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Rarotonga and the Cook Islands (Lonely Planet Country Guides) Paperback – 1 Jun 2006

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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 6th Revised edition edition (1 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741042909
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741042900
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 14.3 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 893,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...Lonely Planet, the intrepid traveler's bible...' --Los Angeles Times, April 2005

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Very informative, easy to look things up in, good pictures, great guide to the Cook islands, only book you need
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We are going to the Cook Islands in February and this book has everything we need to know for holiday
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Just as described
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HASH(0x95cab624) out of 5 stars Very useful but of less than average construction. 7 Feb. 2007
By Dennis M - Published on
Format: Paperback
My fiance and i were fortunate enough to holiday in the Cooks for 2 weeks in January 07. In the lead up to our trip i purchased this guide and studied it carefully. All the sections were well written and comprehensive. The history and environment section made for interesting background reading and helped to get an idea of life back in the old days as well as the current situation.

The section dealing with Rarotonga and its capital Avarua, as a whole was useful and the information (sights, accomodation, where to eat/drink and shop, other amenities) for the most part (95%) accurate - even prices more or less. We did a daytrip to Aitutaki and that section was also quite good. There were also sections on all the other Southern & Northern group islands but i cannot comment as we did not go to any of these. Still made interesting reading though. The maps were also accurate and well detailed.

One thing i would disagree with is attemting to do the main cross island hike on your own. It is possible but there are no signposts, and the trail itself is quite difficult to find and follow in places, not to mention quite treacherous and hard going in the wet season. We went with Pa a local guide and it was a wise decision as many people have been injured or worse attempting this hike.

Other than this, my main gripe is with actual construction of this book. The plastic coating on the cover started to peel soon after purchase and the pages are starting to come loose from the spine. All this without any heavy duty wear and tear. I think Lonely Planet need to increase their quality control and improve the construction of their guides so that they do stand up to more rigorous use, after all that's what they are for.
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HASH(0x95cab678) out of 5 stars Great Book 30 Sept. 2008
By Momoftwo - Published on
Format: Paperback
Purchased prior to our trip. Found it very helpful in planning, gave good idea what to expect esp. history on islands/traditions. Maps were accurate. Referenced many times while on vacation. Agree with other previous not attempt to do cross island hike alone as it is not marked, Pa was an excellent guide. A visit to Atiutaki highly recommended. Spent 3 days at the Atuitaki Lagoon Resort...wish it would have been more.
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HASH(0x96566688) out of 5 stars Rarotonga & The Cook Islands travel book 11 Sept. 2008
By Leona Collins - Published on
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Great little book. Lots of helpful info. Essential to really understand the islands. Arrived on time and lives up to the reputation of Lonely Planet.
HASH(0x9635d72c) out of 5 stars Great guide! But where's the latest one? 7 Sept. 2010
By Mattyb - Published on
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Purchased this guide a few years ago in hopes of actually going to the cooks, however never made it. Now 5 years later I am really going and can't find an updated version. Does lonely planet no longer publish one for the cooks? Ive only found info inside 'South Pacific' guide book by LP. I think the Cook Islands deserves its own again.
HASH(0x95caf1bc) out of 5 stars Pretty good travel book 6 Dec. 2008
By Donald P. Evans - Published on
Format: Paperback
The book is fairly good as travel guides go. It has all the things one needs to help on a visit. I would like a more informative section on what to do about money.
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