Planning

Rarotonga - Things to See and Do

Cook Islands

Postcard perfect, the Cook Islands is a jewel in the South Pacific’s crown. Lagoons teem with technicolour tropical fish, limestone caves funnel into mountains, while lush green foliage carpets the group’s 17 atolls. Villages, beaches, paw paw patches, and fields of taro, mango and bananas abound in the Cooks and paint a stunning picture of island life.

The Cook Island’s largest island, Rarotonga is its tourism hub. Fringed by satin-white sand, swaying palms and a coral reef, Rarotonga has a relaxed ambience and serves as an ideal holiday getaway.

Cook Islands Information

Population: Approx 19,000
Area: 236 km² (15 islands)
Time Zone: GMT -10
Languages: English, Cook Islands Māori
Currency: New Zealand dollar ($) Order your cash or travellers cheques here
Electricity: 220 - 240v 50Hz

Cook Islands Climate

Rarotonga has a tropical climate, with little daily or annual temperature range. The island experiences two main seasons: the wet (November–April) and the dry (May–October). The wet brings warm to hot temperatures – averaging between 22°C and 30°C – humidity and rain (sometimes cyclones). The dry is warm – averaging 26°C – but milder than the wet and less humid.

Cook Islands Airport

Name: Rarotonga International airport
Address: On main island Rarotonga
Distance to city: 3 km west from Avarua

Cook Islands Transport

Taxi: Readily available and economical
Bus: Hotel courtesy buses meet every flight, and public buses service the island; the bus stop is across the car park from the terminal


Don’t forget your travel insurance

Edgewater Resort & Spa

4 Star Property

The Edgewater Resort & Spa is the best-known Cook Islands resort, offering affordable luxury on the sheltered west coast of Rarotonga. The Edgewater’s prime location puts Rarotonga’s natural splendour front and centre; the magnificent sunsets, the surrounding lush green mountains and the view over the white sandy beach and deep blue lagoon.

Sunset Resort

4 Star Property

Idyllically set on the shores of a sheltered lagoon, Sunset Resort has 35 spacious studios and suites situated either on the beachfront overlooking the lagoon or beside one of two swimming pools amid lush tropical gardens. The secluded beachfront location provides guests with unspoiled views of Rarotongas exotic sunsets.

Muri Beach Club Hotel

4 Star Property

Located on the beautiful Muri Beach, this property offers 30 modern guests rooms that have been elegantly furnished with an array of in-room amenities to ensure you a pleasurable stay.

The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa

4 Star Property

Experience Rarotongas best beach resort. Slip off your watch, your shoes, your cares and immerse yourself in paradise at the renowned Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa on the islands best beach and crystal clear lagoon. Here on the islands sought - after southwest sunshine coast you will discover the Aroa Lagoon Marine Reserve, a snorkellers paradise and Rarotongas best snorkelling spot where you can play with the jewel-coloured reef fish to your hearts content (at all tides!).

from $1,234pp*

Club Raro Resort

  • return economy airfares to Rarotonga, Cook Islands
  • 5 nights accommodation in a Standard Room
  • FREE Internet during your stay
  • ADD Return Airport Transfers from AUD $53pp (Remember to select under Transfers in the booking path)
  • ADD a Circle Island Tour from AUD $67pp (Select under Tours & Activities in the Booking Path)
  • Redeem a minimum 4,000 Velocity Points for your holiday: Easy to Earn, Easy to Spend!

On sale until 30 Apr 2014. Travel 01/05/14 - 25/06/14, 23/07/14 - 18/09/14

from $1,269pp*

Edgewater Resort and Spa

  • return economy airfares to Rarotonga, Cook Islands
  • 5 nights accommodation in a Garden Room
  • Tropical Continental Breakfast Daily for 2
  • NZ $100 Resort Credit per room
  • ADD return airport transfers from AUD $53pp (Remember to select under Transfers in the booking path)
  • ADD a Circle Island Tour from AUD $67pp (Select under Tours & Activities in the Booking Path)
  • Redeem a minimum 4,000 Velocity Points for your holiday: Easy to Earn, Easy to Spend!

