Cook Island Services and Utilities

Services & Utilities

Wattage is 220 AC/50 cycle, the same as Australia and New Zealand.
In some cases a two pin adaptor may be required.
Some hotels and motels have provisions for 110 volt AC electric razors.
Northern Hemisphere travellers will need adpator plugs suited for New Zealand to use dual-voltage applicances, such as hairdryers.

Cook Islands Television (CITV) telecasts local and imported shows throughout the week in both English and Cook Islands Maori.

There is only one TV channel. You can watch the world news in the mornings from 7-8am or at night on New Zealand One Network News from 8.30-9.30pm

International telephone, phonecards, fax, email, internet connections and services are available 24 hours from the Telecom Cook Islands Office in the main township of Avarua.
When phoning the Cook Islands from other countries dial 682 then the number.
Most accommodation also has IDD facilities.

Postal Services at Cook Islands Post Office and Telepost in Avarua, Rarotonga; Monday to Friday 8am - 4pm, Saturday 8am - 12noon. Airmail goes out daily. Telepost also provides an international courier service, fast fax and email service

Several internet café's are located on Rarotonga and Aitutaki.

WiFi is available at the following key locations around the island:

  1. Aroa Beachside Inn
  2. The Rarotongan Beach Resort and Spa
  3. The Pacific Resort
  4. The Edgewater Resort
  5. Crown Beach Resort
  6. Cafe Salsa Avarua.
  7. Telecom Avarua

The AM and FM radio stations offer a mix of music,talk and international news from Australia and New Zealand. Frequencies are AM 630Khz, FM 105.5Khz, FM 88khz, FM 93khz, FM 98.7Khz (Gospel Songs).

Although some visitors prefer to boil water before use, it is not necessary. Bottled water is available from the local shops for those who wish to purchase.
Time Zone
The Cook Islands are 10 hours behind GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). There is no daylight savings in 2008.