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Whether your idea of the “perfect” time being the cheapest time or having the best weather, we’ve done the research for you so you can have your ideal trip to this island paradise.
May to September pip the others to the post in terms of the best weather. At this time of year, the average temperature is about 26°C and the rains of the rainy season, which runs from November to March, have dried up.
January to March tends to be the cheapest time to go to the Cook Islands from New Zealand, with flights being available straight to Rarotonga from Auckland.
The Cook Islands are warm and sunny all year round. The warmest months are between November and March, with temperatures hitting the top 20s.
These months are also the wettest in the Cook Islands. Although you won’t usually lose entire days to rain, you can expect regular, short, sharp showers, often in the afternoon.
Occasionally, hurricanes hit during this time of year, although extreme ones are rare. If one is going to reach the islands, it will probably be in February, which is the highest risk month.
Things cool down between June and August, but only by a fraction. Average daily highs reach 26°C. These months are drier, too. The islands are busiest in July and August, although you’ll never experience anything close to grid lock. However, if you intend to visit during these months, it’s best to book ahead to bag the accommodation that you most want.
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