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Rarotonga Holidays

Visit the capital of the Cook Islands to hike through mountainous peaks to hidden waterfalls and swim in sparkling blue lagoons off white-sand beaches.

Spend your days snorkelling, bush walking and relaxing on palm tree-lined beaches on this island paradise. Rarotonga is part of the Cook Islands in the South Pacific Ocean and is home to the islands’ capital, Avarua. As well as natural beauty and warm waters perfect for swimming, “Raro”, as it’s known locally, offers culture in abundance, including colourful festivals and bustling marketplaces.

While it’s the most populated of the Cook Islands, Rarotonga measures just 32 kilometres (20 miles) at its widest. The island is surrounded by a lagoon, with water that is shallow, warm and full of tropical fish. Beginner snorkellers can learn the ropes in the calm waters off Muri Beach on the east side of the island.

Rarotonga’s natural landscape is made up of small mountainous peaks, rivers and waterfalls. Trek to the stunning Wigmore’s Waterfall and explore hidden valleys and hillside forests on foot or by bicycle. Visit the Maire Nui Botanical Gardens to learn more about the island’s plants and wildlife.

Experience traditional island life in Avarua village. Buy fresh seafood, locally sourced fruit and vegetables and handcrafted souvenirs from the Punanga Nui growers markets on Saturday mornings.

There are no traffic lights on Rarotonga and obstacles such as chickens and coconuts often litter the roadways, making driving difficult. It's best to get around using the bus service that picks up and drops off on demand. It takes about 50 minutes to get around the whole island.

Fly in and out of Rarotonga International Airport. The best way to get between the Cook Islands is by light aeroplane, as boats and ferries are infrequent. The Cook Islands are self-governing in free association with New Zealand and English is one of the official languages spoken on Rarotonga. You’ll also notice locals speaking Cook Islands Māori, or Rarotongan.

The wet season for the Cook Islands is December to March. It brings more humidity than it does heavy rain, but you’re never far from pristine waters. Plunge into blue lagoons to cool off, then throw a towel down on white-sand beaches and relax.

We all know you don't go travelling to sit in a metal tube and go to bed in a different place. Holidays are all about the cool things you can do while you're there!

This place has a huge range of things to do. Here are some ideas to kick off your trip to Rarotonga:

Have some time up your sleeve? Go to our Rarotonga things to do page for a full range of options.


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The Edgewater Resort and Spa AU$156
Reviewed on 9 Feb. 2020
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The Edgewater Resort and Spa

The Edgewater Resort and Spa

Avarua, Rarotonga
     
    3.8 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Great location being right on the beachfront. Caters for all budgets.

    The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium AU$147
    Reviewed on 17 Feb. 2020
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    The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium

    The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium

    Aroa Beach Marine Reserve, Arorangi, Ara Tapu Rd, Rarotonga
       
      4.1 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Great Location with all the resort amenities ,rooms are a little dated and some of the restaurant menus could do with an upgrade.

      Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach-Adults Only AU$170
      Reviewed on 21 Jan. 2020
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      Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach-Adults Only

      Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach-Adults Only

      Aroa Beach & Marine Reserve, Rarotonga
         
        3.8 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Reception staff attitude could be improved. Rooms are too close each other and could hear other guest’s noise, then sometimes did not feel private. Location, private beach and adult only policy are excellent. It was good that we could use all the facilities throughout the resort.

        Muri Beach Club AU$391
        Reviewed on 18 Jan. 2020
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        Muri Beach Club

        Muri Beach Club

        Muri Beach Point, Rarotonga
           
          4.5 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Beautiful, quiet hotel. Clean private beach. Great water activities. Wonderful place. We want to go back!

          Club Raro Resort AU$153
          Reviewed on 6 Feb. 2020
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          Club Raro Resort

          Club Raro Resort

          Ara Tapu, Avarua, Rarotonga
             
            3.5 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            The property is good value for money - sure there are parts that could do with some updating but I think that is fairly reflected in the price.

            Muri Beachcomber
            Reviewed on 6 Feb. 2020
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            Muri Beachcomber

            Muri Beachcomber

            Muri Beach, Rarotonga
               
              4.6 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Nice lagoon, great snorkelling, kayaks to use. Muri night market next door so easy to get a meal on the nights it operates. Car rentals a one minute walk.

              Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel AU$345
              Reviewed on 9 Feb. 2020
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              Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel

              Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel

              Ara Tapu (Main Road), Titikaveka / Vaimaanga, Rarotonga
                 
                4.3 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Beautiful views and great continental breakfast. Nice walk from there to Charlie's for dinner.

                Pacific Resort Rarotonga AU$660
                Reviewed on 9 Feb. 2020
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                Pacific Resort Rarotonga

                Pacific Resort Rarotonga

                Muri Beach, Rarotonga
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Beautiful oasis of tropical gardens. Beautifully decorated rooms

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