6 days in Rarotonga Itinerary

6 days in Rarotonga Itinerary

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Avarua
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Avarua

Avarua is known for shopping, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cook Island Christian Church (CICC), browse the eclectic array of goods at Punanga Nui, pause for some serene contemplation at St Joseph's Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Wreck of the Matai.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Avarua visit planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Avarua is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Cook Islands Standard Time (CKT) is minus 22 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Auckland in December; daily highs in Avarua reach 33°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Avarua

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

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Rarotonga travel guide

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Concerts & Shows · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
The center of Rarotonga is a mass of peaks and ridges, closely thatched with dense jungle. Around the outer edge of the island, between verdant bush and pristine white beaches, you'll find a scattering of hotels and resorts; restaurants, bars, and cafes; paw paw patches and fields of taro, mango, and bananas. Explore the unspoiled scenery of the interior, or relax wholeheartedly into the laid-back Islander way of life. There are two bus routes--clockwise and counterclockwise around the island--and the buses stop on demand, allowing you to get around with ease (if at a sedate place). Encircled by a sheltering coral reef, the crystal clear waters surrounding the island are calm and perfect for fishing, swimming, diving, paddling, snorkeling, or simply splashing about. Rarotonga also serves as the gateway to the rest of the Cook Islands, with tiny traditional communities, ancient caves, uninhabited islets, and sandy atolls to discover.