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This 7 nights Rarotonga holiday package includes eight days on Cook Islands main island Rarotonga. This travel itinerary is perfect for guests wanting to chill out, relax and have a local Pacific Island experience. Airport transfers are included. Local transfers around the 32 kilometres island loop road is easy to navigate. International flights ex Auckland/ New Zealand or Australia can be arranged with us or by yourself. Note, each part of this itinerary can be amended, so you can shorten the stay or select different accommodation property on Rarotonga island.
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Rarotonga is the largest of the series of coral atolls known as the Cook Islands. Renowned for its blissful climate and stunning scenery, Rarotonga is the most popular of the Cook Islands and an excellent holiday destination. Offering a gentler and more laid back focus to that of other Pacific nations, visitors love its natural beauty and breathtaking physical drama.
The Island's bush covered volcanic peaks descend to terraces, where further down, the flat lands planted with tropical fruits and taro, give way to shimmering white sands and palm-fringed blue lagoons. Perhaps the true heart of Rarotonga is found in its warmhearted people and their unhurried way of life.
Only 32 kilometres in circumference, it is extremely easy to discover this magical island whether it be on a famous scooter, the ‘island bus’, in car or jeep. The capital Avarua is the commercial centre and main port of the Cook Islands. Bustling with activity this tropical town offers a variety of shops, restaurants and cafés and with various bars offering everything from live bands to dance music, the town has an enviable nightlife. Be sure to take in some of the many water or land based sightseeing options.
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Must see & do on Rarotonga
• Explore Rarotonga - whether it’s on a scooter or the local island bus or on a bike, go off and explore! Rarotonga is perfect in size to go off on your own and discover the real Rarotonga.
• Relax and unwind at the beach - with beautiful white sand beaches along the fringes of the island your are spoilt for a choice.
• Visit the Saturday Market - take a trip to Avarua and stock up on souvenirs, handcrafts, island CD music, local produce and the list goes on
• Take a Lagoon Cruise - Rarotonga is well known for its pristine white sand, crystal clear lagoons teamed with fish and abundant with sea life. Don’t leave without treating yourself to a day out in the lagoons where you will experience magnificent snorkelling and swimming
• Experience a Cultural Show - discover the enchanting sounds and drums of the Cook Islands while enjoying a delicious traditional feast. With the beat of the drums and swaying of the hips you will definitely be moving in your seats. If you’re lucky you may be invited to the stage!
Travel Tips for Rarotonga:
• Climate – A tropical maritime climate exists. Temperatures are warm and even year round. Being a group of islands, the weather can be changeable, but a shower is invariably followed by clear blue skies.
• Visa – Not required by passport holders for stays up to 31 days. Visitors must have a return or onward ticket.
• Currency – New Zealand Dollar. ANZ and Westpac Banks are located on Rarotonga. Wespac also has a branch in Aitutaki. There are 10 ATM’s situated around Rarotonga and 2 in Aitutaki.
• Language – The local language is Cook Islands Maori. English is also widely spoken.
• Clothing – The dress code is definitely ‘island style’. However brief clothing, suitable for the beach is not suitable for town or villages. A light sweater may come in handy for cooler evenings during July and August.
• Transport – Air Rarotonga flies regularly to the Nothern and Southern group of the Cook Islands, with daily services to Aitutaki. On Rarotonga, a bus services operates around the island daily and is a good way to get around the island if you don’t drive. Car rental is also another option.
• Dateline – If you arrive inb Rarotonga from Auckland, you cross the international dateline therefore you will arrive the day before you leave, so you have more time for fun!
The 32km circumference of Rarotonga is surrounded by a sapphire blue lagoon – the flash of multi-coloured tropical fish glimpsed in the sunlight, adds a shot of vibrancy. The fringe of pearly white sand is lined with swaying palms and the crashing waves of the coral reef promise a successful catch to intrepid fishermen. The island of Rarotonga offers warm temperatures and a relaxed ambience that will be hard to forget when the time comes to go.
Tradition and a cultural heritage are symbols of the island. The call of the drum pounding out a tattoo on hollowed tree trunks, is a talent taught from childhood. Music is a part of island life and marks the daily routine in Rarotonga; from the chants and hymns heard in the churches, to the string bands of electronic and traditional ukuleles made from coconut shells. Get ready to swing your hips at the ura piani - join the skillful, island dancers in a fast drumbeat. Traditional arts and crafts of weaving, carving and painting are a vital part of the Rarotonga heritage which is nurtured with great pride.
Spend the last day relaxing and exploring Rarotonga Island.
Domestic flight back to Rarotonga and departure with your international flight.
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