Avarua is the capital and largest town in the Cook Islands. It is situated on the island of Rarotonga which is the most populous island of the Cook Islands. Avarua has several supermarkets, two banks, several restaurants and other shops specializing in the sale of black pearls and other handicrafts. The economy is based on tourism, trade, fishing and agriculture. The Cook Islands is in Oceana. A group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about half way between Hawaii and New Zealand. The climate is tropical oceanic, moderated by the trade winds. The official languages are English and Cook Islands Maori (also known as Rarotongan) The main religion is Christianity. The Economy of the Cook Islands is isolated from foreign markets, has inadequate infrastructure, lacks major natural resources and suffers greatly from natural disasters. Agriculture is the main economic base while there is limited manufacturing. The Cook Islands economy is reliant on foreign aid, mostly from New Zealand. In the Cook Islands, the dress code is mostly informal, though appropriately modest attire should be worn in towns and villages. Women are expected to wear dresses for church services and social functions. The lifestyle is very simple. The security risk for expatriates in the Cook Islands is low. Risks include the relatively low risk of petty crime. The currency of the Cook Islands is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD) and the Cook Islands Dollar (only good in the Cook Islands). ATMs dispense New Zealand Dollars. Medical facilities in the Cook Islands are limited. In the event of a medical emergency, evacuation to mainland New Zealand is likely for treatment. Cases of Dengue fever, Chikungunya virus and Zika virus have been reported. The population of Avarua is 5,400 (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 1.1% for the Cook Islands as at March 2018. For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in the Cook Islands is progressive up to 30%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Avarua, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Avarua as at 1 April 2018 is high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Average 2) Clothing: Average 3) Communication: Low 4) Education: Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: Low 7) Healthcare: Average 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: High 10) Personal Care: High 11) Recreation & Culture: High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Low 13) Transport: High Avarua is for example 11% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 45.6% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 27.6% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Avarua for an expat from Perth, is for example 10%, i.e. host location (Avarua) premium of 20% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Avarua is ranked as a some hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Avarua? Register subscribe to your home location and Avarua and run your personalised reports.