Gay Guide

Cook Islands
Pink Star Rating

4

Capital

Avarua

Scene and Culture

The Cook Islands have a very small population and there is no gay scene to speak of. This is the sort of destination to come with your lover and have a romantic time in these stunningly beautiful islands

Gay Age of Consent

Illegal

Lesbian Age of Consent

Not mentioned in law

Legal Notes

Although a territory of New Zealand, male homosexuality is illegal. Under s155 Sodomy is punishable by up to 7 years imprisonment (14 years if with a female) Under S154 Indecent acts with males is punishable by 5 years imprisonment

Population

20,407

Currency

Dollar NZ$

Climate

The best time to visit the Cook Islands are the cooler and drier winter months of June to August.

The Cook Islands are geographically very spread so the climate varies throughout the islands. Being tropical it is generally hot throughout the year with temperatures ranging between 20c and 32c in the summer months (November to March) and 15c to 27c in the winter (June to August). The south easterly trade winds do provide some moderating influence. Rainfall is heaviest in Rarotonga, while the northern atolls tend to be drier.The rainy season is November to March.