The Cook Islands offer you not one but 15 small islands smack bang in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean. Look on a map and you will find them north-east of New Zealand. The islands were formed from volcanic activity and are split into two main groups; southern and northern. Rarotonga, the capital, is in the southern group. On holidays to the Cook Islands you’ll wallow in beautiful lagoons and laze on sandy beaches. No building is allowed to be taller than the tallest palm tree. This is about as remote as it gets. The islands are self-governing in free association with New Zealand.