Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 7 March 2022, 12:53 NZDT
  • Still current at: 21 May 2022

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If you are planning international travel at this time, please read our COVID-19 related travel advice here, alongside our destination specific travel advice below.

Exercise increased caution

Exercise increased caution in the Cook Islands. Detailed information about quarantine-free travel with the Cook Islands can be found on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

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Although the crime rate in the Cook Islands is low, New Zealanders are advised to take care of their belongings and ensure that their accommodation is locked at all times. Thieves may target items (such as phones, cash, ipads) left on the beach or otherwise unsecured in scooters or motorcycles and accommodations.

General Travel Advice
New Zealanders are advised to respect religious, social and cultural traditions in the Cook Islands to avoid offending local sensitivities. Modesty and discretion should be exercised in both dress and behaviour, particularly outside of tourist areas and when visiting villages.

Tropical Cyclone season runs from November to April. Tsunamis may also occur in the Cook Islands. Rarotonga has tsunami alert signs. In the event of a tsunami alert, follow the advice of local authorities and your hotel or resort management.

New Zealanders undertaking tourist activities in the Cook Islands, including travel between islands and adventure activities such as scuba diving, should check that they are covered by their travel insurance policy. Always use available safety gear such as life jackets or seatbelts, and use another provider if these are not available.

If using a car, motorcycle, scooter or an Ebike, New Zealanders are advised to take necessary safety precautions, check that their travel insurance covers the activity, learn local traffic laws and do not operate the vehicle after drinking alcohol. Please note that it is mandatory to wear a helmet while riding scooters and motorcycles.

Swimmers should be alert to strong tides and breaks in the reefs and the fact that there are no lifeguards on beaches. Wearing reef shoes or similar is encouraged to protect against stonefish and coral cuts. Ask local residents and tour operators about safe areas for swimming and water sports.

Exercise personal care regarding mosquitos. On 2 February 2021, the Cook Islands declared a dengue 2 outbreak. The outbreak is ongoing and all travellers to the Cook Islands are advised to protect themselves against mosquito bites. For further advice read the information about dengue provided by the New Zealand Ministry of Health.

Medical services in the Cook Islands can be limited.

We advise New Zealanders travelling or living in the Cook Islands to have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

Travel tips

The New Zealand High Commission Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Street Address 1st floor, Philatelic Bureau Building, Takuvaine Road, Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands Postal Address PO Box 21, Rarotonga, Cook Islands Telephone +682 22 201 Fax +682 21 241 Email Web Site Hours Mon - Fri 0800 - 1600 hrs

See our regional advice for the Pacific

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New Zealand High Commission Cook Islands

Street Address
1st floor, Philatelic Bureau Building, Takuvaine Road, Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Telephone: +682 22 201

Fax: +682 21 241



Hours: Mon - Fri 0800 - 1600 hrs

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