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The government-run Cook Islands Tourism Corporation Visitor Center (closed Sunday) in Avarua has tourist brochures and information sheets giving current times and prices. Ask for a free copy of Jasons What's On in the Cook Islands, which provides a wealth of rather biased information about their advertisers only. This office does not make hotel or tour bookings.

The Statistics Office, on the second floor of the Government Office Building behind the post office, sells the informative Annual Statistic Bulletin.

The Bounty Bookshop, next to the post office in Avarua, carries books on the Cook Islands and the Cook Islands News.

The University of the South Pacific Center, opposite the Cook Islands Library and Museum, has for sale an excellent selection of text books on the region.

The harbormaster (weekdays only), at Avatiu Harbor, sells nautical charts of the Cook Islands, Tonga, and New Zealand.

Visitors can become temporary members of the Cook Islands Library and Museum (closed Sunday) for an annual fee of which part is refunded upon departure. The library also sells good cultural books.

Jetsave Travel, at Mana Court, Island Hopper Vacations, next to the Banana Court, and Matina Travel, opposite Empire Theater, arrange package tours to the outer islands with flights and accommodations included.

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