art-353-cook-20islands-300x0-an aerial view of Rarotonga part of the Cook Islands. Photo Cook Islands TourismA story in the Sydney Herald….

THE COOK ISLANDS

Why here: The Kiwis have been keeping something from us, and if I were them, I would too. Their coveted little secret is the Cook Islands, 15 dreamy archipelagos that lie halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, scattered like a string of pearls in the South Pacific. In fairness, the Cook Islands remain part of the Realm of New Zealand so the disproportionately high number of Kiwi visitors (around 50 per cent) may have something to do with this.

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