Cook Islands Visitor Guide Edition 69

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COOK ISLANDS VISITOR GUIDE SEE & DO

EAT& DRINK SHOPPING LOCAL STORIES STAY-A-WHILE

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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ADVENTURES IN PARADISE

Things you need to know about

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Spa Ariki

Flambé Restaurant

Oceans Restaurant

Romantic Dinner on the Beach

+682 23953 www.crownbeach.com info@crownbeach.com

Weddings

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Courtyard Pool Suite

Beachfront Room

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CONTENTS EDITION 69 2022-2023 10 Meet the new head of Tourism An interview with Karla Eggelton 12 Internet and WiFi

in the Cook Islands Q&A with Vodafone Cook Islands

18 Aussie family immersed

in the Cooks Interview with BSP’s country head, David Street

27 Te Vara Nui Village

A spectacular over water island night show

28 In Avarua a groovy cafe that

hums! Where they deliver tasty treats from a tiny kitchen

31 Eat & Drink in Rarotonga

Featured Eating & Drinking places

38 Map of Rarotonga Comprehensively identifying key locations 42 An authentic experience of

local heritage Jean Mason talks about Museum Cook Islands & Library

43 Adventure Diving in Rarotonga

Diving for the experienced or totally new to diving

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Getting Around Things you need to know about road transport

44 Adventures in Paradise So much to see & do offshore and onshore 52 Fitness to de-stress and

re-charge Body movement with Brynn

54 Meet a Cook Islands

contemporary artist A chat with Tim Manvaroa Buchanan aka Kata

SHOPPER 20 Buying black pearls in the

Cook Islands Five things you need to know

22 Fashion in the tropics,

Cook Islands-Style How to look great on your tropical getaway

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24 Cook Islands unique currency Freely traded internationally as a collector’s item

ADinVEPNaTraUdisRe E

57 Visit Aitutaki for a tranquil

holiday experience Love this little paradise!

60 Atiu, less than an hour’s

flight from Rarotonga Also known as enuamanu, land of the birds

63 Stay-a While in the Cook

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Islands A catalogue of varied accommodation choices

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How to be

Water Safe

Arorangi CICC Church

Arorangi Passage

in the Cook Islands

Old Sheraton Hotel

Rutaki Passage Papua Passage

YWAM Base

Avaavaroa Passage

FOR YOUR SAFETY DO NOT: Kayak

Swim

Snorkel

in the passages indicated. Strong currents and rip tides present.

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Safety Tips

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Be smart. Know your limits Do not explore alone Wear a life jacket Stay away from the passages

FOR EMERGENCIES CALL 999


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ronounced kee-ya or-rana, this Cook Islands greeting translates as ‘live long and healthy’.

Welcome to the Cook Islands. Are you ready to explore and experience our little paradise? Hopefully, through the Cook Islands Visitor Guide you will discover many ways to have an enjoyable holiday, and return home with great memories. The ocean, the beaches, lagoons, mountains and the rainforests are a pristine wonderland just waiting for you. Onshore and offshore adventures and activities are bountiful. The cafés, restaurants, beach bars and nightlife are all around to

satisfy your hunger, thirst, and to thoroughly entertain you. Importantly, the pace is pleasantly ‘island time!’ Rarotonga is Cook Islands’ biggest island and its gateway, but only a short flight away you can escape to smaller, more intimate islands such as Aitutaki, Atiu and Mangaia. If you are not already going there, a day trip to Aitutaki is worth consideration! The ‘new look’ Cook Islands Visitor Guide has been designed to inform and entertain. We hope you have an enjoyable stay in our ‘little paradise’. Take care on the roads and in the lagoons, and come back to visit us again. Enjoy Cook Islands. There is no place quite like it! Kia Manuia Alastair Blount Publisher, Cook Islands Sun Ltd

www.enjoycookislands.com enjoycookislands Publisher: Alastair Blount Email: cookislandssun@gmail.com Design: S Yoseph Print: Ovato NZ Distribution Rarotonga: cookislandssun@gmail.com Distribution Aitutaki: 31 009 or annie@bishopgroupci.com Postal: PO Box 30, Avarua, Cook Islands Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure that information and content in this publication is accurate; no responsibility is accepted for inadvertent errors or omissions. Copyright © 2022 Cook Islands Sun Ltd. All rights reserved. Front cover image: David Kirkland

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CALENDAR Look out for these exciting events

Pursuit in Paradise Aitutaki

Te Maeva Nui Festival

TE MAEVA NUI FESTIVAL

29 July 2022 – 5 August 2022 Cook Islands biggest annual cultural celebration uniting all islands.

culture.gov.ck THE AITUTAKI LIFTOFF

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26 - 27 August 2022 Aitutaki Two events: a 4-person team challenge and a weightlifting competition.

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facebook.com/ Theaitutakiliftoff/ ARIKI ADVENTURES RARO CHALLENGE 10 September 2022 Rarotonga Two-person race - 5.6k SUP, 8.2k cross island run, 45.7k mountain bike ride.

rarotri.com

45TH ROUND RAROTONGA ROAD RACE

RARO 7S INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT

22 – 28 September 2022 Rarotonga A fun racing event for runners whether social, recreational or competitive.

4 – 5 November 2022 Rarotonga Action-packed; held in the friendly, smoke-free environment of the BCI Stadium.

facebook.com/ RoundRarotongaRoadRace/

rugby.co.ck

COOK ISLANDS GAMES

30 September – 15 October 2022 Rarotonga A local multi-sport (25) event for young and old, professional and beginners.

cookislandssports.org WORLD FOOD DAY

14 October 2022 Rarotonga Food-lover event with fresh produce, cooked foods, floriculture, seafood, and more! Raro 7s

agriculture.gov.ck COOK ISLANDS SQUASH OPEN

21 - 28 October 2022 Rarotonga Fast-paced tournament open to squash players of all ages and grades.

facebook.com/CIsquash

TE MIRE TIARE (FESTIVAL OF FLOWERS)

28 – 30 November 2022 Rarotonga Featuring a float parade, competitions, and Miss Tiare and Mama Muumuu pageants.

culture.gov.ck


Motu2Motu

MOTU2MOTU AITUTAKI

TE MIRE URA DANCER OF THE YEAR

28 November – 3 December 2022 Aitutaki Award-winning must-see spectacular paddling event on the lagoon for men and women.

27 April - 12 May 2023 Rarotonga An entertaining event for visitors to experience top notch Cook Islands dancing.

motu2motu.com

culture.gov.ck

BSP NETBALL IN PARADISE

AIR NEW ZEALAND RAROTONGA TRIATHLON

2 – 8 December 2022 Rarotonga Great spectator event with all levels of netball players, men and women.

dmck.com/events/bspnetball-in-paradise/

4 - 9 May 2023 Rarotonga The Triathlon is more than a race; it is a festival of events held over one week.

2022 NETBALL IN PARADISE 02-08 DECEMBER 2022

rarotri.com

PURSUIT IN PARADISE AITUTAKI MARATHON

20 - 24 March 2023 Aitutaki

aitutakimarathon.com

Pursuit in Paradise winner

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REGISTER NOW events@dmck.co.ck

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Tourism

NEW TOURISM BOSS TO GET THE COOK ISLANDS BACK TO BUSINESS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE In May 2022 the Board of the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation announced the appointment of Ms. Karla Eggelton as the Corporation’s new Chief Executive Officer following the departure of Halatoa Fua who left to take up a new role as Director of the National Environment Service.

