Language

Cook Islands Maori is the local language, but almost everyone speaks English.

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Money

You can exchange your money for the New Zealand Dollar at airports, banks or ATMs, which can be found in major stores and restaurants. Major credit cards can be used at restaurants and hotels in main towns. It’s best to have traveler’s checks in Australian dollars.

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Communications

The Cook Islands international country code is 682. To call out to another country, dial 00 followed by the appropriate country code.

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Tipping

Tipping is against Cook Islands customs and not expected.

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Safety

There is little crime in the Cook Islands, but use common sense and keep your valuables hidden.

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Health

The biggest things to worry about on the Cook Islands are sunburns and insect bites. You are recommended to get vaccinated against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid and rabies. You should boil or use bottled water, especially in rural areas, especially in rural areas. Medical facilities are limited, so it’s a good idea to have health insurance that covers emergency air evacuations.

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Electricity

The electrical current is the same as in Australia and New Zealand at 240 volts, 50 Hz. You may need a two-pin adapter in some places.

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Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.
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