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Your wedding guide – The Cook Islands

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Amazing wildlife, pristine natural scenery and friendly locals make the Cook Islands a place of pure beauty and majesty. Escape the rat race to this beautiful locale, which has no traffic lights or even a McDonalds, for a relaxing Cook Islands wedding.

Whether you want a laid-back wedding on a private beach or a ceremony with a touch of tradition in one of the island’s many charming churches, the Cook Island’s has you covered.

When to Go?

If you’re planning a beach wedding, the Cook Island’s wet season begins in late November and finishes around April or May. Temperatures are fairly constant year-round, featuring in the low- to high-20s (degrees Celsius). Humidity can be quite high however, so be sure to pack comfortable, lightweight cotton and natural fibres. The cooler months are June to August, and the warmer season is from November to March.

Things to see and do

Channel your inner adventurer by climbing the peak of Rarotonga’s volcanic cone, or learn to scuba dive with schools of beautiful tropical fish. If watching the sunset and enjoying chilled vibes is more your style, enjoy a cocktail or two at one of Raratonga’s many open-air bars.

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation in Rarotonga. Choose from a range of resorts, hotels and luxury villas that will make your visit truly memorable.

How to legally get married in the Cook Islands

You cannot apply for a marriage licence from outside of the Cook Islands. To obtain a marriage licence, you’ll need to be in the Cook Islands at least three full days before the ceremony to fill out the “Notice of Intended Marriage” at the Registrar’s Office and pay a small fee to the Cook Islands government.

What you and your partner will need:

  • Current passports
  • Birth certificates
  • Legal divorce documentation (if applicable)
  • Death certificates of previous partner if widowed
  • Catholic couples will need to complete a course and bring their Baptism certificates

Couples must be over the age of 21 or must provide written approval from their parents/legal guardians.

Australians will also need to make sure that the marriage licence is approved back home. Find more information on this and stay updated via the Australian Government website.


The New Zealand dollar (NZD) is the official currency of the Cook Islands. There are two major banks on the island, as well as ATMs. Travellers cheques and credit cards are also commonly accepted.

Wedding venues

To find your dream Cook Islands wedding venue, visit our exclusive directory of stunning resorts and hotels that specialise in destination weddings.

Check out some real life weddings of couples who chose to marry in the Pacific Islands.

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