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ollowing a long history with the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation, Karla Eggelton began a new chapter as CEO in the top job on 2 May 2022. Karla is a proud Cook Islander who is capable, energetic, strategic and personable. “I have spent my entire lifetime investing in tourism,” said Karla.

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“I joined Cook Island’s tourism organisation on my return from university in Australia.”

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Karla studied on a scholarship; a government initiative to create senior management jobs for Cook Islanders. Karla was earmarked to work at the Sheraton Resort in Vaimaanga. “Obviously, that didn’t come to fruition, so I joined Cook Island Tourism as a marketing services officer.

Karla Eggelton, new CEO of Cook Islands Tourism Corporation

“Chris Wong was the CEO. There was no marketing manager then. I joined along with other marketing services recruits, Rohan Ellis and Nicholas Henry; both are still prominent in the tourism industry. “Tourism was in its infancy, and Chris Wong did an incredible job with a small budget. One highlight for me was when I was sent to America for three months to research into the North American market. I was only 21. “In those early years, I also pay tribute to the many positive tourism leaders outside the corporation, including Robert Skews, Thomas Koteka, Peter Heays, and my father, Des Eggelton. They were all part of the new tourism vision”. Karla Eggelton left the Corporation ten years later to work in the private tourism sector for five years.

“I left Cook Islands Tourism as marketing manager, and returned as director of sales and marketing in 2010”. Visits to the Cook Islands grew exponentially in the following decade culminating with 176,000 visitors in 2019. By March 2020, the pandemic forced borders closed denying the Cook Islands another bumper year. More than two years later the Cook Islands tourism industry is bouncing back. “I want acknowledge the absolute resilience of the private sector and the industry for their desire to move mountains, embrace change, and to stay alive. Their performance since we’ve opened our borders has been tremendous, regardless of the challenges facing them including capacity issues, labor issues, inventory issues, getting


in foods and goods to support the visitor’s return. “Air New Zealand has assisted us with flights from Auckland; but they’ve got their own challenges and we are not back to full capacity. Our aim is to get back to business as quickly as possible.” In June, Jetstar recommenced services from Auckland.

“Our forecast is to end the 2022 year with 94,000 visitors.” For the past ten years New Zealand has been the predominant market for the Cook Islands and according to Karla that won’t change.

“We know that the formula for success for Australia is frequent nonstop flights from multiple ports. That is our aspiration and our desire.

“I have the opportunity to help carve the way ahead”.

Karla said she is honoured and pleased to be appointed the new leader for Cook Islands Tourism.

and ensuring that Kiwis want to travel to the Cook Islands. That’s our number one objective. “Our second priority is Australia. They are the next highest market source market for us. Pre COVID, Air New Zealand operated a weekly nonstop flight from Sydney.

“Right now, all our marketing is in the Southern Hemisphere.”

“It’s my blood, it’s my heart, it’s my soul. During this new chapter, I have the opportunity to help carve the way ahead. I’m just immensely appreciative of that opportunity. The support I have received from my team, from the tourism industry, and from partners across the globe, has been heartwarming. I just hope I can do good by everybody!”

BY: ALASTAIR BLOUNT

“We are not yet at the place we were pre-COVID, which was 28 flights a week. We have plenty of rooms, but not enough planes!

“76% of our visitation prior to COVID was the Kiwi market and we expect that to continue for a long time. Our main focus is on New Zealand ensuring that we’ve got flights out of New Zealand

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Internet & WiFi

Q&A with Vodafone Cook Islands Share your sunny lagoon cruises, local delicacies from the Punanga Nui Market and poolside snaps with Vodafone Cook Islands. Keep connected during your trip with our Travel SIMs and WiFi Vouchers, with over 200 hotspots located in the Cook Islands.

Where is Vodafone located? We have a store at the Rarotonga International Airport just as you exit the arrival hall, open for every international flight. Our Main Office in Parekura is open Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm and we also have a Vodafone outlet in the CITC Avarua Shopping Centre complex in Avarua, which is open Monday-Friday 8.30am-4pm and Saturday 9.30am-12.30pm. We also have outlets on all islands, excluding Nassau, Suwarrow, Takutea and Manuae.

What visitor services do you offer?

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Travel SIM

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Vodafone has two Travel SIMs to choose from including a set amount of TXTs, calling minutes and mobile data. - $49 Travel SIM - 5GB of data, 30 minutes and 300 TXTs valid for 15 days - $69 Travel SIM - 10GB of data, 60 minutes and 600 TXTs valid for 28 days

‘Keep connected during your trip’

You can use your calling minutes to book your local tours or stay in touch with friends and family in selected countries including New Zealand and Australia. If you run out of data, you can add more with our 1GB data bundle for $10.

Tip: Don’t forget to logout of the WiFi Hotspot once you’re done browsing to save WiFi data. Also, take a snapshot of your WiFi Voucher too, just in case it gets misplaced (or wet from your lagoon cruise!).

Tip: Download the ‘My Vodafone Cook Islands’ app to add data bundles and monitor your usage for TXTs, calls and data.

WiFi Hotspots

WiFi Vouchers It’s easy to get connected in the Cook Islands, with Vodafone Hotspots located in a number of places including resorts, restaurants and cafes, bars, shops and more. WiFi Vouchers are easy to purchase and are available from Vodafone outlets and resellers nationwide. You can also buy WiFi vouchers online when you’re at a Vodafone Hotspot, through our online Recharge website or using the My Vodafone Cook Islands app.

We have hotspots all over the Cook Islands in popular places like the markets, cafes, holiday homes, our Vodafone stores and outlets and more. You can find a nifty Google Maps version of where our hotspots are located in Rarotonga and Aitutaki from our website here: vodafone.co.ck/ prepay-internet. Or ask a local if they can point out the nearest Vodafone Hotspot. Data in the Outer Islands We do have mobile data services in the islands of Aitutaki, Atiu, Mangaia, Mauke and Mitiaro. Aitutaki has 4G/LTE mobile data while the rest of the islands mentioned have 3G. Our Travel


SIMs work in the outer islands and are great for keeping you connected while you’re visiting the Cook Islands.

Any handy tips or tricks for visitors to the Cook Islands? Vodafone Travel SIM Tips • First tip would be to make good use of the free TXTs and calling minutes to contact friends and family back home instead of relying on data operated apps (e.g., Messenger/WhatsApp/Viber). Better yet, book all your tours and make reservations using your minutes while on holiday. • Save Data by switching off all auto-updates, restrict background data downloads on your device. • Use Data for live updates or ‘in the moment’ posts via your social media channels. Upload your pics later using WiFi either from your hotel or from a nearby Vodafone hotspot. • Switch off your data if you’re not using it - also saves on battery life.

• Download the My Vodafone Cook Islands app on arrival to monitor your data/mins/txts usage. • Need to upload your photos from your laptop or computer? Tethering is available on our Vodafone Travel SIMs, SIMs tether data from your phone to your device and get those important captures up online in no time!

‘Over 200 hotspots located around Rarotonga and Aitutaki’

• Avoid using data when visiting sites that may have low data range/signal. Take your photos and upload them later once you’re in good range. Vodafone WiFi Hotspot Tips • If you have access to a Vodafone Hotspot at your accommodation, then save

on mobile data and upload your photos/videos using WiFi instead. • Can’t find your nearest Vodafone Hotspot? Visit www.vodafone.co.ck/ prepay-internet and find our maps with over 200 hotspots located around Rarotonga and Aitutaki. There’s sure to be one next door or around the corner from you. • Make sure to logout of your WiFi after each browsing session at a hotspot to conserve MBs. • Out of range? Visit any of Rarotonga’s cafes/restaurants with our Vodafone Hotspots instead and enjoy the comfort there, along with good food and atmosphere, and a refreshing beverage!

