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Many Ways the Cook Islands Will Slow You Down!

March 15, 2017 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

All destinations serve a purpose to stand for some type of experience on a holiday.  For the Cook Islands in the South Pacific it’s about testing ones ability to relax, chill-out, and absorb the gentle rhythm and laid back lifestyle of island life.

Air New Zealand has a seasonal sale to the Cook Islands valid till 31 March 2017, offering flights on the direct Sydney-Rarotonga service from $269 economy one-way, $499 premium economy one-way, and $749 business one-way.  For bookings, travel dates, fare rules and conditions see Air New Zealand on-line. 

Air and Land Packages for Couples from $899pp with Omniche Holidays

–           includes Air New Zealand flights

–           on-sale till 31 March 2017

–           6 nights twin share accommodation staying at Club Raro Resort

–           airport transfers, a diving introduction in the resort pool and a cooking class

Air and Land Packages for Families from $3599 quad share with Omniche Holidays

–           includes Air New Zealand flights

–           on-sale till 31 March 2017

–           6 nights twin share accommodation staying at The Edgewater Resort & Spa

–           daily on-site cultural activities

–           complimentary use of the Coconuts Kids Club for children aged 4-12 years

–           airport transfers, complimentary use of snorkeling equipment, tennis court and games room

Travel dates for flights and land packages are 28 April to 29 June, 21 July to 21 September and 6 October to 14 December 2017.  For bookings and enquiries call Omniche Holidays on Tel: 1800 111 653 or go on-line to

Many ways the Cook Islands will slow you down

–           the gateway island of Rarotonga has speed limits ranging from only 40km/h to a maximum of 50km/h

–           there are no traffic lights on the entire island

–           Rarotonga has two public buses taking guests around the island, titled – Clockwise and Anti-Clockwise

–           Rarotonga is encircled by a 32 kilometre coastal road, known as the Ara Tapu (Sacred Road).  It is surrounded by a crystal clear lagoon, on which many resorts are located

–           all beaches are public, and visitors are welcome to pick their own piece of paradise and snorkel, swim, stand-up paddleboard, kayak, or take a glass bottom boat tour

–           inland is a second road, the Ara Metua (Ancient Road).   Built in the 11th, century winding through pastoral farmland, taro plantations and homesteads in the foothills of Rarotonga’s mountain region, the Ancient Road encourages visitors to stop and enjoy the culture and meet the locals

–           Rarotonga’s rugged mountain region can be crossed only on foot.  The track starts in Avatiu Valley and ends at Papua Waterfall in Vaima’anga, the ideal spot for a refreshing swim

–           roadside stalls are spread far and wide with fresh nu (coconut), as well as star fruit, mangoes, watermelon, and pineapple all served for a few dollars with a warm local smile

–           meals are affordable with alcoholic beverages starting as low as $3.50 on Rarotonga, unlike other island resorts where food and beverages are renowned to sting the wallet once you get there

–           Aitutaki is a 45-minute flight from Rarotonga and has been described as having the most beautiful lagoon in the world. There are several lagoon tours to choose from with countless varieties of brilliantly coloured tropical fish and marine life

–           water taxis can take you to an uninhabited island for a picnic for the day or to watch the sunset

–           locals enjoy telling intriguing and historical stories of their Polynesian culture

–           un-wind with sunrise yoga or one of the many spa and salons across the islands

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