Long white sandy beachs great people
most of the flights arrive and depart in middle of night.
Not a paradise island but a good combination of low key holiday island, backpacker hang out and a little bit of paradise
Highland paradise is a cultural village based not on reproduction but actual archeological finds of a traditional village of Cook island Maori. Prior to the arrival of Europeans the CI maori lived in the mountains for protection against enemies, only coming down to the coast to farm and fish. Most of the villages are now abandoned and forgotten but...more
PO Box 700, Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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PO Box 47, Arorangi, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Good for: Business
We had 3 nites at Palm Grove before flying to Aitutaki for 10 nites. Originally I wanted something...more
As Italian travellers, we can definitely suggest Stefano's restaurant as a perfect Italian restaurant. We really appreciate their cuisine because it rally tastes like home-made cuisine, as we normally cook in our houses. Stefano and Roberta, the restaurant owners, have been living in Rarotonga for a while, but did not lose their Italian way of...more
We visited the Tamarind House Restaurant for dinner, it was suggested by some italian people living in Rarotonga. The atmosphere is quite sophisticated, I see on their website that the restaurant also organises weddings and special events. If you are travelling on a budget, I suggest to keep this restaurant as an option for a "special occasion".We...more
This is a great place for a night out where you can meet locals and other travellers. At the weekend it is a very popular spot but can be quiet during the week. The bar is upstairs and has great views out across the coast making it a good spot for a sunset drink. There is a grill here too where you can get bbq fish, steak, burgers etc but didn’t...more
The Island night at the Staircase restaurant is the best value fin town or a meal and a show....$25 for both and is on every Thursday and Friday night...the dancer's are so close they are almost on your lap....and beware!!! they will get you up to dance with them.....they also have a Karaoke night on a Wednesday which is a lot of fun. Pretty...more
With a circumference of about 20 miles, a perfect option for tranportation in Rarotonga is the rent a bycycle. It's great exercise and trafiic is slow and light enough that it's a great option. However if its raining or biking isn't your thing there is bus service that circles the islands once and hour in each direction ( clockwise,...more
One of the first things to do on the island is to go and hire your self a scooter or motor bike, they are the best wya to get around the place, they cost from around $12 nz a day, very cheap. Having a scooter means that you can just get up and go any time you like, want to go to town, ok lets ok, jump on your scooter and your away. Running cost are...more
Wine, alcohol and cigarettes tend to pretty expensive on the island but you can save a lot by doing your shopping at the airport duty free shops on arrival. The shops are pretty small but well stocked.Make sure you do your shopping before passport control. The shops are on your right when entering the airport building. Cigarettes from NZ$20 a...more
This place is by Aroa Beach and is a total rip off. If the dial up goes down, they charge you for all the time THEY spend fixing it, then refuse to refund you if you can't get online. They promised I'd get the full time I'd paid for if I came back another day (which was improbable), but refused outright to sign the back of the receipt or make a...more
Cook Islands Maori is the official language of the Cook Islands, but there are various dialects spoken including Rarotongan, Aitutakian, Mangaian, Pukapukan etc. The 'ei katu floral garlands worn by Cook Islanders depicts our culture as of Eastern Polynesian descent, an aspect that indigenous people are immensely proud of. Our customs and culture...more
The Cook Islands have officially used the New Zealand Dollar since 1995 and all New Zealand notes and coins can be used in the Cook Islands. However, the Cook Islands do have some coins and even notes that are still in circulation and can still be used as legal tender in the Cook Islands. The rare $3 note is a sought after collectors item but the...more
There are 5 languages spoken throughout the Cook Islands but Cook Islands Maori and English are the two official languages. Cook Islands Maori is the language most often heard on Rarotonga along with English which is widely spoken. The language is closely related to New Zealand Maori and some words are very similar including Kia Orana (meaning...more
Be aware: The Cook Islands are located just to the east of the International Date Line.
If you are arriving from Auckland, New Zealand, as I did, make sure you are aware of what day it is!
I departed from Auckland on a Saturday evening......and arrived in Rarotonga on a Saturday morning! That's right, after a 4 hour flight, I landed in The Cook Islands some 18 hours earlier than I set off.
You won't feel the time difference too much though, The Cook Islands are 22 hours behind New Zealand....so the time difference is effectively only 2 hours in terms of having to adjust your bodyclock!
Of course, when flying back to Auckland from Rarotonga, I crossed the International Date Line in the opposite direction and lost a full day!
Well if i could find a Tourist trap it would be the way you order your meal in a resturant.
In australia when you order a steak you would get vegies as well, but not here, you have too order them as a side dish.
So just make sure that if you want vegies you order them at the same time as your meat other wise you don't get any. Other then that the food is great.
Well there's a few island walks that you can do, the best would be across theisland from onesideto the other, need to be of a fari fitness.
Take lots of mozzie replent with and some water, wear solid shoes as well.
Vaka Eiva (literally Canoe Festival) is held in Raro each November. It is an international week-long event, drawing teams from Oz, NZ, Hawaii, Fiji, Tahiti, Guam, etc, as well as local CI teams.Polynesians have a seafaring tradition on great canoes going back over 5000 years (pre-dating western navigation of the oceans) so they take this pretty...more
The motorbikes were the best thing on the island.Let me get to the point.Internet = expensive and very slowFood = $20 for breakfastMost things are so expensive...It's cheaper in ParisDon't be fooled into thinking that when you arrive they suck you into the hotel bus , call it a transfer then if you haven't got the transfer per-paid they hit you for...more
1. We got asked by staff at Aroko Bungalows (Muri Beach) to pay for our accomodation in cash because they "want to avoid the taxman". The owner lives across the road in a plush house overlooking the water. No wonder their countries infrastructure is absent. We talked to other guests who got asked the same thing.2. When you leave, be sure to read...more
Larger-size women who dress modestly will find a wealth of admiration in the Cooks - skinny bikini-wearing women do not attract the local gentlemen, who find them unattractive. Ladies, believe me - I'm not joking about this! Or overstating the case. They like their women zaftig. Feeling horrid or unattractive because you're not a successful dieter?...more