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Beach Bungalows & Rentals

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Self-contained beach accommodation, with transfers. Best vehicle rentals rates.

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Aitutaki Marine Research Centre Ranginui’s Sunset Bungalows

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Research projects include growing clams that are later moved to the lagoon and to aquariums overseas. The centre is open weekdays.

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Air Rarotonga Maina Superstore

Wharves TNM Store Bubbles Below (Dive Aitutaki)

ARUTANGA Police Station

ATM

Post Office

REUREU

FIND US AT THE TOP END OF THE ISLAND

Bishops Cruises Araura School

Amazing beers

Wharf

OOTU BEACH

Ranginui’s Retreat Wet & Wild Boat Charters & Kiteboarding

Atiu

Mauke

Mangaia

We’re in the heart of downtown Avarua Phone: (682) 27707

Fax: (682) 28807

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Popoara Rentals

Akitua Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa

Fully licensed. Credit cards accepted Enjoy a la-carte fine dining Mon-Sat from 6.30pm Bookings recommended

Ee Neibaa’s Store

PH. 31 678

AITUTAKI LAGOON

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VAIPAE

Vaipae Sports Field

Tupuna’s Restaurant

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Aitutaki

Boatshed Bar & Grill

Maina

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Penrhyn

Baxters Waterworld

Power Station

Maina Lodge

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Amuri Pool Villa

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CHARTERS

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Matutu – the taste of the Cook Islands.

Rarotonga Tours & nds Outer Isalages Pack

Vaipeka Community Hall

Aitutaki Punarei Cultural Tour

HOSPITAL

Outer Island

Aitutaki Village & Blue Lagoon Restaurant & Bar

WaterTank

Aquila Store

MARINE RESEARCH CENTRE

VAIPEKA

AMURI

Amuri Guesthouse

www.tamanubeach .com

Specialists

Koru Cafe

Piraki lookout

Rino’s Beach Bungalows & Rentals

BOOKINGS 31 810

Maungapu 124m

WaterTanks

Aitutaki Scuba

Snorkeling

Some features may not be exactly located. Please ask locally before undertaking hiking, snorkelling, swimming or water sports outside of recommended areas.

Inano Beach Bungalows

ATM

Church

Black Pearl Charters

Tamanu Beach Resort Restaurant and Bar

Sunny Beach Lodge

Swimming

Manihiki

Rino’s Apartments

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Place of interest

Airport Café

Aretai Beach Villas Puffy’s Paradise Cove Vaiorea Beach House Amuri Sands Etu Moana Beach Villas Tauono’s Garden Café Matriki Beach Huts

Vaikoa Units

Blue Lagoon Restaurant & Bar +682 31009

Petrol

Hospital

Seaside Lodges

Pacific Resort Aitutaki

Accomodation

All day a la carte dining Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner ‘Island Night’ on Thursdays ‘BBQ Night’ on Sunday

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What to see and do on Aitutaki Explore the lagoon

Often described as one of the most beautiful in the world, Aitutaki’s lagoon is a wonderful playground. Kayak; paddleboard; swim; snorkel; dive; bonefish; explore and play. Try kiteboarding; wakeboarding, fishing or hanging beside it in a hammock. Stop off at a motu and play Robinson Crusoe for a day.

Explore the roads & tracks

The main roads are accessible by car but the smaller tracks are only accessible by four-wheel drive, scooter and on foot. Enjoy the views from the island’s high point - Mangapu is 124 metres. You can drive or ride most of the way up.

Go to church Aitutaki was the first of the Cook Islands to embrace Christianity and its CICC church is the country’s oldest. The singing is magnificent.

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Enjoy the dancing & drumming (Aitutakians often win the national competitions); dine out with sand between your toes; sip cocktails; watch the sunset.

Play a round of golf – you can hire clubs. Visit the Marine Research Centre.

A great day out!

There’s nothing quite like it!


Rated by Lonely Planet as one of the best beaches in the Pacific.

120,000 years old fossil coral reef sculptured by the weather.

This west coast forest road has a canopy of trees covered with birdnest ferns.

Totiko Landing Totiko Landing C00K

Airport Airport Pari Aniu Pari Aniu Whistling Holes

Raka’s Burial Burial Cave Raka’s Cave

Atiu TV Atiu TV Telecom Telecom Post Office Post Office

Capt. Cook landed 3 April 1777

Orongo Orongo Marae Marae

TEENUI

Tepoonui Tepoonui Tumunu Tumunu

MAPUMAI TENGATANGI

HOSPITAL HOSPITAL

AREORA

NGATIARUA

Tumai Beach Tumai Beach

Anatakitaki Anatakitaki

Kopeka Kopeka Lodge Lodge

(Cave of the Kopeka)

Oneroa Oneroa Beach Beach

Atiu Homestay Atiu Homestay

Kia Orana Kia Orana Bungalows Bungalows

Aretou Tumunu Aretou Tumunu

Terangi-Nui Terangi-Nui Cafe Cafe

Taungaroro Taungaroro Beach Beach

TheThree Three Grottos The Grottos

Atiu Villas Atiu Villas &Kuras Kuras Kitchen & Kitchen

Lake Lake Teroto Teroto

KEY KEYLEGEND LEGEND Accomodation

Vai Piake Vai Piake Landing Landing

Place of interest

Marae Marae

RimaRau Rau Burial Rima BurialCave Cave

Takauroa Landing Takauroa Landing Coral Garden Garden Coral Matai Landing Matai Landing

Church Hospital Walking track

COOK ISLANDS

Road (not recommended) Swamp area Some features may not be exactly located. Please ask locally before undertaking hiking, snorkelling, swimming or water sports outside of recommended areas.

