9 days in Rarotonga Itinerary

9 days in Rarotonga Itinerary

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Avarua
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Avarua

— 8 nights
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St Joseph's Cathedral and Cook Islands National Museum. Visit Aroa Beach and Black Rock Beach for some beach relaxation. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Cook Islands Cultural Village, learn about winemaking at Koteka Winery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tikioki Marine Reserve, and get engrossed in the history at Cook Islands Library & Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Avarua holiday maker website.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Avarua is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Cook Islands Standard Time (CKT) is minus 22 hours. Traveling from Christchurch in May, expect Avarua to be much hotter, temps between 32°C and 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Avarua

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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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.