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Best time to visit Cook Islands

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The best time to visit Cook Islands is May-October

Are you looking for top-secret information about when to visit Cook Islands? Look no further! May-October is the best time to go to Cook Islands due to the excellent all-round climate conditions, and it’s not likely to be at its busiest as it’s not during the height of the peak travel season.

In summer, temperatures can reach as high 29℃ (83℉) in the middle of the day in Avarua. In the winter months, it can get down to as low as 20℃ (69℉) at night. The climate can differ in many places across Cook Islands, and you can see more in the handy table below.

The days are longest in Cook Islands in December, so if you want to see the sights during the day when the sun is up for the longest time, it’s best to visit around that time of year. The wet season in Cook Islands usually falls during the months surrounding December each year. It’s not uncommon to get some decent rainfall or light showers during this time, but on some days the weather tends to be fine for a majority of the day, with only a few drops of rain falling from a passing shower.

Keep reading to find out when the best times to travel to Cook Islands are for whatever trip you’re planning. By the time you finish, you’ll have all the info you need, and you’ll be ready to start booking. Don’t know where to look or who to book with? Don’t stress! We’ve hand-picked our favourite online travel tools we use, know and love so you can rest assured you’re in safe hands. Happy reading!

Warmest month

March

Least rainfall

July

Most daylight

December

Cook Islands seasons

Before you plan your trip, it’s important to know when the seasons are as they may be different to yours depending on where you’re travelling from. Cook Islands is in the Southern hemisphere, so the seasons fall on:

SeasonMonths
Summer December to February
Autumn/fall March to May
Winter June to August
Spring September to November

Best time to visit the top destinations in Cook Islands

We’ve put together a breakdown of the average minimum and maximum temperatures by month, as well as the best times to visit for each. To learn more about these destinations including detailed climate breakdowns and much more, click or tap the city/destination name below.

CityBest time to visitJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
AvaruaMay-October
27℃
26℃
27℃
26℃
27℃
26℃
27℃
26℃
26℃
25℃
24℃
24℃
24℃
23℃
23℃
22℃
24℃
23℃
24℃
23℃
25℃
24℃
26℃
25℃
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Top FAQs

Cook Islands is in Oceania.

Check out these guides for the top must-see destinations in Cook Islands:

The warmest month of the year in Avarua, one of the most popular places to visit in Cook Islands, is March.
The driest month of the year in Avarua, Cook Islands, is usually around July each year.

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