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Island Life

CITC is Proud of Its Cook Islands Roots

and Its Commitment to the Country

The Cook Islands Trading Corporation Ltd, better known locally as CITC, is the country’s biggest employer with over 300 staff.

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CITC staff are passionate about Cook Islands culture

ITC is everywhere in Rarotonga; they import, distribute, wholesale and retail a vast range of products from building materials, food and beverage, to pharmaceuticals, clothing, electrical goods and furniture.

Importantly, CITC is proud of its Cook Islands roots and its commitment to Cook Islands culture, and as such their name is on, or behind, many Cook Islands cultural events and artistic programs.

The CITC name is on, or behind, many of Rarotonga’s best-known businesses.

As a corporation, CITC engages in varied cultural, educational and environmental activities such as

the Cook Islands Tourism Awards, Junior Drumming, Primary School Athletics, Badminton, Netball, Vaka Eiva, Rugby 7s, Miss Cook Islands, Clean-up the World program, Recycle Raro, the creative arts, and Cook Islands’ cultural icon, Te Maeva Nui. CITC general manager Gaye Whitta affirms: “Culture helps

BUILDING

LIQUOR

PHARMACY

www.citc.co.ck

+682 22 000

FOODLAND

LEADING THE WAY Rarotonga Airport

on Rarotonga 12 Stores

DUTY FREE

Department Store Surf Store

SUPERMARKET

Avarua

AVARUA

Arorangi Matavera

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Service Stations Supermarkets Liquor Store Pharmacy Duty Free Shops Building Supplies Shipping

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“Culture helps define who we are and links us to our heritage.”

define who we are and links us to our heritage. Supporting culture in all its different forms - through arts, dance, music, education and voyaging - helps us build on the foundation passed down from our ancestors and provides guidance to our future generations. “When Trevor Clarke took over CITC in 1998, his family brought a new dimension to CITC’s support of culture by joining the Te Maeva Nui festivities to ensure that our culture was kept alive and constantly recognised”. Te Maeva Nui is Cook Islands’ biggest cultural event celebrating independence, and involving all of the country’s fifteen islands. Trevor Clarke’s daughter Dianna Clarke-Bates is in a director

Rakei Manava recognises the gifted Cook Islands dance costume designers

of CITC; she has had much to do with the corporation’s involvement with Cook Islands arts and culture. “CITC is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of Te Maeva Nui. It is a time to celebrate and showcase our Cook Islands heritage and culture,” said Dianna Clarke-Bates. In 2015, she created and launched a new cultural event, Rakei Manava, that gives recognition to the many gifted Cook Islands dance costume designers.

Although the Rakei Manava has not been held since 2018 due to the pandemic, CITC plan to bring back Rakei Manava in 2023.

Te Maeva Nui is Cook Islands most popular annual cultural event

In 2019 CITC was approached to support the unique Atui’anga ki te Tango program that provides a stimulating cultural

An added demonstration of CITC support for Cook Islands culture, this time combined with sport, is their sponsorship of the art of traditional canoeing through the Vaka Eiva event, currently postponed due to the pandemic. In the sphere of Cook Islands’ art, CITC sponsor numerous art exhibitions featuring local artists. And, as part of its commitment to Cook Islands’ environment, CITC is also a long-standing Gold Sponsor of the locally-focussed Te Ipukarea Society - ‘guardians of our environment’. At CITC’s core, there is a Cook Islands workforce that loves to embrace all things Cook Islands, particularly the Cook Islands culture. “For large events like Te Maeva Nui and smaller festivals like Te Mire Tiare - Festival of Flowers, they put on ‘Kia Orana Wear’. Our ladies pop on Ei Katu (flower crowns), and our divisions compete for best florally decorated storefronts", said Dianna Clarke-Bates. “We do this all with a Cook Islands spirit.”

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“I wanted to give recognition to those who actually create the stunning dance costumes. I grew up surrounded by many elements of our Cook Islands culture and saw the dedication of my mum, Vaine Clarke, to this form of art. She produced many award-winning dance costumes in the past and it is her passion and creativity that became the inspiration for Rakei Manava” says Dianna Clarke-Bates.

experience for children with the aim of connecting them to the foundation of their Maori values, culture and traditions.

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If you do not have a scooter or motorbike licence from your home country you need to have a car licence and then pass a practical skills test with both the rental agency and the Police.

DRIVING C

ook Islanders drive on the left-hand side of the road. The maximum speed is 50kmph around the island, but the maximum speed limit in towns and villages is 30 kmph.

Zero fuel costs

The maximum speed limit for scooters is 40kmph. If you have a current driver’s licence from your home country* you can drive a car in the Cook Islands on that licence. The exception is for motor scooters and motor bikes.

Rental companies often do motor scooter or bike tests on site. If you pass, they issue temporary licence and then you are required to go the Police Station in Avarua to obtain a Cook Islands licence, which involves a theory ($10.00) and driving test ($10.00). Take your passport for identification. A Cook Islands visitor licence costs $20.00 and is valid for up to 30 days. Testing days are Monday to Friday only. It all takes time, especially if many visitors are applying simultaneously. Most rental companies offer low-powered scooters that have

Ph +682 28687 E: info@tik-etours.com W: tik-etours.com

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Image by: David Kirkland

Getting Around

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no gears or clutch, so learning to ride a scooter is fairly straight forward. By law all motor motorcycle, motor scooter, or electric bike riders, and their passengers, must wear an approved helmet or face a fine of $250.00. In addition, the Transport Amendment Act 2020 has lowered blood and breath alcohol limits for drivers, and prohibits the use of mobile phones, headphones whilst driving.

Footnote: Beware of wandering dogs and loose gravel. *Licences accepted: Australia, Canada, EU, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, UK, USA. If you hold a driver’s license from a country not listed, you need to obtain a Cook Islands visitor’s licence from the Police Station in Avarua.

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he least expensive way to travel around the island is by the only public bus company, Cook’s Islands Bus Passenger Transport. For example, Adult single ride $5 – catch the bus from point A to point B, without making a full circle of the island. Adult single return $10 - catch the bus from point A to point B, without making a full circle of the island. Then from point B back to point A, without making a full circle of the island. Download the TransportMe Passenger App to track the buses. The Clockwise Route: Departs from Cooks Corner in Avarua on the hour every hour from 7am10pm Monday-Saturday. The bus circles the island via Tupapa, Muri Beach, Titikaveka, Arorangi, past all major accommodation then past Rarotonga Airport returning to Avarua. The Anti-Clockwise Route: Departs from Cooks Corner in Avarua on the half-hour every hour from 8.30am-4.30pm

Monday-Friday and from 8.30am-1.30pm on Saturdays. The bus circles the island via Avatiu Harbour, past the Airport on to Arorangi, Titikaveka, Muri Beach passing all major accommodation, returning to Avarua via Tupapa. Image by: Cook Islands Sun

Image by: Craig Owen

COOK’S ISLAND BUS (RAROTONGA)

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nother inexpensive way to see Rarotonga, which is both healthy and fun, is renting a bicycle. The distance around Rarotonga is only 34kms, so it doesn’t take too long to get just about anywhere! A great way to build a tan too! There are bicycle and e-bike hiring companies around Rarotonga. There are also bicycle and mountain bike tours for those who enjoy company and storytelling. Cyclists are required to wear appropriate safety helmets.

www.rarotongarentals.co.ck enquires@rarotongarentals.co.ck

Phone: 22326

“Best deals on the Island”

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Island Life

An Aussie family immersed

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avid is from a hospitality background, which includes working at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. In 2001, he met his soulmate Alisha on Great Keppel Island. Westpac Sydney was where David began his career in banking working over the next seven years in Sydney, Newcastle, Gosford and Maroochydore. But David and Alisha had the travel bug so during this period they also worked ‘on and off’ in hospitality from the Great Barrier Reef to the Sunshine Coast. Then they moved to the UK for a year in 2008. David taking leave without pay.

