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Mangaia Island - Rarotonga
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Named after Captain Cook, who sighted them in 1770, the islands became a British protectorate in 1888. By 1900, administrative control was transferred to New Zealand; in 1965 residents chose self-government in free association with New Zealand. The emigration of skilled workers to New Zealand and government deficits are continuing problems. LOCATION: Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand CLIMATE: Tropical; moderated by trade winds BORDERS: None More... A net of 15 islands in the heart of the South Pacific spread over an area the size of India with a population no bigger than a small New Zealand country town, 14,000 souls. These unique and friendly Polynesians have their own language and government and enjoy a vigorous and diverse culture with significant differences between each island. Despite some 70,000 visitors a year to the capital island #8211; Rarotonga #8211; the Cooks are largely unspoiled by tourism. They offer a rare opportunity for people from the cities of the world to experience a different type of vacation. There are no high-rise hotels, only four beach buggies and very little hype. Ideal for travellers seeking more than the usual clicheacute;s associated with the South Seas, each island has its unique qualities and offers the visitor a special experience.
Cook Islands