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The New Zealand Dollar is the currency used in the Cook Islands. However you will at times come across the original Cook Island currency still in circulation.

There are two major banks on Aitutaki – Westpac open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am to 3pm and ANZ open Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm. Each bank has an ATM for all hours withdrawal, with a maximum withdrawal of NZD$1,000 per day. An increasing number of restaurants, bars and other tourism suppliers also provide Westpac eftpos terminals. It always pays to take some cash with you to Aitutaki. All large hotels on the island accept the major credit cards.


Many Cook Islanders are devout Christians and Sunday on Aitutaki is seen as a day of rest and church going. Few shops or tourist activities operate on a Sunday.


Cook Island Maori is the official language of the Cook Islands and is spoken extensively on Aitutaki. However everyone also speaks English on Aitutaki and throughout the Cook Islands.


Getting around Aitutaki island is by bicycle, scooter or car.

There are two major hire centres on Aitutaki, both with excellent day and weekly rates. Driving is on the left hand side of the road.

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