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What is the official currency in the Cook Islands

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What is the official currency in the Cook Islands

Hello I am going to the Cook islands, based in Rarotonga in December. Can someone tell me what the official currency really is.?..for example if I use my card in an ATM machine will I get NZ dollars or Cook islands dollars out of it. I need to know because my card fee will be different . In some parts of the world ie Turkey using an ATM gives you options to take out £sterling, Turkish Lire or Euros but I dont know what is possible on the Cook islands.Any other advise on using money, access to banks etc and paying for items in a secure way will be helpful to me. look forward to hearing from you soon. regards Susan

Aitutaki, Cook...
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Kia Orana Susan, welcome to the forum. You will be issued NZ dollars from the ATMs. While the Cook Islands has it's own currency it is only good in the Cook Islands. Cook Islands currency and NZ currency are at par. If you have any money left over at the end of your trip be sure to convert any Cook Islands currency you don't want to keep as a souvenir to NZ dollars if you want to exchange it back to your own currency when you get home. You usually get the best international exchange rates when you use your credit card. You should check with your local bank as to additional fees, if any, for international transactions.

Sunshine Coast
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Is it true that you can use the Australian Dollar in the Cook Islands?

Aitutaki, Cook...
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for Aitutaki
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The official currency is either the NZ dollar or Cook Islands dollar. Most places won't accept Australian currency. Those that do use the latest exchange rates to convert it. It is not accepted at par.

Beaverton, Oregon
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Confused here: Why would you think there is a possibility that you could use Canadian currency in The Cooks? Would you think that you could use Cook Island or New Zealand currency in Canada? Thanks.

Aitutaki, Cook...
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5. Re: What is the official currency in the Cook Islands

Also confused. I don't see any mention anywhere of Canadian currency.

nz
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Puapii-teacher

Don't be confused.

Donald is yet another of the newly posting North American posters that we have seen lately, who soon disappear again. He reminds us so much of another long-time poster called Chuck. And they are the ones who seem to get confused about what they think they are reading.

Maybe Donald thinks Australia is in Canada??

Kenneth C. Don't bother even trying to use A$ in the Cooks. If accepted, the rate offered would be very much to your disadvantage (some would say a rip-off). Use the NZ$ and you'll be fine.

Beaverton, Oregon
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Boy, I don't know where I got Canadian either. Sorry.

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