The Cook Islands are a group of small islands located north east of New Zealand between French Polynesia and American Samoa - a 4 hour flight from New Zealand. The main island is Rarotonga which has an international airport. Most of the population of around 60,000 lives on Rarotonga. The capital city is Avarua. Tourism is the country's main source of income. There is plenty of family friendly accommodation available on Rarotonga including the popular Rarotongan Beach Resort. The island is surrounded by a natural reef making it save for swimming and snorkelling. The other main tourist island is the beautiful Aitutaki Island. Aitutaki is famous for its turquoise central lagoon which has been described as the most beautiful lagoon in the world.