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Australia, New Zealand & Oceania: Rarotonga

Rarotonga is the largest island in the Cooke Island chain. With a population of only 7000 and a perfect climate, terrific beaches, and friendly locals, it is what you imagine paradise to be.

Getting There
Air New Zealand is the major carrier to the island. It's tiny (only 27 kilo. in circumf.) so a bike, scooter, or local bus (bus circles the island every 15 min.)should do for on site transportation. Rental cars are available. If you really what one stay away from the major rentals and try Rarotonga Rentals (older cars but cheap).

There are a number of resorts, motels etc. Some notable and good are the Rarotongan, (don't try the Edgewater, popular but poor service and food) KiiKii Motel, Muri Beach. Try renting a private home. They are very inexpensive ($200-400 NZ per week!)

Food and Service
My favorite restaurants are: Kiku Hut(near golf course), Raintree (near Muri Beach) Portofino's (main road just outside town) Lot's of markets to get fresh fruit and baking etc. for do it yourself meals.

The island has a rain forest type mountain which makes for great hiking. Guided nature walks by "PA", a real life medicine man are popular (everyone know him and how to contact) Snorkeling is fabulous and best in the reef across from "Fruits of Rarotonga" stand on main road. Island Nights of dancing and music is good at the Edgewater Resort

Ocean to swim in, jungles to hike in, a goofy golf course (fairways are full of radio towers) but no health clubs per say. Some of the big resorts have exercise rooms.

Although teens should enjoy Rarotonga, I would say that it probably isn't a great destination with kids. Lot's of water sports etc. but Disneyland it ain't.


Cook Islands Department of Tourism and Transport
PO Box 61
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Phone: 682 28810
Fax: 682 28816

Rarotonga Web Site

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