The Cook Islands are a collection of 15 islands in the South Pacific. The population of the Cook Islands is around 21,000 people. The Cook Islands are self-governing parliamentary democracy in free association with New Zealand.
On 11th July, 2010, a total solar eclipse will occur in the Cook Islands. This pages is being developed with that in mind.
The 2010 eclipse only passes over the island of Mangaia which is the most southerly of the Cook Islands. Rarotonga will experience a partial eclipse.
On Mangaia first contact is at sun rise with totality at an elevation of 14 degrees - duration 3m 18seconds.
Rarotonga International Airport is the sole entry point to the Cook Islands by air and the quickest way of arriving. The Rarotonga International Airport is located on Rarotonga island, which is where most of the population (around 9,500) live.
Like Easter Island and French Polynesia, accomodation in Mangaia is likely to be in very short supply - especially as many tour operators started offering tours in early 2008, some even started as early as 2007.
2010 solar eclipse - Easter Island - Travel information on Easter Island
2010 eclipse tour operators - Tour operators providing tours to the eclipse in Easter Island, French Polynesia and the Cook Islands
2010 solar eclipse - Tahiti - Travel information about Tahiti (French Polynesia) and the 2010 eclipse
2010 solar eclipse tour from Journeys Worldwide - recommended - Details of the Journeys Worldwide journey to Easter Island for the 2010 total solar eclipse
2010 solar eclipse tour I - from A Classic Tour Collection - An 18-day tour to the 2010 solar eclipse in Easter Island from A Classic Tour Collection
2010 solar eclipse tour II - from A Classic Tour Collection - An 11-day tour to the 2010 solar eclipse in Easter Island from A Classic Tour Collection
2010 solar eclipse tour III - from A Classic Tour Collection - An 8-day tour to the 2010 solar eclipse in Easter Island from A Classic Tour Collection
2010 Total Solar Eclipse - Easter Island - Information on and about the 2010 Total Solar Eclipse in Easter Island
2010 total solar eclipse path - Path of the 2010 total solar eclipse across the Pacific Ocean
Auckland - boats on the Hauraki Gulf - Boats sailing in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland in New Zealand
Mark Sukhija is a travel and wine blogger, photographer, tourism researcher, hat-touting, white-shirt-wearing, New Zealand fantatic and eclipse chaser. Aside from at least annual visits to New Zealand, Mark has seen eclipses in South Australia (2002), Libya (2006), China (2009) and Queensland (2012). After twelve years in Switzerland, Mark moved back to London in 2012. You can follow Mark on Twitter or Facebook