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Long Stay in Cook Islands

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Long Stay in Cook Islands

I have been reading about "long stays" both in Fiji and the Cook Islands (about 26-28 days). Has anybody ever done this, how much did it cost, where did you stay, etc.

This would be for Jan-Feb 2013.

Thank you.


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1. Re: Long Stay in Cook Islands

Kia Orana golds009, welcome to the Cook Islands forum.

Stays of up to 31 days on a visitors entry permit are very acceptable under Cook Islands immigration regulations. You won't need to pay any fee to do so, provided you are a bona fide visitor and have an onward or return international air ticket to present to the authorities on arrival into Rarotonga airport, as well as a current passport etc .

Here are the guidelines for visitors entering the Cook Islands - mfai.gov.ck/index.php/…visitors.html

Quite a number of our visitors stay for a full calendar month, to take advantage of the climate, the proximity to the beaches, the favourable exchange rate and available infrastructure. Many people visit more than one island during their stay, with Rarotonga and Aitutaki being popular choices. But there are other beautiful but less developed islands including Atiu, Mangaia, Mauke and Mitiaro being excellent places to explore and experience a more intact culture and scenery very different to both Rarotonga and Aituaki islands. Air Rarotonga is the only domestic airline - http://www.airraro.com/

There is a wide spread of self-catering villa-style accommodation around Rarotonga, with less on Aitutaki but still ample for the number of visitors. There are guest-houses and small cottages on the remainder of the outer islands in the Southern group.

These sites may help with your planning -





I cannot access the official tourism website at present, which is - http://www.cookislands.travel

Direct flights from LAX to Rarotonga are weekly, departing on a Sunday evening and arriving the island around dawn on Monday mornings. Flights from Rarotonga to LAX depart late Saturday evenings. Air NZ operate this air schedule, as they also offer daily direct flights from/to Auckland, and a weekly direct flight from Sydney. Air Rarotonga code-shares with Air Tahiti on a weekly return flight from/to Papeete. Virgin Australia offers return flights several times a week from Auckland.

All the best with your holiday plans - kia manuia.

Edited: 9:15 pm, October 10, 2012
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2. Re: Long Stay in Cook Islands

Hi golds009

My last entry visa for Fiji, granted at the border airport in Nadi in August, automatically gave me four months as a visitor (employment prohibited). There was no charge. This applies to passport holders from most countries including the USA.

As with most countries nowadays you will need to have at least six months remaining on your passport after your expected departure date.

If you are interested in more information about Fiji I suggest you post on the Fiji forum. Both Fiji and the Cooks are beautiful and have a lot to offer.

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3. Re: Long Stay in Cook Islands

Many Americans stay a minimum of 2 weeks, simply because of the distance and the flight schedule out of LAX...it's not a problem at all to stay for a month, we would have loved to stayed longer.

There are so many "self catering" places on Raro/Aitutaki, that aside from accomodations, if you choose to do most of your cooking in, you can do rather well moneywise in the Cooks.

Looking forward to our next trip to Raro!!!

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4. Re: Long Stay in Cook Islands

I am looking into this with Goway...long stay. I wonder if you did your long stay and how it was?

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5. Re: Long Stay in Cook Islands

We researched the long stay in Cook Islands, but after much discussion, realised that at this particular time, we were looking for a vacation, so we took a very nice vacation to an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic. I have not given up on the idea of the long stay in Cook Islands, when we are prepared to find/prepare our own meals every day, and possibly not be right on the beach.

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