Cook Islanders love their sport. Enthusiasts of almost every code imaginable can be seen practicing or participating in their chosen sport every day, on every island.
These are the major sporting events on the Cook Islands calendar:
February: The start of the Rugby League season.
May: The Rarotonga International Triathlon which attracts many competitors from all corners of the globe. Plus Tour de Raro Cycle Race, the main cycling event of the year drawing in fanatical locals and international names alike. Plus the Te Aito Cook Islands outrigger canoeing event for individual V1 participants which is held every two years.
August: Kitesurfing enthusiasts head to Aitutaki for the annual Manureva Aquafest. This fun week-long event includes kiting, stand-up paddle boarding, outrigger canoeing and tons of other aquatic activities for all ages.
September: Featuring the RRRR. Round Rarotonga Road Race is an annual week-long event which caters for everyone including families, social, recreational and competitive A fantastic opportunity to combine this with your holiday perhaps?
November: The Cook Islands International Rugby 7’s, also known as ‘Sevens in Heaven’. One of the most popular competitions in the South Pacific. Plus Vaka Eiva, an exciting and fun week-long outrigger canoeing festival that is now the largest sporting event in the Cook Islands.
December: Netball in Paradise attracts teams from around the Pacific, Australia and New Zealand for week-long competitions, from under 13 age grade upwards. A good excuse for a family holiday!
Please refer to our What’s On section for more details. And don’t forget to read our sports related stories to get a real glimpse of sport in our Little Paradise.
From rugby league to bowls and mini-golf, you’re sure to find your favourite sport in these islands.