You see those dots southwest of Tahiti and northeast of New Zealand’s North Island? Those are the Cook Islands, and Rarotonga is the biggest of them. High mountains, deep valleys and emerald lagoons make this faraway island nation a perfect place for a tropical walkabout. Book a Rarotonga package today and be gone tomorrow.
Don’t let this tiny island fool you: all the fun you’ll experience on your Rarotonga holiday will exhaust you—in the best way! If you’re not sure which beach to unwind on, trek to the Peak of Raemaru Mountain. From there you’ll be able to see the extent of the reefs surrounding the island and pick out a good-looking beach to dig your toes into. Do you see it down there? It’s called Titikaveka Beach, and it’s perfect for stretching the legs after mountain climbing. The water in the lagoon is so clear, you don’t even have to dunk your head to see the colourful fishes. But you might as well throw on a snorkel mask to get up close and personal with Nemo and friends. After saying good-bye to the blue starfish, go on the cross-island walk through the valleys the ripple through the isle. Eventually you’ll end up at Wigmore’s Falls near the island’s south coast, where the pool below the rock face is perfect for swimming. These are just a few of the activities to take part in during Rarotonga holidays.
Your mates back home are going to expect souvenirs, and you better deliver. The Punanga Nui Cultural Market will fulfil all your shopping needs. Pick up a black pearl necklace—a local specialty!—for a loved one back home. A Tangaroa carving will have your blokes whipping it up when they see it. And if you think you’re musically gifted, take home a pate and learn a new instrument. Don’t forget to bargain, but don’t worry—you’ll have plenty of cash to spend, thanks to our Rarotonga deals.
It’s time to eat. Hope you like seafood, because here on Rarotonga, there’s plenty. You could walk through the capital city of Avarua blindfolded and it wouldn’t be hard to find a good meal. Enjoy a dish of fresh-caught octopus known locally as Eke. Not a fan of tentacles? A good portion of raw fish marinated with lime and served with coconut cream will do the trick. Most dishes come with a side of locally grown fresh fruit like mangoes and banana. If you want to visit a number of food establishments, use one of Wotif’s Rarotonga car hire options to zip your way through the streets in search of a good meal.
Hit the streets of Avarua for your night-time entertainment. Follow the sounds of homemade pate instruments into one of the many bars for good times and Cooks Lager. For something further down the line of the cultural spectrum, stop in at the Te Nui Village. Be sure to check out our Rarotonga holiday packages, as some of the hotels included may offer special deals.
Sun. Sand. Ocean. Distant islands. Seriously, what more do you want in Cook Island holidays ? Don’t waste time searching around for the best deals. Use Wotif to find the best Rarotonga holiday packages and get off the map in the South Pacific. Captain Cook would be impressed.
Nestled on the beach, this Rarotonga hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Aroa Beach and Wigmore's Waterfall. Muri Night Markets and Te Vara Nui Village are also within ...
The Rarotongan Beach Resort & LagoonariumNZ$270
Nestled on the beach, this Arorangi resort is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Black Rock and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Aroa Beach. Puaikura Beach and Rarotonga Golf Club are also ...
The Edgewater Resort and SpaNZ$180
Located in Tapere of Rutaki, this beachfront resort is in the historical district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Aroa Beach and Wigmore's Waterfall. Rarotonga Golf ...
Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach-Adults OnlyNZ$386
This family-friendly Rarotonga hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre and Punanga Nui Market. Rarotonga ...
The Islander HotelNZ$218
Located in Avarua, this beachfront resort is in the historical district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Cook Island Christian Church (CICC), Cook Islands Library and ...
Club Raro ResortNZ$248
Nestled on the beach, this Matavera hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Avana Lagoon and Muri Beach. Muri Lagoon and Koromiri are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Sunrise Beach BungalowsNZ$127
Located in Arorangi, this beachfront resort is in the historical district and within a 15-minute walk of Black Rock and Rarotonga Golf Club. Puaikura Beach and ...
Nestled on the beach, this Rarotonga resort is just steps from Avana Lagoon and Muri Beach. Muri Lagoon and Koromiri are also within 5 minutes.
Muri Beach ClubNZ$462
Nestled on the beach, this Rarotonga resort is just steps from Muri Lagoon and Muri Beach. Te Vara Nui Village and Tikioki Marine Sanctuary are also within 1 ...
Nestled on the beach, this Rarotonga hotel is just steps from Muri Lagoon and Muri Beach. Te Vara Nui Village and Muri Night Markets are also within 5 ...
Pacific Resort RarotongaNZ$470
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