Rarotonga - tropical paradise
Things to do in Rarotonga

Rarotonga; the jewel at the heart of the Cook Islands, is the largest of the fifteen coral atolls and volcanic gems of the South Pacific.
Rarotonga is also the youngest island of the Cook Islands and is dominated by a massive volcanic needle shaped mountain, Te Rua Manga providing a rich landscape filled with lush tropical forest and palm fringed, white sandy beaches.

Rarotonga is 32kms (20 miles) in circumference and is surrounded by a stunning lagoon rich in marine life and coral. As the capital of the Cook Islands, Rarotonga is home to the international airport and of course is a very popular tourist destination. Check out What's On and the many things to do below:
Fun, Culture, Adventure!
The Ara Tapu Day Trek.

Two wheels or four - the choice is yours. The Ara Tapu Day Trek is a 32km ride or drive around the island. We have designed a tour and plotted a map which stops off at some of the island's top things to do, places to visit and must see attractions giving you the ultimate introduction to Rarotonga, its culture, people and gorgeous surroundings. It's only 32kms but how long it takes is up to you!

Grab a Cook Island licence and take a trip around the island. The main road Ara Tapu, circles the entire island and is a 32km round trip so it's ideal to jump on a scooter and make a day of it.
Download and Drive! Grab the Rarotonga Tour Map and a vehicle and tour the Island

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Big game fishing charters

For some serious fun on the water you can't go past Marlin Queen Fishing Charters.
Offering half and full day fishing charters and depending on the season, you will have the chance to land marlin, mai mai, yellow fin tuna, wahoo, sail fish or a barracuda.

Being one of the cheapest and most popular game fishing destinations in the world, charters start from just $170 per person.
Be part of the action and come fishing with Marlin Queen - most popular game fishing charter in Rarotonga by far!

Click here to visit their website for more information.
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Sail around the island or take a private charter

Cruise the warm waters of the South Pacific with Tropicbird Sailing.

Experience the Discovery Cruise during the day where you can enjoy a unique exploration of the island from the sea. Departing Avatiu with a break at a private sheltered mooring point for a swim/snorkel. followed by a buffet lunch and refreshments.

Or relax on the Sundowner Cruise in the evening, enjoying the stunning views of the island as the sun goes down.
Snacks and cocktail included.

Tropicbird Sailing also offer whale watching, private charters and the chance to sail a Cook Islands Vaka.

Enquires through their website here.
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Experince the culture of the Cook Islands

Sometimes known as "the lost village" Highland Paradise is a cultural feast of Cook Islands entertainment and spiritual experiences. Wednesday and Friday sunset cultural nights and daily guided tours.

The multi award winning, Wednesday and Friday sunset cultural nights, include hosted roundtrip transport, expert guides, village cultural immersion experiences, marae visit, a tapu lifting, warrior welcome, cocktail, underground oven (umu) feasting like you have never experienced and spectacular stage show telling the story of our ancient heritage through singing, dancing and drumming.

Click here to visit their website.
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Snorkelling and scuba diving in the pristine lagoon

Rarotonga is encircled by a pristine, lagoon enriched with marine life enjoying the warm, crystal clear waters.
The lagoon is at its widest on the south east of the island around Muri is perfect for spending the day in the water either swimming, snorkelling, scube diving, kayaking or boating.

There are several scuba diving companies on Rarotonga offering everything from coral dives in the Aroa Marine Reserve to exploring limestone caves and wrecks, as well as opportunities for lagoon cruises and fishing expeditions.



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For the adventurer

For the most stunning views of the island, the hike to the pinnacle of Te Rua Manga (The Needle: 413m) on the 'across island walk' is a favourite challenge for those who enjoy a good workout.

This track passes the river in several places and you are rewarded with the stunning views and Papua Waterfall on the other side. The 4 hour trek begins in the Avatui Valley winding it way through dense rainforest home to local plants, ancient temples, villages, mountain streams, waterfall, animals and everything in between.

A few local operators offer tours of varying length and ability from adventure climbs to gentler eco walks for different ways to learn about the cultural, historical and scenic sights on the Cross Island Walk. Adventure Cook Islands provides guided mountain treks and mountain bike tours, while Pa's Treks offers both the Cross Island Trek and the less strenuous Pa's Nature Walk.

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What's On?
Mitiaro Gospel Day
Mauke Gospel Day
Rarotonga Gospel Day
Te Maeva Nui Cultural Festival
July -
Constitution Day - Public holiday
Manihiki Gospel Day
Rakahanga Gospel Day
August -
Round Raro Road Race
September -
Te Mire Tama Flower Festival
Aitutaki and National Gospel Day
October -
All Souls Day - Turama
Vaka Eiva - Paddling Festival
November -
Te Mire Tiare flower festival
Christmas in the Park
Pukapuka Gospel Day
December -
Te Miri Atu National Composers Competition - National Auditorium
Corporate Triathlon
Women's Triathlon
Penrhyn Gospel Day
V12 Oe Vaka Corporate Race
March -
Te Mire Ura - National Dancer of the Year
April -
Te Mire Ura Dancer of the Year finals
Boiler swim
International Triathlon
Turtles Round Raro cycle race
Matuta Mile Run
Palmerston Gospel Day
May -
Kumete Sports Day
Mangaia Gospel Day
International Kitesurfing Competition, Aitutaki
June -