The Cook Islands, named after explorer James Cook, are a group of 15 islands in the South Pacific Ocean between Fiji and French Polynesia. The Cook Islands are divided into two groups – the North islands and the South islands. The North islands are made of low-lying coral atolls. Grasses and palm trees grow here.
The South islands, formed from volcanoes, have rich, fertile soil and rainforests. The Cook Islands have a wet rainy season from December to March, followed by a dry season. Tropical storms are common.
Fun Facts about Cook Islands for Kids
- About 18,000 people live on the Cook Islands.
- Avarua is the capital of Cook Islands.
- The Cook Islands include about 92 square miles of land.
- The official language on the Cook Islands is English, but many people speak Maori.
- The currency used on Cook Islands is the New Zealand Dollar.
- The Cook Islands are self-governing, but are associated with New Zealand.
- Most people on the island are Christian.
- Many people keep family pets: pigs, goats and dogs.
- The islands are the second largest black pearl producer in the world.
- Rarotonga has the vast majority of the population of all the 15 islands. Over 13,000 people live here.
- Rugby is the most popular sport followed by cricket and soccer.
- At 658 m Te Manga is the highest mountain in Cook Islands.
Cook Islands Vocabulary
- Explorer: someone who ventures to new places
- Atoll: an island formed of coral
- Fertile: healthy, capable of producing crops or life
- Self-governing: make own laws
Learn More All about Cook Islands
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A video introduction all about Cook Islands, the country’s sceneries and culture.
Cook Islands Q&A
Question: What are the major industries on the Cook Islands?
Answer: Tourism is important. Many people come to explore the beautiful beaches here. Additionally, the oceans are a source of not only fish, but black pearls. Farmers grow coconuts, papayas and other tropical fruit.
Map of Cook Islands
Here’s a map of the country of Cook Islands and all its cities and villages. Zoom in to get into street level or zoom out to see other countries around Cook Islands! You can see the terrain, but also see the roads, images of the buildings and even take a 3D tour through the streets of the cities of Cook Islands, as though you are actually there!
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