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Things to Do in Rarotonga

Holiday In Rarotonga

Do you know what you call people from the island of Rarotonga? You call them Rarotongans, and they are mighty friendly folks. Where is Raratonga, anyway? It’s in the Cook Islands in the middle of the South Pacific. Take advantage of our epic Rarotonga deals and split for this mossy rock now.

In order to get a real feel for this tiny island, start your Rarotonga holiday off with a self-guided motor scooter tour and explore the whole place in an hour. You can obtain a 24-hour Cook Islands driver’s license as long as you have a valid one from your home country. Scoot through the beautiful valleys and flow with the sea breeze along Raro’s ocean roads. You can also pick up one of lastminute.com.au’s sweet Rarotonga car hire options in case two-wheelers aren’t what you’re all about.

After zipping around like a madman on the scooter, use your legs to scale the tallest point on the island, known as the Needle. The sweeping ocean views from the top are unbeatable! Keep an eye out for the statue of the deity Tangaroa, which is carved into the rock face. Rarotonga holidays aren’t complete without a trek to the top of the needle, so bring your camera and snap some shots for Instagram. #needle… we’ll let you complete that sentence.

Shopping, Dining & Nightlife

This is a small island in the middle of the South Pacific, but shopping does exist. The Punanga Nui Cultural Market is great for buying just about anything. There’s local vendors selling hand-carved staff gods and stone sculptures. There’s also a number of souvenir stands where you can pick up traditional trinkets like intricately woven tivaevae and carefully strung shell necklaces.

One thing you’ll do during Cook Islands holidays is eat delectable food. Many of the restaurants in the town of Avarua serve tasty dishes of raw fish salad, taro leaves cooked with coconut sauce and onions and a variety of other seafood dishes. The Punanga Nui Cultural Market is a great place for sampling the local produce and fresh catches of the day.

Are you ready to break it down when the sun sets? There’s a number of good night spots in Avarua that will be perfect for boogying down with the locals. If you’re there during the right time, you must check out one of the island’s night performances. Locals gather at restaurants and hotels and put on musical shows that you can’t see anywhere else in the world. After looking through all the Rarotonga packages, check with the hotel you choose about upcoming island nights and when these awesome events are held.

What’s Next

We probably don’t have to say anything more about this little gem in the South Pacific, but then we wouldn’t be doing our job. Check out the best deals on Rarotonga holiday packages and choose the perfect one for you. Browse, book, pack and go all at the last minute—you’ll be home for dinner another time.

Hotels in Rarotonga

lastminute.com.au lists all the top digs in one convenient spot. With more than 47 accommodations to select from, finding that perfect Rarotonga hotel will be easy.

The Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa and Crystal Blue Lagoon Villas are worth considering. If you like what you see, you better book in fast! These digs are prized for their relaxing rooms and great service.

Top hotels for your Rarotonga holiday

Pacific Resort Rarotonga

Pacific Resort Rarotonga

4 out of 5
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$650 per night from 3 May to 4 May
With a stay at Pacific Resort Rarotonga in Rarotonga (Takitumu District), you'll be within a 15-minute drive of Muri Beach and Aroa Beach.
Pacific Resort Rarotonga
The Edgewater Resort and Spa

The Edgewater Resort and Spa

3.5 out of 5
Avarua, Rarotonga
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$218 per night from 23 Apr. to 24 Apr.
With a stay at The Edgewater Resort and Spa in Rarotonga (Arorangi), you'll be within a 10-minute drive of Aroa Beach and Black Rock.
"Some renovations of the rooms would be great. Otherwise all good for 3 stars resort level."

Reviewed on 8 Oct. 2019

The Edgewater Resort and Spa
The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium

The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium

4 out of 5
Aroa Beach Marine Reserve, Arorangi, Ara Tapu Rd, Rarotonga
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$318 per night from 26 Apr. to 27 Apr.
Located in Rarotonga, The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium is by the ocean, a 1-minute drive from Aroa Beach and 6 minutes from Wigmore's Waterfall.
The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium
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