Cook Islands - LIve Like a Local

Cook Islands - LIve Like a Local

Head to the exotic Cook Islands in the South Pacific and live amongst the friendly locals. Spend your days in the gorgeous ocean waters and exploring the mainlands, enjoying the company of the amazing Cook Islanders and adapting to their leisurely island rhythms.

Spend 12-nights in one of nature’s crowning achievements, the idyllic Cook Islands. On a Live Like a Local tour, you’ll be free to do whatever you want on your vacation. Indulge in the white-sand beaches and turquoise waters or sink into the rhythms of the islands and connect to the amazing people that call the islands home. The price of this island stay includes international airfare.

The Cook Islands remain some of the best-kept secrets in the South Pacific. They’re a series of 15 islands northeast of New Zealand, halfway to Hawaii. The Cook Islands present plenty of opportunities for the kind of beach resort getaways you fantasize about, but they also offer a chance to embed yourself in island culture and live like a local in paradise. Cook Islanders are extremely friendly people, and are more than happy to welcome you to their island and help you adjust to “island time.” It’s key to relax while visiting the Cook Islands. There’s no sense of urgency here. There aren’t even traffic lights! Cook Islanders take their time and enjoy every moment of the day. If you want to experience the authentic Cook Islands, slow down and take in everything these wonderful islands have to offer.

On arrival in the Cook Islands, you will be taken to one of our recommended self-contained accommodations for a 12-night stay. If you want to blend into the local rhythms, stay on Rarotonga, the largest of the islands. Most Cook Islanders get around by scooter or bicycle, so rent one to travel around the island. If you spot a particularly gorgeous lagoon off the coast, or one of the island’s many white coral and limestone churches, stop and take a photo. Talk to the local groundskeeper to learn about the church’s history or stroll along the beach to see what else the water reveals to you. Traveling by cycle or scooter lets you move at your own pace and experience the Kia Orana spirit.


Day1

Depart North America

Depart from North America on Air New Zealand

Meal PlanDinner

Day2

Arrive Cook Islands

On arrival in Rarotonga, you will be met by Goway's local representative and transferred to your chosen self-contained accommodation.

Meal PlanBreakfast

Day3

Progressive Dinner

Your day is free to relax. This evening enjoy a hosted 3-course dinner (appetizier, main and desert) served at 3 different homes around the island. Dine with your local hosts as you are treated to a delicious meal.

Meal PlanBreakfast and Dinner

Days4 - 10

Cook Islands at leisure

Your days are free to enjoy your Cook Islands vacation, Embark on day excursions around the island, go snorkelling and swimming or relax with a book an cocktail on the beach. On Day 8 (Sunday), we recommend you experience a Sunday morning church service. The locals will warmly welcome you and you can expect to hear beautiful singing and there are often refreshments after the service.

Meal PlanBreakfast

Day11

Cross Island Trek

Today enjoy a leisurely trek across the island of Rarotonga and explore the rugged interior. You will be guided by Pa, a delightful and colorful local Cook Islander. Pa will explain the flora and fauna and its use in Cook Island culture (such as in cooking and in medicine). You will see an ancient ceremonial stone, pictographs on the face of the Needle and hear legends from Pa of the ancient Polynesians.

Meal PlanBreakfast

Day12

Cook Islands at leisure

Your day is free at leisure. Why not consider adding a full day tour to the beautiful island of Aitutaki, or embark on a storyteller’s eco-cycle tour – a great way to experience local life aboard a bicycle.

Meal PlanBreakfast

Day13

Highland Paradise Cultural Centre Guided Tour

Today embark on an interactive cultural experience at the Highland Paradise Cultural Centre. Visit Pre-history worshipping places, chiefly house sites, ancient sacrificial sites and reconstructed tribal buildings. You will learn to cook and sample an umu (underground oven), plus learn to weave drum and dance.

Meal PlanBreakfast

Day14

Depart Cook Islands

You will be met by a Goway Representative for your transfer to the airport. Depart Rarotonga for your return flight back to North America or onwards to New Zealand or Australia.

Meal PlanBreakfast

Day15

Arrive North America

Arrive back into North America


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