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Best time to visit Cook Islands


The best time to visit the Cook Islands is during the ‘shoulder’ months of March, April, September and October – the skies are clear and sunny with an average temperature of 28°C (82°F).

But for the best weather visit between June and September.

Overall, the Cook Islands is a year-round destination with a pleasant warm tropical climate, although it can rain quite often. The peak tourist season, from June to August, enjoys an average high of 25°C (77°F).

Seasonal variations are slight: Summer from November to April is warm – temperatures range between 23°C and 29°C (73°F – 84°F); winter from May to October is slightly cooler – 21°C to 28°C (70°F – 82°F); and the hot and humid wet season from December to March – averages 29°C (84°F).

Rarotonga is generally the wettest region in the Cook Islands, due to its mountainous interior. However, the coastal areas are generally sunny year round interspersed with brief torrential downpours. The other islands are generally dry.

High Season

Late-June through August, and around the Christmas and New Year period, when hotel and airline reservations should be booked in advance.

Note: To view our weather graphic containing average monthly weather factors including temperatures, hours of sunshine and rainfall, please view this page on either an ipad or desktop computer screen.

Latest update about this honeymoon destination: 14 February, 2017


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