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Image: Island Love Photography

“It was only meant to be for a year.”

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Bad timing: the Global Financial Crisis hit in 2008. David briefly worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland, but there was a mass staff culling. Back to his hospitality roots, David worked for the infamous Walkabout Shepherd’s Bush Pub. “And I did some labouring on the Twickenham Rugby Stadium, which was being refurbished”. David and Alisha returned to Australia after a year. “I ended up back at Westpac in Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast in 2008, which links into how I got to the Pacific.” David applied for the job as Westpac credit manager in the Cook Islands. Whilst he missed out on that job, he was offered the credit manager position in Samoa.

David with daughter Milan

a motu at Pacific Resort, they honeymooned in Aitutaki. In 2013, as head of business banking for Westpac in Samoa an arrangement was made to swap jobs with David’s counterpart in the Cook Islands. “It was only meant to be for a year.”

Image: Tabby Berg

BY: ALASTAIR BLOUNT

Australian-born BSP country head David Street long aspired to live and work in the Cook Islands; the reality has far exceeded his expectations, including getting married and raising children in Rarotonga.

Image: Island Love Photography

in the Cook Islands

David, Alisha and their one-year-old son Ryan left for the Cook Islands in April 2013: “One year, turned into two. In the third year Westpac transitioned into BSP Cook Islands. On transition day, 10 July 2013, I took up the role of Country Head”.

David wins the Round Rarotonga “We arrived in Road Race in 2020 Samoa soon Today David and Alisha have after the tsunami of 2009, which four children Ryan 10, Hudson 8 was devastating to businesses. and Milan 5, number four, Kianu, It was an interesting entrance arrived in August 2022. into Pacific banking as the credit manager in David said he was particularly Samoa.” proud of his two boys who built a vaka canoe under the watchful In Samoa for three and eye of renowned Cook Islands a half years, David was master carver, Mike Tavioni, who promoted to head of teaches traditional vaka-making. business banking.

In 2010, David and Alisha got married – in the Cook Islands. Married on The boys Ryan and Hudson launch their vaka with Papa Mike Tavioni

“They spent eight to nine months building the vaka outside of school hours.”


Image: Charlotte Piho Photography

The Street family: Milan, Alisha, Ryan, David and Hudson. The latest addition, Kianu, was born in August 2022.

David said he enjoys working with the BSP Financial Group. “What I like about the BSP model is it’s fit for purpose for our conditions here in the Cook Islands. We have more flexibility to adapt to the local requirements, and to fill the void where the opportunities exist”. For example, BSP has more ATMs and Eftpos in the Cook Islands than other banks “BSPs 14 ATMs are a convenience for thousands of visitors and locals.” David said the BSP Financial Group is working on a new core banking system. “That is the bank’s engine. At the moment we are running on the legacy systems we had prior to the transition. We’re preparing ourselves to implement a brand-new core banking system anticipated in 2023. It will provide a level of service comparable to any developed country in the region. It will bring apps, digital banking solutions, and more user accessibility.”

“Coming to the Cook Islands I knew that Round Rarotonga Road Race existed, so I thought that I’d try that. My first race was 2013”. The 31km Round Rarotonga Road Race caters for social, recreational

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“I thought that a top 10 finish was possible. It culminated for me winning in 2020 and 2021. Also, I got a second place in the Aitutaki Marathon, then a first place. And, last year a first place in the 2I kms race too.”

“In 2021 I entered the new Ariki Adventures Challenge Raro, which is a 5.8km SUP, a 7.4km run over the Needle, then 44 km mountain bike ride. It’s done in teams of two. My teammate and I finished second in the inaugural race.”

2 Branches

David’s other sporting passions in the Cook Islands include golf, lawn bowls and body surfing. “BSP does its fair share of sport, community and tourism sponsorships in the Cook Islands. “We do a lot through the schools with our financial literacy program, partnering with the Ministry of Education”.

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“In schools we have the ‘Go Green’ campaign, and we help collect and distribute up to 700 gifts to less fortunate children through the annual BSP Christmas Giving Tree.” Every year BSP set aside an allocation for a community-based project, and they sponsor the Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Industry Awards.

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The bank also lends its name to BSP Netball in Paradise, and the BSP Aitutaki Marathon. BSP also sponsor to Motu 2 Motu (Aitutaki), the Round Rarotonga Road Race, and the Air New Zealand Rarotonga Triathlon. David said BSP is a unique bank with a strong commitment to the Pacific region. “BSP is here to stay; to expand and improve services, and to assist with the growth and prosperity of the Cook Islands.”

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David Street is well known in the local road racing communities of the Cook Islands. We asked him about his love of the sport.

and competitive runners: “It’s one of the island’s great runs, and quite a spectator event too!”

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Shopping

Five things you need to know about buying

Black Pearls in the Cook Islands

Why are black pearls so called?

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ecause they grow in the black lipped oyster (pinctada margaritifera). When the oyster shell is ground and polished you can see the spectrum of colours. So, the pearls are not black as such but range in colour from aubergine, to champagne to peacock green.

What is special about Cook Islands black pearls? Most Cook Islands black pearls are produced in the pristine lagoon of the northern atoll of Manihiki. The depth of the lagoon, the water temperature, the current, provide ideal conditions for growing black pearls. They are unique because of their amazing variety of colours.

How do black pearls compare with other pearls in value? They are second only to the Australian golden pearls ‘South Seas’ pearls.

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What is a ‘cultured’ black pearl?

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We help the process along by implanting a nucleus (like a round bead) into the gonad or water sack of the oyster. The oyster’s natural instinct is to expel it, but if it doesn’t the oyster is trying to accept this foreign object so it creates a solution called nacre to coat or layer over the nucleus to try to accommodate this irritant.

What are the basic guidelines for buyers of black pearls? We value each pearl on its size, shape and quality. The quality of a pearl is determined by its lustre and

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how clean the surface of the pearl is. So, we look for any imperfections on the pearl and the sheen or lustre of the pearl and grade it accordingly. To judge the lustre of a round or symmetrical pearl, the sharper the definition of your reflection the better the lustre.

This contribution is courtesy of Lesley & Temu Okotai, Farm Direct Pearls, Harbour House, opposite Avatiu Harbour.


An aerial view of Manihiki

Farm Direct owners, Temu & Lesley Okotai

Lesley & Temu Okotai Harbour House, Avatiu, ph 20 635 email: temu@mblackpearl.co.ck

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Farm Direct showroom at Harbour House

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“If you want to look great and feel comfortable on your tropical getaway – idCK is the place to shop! We stock a wide variety of brands with a focus on natural fabrics with lots of vibrant colours – just the way we dress here in the Cook Islands.”

