Cook Islands Shopping

  • Sightseeing Along The Way
    Sightseeing Along The Way
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  • Sign On The Side Of The Street
    Sign On The Side Of The Street
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  • The Craft Store
    The Craft Store
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Cook Islands Shopping

  • Moana Creations

    Aitutaki Shopping

    This craft store has Aitutaki's largest selection of local crafts and souvenirs. This store used to be located in the large building in the heart of town on the way to the main pier. But that building was wrecked by the hurricanes in February 2010. Now Tony operates it from his home just south of Pacific Resort Aitutaki. You'll see a big sign on...

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  • Heineken Store

    Aitutaki Shopping

    A grocery store with a huge Heineken sign just north or Rino's Beach Bungalows. The name of the store is actually Rirei but there's no sign with that name. You can save money by cooking your own lunch and dinner since fully stocked kitchen is provided in Etu Moana. Grab a complimentary bike and start exercising! This store has a lot of stuff...

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  • Soundtracks from paradise ...

    Small and crowded, Raro offers the best of recorded music from the Pacific Region. Lots of Tahitian and Fijian stuff especially, and all the local Cookies too. Papa Ru is a great ukelele player and singer, and actually works in this shop, so that's a good start to look for his CDs.If you like the music you heard in CI churches, they've got albums...

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  • A true traditional island market!

    A general open air marketplace! Great atmosphere, selling everything from fresh produce, to locally produced clothing, and homewares. A must do at least once whilst in Rarotonga. Fresh food and fruit is absolutely beautiful. Local food is cheap, however beware anything imported (which includes ice cream!) Fish and seafood is relatively cheap...

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  • Black Pearls

    If you are in the market for black pearls you'll see lots i Rarotonga. I am spoiled by the even better buys in Asia so I resisted ....but as the days went on I found myself weakening...They had some lovely strings of pearls . I noticed the prices to be pretty consistant from store to store. I think you could do OK in any of them , so it would be a...

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  • Tourists Shops

    There are lots of little tourists shops in the town as well as along the way on the road. Along with T Shirts we saw woven things like purses and woven placemats. and some beautiful wooden art works ...loved the masks.The shops close early on Saturday and are not open on Sunday.If you get a $3.00 bill back as change its legit....they actually have...

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  • Try the Paw Paw

    There are some wonderful fresh fruits that grow abundantly on Rarotonga. My favoirite was the paw paw ( papaya) . It tasted something like a mango very different than the papaya we saw in the Caribbean.. They were great and only $1.00. We had a banana tree by our cottage. One day the maid brought us a whole stock she had just picked . They were...

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  • Homemade Perfumes of Rarotonga

    Along the road to town there is a little island shop that makes beautiful perfumes, bath oil and soaps. The products are made right there in the open air shop. I couldn't resist the coconut oil and coconut soaps. They have a few different fragrances that are made from the gorgeous island flowers. It's nice to support the local cottage industries...

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  • Saturday Morning Market

    The Saturday morning market is a must for locals and visitors alike. Pick up all your fresh fruit and veggies for cooking at home or look for local crafts and gifts - colourful pareaus, black pearls, shells, art work, etc. There's food of all kinds to be had - full grilled meals, fresh coconut milk, fresh baked goods, and delicious pawpaw with...

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  • Carved Black Pearls

    Tokerau Jim does the most exquisite carvings on pearls and shell. He and his wife have a shop on the eastern side of the island and also a place at the Saturday market. They sell a range of black pearl/shell jewelry including pendents for men/women, earrings and rings as well as key rings and other item. These are my favorite bring home gifts as...

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  • Aitutaki's main shopping centre.

    Arutanga is the administrative centre of Aitutaki. The main wharf is here and located right on the "harbour-front" is the large building known as the Orongo Centre. This building used to be a packing shed and it still looks like a packing shed. There was only one "shop" there when I visited and a few shelves appearing to be stalls, selling...

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  • Avarua is your best bet for choice.

    Avarua is the Cook Island's capital and has the most shops. If you are on a self-catering holiday on Rarotonga, this is the place to go for groceries. If you want to get a motorbike licence (you must have a Cook Islands one regardless of your own licence status), you need to go to the police station here. There is a range of nice cafes here (The...

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  • Tropical Fruit Delights

    Taste-test & buy the most luscious tropical fruit chutneys and preserves from these friendly ladies, right across the road from the best snorkeling spot on the island (leave your bags with them, behind the counter, while you go ogle the blue starfish in the lagoon).

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  • The Saturday Market

    Don't miss out on the Saturday Market in Avarua! Mix with the friendly and witty locals, buy some beautiful hand-dyed pareaus or coconut fiber jewelry, a Rito hat made of palm shoots fibers, or a Tivaevae quilt. All the while you'll hear some of the lovely local music playing, both live bands and recorded music. If you get hungry or thirsty,...

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  • Pearls of the Pacific

    There are many pearl shops on the island, and you can get great deals on some real beauties. But I'd advise you to do a bit of research if you know in advance you want to buy pearls. Best to be sure you are buying from a member of the Cook Island Pearl Guild.Black pearls are cultured on the islands of Manihiki and Penryhn, then sold primarily on...

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  • The scent of exotic flowers in the...

    A large figurine of the favored deity, Tangaroa, sits outside the little shop in Avarua. A whiff of frangipani or gardenia leads you into the little shop. The shopkeeper greets you with a generous smile, and offers you a sample taste of the liqueurs that are on the counter, while you allow your nose to explore the shelves full of exotic floral...

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  • T-Shirt Shop & The Perfume Factory

    The Perfume Factory is a beautiful place set back from downtown Rarotonga. It is filled with beautiful island fragrances. The T-Shirt Factory is downtown and carries, t-shirts, shorts, skirts, dresses, pants etc.. for men, women and children. Varies

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