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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.


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The Edgewater Resort and Spa AU$183
Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2019
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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

    Everything you needed for a lovely holiday with attentive and friendly staff. Currently upgrading rooms so will be lovely when they have finished them all. Great for a family or large group as it is very chilled out. We stayed with our 3 month old and she was thoroughly spoiled wherever we went. ...

    The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium AU$205
    Reviewed on 26 Nov. 2019
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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

      Staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Service was great, food was tasty and the cocktails were awesome. Snorkling and kayaking facilities right on the lagoon also included was a bonus.

      Club Raro Resort AU$172
      Reviewed on 12 Nov. 2019
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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

        It wasn't overcrowded, i loved we could enjoy our holiday how we wanted. Helpers were there when requested. Only downfall for me was few days before we arrived the buffet breakfast had changed to cereals, toast & fruits, i would have loved a hot selection for breakfast

        Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach-Adults Only AU$255
        Reviewed on 18 Nov. 2019
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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

          I liked the Lagoon/Reserve literally outside your doorstep. I loved the 'Island' Decor throughout the complex.

          Muri Beach Club AU$365
          Reviewed on 20 Nov. 2019
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          Muri Beach Club

          Muri Beach Club

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

            Perfect location on Muri beach. Nice room. Beautiful pool. Peaceful.

            Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel AU$345
            Reviewed on 17 Nov. 2019
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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

              All the staff made you very welcome it made our stay so pleasant after staying onewhere else on the island first we wish we had gone there in the beginning we will go back

              Pacific Resort Rarotonga AU$661
              Reviewed on 3 Oct. 2019
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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 resort close to all the action. It was a short walk to the night market and restaurants. We can't wait to go back. The Cook Islands is very safe and the beaches are clean. Very friendly people. Thank you for such a wonderful time.

                Sunrise Beach Bungalows AU$93
                Reviewed on 4 Dec. 2019
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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

                  Caryn is a great host, full of energy and hospitality. Was very accommodating to us and the place we stayed in was value for money

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