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Cook Islands - Facts for the traveller, when to go, events

Facts for the traveller for Cook Islands

Scooters are a great way to see the sights Visas: Visas aren't required for a stay of maximum 31 days, only valid passports, proof of onward travel and booked accommodation.
Time: GMT/UTC -9
Dialling Code: 682
Electricity: 240V ,50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric

When to Go to Cook Islands

Any time is a good time to visit the Cook Islands. Seasonal variations are slight. Festivals may sway your plans: the big dance competition is in late April, the independence bash in early August.

Cook Islands Events

Island traditions are on display during Cultural Festival Week (second week of February), featuring tivaevae quilt competitions and arts and crafts displays; and Island Dance Festival Week (third week of April), with dance displays and competitions culminating in the crowning of male and female Dancers of the Year. Song Quest, held over five weeks beginning in July, culminates in a big finale where singers, musicians and performers from throughout the islands search for stardom on Rarotonga.

Beginning on the Friday before 4 August, the 10-day Constitution Festival celebrates independence with sports, dances, music, historical and cultural displays and many other events. This is the Cooks' major festival of the year. During the last week of November, floral float parades, a beauty pageant and flower arranging competitions all mark the Tiare (Floral) Festival. Dancing and other entertainments mark New Year's Eve.

Public Holidays
1 January - New Year's Day
Easter Holidays - Good Friday, Easter Monday
25 April - Anzac Day
First Monday in June - Queen's Birthday
26 July - Gospel Day (Rarotonga only)
4 August - Constitution Day
26 October - Gospel Day (Cook Islands)
27 October - Flag Raising Day
25 December - Christmas
26 December - Boxing Day

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