SPTO Board and Council of Ministers Meeting 2022

Kia Orana!

It is my pleasure to extend a warm welcome to all our esteemed delegates to the shores of the Cook Islands.
This years hosting of the SPTO Board of Directors and Council of Ministers Meeting is a special one.
After a 2 year hiatus we have the opportunity to be together again in one place and look forward as a region to determine the next steps in our individual and collective tourism journey.
As we focus on Sustainability and Resilience, our industry will draw on the many threads of Pacific life, knowledge and experience and amplify our learnings in our next steps. A challenging yet rewarding time for all of us. In true Pacific spirit we will emerge from the past pandemic stronger and better.
Over the course of the next week I look forward to meeting you all, the new faces, the not so new faces as we pick up where we left off and keep on the path to prosperity.
My team and I are very much looking forward to being your hosts and showcase our beloved home island to you all. .

Kia Manuia
Karla Eggelton
Chief Executive Officer
Te Manava Turoto – Cook Islands Tourism Corporation

Frequently Asked Questions

Travel Entry Requirements

If you are visiting the Cook Islands you must meet the following immigration requirements:

  • All international passport holders must have a passport valid for a period of at least 6 months beyond their intended period of stay in the Cook Islands. This will allow you a stay of up to 31 days in the Cook Islands.
  • All New Zealand and Australian passport holders must have a passport valid for a period of at least 7 days beyond their intended period of stay in the Cook Islands. This will allow New Zealand passport holders a stay of up to 90 days in the Cook Islands. Australian passport holders are eligible for a stay of up to 31 days.
  • You must have evidence of a valid outbound ticket or return ticket to your port of origin.
  • You must have proof of accommodation during your stay in the Cook Islands.
  • For maritime border entry to the Cook Islands, all travellers must comply with the Customs Revenue and Border Protection Act 2012


  • Can I drive in the Cook Islands?
    • Yes. All visitors over the age of 16 are able to drive in the Cook Islands. Provided they have a current driver's license from their home country or have obtained a Cook Islands visitors license.
  • What Drivers Licenses are accepted in the Cook Islands?
    • Australia
    • Canada
    • EU Members
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Norway
    • UK
    • United States of America

    If you currently hold a drivers license from a country that is not listed, you will need to obtain a Cook Islands visitors license from the Cook Islands Police Station

  • What is the Emergency Contact Number for the Cook Islands?
  • Where do I go if I am feeling sick on Rarotonga?
    • When on Rarotonga, visitors are encouraged to visit the Tupapa Outpatient for any medical assistance. Contact the Outpatient on: 00682 22664 .
  • Should I purchase medical insurance before travelling to the Cook Islands?
    • Yes. Visitors must meet their own medical costs during their time in the Cook Islands, including medical evacuation to New Zealand if specialist care is required. We recommend visitors take out health insurance to cover unexpected costs.
  • What are the official languages of the cook islands?
    • The official languages of the Cook Islands are Cook Islands Maori and English. English is widely spoken on the island of Rarotonga. While Cook Islands Maori is predominantly used in the outer islands (Pa Enua) of the Cook Islands.
  • What is the weather like in the Cook Islands?
    • The Cook Islands enjoy a pleasantly warm and sunny climate all year round.
    • All year round! Depending on what you like, here is a quick run-down of our seasons:
    • June to August - Cooler months
    • November to March - Warmer seasons with occasional tropical showers
    • April to November - Drier months with an average temperature of 26°C
    • December to March - Warmer, humid and damper season with temperatures between 22°C (min) and 31°C (max)
  • What currency is used in the Cook Islands?
    • The Cook Islands unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar, supplemented by local coins.

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