On sale until 30 Apr 2014. Travel 30/04/14 - 25/06/14, 23/07/14 - 18/09/14

from $1,563pp*

The Cooks Oasis Holiday Villas

  • return economy airfares to Rarotonga, Cook Islands
  • 5 nights accommodation in a Studio Villa
  • ADD Return Airport Transfers from AUD $53pp (Remember to select under Transfers in the booking path)
  • ADD a Circle Island Tour from AUD $67pp (Select under Tours & Activities in the Booking Path)
  • Redeem a minimum 4,000 Velocity Points for your holiday: Easy to Earn, Easy to Spend!

On sale until 30 Apr 2014. Travel 30/04/14 - 25/06/14, 23/07/14 - 18/09/14

from $1,617pp*

Royale Takitumu Villas

  • return economy airfares to Rarotonga, Cook Islands
  • 5 nights accommodation in an Garden Studio
  • ADD return airport transfers from AUD $53pp (Remember to select under Transfers in the booking path)
  • ADD a Circle Island Tour from AUD $67pp (Select under Tours & Activities in the Booking Path)
  • Redeem a minimum 4,000 Velocity Points for your holiday: Easy to Earn, Easy to Spend!

On sale until 30 Apr 2014. Travel 30/04/14 - 25/06/14, 23/07/14 - 18/09/14

from $1,817pp*

Pacific Resort Rarotonga

  • return economy airfares to Rarotonga, Cook Islands
  • 5 nights accommodation in a Standard Studio
  • Tropical Breakfast Daily for 2
  • Stay 5 nights only Pay 4 deal
  • NZD $250 Food & Beverage credit
  • ADD return airport transfers from AUD $53pp (Remember to select under Transfers in the booking path)
  • ADD a Circle Island Tour from AUD $67pp (Select under Tours & Activities in the Booking Path)
  • Redeem a minimum 4,000 Velocity Points for your holiday: Easy to Earn, Easy to Spend!

On sale until 30 Apr 2014. Travel 30/04/14 - 25/06/14, 23/07/14 - 18/09/14

from $1,983pp*

Muri Beachcomber

  • return economy airfares to Rarotonga, Cook Islands
  • 5 nights accommodation in an Garden Unit
  • ADD return airport transfers from AUD $53pp (Remember to select under Transfers in the booking path)
  • ADD a Circle Island Tour from AUD $67pp (Select under Tours & Activities in the Booking Path)
  • Redeem a minimum 4,000 Velocity Points for your holiday: Easy to Earn, Easy to Spend!

On sale until 30 Apr 2014. Travel 30/04/14 - 25/06/14, 23/07/14 - 18/09/14

from $2,611pp*

Little Polynesian Resort

  • return economy airfares to Rarotonga, Cook Islands
  • 5 nights accommodation in a Garden Bungalow
  • Buffet Breakfast Daily for 2
  • ADD a Circle Island Tour from AUD $67pp (Select under Tours & Activities in the Booking Path)
  • Redeem a minimum 4,000 Velocity Points for your holiday: Easy to Earn, Easy to Spend!

On sale until 30 Apr 2014. Travel 30/04/14 - 25/06/14, 23/07/14 - 18/09/14

from $2,611pp*

Muri Beach Club Hotel

  • return economy airfares to Rarotonga, Cook Islands
  • 5 nights accommodation in a Premier Garden Room
  • Tropical Breakfast Daily for 2
  • Stay 5 nights only Pay 3 deal
  • ADD return airport transfers from AUD $53pp (Remember to select under Transfers in the booking path)
  • ADD a Circle Island Tour from AUD $67pp (Select under Tours & Activities in the Booking Path)
  • Redeem a minimum 4,000 Velocity Points for your holiday: Easy to Earn, Easy to Spend!

On sale until 30 Apr 2014. Travel 30/04/14 - 25/06/14, 23/07/14 - 18/09/14