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Most Rarotonga hotels offer free cancellation. Consider booking refundable hotels rather than non-refundable ones. Just look for the ‘free cancellation’ message during your hotel search. Prices can vary, but right now we believe that flexibility matters.
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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.
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!
Awesome place to stay. Friendly staff and lovely surroundings.
It was convenient and had everything we needed, the wedding area is beautiful and the aircon was an awesome bonus!!!
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Loved the pool, and the showers at poolside. Paddle boards and kayaks were a positive bonus. Enjoyed breakfast good variety of meals.