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Rachel from idCK, Banana Court, Avarua

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LULA SOUL bohemian resort wear, exotic summery prints, vibrant patterns and colours, and natural fabrics. Dresses from $119.00 Men’s souvenir cotton shirts available in four prints $34.90 Men’s CARVE shorts $99.90

Fashion for the Tropics,

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Hit the beach or pool in style with our swimwear and beachwear for men and women; great range of swimsuits and cover ups.

MENA overswim $290.00

Men’s CARVE shorts $119.00

SASS the label. Feminine, flirty and fabulous for trend fashion for all occasions.

Men’s AS tees from $26.00

Sass dress $109.90

SASS swim wear from $54.90

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Collector’s Item Cook Islands unique currency

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The currency in the Cook Islands is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD), with some local notes and coins too.

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ook Islands issues $3 notes and triangular $2 coins. You can’t change Cook Islands money outside the Cook Islands, so remember to change them before you leave, unless you want to keep them as souvenirs!

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The Cook Islands $3 note, with the iconic image of Ina and the Shark (pictured), is often sold online for over $50. According to the Cook Islands News in January 2022, this note was up for the worlds ‘banknote of the year’. The award given for artistic merit, imaginative design and security features.

and Economic Management reprinted the note after it had been severely depleted due to its popularity as a souvenir.

This is where it gets interesting as the note’s design was based on a painting by the late Cook Islands contemporary artist, American, Rick Welland, who lived and painted on Rarotonga for 28 years before moving to Mexico.

Cook Islands News quoted Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown as saying: “The iconic image of Ina and the Shark has long been a part of Cook Islands folklore and legend, and I am delighted with the design of the new note.”

In August 2022, the $3 note was given a ‘fresh look’ when the Ministry of Finance

A great memento from your holiday in the Cook Islands, if you can find one!

Three dollar Cook Islands notes


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Island Life

Dine with the locals, in their own homes Enjoy an entrée, main course and dessert where each course is hosted in a different home.

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his popular dining experience offers an insight into the life of locals, whilst providing a 3-course meal featuring authentic cuisine. It’s called Rarotonga’s ‘Progressive Dinner’. A driver-guide takes care of the transport including pickup and drop-off at your accommodation. Guests share local food delicacies and traditional dishes with the locals in their own homes. Learn about the Cook Islands way of living and culture, enjoy the local music and singing as well. The Progressive Dinner is very much a casual and unique local experience.

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What to expect on a typical evening: tropical gardens, buffet feast, Cook Islands family gatherings, local sweets and fruits, Atiu coffee, and the sounds of local ukuleles, guitar and voices of the small string band.

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You certainly won’t wind-up the night feeling hungry! This is an escorted mini-bus tour where the conversation flows genuinely between guests and the host families. The food is abundant, and the families are real. The Progressive Dinner circuit is well established and has been in existence for many years.

Operated by Cook Islands Tours on Mondays and Thursdays, 5.30pm-9.30pm, the Progressive Dinner costs $99.00pp adult, $70.00 (6-11yrs). Call 20 639 to book.


Island Show

A ‘DAZZLING’ RAROTONGA EVENING TO REMEMBER

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ost recently winning the ‘People’s Choice Award’ at the coveted Cook Islands Tourism Awards, Te Vara Nui was forced into hibernation for two years during the pandemic. In July 2022 the show made a much-anticipated return to Rarotonga’s entertainment scene. Today, from the moment you step into Te Vara Nui Village you will engage with local Maori people

who will share their stories and their heritage; and Rarotonga’s finest dancers and musicians will entertain you as they perform by flaming torchlight on floating and fixed stages within a waterfall garden. Before the show, Te Vara Nui presents an appetizing islandwestern fusion buffet dinner, which in itself is spectacular! Located in the heart of the Muri, the Te Vara Nui’s Spectacular

Over Water Night Show and Buffet Dinner is an authentic cultural delight, unique in many ways.

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Recognised as one of the most spectacular cultural shows staged in the South Pacific, the award-winning Ta Vara Nui Village Over Water Night Show and Buffet Dinner offers a unique perspective in the concept of Island Night shows.

As they say at Te Vara Nui: “This special place of tribute to our distinctive culture and its breathtaking setting will remain in your memory long after you return home” Te Vara Nui’s Spectacular Overwater Show happens in Muri every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evening. T: 24 006; E: culture@tevaranui.co.ck; or book online at tevaranui.co.ck

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Island Life

In Avarua a groovy café that hums! Where they deliver tasty treats from a tiny kitchen

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hy groovy? Because The Café is home to the Vinyl Revival Club that has a staggering collection of 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and Polynesian vinyl records.

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Select and play your own music, or listen to the music others have chosen. Open for breakfast, brunch and lunch Monday to Saturday, The Café serves up particularly good espresso coffee, homemade cakes and tasty fresh food, including vegetarian and vegan options.

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“Great coffee, cakes and delicious menu in the unique surroundings of the Beachcomber building. Our friendly cafe is quite popular with both locals and visitors,” said Ian Wheeldon, who co-owns the café with his wife Claire. “If you’re a big fan of the vinyl, you can attend one of the regular Vinyl Revival Club discos around the island. Just ask in The Café if there is one on whilst you are visiting Raro”. Images by: Jaiah Aria

SITUATED IN A SHADED COURTYARD, RAROTONGA’S COOLEST CAFÉ SHARES THE HISTORIC BEACHCOMBER BUILDING WITH A TRENDY ART GALLERY AND AN UPMARKET GIFT SHOP; THE ESTABLISHMENT IS HUMBLY NAMED THE CAFÉ.


Eating & Drinking In Rarotonga

The List

Here is a comprehensive list of eating, drinking and entertainment outlets in Rarotonga. * Denotes places that are featured in the Eat & Drink section of this guide.

BARS

Trio’s Garden Bar Avarua......................................20 400

Nikao..........................................24 526

Wilson’s Beach Bar*

Barefoot Bar*

Castaway Resort..................... 21 546

Captain Andy’s Beach Bar Rarotonga Resort.................... 25 800

Hula Bar* Islander Hotel...........................21 003

Luna Bar Avarua........................................51 558

Mal’s Bar* Edgewater Hotel......................25 435

Margaritas Bistro & Bar* Avarua.......................................29 924

Ocean’s Bar*

RSA (Return Servicemen Association)

Muri........................................... 20 693

Nikao......................................... 20 590

Le Bon Vivant (LBV)

Rarotonga Sailing Club

Muri............................................ 28 619

Love Café Matevera....................................75 139

21.3 Vaiana Bistro & Bar

Pacific Resort............................21 003

La Casita Café

Micheles Café

Muri Beach................................27 349

ISLAND NIGHT SHOWS Crown Beach Resort Arorangi....................................23 953

Punanga Nui Market............... 28 889

Edgewater Resort

Reefside Rarotonga

Arorangi....................................25 435

Punanga Nui Market............... 26 889

Highland Paradise

Soul Café

Maungaroa................................ 21 924

Rarotonga Brewery

Tupapa.......................................27 070

Nikao ....................................... 26 657

Rarotongan Resort

The Café*

Muri........................................... 25 800

Beachcomber, Avarua..............21 283

Te Vara Nui Village

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The Lazy Trout

Are Kai – Aroa Café Airport........................................21 723

Avarua.......................................22 025

The Lucky Rooster Eatery*

Beluga Arorangi....................................27 788

Bite Time Café Punanga Nui Market................ 23 577

Body Fuel Café

Crown Beach Resort.................23 953

Punanga Nui Market................23 575

OTR – On the Rocks

Bus Stop Café

Avarua.......................................25 077

Cooks Corner..............................21 567

Outrigger Beach Bar*

Café Ariki

Avarua........................................22 215

The Hidden Spirit Café Titikaveka..................................55 432

The Mooring Fish Café Opp. Night Market Muri...........54 795

The Rickshaw Café Muri............................................22 232

The Village Eatery

Café Jireh

Punanga Nui Market................ 50 713

Avarua........................................55 517

Opp. Airport..............................24 776

Tuakata Café & Catering

Roadhouse Bar & Grill

Charlie’s*

Avarua....................................... 50 713

Cook Islands Coffee Company

LIQUOR STORES Bond Liquor Store Avarua.......................................21 007

