zealand notes and coins are accepted as well as Cook Islands minted coins. While credit cards are widely accepted, there are a small number of shops/bars/restaurants that will accept only cash, and this also applies to most market vendors and street stalls.
Q. What don't I need to pack?
A. We provide beach towels, Reef shoes and snorkelling gear for your use while you are staying with us so don't bother bringing them.