The main road on the western side of Atiu leads through rainforest that grows on the makatea. There are proposalsto toput put proposals most of this area asideas a nature aside reserve.

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THE KURA

The people of Rimatara in French these Polynesia gifted 27ofo fthese brightly coloured lorikeets to Atiu in 2007. It was a conservation Atiu in 2007. It was a conservation projecttotoestablish establishaareserve reserve project they population of the Kuraasasthey Atiu.The TheKura Kurahad had are known on Atiu. in the Southern previously lived in Cook Islands but was hunted for its striking red feathers and was last seen here around 200 years ago. knownfor forits its Atiu is becoming well known populations of rare birds.

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Taparere Taparere Lodge Lodge

Oravaru Oravaru Landing Landing

Your hosts Roger and Kura will make your stay an exciting adventure Phone: (682) 33 777 | Email: roger@atiuvillas.com On-line www.atiuvillas.com - Free email & internet On-linebookings bookingsatat www.atiuvillas.com - Free email & internet For more more information onon Atiu Island visitvisit www.atiu.info For information Atiu Island www.atiu.info

AITUTAKI MAP MAP AITUTAKI

Taunganui Taunganui Harbour Harbour

ISLANDS

INCLUDES MAPS OF ATIU Includes maps & of MANGAIA Atiu & Mangaia

Konakonako Landing Konakonako Landing

Wreck of SV Edna

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VISIT THE RAIN FOREST

Front cover image: Craig Owen

Experience a guided eco-tour of Atiu with George Mateariki

SEE THE FOSSIL CORAL

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Hotels & Resorts, Luxury

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Ara’oa Beach Ara’oa Beach

Iotepui Battlefield Battlefield Iotepui Te ruaere ruaere Caves Te Caves

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Karanga Nui Nui Beach Karanga Beach

Mangaia Villas Mangaia Villas Avarua Landing Avarua Landing

Ōrongo

School School

Vaitotara Vaitotara

Oneroa

Hospital Hospital

Telecom Telecom Post Office Office Post TV Station Station TV Public Public Card Phone Phone Card

Rock Pools Pools Rock

Ivirua

Power Station Power Station

VaiAnga Anga Vai Petrol Station Station Petrol AirRarotonga Rarotonga Air Babe’s Store Store Babe’s Palace Palace

Mangaia Mangaia Lodge Lodge

AurakaBakery Bakery Auraka TãpãtiBattlefield Battlefield Tāpāti Keia TaroGardens Gardens Keia Taro

School School RANGIMOTIA

(Highest point on the Island)

IviruaTaro Taro Ivirua Gardens Gardens

Ara Moana Moana Ara Bungalows Bungalows

MANGAIA Mangaia is the second largest island of the Cooks and with a land area of 52 square kilometres, it isn’t much smaller than Rarotonga. But its population is much smaller - around 500 people.It is 176 kms (109 miles) southeast of Rarotonga and being further south it has a slightly cooler climate all year round. The topography of Mangaia is similar to that of Atiu, but on a much larger scale. From a shallow lagoon inside the surrounding reef, makatea (fossilised coral) rises in steep bluffs and cliffs and drops just as dramatically into the interior, forming cliffs of up to 100 metres (328 ft).

Babe’s Babe’s Hotel Hotel Tuaati ati Tua

Phone: (682) 29882 Email: villas@mangaia.net.ck .com enjoycookislands www.mangaiavillas.com

Makatea Cliff Makatea Cliff ScenicViewpoint Viewpoint Scenic (looking inland) -

Lake Tiriara Lake Tiriara Scenic Recreation Activitries

Tukoropa Tukoropa

Ana ooTautua Caves Ana Tautua Caves &Battlefield Battlefield &

Umukai Island Night

EVERY THURSDAY RESERVATIONS ESSENTIAL

Tuatini Caves Tuatini Caves

Tamarua

The makatea contains many caves. The largest and most spectacular of these is Teruarere, which forms a seemingly endless series of interconnected caves.

Telephone 31 810 W W W.TA M AN U B E AC H .COM

Cover artwork courtesy Linda Blount.

BIRD WATCH Conservationists have transferred the rare Kakerori (Rarotonga Flycatcher) and Kura (Rimatara Lorikeet) to Atiu and both appear to be breeding successfully.

EXPLORE THE CAVES The rare Kopeka bird lives deep within the caverns of Anatakitaki Cave; while mystery surrounds the origins of the human bones in the Rimarau Burial Cave.

TANGAURORO BEACH

PHOTO: DAVID KIRKLAND

BIRDMAN GEORGE WHAT TO DO ON ATIU?

2017 2018 Aitutaki, Atiu & Mangaia Visitor Maps  

Informative maps for travellers to Aitutaki, Atiu & Mangaia in the Cook Islands.