CITC Liquor Avarua.......................................28 380

MARKET EATS & DRINK Punanga Nui Market Muri Night Market

The Waffle Shack

Rehab Nightclub

RSC Beachfront Bar

Nikao..........................................21 003

Avarua................................ (Mon-Sat)

Avarua Back Road....................22 772

Akapuao Beach........................28 055

The Islander Hotel

Vaimaanga.................................27 183

The Waterline Restaurant........22 161

Arorangi....................................23 322

Muri...........................................24 006

CLUBS (visitor’s welcome)

Muri...................(Sun, Tue, Wed, Thu)

NIGHTLIFE TOURS Going Troppo Nightlife Tour Rarotonga.................................25 325

Rarotonga Bowling Club

Progressive Dinner Tour*

Avarua.......................................26 277

Local homes............................. 20 639

Cook Islands Game Fishing Club

Rehab’s Raro Pub Crawl

KiiKii............................................21 419

Rarotonga................................ 29 700

Muri............................................27 349

Matavera..................................50 646

Shipwreck Hut Beach Bar*

Deli-Licious Café*

Aroa........................................... 22 166

Muri........................................... 20 858

Trader Jacks*

Flying Turtle Café

Rarotonga Golf Club

Sunset Cocktail Happy Hour Hop

Avarua...................................... 26 464

Arorangi.................................... 87 961

Black Rock.................................20 621

Tik-e Tours................................28 687

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RESTAURANTS

Wilson’s Restaurant & Beach Bar

Arorangi....................................23 597

Spaghetti House Pizzeria & Grill*

Antipodes Restaurant

Edgewater Resort.................... 25 441

Kai Pizza Avarua................................... 23 336

Black Rock................................. 76 918

Tamarind House Restaurant Oceanside

Kai Tumeke Titikaveka..............................20 623

Tupapa.......................................26 487

KAPS Matevera................................27 747

Aqua Café Muri Beach................................22 779 Sanctuary Rarotonga.............25 900

Captain Andy’s Beach Bar & Grill Rarotonga Resort.................... 25 800

Islander Restaurant & Bar*

The Yellow Hibiscus*

Club Raro....................................22 415

Palm Grove..............................20 002

Kikau Hut Restaurant*

Tumunu Restaurant & Bar

Arorangi................................... 26 860

Arorangi....................................20 501

Laguna on the Beach*

Tuoro Tapas Bar

Muri............................................29 926

Black Rock..................................21 233

Little Polynesian Restaurant

Vaima on the Beach*

Nautilus Restaurant Muri.............................................25 125

Wilson’s Restaurant & Beach Bar* Castaway Resort......................21 546

TAKEAWAYS

Mae-Jo’s Cafe Takeaway Avarua....................................26 621 Mama T’s Takeaway Arorangi.................................25 733 Oasis (24/7) Nikao....................................... 27 145 Palace One Takeaways Avatiu Harbour......................21 438 Rima’s Hot Bread Café & Takeaway Ruatonga............................... 24 270 Sea Salt Takeaway Avatiu Harbour..................... 23 956 The Pacific Fish & Chip Shop Arorangi................................. 78 261 Vili’s Burger Joint Matavera...............................28 850

Chicken Magic O’oa........................................26 209

Vili’s Golden Wok Matavera............................... 22 222

Sandals Restaurant & Barefoot Bar* Cook Take Away Pacific Resort............................20 427 Punanga Nui Market.............76 672

Wigmore’s Superstore Vaimaanga............................20 206

Crown Beach Resort.................23 953 Manuia Beach Resort...............22 482

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Vaimaanga.................................26 123

Kavera Central Kavera................................... 27 962

Alberto’s Restaurant Arorangi.................................23 597

Oceans Restaurant & Bar* On the Beach Restaurant & Bar

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The Waterline Restaurant & Outrigger Bar*

Jalapeños Restaurant

Titikaveka.................................. 26 189

Open Everyday for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Breakfast 8am - 11:30am Lunch 11:30am - 2pm Dinner 6pm - 8:30pm Happy Hour 4pm - 6pm

Sunset Resort..........................23 004

Arorangi.....................................22 161

Moana Restaurant & Bar

Japanese meals and Yakitori skewers

The Anchorage Restaurant & Bar

The Islander Hotel....................21 003

Titikaveka..................................24 280

Also known for it’s seafood meals.

Kai & Co Punanga Nui Market............ 87 479

Muri Beach Club Hotel............23 000

Bluewater Grill

The best place to watch Rarotonga’s Most Stunning Sunset.

Silver Sands Restaurant & Bar*

Alberto’s Restaurant*


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Venue Details in Following Pages Location Venue The Lucky Rooster Eatery Margarita’s Bistro & Bar Trader Jacks Rarotonga The Café Silver Sands Restaurant & Bar Te Vara Nui Village (Island Night) Sandals Restaurant & Barefoot Bar Deli-Licious Café Laguna on the Beach Charlie’s Rarotonga The Yellow Hibiscus Restaurant & Bar Vaima on the Beach Highland Paradise Cultural Show Shipwreck Hut Bar Wilson’s Restaurant & Beach Bar The Waterline Restaurant & Outrigger Beach Bar Tumutoa Umu Kai & Fire Show Crown Beach Resort Island Night Ocean’s Restaurant & Bar Edgewater Resort Island Night Spaghetti House Pizzeria & Grill Mal’s Bar at Edgewater Resort Alberto’s Restaurant Kikau Hut Restaurant The Islander Hotel & Hula Bar (+Island Night) Progressive Dinner (various locations)

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Barefoot Bar at Pacific Resort Muri

Hula Bar at the Islander Hotel

Mal’s Bar at Edgewater Resort

Enjoy the Barefoot Bar overlooking the lagoon and sip an amazing cocktail or mixed drink that Barefoot staff have become famous for. Listen for the sound of the conch shell heralding the start of Happy Hour at 4pm, but if you miss out then join the team again for the twilight Happy Hour at 8.30pm!

The Hula Bar is popular beachfront hangout and nightclub overlooking the Pacific Ocean at The Islander Hotel. Located opposite Rarotonga International Airport, Hula Bar offers cocktails, wine, spirits and a great selection of beers – draught and bottled. Top DJs, live bands, and international concerts. Rarotonga’s favourite hotspot!

Named after Mal Meninga, legendary rugby league player and old friend of the Resort, Mal’s Bar is open 10am to midnight. A nice place to be any time of day, or just waiting for the sunset. Enjoy the wide variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, including a fine collection of international wines, local and imported beers and spirits, as well as a range of juices and exotic tropical cocktails.

