Cook Islands Telecom is very reliable and up to date with most satellite services. Phone cards are available for any overseas calls you may wish to make. Visitors on long stays to Rarotonga can connect to the Bluesky Service with their cellular network supporting LTE. A full postal service is available at the main post office in Avarua. Rarotonga stamp and coin collectors should visit the Philatelic Bureau in Avarua.


Dress Code

Informal cool and comfortable is the rule. Brief attire is not acceptable in town or villages. Nude or topless sunbathing is prohibited. A respectable standard of dress is required for church services.


Traveller Information

The Rarotongan Visitor Centre is located in the main township of Avarua next to the ANZ bank. It is open Monday to Friday – 8am to 4pm.



Services here are all 240 volts AC H2/50 cycle. North American and some European appliances will need adaptor plugs suited for New Zealand to use dual voltage appliances such as shavers and hair dryers.


Medical Services

A 24 hour hospital and dental service is available. There are no poisonous animals or insects in the Cook Islands although insect repellent is advised for inland ventures.



New Zealand dollar.


Road & Driving

All cars drive on the left hand side of the road. Speed limit is 50km in a car. For scooters the speed limit is 40 kph without a helmet, or 50 kph with a helmet.

You must obtain a Cook Islands drivers licence from police head quarters in Avarua.



A mixture of Cook Island Maori and English. All Cook Islanders are taught English at school.