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Avarua,town (est. pop. 2,600), capital, largest town, and main port of the Cook IslandsCook Islands,
island group (2006 pop. 19,569), 90 sq mi (234 sq km), S Pacific, SE of Samoa; a self-governing state in free association with New Zealand. It consists of 15 small islands and is comprised of two main groups, the Southern (or Lower) Cook islands (Rarotonga,
..... Click the link for more information. , located on the N coast of RarotongaRarotonga
, formerly Goodenough's Island,
volcanic island (2006 pop. 15,153), 26 sq mi (67 sq km), South Pacific, capital of the Cook Islands. The most southwesterly of the group, it is also the largest, most important, and by far the most populous.
..... Click the link for more information. . A trading center for locally produced fruit and fish, it is also a tourist hub. Among its points of interest are the Cook Island Christian Church (1853), the National Cultural Center, and a traditional market. An international airport is nearby.