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Oceans Bar at Crown Beach Resort

Outrigger Beach Bar at Waterfront Restaurant

Enjoy a casual and stylish atmosphere undercover or on the beach at Ocean’s Restaurant at the Crown Beach Resort. It is a place where people come together to relax and unwind. Oceans Bar is open daily with a great offering of drinks and food, and happy hour from 4.00pm-6.00pm featuring $2.00 off all drinks! T: 23 953 E: restaurant@crownbeach.com www.crownbeach.com

The Outrigger Beach Bar is a wonderful new addition to the Waterline Restaurant in Arorangi on Rarotonga’s sunset coast. Perfect for a beachside cocktail and a romantic sunset lit dinner. Rustic and intimate, the new Outrigger Beach Bar offers a range of beers, wines & cocktails. Wine & dine with an ocean view. Open Tuesday to Sunday. T: 22161 or 53167


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Shipwreck Hut Beach Bar at Aro’a Beachside Inn The Shipwreck Hut is an authentic beach bar situated right on the sand at Aro’a Beachside Inn. Perfectly positioned to enjoy the sunset sipping a famous ‘jam-jar cocktail’ or cold beer. Open daily from 5.00pm, the Shipwreck Hut offers a range of drinks and bar meals. Live music.

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T: 22 166 E: aroa@aroabeach.com www.aroabeach.com

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Trader Jacks Located on the waterfront at Avarua Harbour, Trader Jacks is a drinking ‘institution’ in the Cook Islands. Great place to enjoy water views and meet both locals and visitors. The restaurant overlooks the ocean, and specialises in seafood. The bar is a well-known ‘watering hole’ offering pizza. Opens 11.00am. T: 26 464 E: info@traderjacks.co.ck

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Wilson’s Beach Bar at Castaway Resort Great location for a bar, right on the beach at Castaway Resort in Arorangi on Rarotonga’s sunset coast. Interesting bar menu that includes Yakitori skewers, seafood dishes and pizza. Under cover and alfresco drinking and dining areas, all with amazing views of the lagoon and sunset. Open seven days, no place quite like Wilson’s Beach Bar. T: 21 546 E: relax@castawayvillas.com

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Deli-Licious Café

Margaritas Bistro & Bar

“Good vibes all over!” Located on Akapuao Beach in Titikaveka on the south-east of the island, Charlie’s offers a casual dining experience Monday to Friday 12pm-3pm, then 5.00pm-8.00pm; Saturday 12pm-3pm. Famous for their massive fresh fish sandwich. Live music. Beach access everywhere. Book for dinner.

Located on the main road in Muri, check out our ‘all-day’ breakfast menu and join us for awesome coffee, friendly service and great home-style cooking. Try our custard square and cheesecakelocal favourites. Open SundayFriday 7.30am-3.00pm. Wi-Fi available.

Located on the main road in Avarua, near the Information Centre and next door to idCK, this casual Pacific-style café serves breakfast and lunch Monday to Friday 8am to 2pm. Delicious food, espresso coffee, cold beers, cocktails, wines and spirits. Nice little eatery and easy to find. Great place to watch the world go by!

T: 28 055 E: info@charliesraro.com www.charliesraro.com

T: 20 858 Check us out on Facebook

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Located in the courtyard of the historic Beachcomber Pearl Market and Art Gallery in Avarua, The Café is known for its locally-roasted espresso coffee, homemade cakes, and all day menu featuring organic breads, bagels and croissants. Home to the Rarotonga Vinyl Revival Club, relax and choose your own music from the extensive record collection. Open Monday – Friday 9am – 3pm and Saturday 9am – 1pm.

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The Lucky Rooster Eatery s a popular bistro & meeting place serving all day breakfast & lunch. Relaxed atmosphere & family friendly. Freshly cooked food & chilled drinks including barista coffee, smoothies, beers, wines & cocktails. Variety of catering platters available on request. Located downtown Avarua, next to CITC Shopping Centre & Pharmacy. Mon-Fri 8.30am-2pm, Sat 8.30am-1pm T: 22 215 • E: contact@ theluckyroostereatery.com Fb & Instagram: theluckyroostereatery Orders & Bookings: theluckyroostereatery.com


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Islander Restaurant & Hula Bar

Kikau Hut Restaurant

Located between the Edgewater and Sunset resorts on the main road in Arorangi. Alberto’s is well known for their steak dishes but also offer seafood, chicken, pasta and a fresh salad bar. Small private functions catered for. Open Tuesday-Friday 5.30pm - 8.00pm. Takeaways Monday-Friday 5.30pm-8.00pm T: 23 597 or 55 725 E: dine@albertosrestaurant.co.ck

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The Islander Restaurant & Hula Bar overlook the pool and the ocean offering cuisine made from fresh ingredients supplied locally, as well as imports from New Zealand. Open for breakfast from 8.00am, with an all-day lunch, and dinner featuring light meals to hearty options. T: 21 003 E: info@islanderhotel.co.ck www.islanderhotel.co.ck

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A fusion of European and Pacific flavours, the Kikau Hut, located in Arorangi, offers a top-rated friendly and casual dining experience. Open from 6pm seven days a week with live music on Mondays and a free transfer service available by prior arrangement. T: 26 860 E: info@kikauhut.com www.kikauhut.com Fb: Kikau.Hut

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Oceans Restaurant & Bar Crown Beach Resort

Sandals Restaurant and Barefoot Bar

Located in the grounds of the Moana Sands Lagoon Resort with clear vistas of the pool, the lagoon and the ocean, this stylish, adults-only (12+) restaurant offers Polynesian-influenced cuisine made with fresh local produce, including seafood. Open for breakfast from 8.00am, lunch, and dinner to 9.30pm. Delightful dining experiences!

Relaxed private dining on the waterfront with vistas of the beach, lagoon and sunsets, Oceans Restaurant & Bar offers all-day dining including breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Breakfast from 8.00am-10.30am, lunch from 11.30am - 2.30pm, and dinner from 6.30pm - 9.00pm. Happy hour is daily from 4.30pm - 6.30pm.

Located in Pacific Resort at Muri, casual diners are welcome to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in Sandals Restaurant, or relax over a cocktail in the Barefoot Bar. The all-day menu (11am - 9.30pm) includes salads, sandwiches and meat dishes, with an la carte dinner menu in the evening.

T: 29 926 E: laguna@islanderhotel.co.ck

T: 23 953 • www.crownbeachresort.com E: restaurant@crownbeach.com

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Spaghetti House Pizzeria & Grill Edgewater Resort

The Waterline Restaurant & Outrigger Beach Bar

Located at the Muri Beach Club Hotel, the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Silver Sands fuses traditional South Pacific cuisine with Western favourites. The menus feature fresh, local produce and a different theme each night. Lagoon Lounge is the perfect spot to kickstart the evening with a tropical cocktail.

The Spaghetti House Pizzeria and Grill at The Edgewater Resort & Spa is conveniently located at the Resort’s entrance on the main road. Open seven nights from 5.00pm to 9.30pm, the air-conditioned Spaghetti House Pizzeria and Grill offers authentic Italian cuisine with a selection of pizzas, pastas and other signature Italian dishes.

Situated on Rarotonga’s sunset coast, Waterline Restaurant & Outrigger Beach Bar is perfect for an afternoon beachside cocktail or a romantic sunset lit dinner. Rustic & intimate, the new Outrigger Beach Bar offers a range of beers, wines & cocktails. Wine & dine with an ocean view. Open Tuesday to Sunday.

