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.
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.
Tourist Information Centre
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.
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 in the Cook Islands. The speed limit in a car is 50km or 30km in town and villages.
For scooters/motor bikes the speed limit is 40 kph without a helmet, or 50 kph with a helmet. All visitors driving/riding on a scooter/motor bike are required to wear a helmet.
If driving a car while visiting in the Cook Islands, a valid, unrestricted driving license from home is all you will need. It is no longer necessary to obtain a Cook Islands driver’s license from the police station.
If visitors wish to drive a scooter and don’t have a valid motor bike license from his/her home country, a written test and road test must be undertaken at police head quarters in Avarua before renting a scooter.
If a visitor has a motor bike license from his/her home country it is still necessary to go to the police station in Avarua with their valid license and obtain a Cook Islands driver’s license for a scooter/motor bike.
Cook Islanders speak English as well as Cook Islands Maori so communicating with the locals is very easy! All Cook Islanders are taught English at school.