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Rarotonga Vacation: Coronavirus Information

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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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Club Raro Resort AU$139
Reviewed on 10 Mar. 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

    Clean and tidy. Good white sand beach. Staff is friendly and accommodating.

    Muri Beachcomber
    Reviewed on 21 Mar. 2020
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    Muri Beachcomber

    Muri Beachcomber

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

      Fun and clean beach cottages! Beautiful views! Comfortable:) Nice little kitchenette:) Used the complimentary kayaks, SUP's and snorkel equipment:). Great value for cost. We would return!

      The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium AU$202
      Reviewed on 8 Mar. 2020
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      The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium

      The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium

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

        Awesome place to stay. Friendly staff and lovely surroundings.

        The Edgewater Resort and Spa AU$175
        Reviewed on 19 Mar. 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

          It was convenient and had everything we needed, the wedding area is beautiful and the aircon was an awesome bonus!!!

          Pacific Resort Rarotonga AU$662
          Reviewed on 16 Mar. 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

            We loved this resort! The staff and amenities were amazing! We were able to SUP every morning in the gorgeous lagoon, then eat a fabulous continental style breakfast, kayak out to the island and snorkel until the afternoon! So much fun! The food at the resort restaurant is really good! Breakfast ...

            Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa
            Reviewed on 24 Feb. 2020
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            Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa

            Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa

            Avarua, PO Box 790 , Rarotonga
               
              4.7 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Everything about Te Manava is AMAZING! The villas are spacious, equipped with everything you could possibly need, private, and CLEAN. Staying at Te Manava was one of my favorite parts of the whole trip and having Jane there to help with ALL my questions made it that much better. Bonuses: - Laundy ...

              Sunrise Beach Bungalows AU$99
              Reviewed on 16 Mar. 2020
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              Sunrise Beach Bungalows

              Sunrise Beach Bungalows

              Main Road, Ngatangiia – Muri, Rarotonga
                 
                3.7 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                We stayed 19 days in one of the 7 bungalows. Ours was behind the first row and we had less sea. Location is important! The beach is close but rocky and unusable. The nearest friendly beach is for 5 minutes drive. Self transportation is a must. The bungalow is minimalistic but sufficient in size and ...

                Muri Beach Club AU$624
                Reviewed on 24 Mar. 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

                  Loved the pool, and the showers at poolside. Paddle boards and kayaks were a positive bonus. Enjoyed breakfast good variety of meals.

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