Wednesday 25 February 2009

The Cooks Islands offers Ultimate Wedding Destination

The Cook Islands is the ultimate wedding and honeymoon destination, as unlike other South Pacific countries which require a 30 day wait, it allows couples to marry after only three days in the region. For those who can’t wait that long, a small fee can even be paid to waiver the residency requirement. The process could not be simpler, and the only paperwork required can be done in just half an hour once there.

This unspoilt paradise boasts stunning geographic beauty, combined with a warm welcome from friendly locals, all with sophisticated infrastructure but without the usual trappings of the tourism industry. There is an excellent choice of accommodation, ranging from luxurious, intimate resorts to stylish self-catered villas for couples wanting their own space with the comforts of home.

The good news for Australian honeymooners is that not only are these places offering
exceptional service and locations, but they also compare favourably pricewise to anything remotely similar in the region, with something to offer everyone – from great cuisine, colourful local culture and adventures to world-class diving in turquoise lagoons.

Easy flight schedules from Air New Zealand and Pacific Blue mean you can fly from the eastern seaboard and land at Rarotonga in less than eight hours from Australia, with easy connections to islands like Aitutaki.

One of the reasons why the Cook Islands is the ultimate wedding destination is the fact that weddings are affordable for any couples. Whether you have $4,000 or $15,000 to spend, the Cook Islands has the place for you to get married and to celebrate with your friends and family.

It’s also accessible now with Air New Zealand and Polynesian Blue, which means that wedding guests can attend the wedding for 3 nights or make a holiday of it and stay for 7 nights or more.

Honeymoon Worldwide Holidays is currently offering a special package to Pacific Resort Aitutaki, (a perfect place for weddings), at $2799 per person, including:-
• Return economy class airfare to Rarotonga flying Air New Zealand
• One night pre and post staying at the Pacific Resort Rarotonga in a Studio Garden
• 5 nights return accommodation at Pacific Resort Aitutaki in a Beachfront Bungalow
• Return airport transfer plus flower lei greet on arrival
• Valid for sale until 13 March 2009, valid for travel until 31 March 2010
• Addtl charges ex Melb (add $60pp), Adel ($200pp) and Perth ($640 pp)
• Departure taxes not included
A bonus offer applies of one return airfare to Aitutaki on Air Rarotonga plus $100 NZD food and wine credit per room per night, plus a bottle of sparkling wine on arrival (a saving of $820 per couple). Honeymooners receive a complimentary upgrade to next available room category subject to availability.

Contact Honeymoon Worldwide Holidays on toll free 1 300 65 09 65 or email /

The Cook Islands also offers local wedding planners who ensure their Australian clients are offered unbiased advice and information, with a range of options that can take them to incredible locations for their nuptials, including quiet and beautiful beaches to hold the ceremony at, without feeling the eyes of hundreds of onlookers taking part as you might do at a larger resort. There is also the option of a getting married in a church, in a garden, or even a mountain top should you so desire!

Experienced local planners, Wedded Bliss Rarotonga, have a reputation for attention to detail, excellent organisational skills and extensive local knowledge.

Comments from happy newlyweds include:-

"Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the most fantastic day of our lives. You created the most wonderful wedding day that we had ever imagined. All the thanks in the world wouldn't be enough. You gave us a lifetime of memories to share." Lisa & Chris O’Driscoll

“It was such an incredible day that we and all who attended will remember forever. Somehow, you managed to create and produce a day that was beyond anything we could have imagined, with every detail given thought. If someone had asked us to write our idea of a perfect wedding we could not have come close to dreaming up the magic that turned out to be our wedding day. So from us and our family and friends who attended, we want to say Thank You Andrea for making our wedding day so incredibly special.

We feel very lucky that we had someone so capable in charge of the most important day of our life and you did it with great style and professionalism. We could not have sked or hoped for more.” Chris & Sam Minett

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