Cook Islands Real Estate
Information about Cook Islands
The Cook Islands are a self-governing parliamentary democracy in free association with New Zealand. The fifteen small islands in this South Pacific Ocean country have a total land area of 240 square kilometers (92.7 sq mi), but the Cook Islands Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) covers 1.8 million square kilometers (0.7 million sq mi) of ocean. The main population centers are on the island of Rarotonga (14,153 as of 2006), where there is an international a...irport. There is also a much larger population of Cook Islanders in New Zealand, particularly the North Island in the 2006 census, 58,008 self-identified as being of ethnic Cook Island Māori descent.
The islands were formed by volcanic activity; the northern group is older and consists of six atolls (sunken volcanoes topped by coral growth). The climate is moderate to tropical.With over 90,000 visitors traveling to the islands in 2006, tourism is the country's number one industry, and the leading element of the economy, far ahead of offshore banking, pearls, marine and fruit exports. Defense is the responsibility of New Zealand, in consultation with the Cook Islands and at its request. In recent times, the Cook Islands have adopted an increasingly independent foreign policy.
Avarua is a town and district in the north of Rarotonga Island. It is equivalent to Te-au-o-tonga, one of three vaka (traditional tribal areas of Rarotonga) and had its own local government headed by a mayoress until its legal abolishment in February 2008. Avarua is the national capital of the Cook Islands. The town has several supermarkets, two banks, several restaurants and other shops specializing in the sale of black pearls and other handicrafts. The town's open air market is on Saturday, where you can find everything from brightly coloured pare'u (wrap around dresses), to flower garlands, fresh fish and tropical fruits. The town is served by Rarotonga International Airport (IATA Airport Code: RAR). The population of Avarua District is 5,445 (census of 2006) , who mainly make their living from tourism, trade, fishing and agriculture. The one main road in Avarua is Ara Maire Nui, usually referred to as Marine Drive or Main Street, which turns into the island-circling ring road Ara Tapu at both ends of town.
Amuri is a town on Aitutaki in the Cook Islands.
Arutanga is the main town of Aitutaki in the Cook Islands. The main wharf is located here, and there is access into the lagoon. The largest supermarket is also located in Arutanga. To the right-hand side of the wharf is a game fishing area where the public can compete in fishing contests.
Omoka is the larger of the two main settlements on Penrhyn Island in the Cook Islands. It is the location of the Penrhyn island Council, and is located on Moananui Islet in the far west of the Penrhyn Atoll.
Oneroa is the largest village on Mangaia, one of the Cook Islands.It is located in the west of the island, in the district of Kei'a, and contains over half of the island's population.
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