Kiwi woman dies at popular Rarotonga tourist spot

A 49-year-old New Zealand woman died in the Cook Islands while on holiday in an incident that occurred in the water.

A Cook Islands police spokesperson said police received an emergency call shortly after 3pm local time on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT).

The spokesperson said the woman responded to the scene at Avaavaroa Passage, which is a popular tourist attraction for swimming with turtles, but was pronounced dead at hospital.

In December, a 50-year-old New Zealander died in Avaavaroa Passage, known for drownings in the Cook Islands.

The spokesperson told RNZ Pacific that police are still investigating further details, including whether the woman was part of a turtle tour when the incident occurred.

They said police are giving space to the family who are in their accommodation in Rarotonga.