Cook Islands

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This island paradise is considered the most romantic destination in the Pacific. Comprising of 15 small islands, Cook Islands not only boast pristine aqua lagoons, the pace of life and the welcoming locals add to the allure. Cook Islands has a free association with New Zealand and uses New Zealand Dollars.

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Win a Trip to the Cook Islands

Posted by on 9:30 am in Announcements, Cook Islands News | 0 comments

Los Angeles, CA, March 3, 2010 – Where in the world are the Cook Islands you ask? Cook Islands Tourism launches an interactive game to raise awareness of the South Pacific destination. The interactive game, Where in the World are the Cook Islands? allows users to learn about the destination, location and fun facts. Residents in the USA and Canada have the chance to enter a sweepstakes to win the grand prize of a week-long trip for two people. To enter, visit www.FindTheCookIslands.com. The sweepstakes runs now through May 1, 2010. The grand...

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Cash Back When Traveling to the Cook Islands

Posted by on 3:06 pm in Announcements, Cook Islands News | 1 comment

Los Angeles, CA, August 17, 2009 – Cook Islands Tourism Corporation is offering cash back to U.S. and Canadian travelers who visit their islands in the South Pacific through February 2010. Travelers will receive a $100 rebate per person, $200 per couple and $400 per family of four! Redeeming is simple – 1.) book your trip to the Cook Islands through Air New Zealand www.airnewzealand.com or your preferred travel provider. 2.) Enjoy your trip to the Cook Islands (minimum two nights) with the benefit of a great exchange rate $1USD = $1.50NZD and...

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Travel Mitiaro (video podcast)

Posted by on 8:11 am in Announcements, Cook Islands, ITKT Videos, Spotlight | 0 comments

Here is the short interview I had with Glenda Tuaine of Cook Islands Tourism about her favorite place in the islands and why you should consider it when traveling to the South Pacific. It really is beautiful. Sorry that this video was so dark. It was at dinner and a spur of the moment interview request on my part, although still fun. We are also on iTunes, Youtube, Current TV, and Google video. And be sure to scroll all the way down to see the video. For more about the Cook...

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The World’s First Recession Free Country, the Cook Islands!

Posted by on 9:26 pm in Cook Islands, Oceania, Spotlight | 1 comment

After landing in Rarotonga’s International Airport, I was driven to a sacred Marae (temple, community area of the Maori people on a hill overlooking a Cook Islands’ coastline. There was a ritual, blessing and an opening prayer before media heard the news, “The Cook Islands are a ‘recession-free oasis.’” A recession-free oasis? I am not all that sure what this meant, so I leaned in for further explanation. According to the folks at both Cook Islands Tourism and their partnership company, Air New Zealand, the Cook Islands are actually...

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Island Night Dance on the Cook Islands

Posted by on 9:18 pm in Announcements, Cook Islands, ITKT Videos, Oceania | 0 comments

This video comes from “Island Night” at the Crown Beach Resort on Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. While I admit being a little humbug at the notion, the music and dancing became infectious. So sit back and enjoy the show. We are also on iTunes, Youtube, Current TV, and Google video. And be sure to scroll all the way down to see the video. Also be sure to learn more about the Cook Islands on...

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A Few Photos of Aitutaki

Posted by on 7:21 pm in Camera Talk, Cook Islands, ITKT Blogs, Oceania | 0 comments

I was told that if I were going to be visiting the Cook Islands, missing Aitutaki would be a crime. I was told “It was the most beautiful island on Earth!” These are big words. I have heard them before. However, I took forty photos just on the approach of the airplane. I was not alone. Shutters clicked all around. Here are a few photos that I just grabbed as I went to give a taste of one of the most photogenic places in the world. Of course, I will be adding more as time goes by for those interested in seeing more Aitutaki. Photos...

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Rarotonga in a Few Pictures

Posted by on 11:34 am in Camera Talk, Cook Islands, ITKT Blogs, Oceania | 0 comments

Here are few of my favorite shots after my brief time in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. I am using a Canon Digital Rebel XT, but still thinking about the Canon 50D. This is mostly using natural light and no photoshop of any kind. That’s me looking disheveled and growing a second chin overlooking the impressive cliff side views on top of Rarotonga. Tomorrow I am bound for Aitutaki. As I have been told this is one of the most beautiful islands in the world. I am looking forward to getting some amazing shots. Photography by Devin...

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A Maori Feast in the Cook Islands

Posted by on 6:52 pm in Cook Islands, Food and Wine, Golf and Gaming, ITKT Blogs, Oceania, Spotlight | 2 comments

One of my great joys in life when traveling internationally is taking the opportunity to experience food as it was traditionally prepared. As a rule, I find something both different and memorable. I have been in the Cook Islands for less than two days when a traditional food opportunity presented itself. While on Tangaroa’s “Safari” tour I had the chance to sample a meal made in a traditional umu. An umu is sort of a barbecue in the earth, wrapped in banana leaves and set to slow cook for several hours. In this case, chicken, beef, spinach...

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Collectors Rejoice in the Cook Islands

Posted by on 6:03 pm in Cook Islands, ITKT Blogs, Oceania | 0 comments

On Rarotonga, I spent the day in downtown Avarua, which is less a city than a handful of shops where tourists and locals can load up on food, clothes and the Internet. It is quaint and charming enough. It also overlooks some wonderful beaches and could not be more relaxed if it tried. While changing money, I discovered something fun. The Cook Islands use New Zealand Dollars as the principle money for the islands. However, the Cooks have there own currency too. As a collector of international currency, I jumped. $1, $2, and $5 coins. My...

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