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What a feeling! Soon after landing in Raro, you can be kayaking on the crystal clear lagoon, sipping on your first cocktail, taking off on a scooter adventure or relaxing poolside at your beautiful resort

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Paradise is closer than you think

Breathtaking scenery

If you’ve visited Rarotonga, Aitutaki and the Cook Islands before, you’ll know what we’re talking about. If you’ve never been, read on and discover what so many Kiwis already know. If you’re looking for rest and relaxation, romance, family fun, activity or adventure … you‘ll find it all in this tropical paradise.

And it’s all so easy. Getting here takes less than four hours and once you arrive you’ll realise how laid back everyone is. There’s a beautiful familiarity for Kiwis, many products are the same as back home and there’s no need to change your money as the NZ dollar is the local currency.

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Rarotonga and Aitutaki are the most visited out of the 15 islands that make up the Cook Islands. For those wanting a more basic, back to nature experience, there’s also Atiu and Mangaia.

There’s all sorts of accommodation on both Rarotonga and Aitutaki with a choice for all budgets - from self-contained family villas to luxurious five star couples only retreats, to backpackers and mid-range resorts. Prices range from $25 per night at the lower end to over $1000 per night for the ultra-luxury accommodation.

Enjoy your perfect island escape

Soak up Rarotongas relaxed pleasures with it's warm lagoon and tropical lush mountains

It’s the accessibility and ease of everything that makes Rarotonga so different. No matter where you are or what you want to do, the whole island is yours to enjoy.

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A day will drift away in no time when you’re laying on the beach, snorkelling, swimming, or admiring the scenery from your hammock. Once you’ve recharged your batteries, Rarotonga also has activities and cultural experiences to entertain you for days.

The multitude of cafes and restaurants around the island just have to be experienced, the food is so good. There’s a huge variety on offer and the prices are very similar to back home – you won’t be charged exorbitant prices as is the case in some other Pacific Island destinations.

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More than a place to relax and recharge

Feel the Energy

For some soft adventure, take Pa’s Cross Country Trek, which traverses the island’s inland mountains and goes to the iconic Needle. Take a four wheel drive adventure tour, hire quad bikes or horses, learn how to paddleboard or scuba dive, go night diving, kite surfing or big game fishing.

A lagoon cruise on a glass-bottomed boat is a must-do. You can snorkel amidst the tropical fish before going ashore a motu (a small island) for a barbecue lunch and entertainment with coconuts, sarongs, more music and some island laughter.

On a Saturday morning, visit the Punanga Nui Markets in Avarua selling freshly baked coconut buns and pain au chocolat, fresh produce or fish, and arts and crafts. There’s usually a cultural display and the young ones learning the ropes from the older kids, entertain the locals and the tourists.

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Sunday is a day of rest and worship. Visitors are welcome in any of the island’s coral limestone churches, where the congregation’s harmonious gospel singing is electrifying. It really is something to behold and you are always invited to join the congregation for a morning tea afterwards.

Many resorts have their own island night with traditional music and dancing. Or, there are spectacular shows at the award-winning Highland Paradise Cultural Centre, set in an ancient mountain village in Arorangi, or the stunning theatrical over-water performance at Te Vara Nui in Muri Beach.

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