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Home to Avarua, the capital city of the Cook Islands, Rarotonga offers travellers beautiful beaches, busy plazas and luscious local treats. Join in at a local festival, eat your weight in smoked fish, and explore the island’s landscape with an easy stroll. Encircled in sand and sea, Rarotonga has every opportunity to be more than a little lazy, so if you go home tired, you aren’t doing holidays right.
Rarotonga may be small, but it’s brimming with a wide selection of Rarotonga accommodation, from luxurious resorts to breezy bungalows.
The island is mostly circular and lined with one continuous road, so if you’re having a hard time deciding between the picturesque Muri Lagoon on the southeast coast and snorkelling from Turora Beach, just spin and point. Sure, it’s not the most scientific method, but you’re on holiday! When you’ve absorbed enough vitamin D, get to know the flora and fauna at the Maire Nui Botanical Gardens and Aroa Marine Reserve. While you’re on holiday in the Cook Islands, we won’t blame you for wondering, “What’s for dinner?” Just like accommodation in Rarotonga, the regional cuisine is eclectic, with flavours from Asia and Polynesia, as well as local specialties like rori, a dish of savoury sea cucumber. Top off the eats with a glass of wine from a local winery.
When you touch down at Rarotonga International Airport (RAR), you’ll be about 3 km west of downtown Avarua. If you want to hire a car with Wotif, you’ll need a Cook Islands driver’s license, but after you drop off your luggage at one of the hotels in Rarotonga the island is really quite walkable.
Craving a getaway? Wotif has sweet deals on airfare and hotels, so you can mix and match incredible Rarotonga holidays. Want to see even more of the archipelago? Check out all of our accommodation in Cook Islands!
Hotels in Rarotonga start at NZ$105 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.