Cooks Islands: Pa’s Cross-Island Trek

During our time in the Cook Islands – as a remedy to our laziness developed due to Island Time – we decided to do Pa’s Cross-Island Trek. The trek takes you on 3-4 hour walk straight through the middle of the island from one side to the other. The trek isn’t particularly long in terms […]

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Cooks Islands: Punanga Nui Market

To truly experience the Cook Islanders way of life, food, culture and tradition the best place to go is the Punanga Nui Market which runs every Saturday from the early hours of the morning until 2pm. After an early alarm we hopped on the entertaining local bus and headed to the market. Despite the early […]

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Cooks Islands: Matutu Brewery

One of the gems of Rarotonga is the Matutu micro-brewery that just happened to be a 20 minute walk from our hostel! The brewery does 2 main beers, the Mai (lager) and the Kiva (pale ale). The brewery runs out of a small shed on the island and if you want some beer you simply […]

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Cooks Islands: Penis Man!

One of things you can’t escape while on the Cook Islands is the penis man or Tangaroa. Cook Islanders love their fertility symbols and you can find the penis man on everything from carvings to currency… if you’re particularly fond of the penis man you can even buy one as a souvenir!

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Cooks Islands: Island Time!

Being a small, tropical group of islands the Cook Islands are extremely laid back – so much so they don’t run on standard time they run on “Island Time”. Island time means that: Shops/businesses open and close when they want. With the exception of restaurants and bars shops/businesses always close by 4pm. The town centre […]

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Cooks Islands: New Friends…

One of the great things about travelling is the people you meet and the friends you make along the way. While in Rarotonga we met a lovely couple from the UK called Dom and Sinead who made our time in the Cooks thoroughly enjoyable and soooo much fun. Thank you so much for being a […]

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Cook Islands

After almost 3 months travelling around North America and seeing and doing some amazing things it was time so say goodbye and head off to our next destination the Cook Islands. The Cook Islands are a collection of 15 islands in the South Pacific in free association with New Zealand. The main island is Rarotonga […]

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Sun, Sea & Relaxation

We’re currently at the start of our second week in Rarotonga, Cook Islands enjoying the sunshine, blue seas, golden sands and lying under the palm trees relaxing. I’m just grabbing 5 minutes in an internet cafe to get some ideas down for the blog, check email and plan the next leg of our trip… As […]

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