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Cook Islands Travel Guide

Quick Facts
Capital Rarotonga
Government Self-governing parliamentary democracy
Currency New Zealand dollar (NZD)
Area 240 sq km
Population 21,388 (July 2006 est.)
Language English (official), Maori
Religion varied
Electricity 240V/50Hz (Australian plug)
Calling Code +682
Internet TLD .ck
Time Zone UTC-10

The Cook Islands are a self-governing parliamentary democracy in free association with New Zealand, located in Polynesia, in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, between French Polynesia (Society Islands) to the east and Tonga to the west. It is an archipelago with 15 islands spread out over 2.2 million sq. km of ocean. Though quite far, there's no land between the Cook Islands and Antarctica.

With the same time zone and latitude (disregarding north and south) as Hawaii, the islands are sometimes thought of as "Hawaii down under". Though smaller, it reminds some elderly visitors of Hawaii before statehood without all the large tourist hotels and other development.

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