Cook Islands Language

Cook Islands Maori (or Rarotongan) is the main language, although most people speak English as well. This makes it an ideal destination for English-speaking visitors. However, learning a few local words, such as kia orana (hello) and meitaki (thank you) is a sure way to win a smile.

Useful Words

  • kia orana = hello
  • aere ra = goodbye
  • meitaki = thank you
  • ae = yes
  • kare = no
  • tane = man
  • vaine = woman
  • manea = pretty/handsome
  • ura = to dance
  • mataora = happy
  • kai = food
  • teia ra = today
  • apopo = tomorrow
  • ra = sun
  • marama = moon
  • moana = ocean
  • maunga = mountain