Are you looking to take a family adventure? The idyllic collection of 15 islands called the Cook Islands, are the perfect location. Spread over 2 million square kilometres of South Pacific paradise, they are located between American Samoa and Tahiti. Just a short flight from Australia and New Zealand, making it a perfect overseas destination for a family adventure holiday!
Where To Stay During Your Family Adventure?
First things first, accommodation! This can be a huge barrier when travelling with children. Some resorts are not child-friendly, so when looking for Cook Island Holiday packages or accommodation, do your research and make sure they allow children before you go! We suggest looking at one of the following resorts that welcome families and children!
Lagoon Breeze Villas
Lagoon Breeze Villas are located on the main island of Rarotonga. They are perfect for families, especially those with younger children. Set on acres of property, kids will have plenty of space to play around the resort. The resort also features children’s activities, such as trampolines, swings, slides, bikes and a playground! They also have an abundance of room options, to suit all family sizes.
If you have a larger family, then the Nautilis Resort is perfect for you. Sleeping up to six adults and two children, the resort has an abundance of bedding options to suit your family’s sleeping styles. The on-site restaurant features a kids’ menu, making dining at the hotel simple. Children (and young at heart adults!) can select movies and games from the in-house library. As a bonus, the Nautilis also has child concierge and nanny-minding services.
Things To Do: Adventure Time
So, you’ve booked your accommodation and are ready to plan your family adventure! But what do you do? Luckily, the Cook Islands Holidays are for all and feature a wide range of activities for children of all ages and families of all interest types! Because of the islands’ stunning location, there will never be a shortage of activities. Here is some inspiration for your family adventure:
Visit Cocoputt To Play Some Minigolf
Who doesn’t love a spot of mini golf? A fun activity for the entire family, the 18-hole mini golf course is perfect for children, teenagers and adults. Featuring shaded seating and a restaurant in-house, after your game you can relax and enjoy a refreshing drink and good meal! Their menu is entirely created by their very own chef. They even have regular local live music performances! Check them out on a Sunday for a buffet BBQ.
Soak Up The Culture At The Cook Islands Cultural Village
The Cook Islands Cultural Village is the perfect activity to dip your toes into the culture of the islands. You can take a guided tour of the village, which will see various demonstrations from local islanders. See traditional cooking, basket weaving, coconut husking, Maori medicine, wood carving and so much more! This will be an experience that kids will remember forever.
You can’t have an adventure-filled trip to the Cook Islands without going snorkelling. There are guided tours, however most locations on the islands are perfect for snorkelling straight off the beach! Local maps will outline any dangerous locations, just make sure if you are doing a self-guided snorkel that you bring your own masks and flippers.
Take A Self-Paced Adventure
Hire a car and explore the majestic islands at your own pace. Choose your destinations, or even just go for a drive and see where piques your interest. Locals are always happy to advise on the best places to go and what to see, so take your own time and enjoy the ‘island-pace’ of life!
See one of Rarotonga’s most beautiful natural attractions: Wigmore’s Waterfall. Take the kids for a splash and swim in the cool swimming hole, surrounded by natural rainforest. The true Cook Island experience combines the most beautiful natural flora with fun and activity – perfect for your family adventure!
No matter what the ages are of your family members, undoubtedly you will have a family adventure on the stunning Cook Islands. With many small-child friendly attractions, and plenty of action-packed things to keep teenagers occupied, everyone will love a holiday to this piece of South Pacific paradise.