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Vaima on the Beach

Wilson’s Restaurant & Beach Bar Castaway Resort

The Yellow Hibiscus is an openair restaurant overlooking the garden at Palm Grove. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast is served 8.00-10.00am, light lunch 12.00-2.00pm, and a la carte dining from 6.00pm Monday to Saturday, with live music on Tuesdays and Fridays. On Sunday there is a BBQ with live entertainment. T: 20 002 • E: beach@palmgrove.co.ck www.palmgrove.net

Located in Vaimaanga, Vaima has indoor & outdoor dining options offering a range of entrees, mains and desserts served with casual elegance. Indoor seating has ocean views and local artwork. Pizzas are popular: dine in or take away. Full bar service. Open Wednesday - Monday (closed Tuesdays) from 3pm - 9pm. T: 26 123 E: dine@vaimarestaurant.com www.vaimarestaurant.com

‘The best place to watch the most stunning sunsets.’ Wilson’s Restaurant & Beach Bar is known for its seafood meals, Japanese menu, Yakitori skewers & nightly themed menu. Open daily for breakfast 8am – 11.30am; lunch 11.30 – 2pm, dinner 6pm – 8:30pm. Happy Hour is 4pm – 6pm. Live music Friday & Saturday 6.30pm – 8.30pm, Sunday 5pm – 8.30pm www.castawayvillas.com T: 21 546 • E: relax@castawayvillas.com


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Progressive Dinner

The Progressive Dinner Tour takes you to the homes of Cook Islands families to share their tasty local food, and their stories. This is a relaxed wine and dine experience visiting three homes for entrée, mains, and dessert. When enjoying your meals at each home, you will be delighted by the sounds of local ukuleles, guitar and voices of the small string band that will accompany you throughout your local dining experience. Monday and Thursday from 5.30pm. T: 20 639 • www.cookislandstours.co.ck E: reservations@cookislandstours.co.ck

An entrancing, tropical destination with dining options to suit every traveller’s taste. Whether it’s indulging in chic beachfront dining, sipping cocktails poolside, or embracing love with private dining, Pacific Resort Hotel Group has you covered. Our properties offer an exceptional standard of cuisine for an unforgettable dining experience. p a c i f i c r e s or t . c o m

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Go to Town in Avarua

Island Life Nestled on the north coast of Rarotonga wedged between rugged volcanic mountains and the Pacific Ocean is Avarua, the main township of the Cook Islands. It is the centre of government, commerce, and the legal system.

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varua means ‘two harbours’ in the local Maori language.

With a population of around 5,000, Avarua is a thriving business and shopping hub that includes the popular Punanga Nui Market on the waterfront next to Avatiu Harbour. Whilst enjoying a pleasant stroll along the waterfront, view the wreck of SS Matai. Take a walk along the main street, Ara Maire

View from Avarua foreshore on Are Tapu Road

Nui, where you will find abundant shops selling island products, clothing, and black pearls. There is also a shopping centre and supermarket in town.

Of course, explore the back roads of town too for more delightful encounters with Rarotongan lifestyle.

Head along Are Tapu Road and take a turn at the wonderful Beachcomber building into Makea Tinirau Road for a walk into Rarotonga’s historic precinct.

There is so much to do during a day in town! After your walks, you’ll welcome the choice of the many cafés, restaurants and bars that are very much part of Rarotonga’s tropical lifestyle.

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“We are so happy to be operating again. Koka has come back stronger than ever post pandemic I am happy to say. It has been a challenge getting started again. It was a tough two years Information with the storyboard boats sitting idle, and a couple of staff lost toSheraton NZ. But we are Hotel back on our feet.(derelict) We see that visitors are very happy to be in Inspirations the Cooks.”

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‘If you want a fun-filled fantastic TE KOU SUMMIT TRACK day out on Muri lagoon, this is the operator to go with! These guys are incredible!! They cruise out through the lagoon with songs and music set the tone, stopping to enjoy a snorkel with plenty of GT's and huge clams to admire. We then set off for TE KOU the island (motu)588M lunch which AVAN A was the absolute highlight STREof AM the day. The BBQ and food were great, the fun and laughter even better. Then there was the show which was an absolute blast! The family loved it from two years to 68 years of age!”

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History

BY JEAN MASON, CURATOR

An authentic experience of Cook Islands heritage at Museum Cook Islands & Library If you want to experience authentic Cook Islands material culture to understand how traditional maori society functioned, take yourself to Museum Cook Islands, located down Makea Tinirau Rd, opposite the University of the South Pacific, in an historic part of Avarua, sometimes referred to as the ‘creative hub’ of Rarotonga.

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uilt in 1963, the facility (a combined library & museum) was the first of its kind in the Cook Islands. It was largely built with funds raised by interested parties in the community, on land donated by the then ariki (chief) of the district, Makea Nui Teremoana

There’s a whole lot of history going on at Museum Cook Islands (MCI): • a plethora of ancient gods, canoes, stone adzes, wooden spears; • Cook Islands and Pacific art; • textile crafts; • a multitude of pictures and photographs; • 40,000 books.

Ariki. The building was opened by her on 22 December 1964. The exhibits in the museum were set up by one Mr Riccarton of Canterbury Museum, New Zealand. Prior to this, a call had gone out to all islands in the Cook Islands for authentic artifacts to put in the museum. The call was heeded and many of the rare, remaining wooden and stone artifacts in these islands were donated to the museum.

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Communicate with us at phone: 26468 email: library@cookislandsmuseum.com Hours: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9am-1pm Located on Makea Tinirau Rd, opposite University of the South Pacific, Avarua Postal: PO Box 71, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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Wooden items include spears, ceremonial adzes, kumete (bowls), tiki-atua (gods), urunga rakau (headrests), and an atamira (chief’s seat). Stone items include a ceremonial orb, slingstones, canoe anchors, adzeheads, and penu (pounders).

Many of the country’s artifacts had either been destroyed by over-zealous missionaries who arrived in the 1820s, or some of the more interesting artifacts had been taken to Europe, where they languish in overseas museums today. Museum Cook Islands was very fortunate to come into existence at a time when the last of these artifacts were still in the country and was able to acquire them. Other artifacts include woven articles, costumes, shells, photographs and metal objects, including the wrought iron anchors of two sailing ships. As a non-profit museum, the entry fee is kept at an affordable $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for children. The public library has a collection of about 40,000 books, including junior readers, young adult books, thrillers, chick lit, historic, classic fiction, nonfiction and academic books for adults. The library makes an effort to update its books every few weeks. Visitors are invited to be temporary members of the library for a fee of $20. Membership lasts 6 months and a $10 refund is made upon visitors returning all their books (up to 6 books can be borrowed at a time). Opening Hours are: Monday/ Wednesday/Friday 9am-1pm. We look forward to seeing you!


Sea fans and soft coral on deep drop-off, taken at 80 metres

Diving ONE STOP-SHOP

FOR ADVENTURE DIVING IN RAROTONGA Whether you are an experienced diver or totally new to diving, Adventure Cook Islands in Aroa offer scuba diving trips, refresher dives, intro dives, dive courses, and even blackwater diving at night. For non-scuba divers, there is freediving and snorkelling trips to Rarotonga’s outer reef.

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hey also offer technical diving courses and training.

Explore further, dive deeper and extend your range For experienced scuba divers wishing to expand their knowledge and dive skills, Adventure Cook Islands offers a range of technical diving courses and rebreather training through different technical diver training organisations. If you are interested in learning to plan and safely conduct decompression dives, use multiple gases or dive with a closed-circuit rebreather, then go and see Patrick Jaletzky. As the Director of Sea Operations

at Adventure Cook Islands, he is the only technical diving instructor in the Cook Islands offering these courses: “Even though recreational diving trips and training are our ‘bread and butter’, there has been an increased interest in our technical diving courses lately,” said Patrick. Explore Rarotonga’s hidden gems In addition to technical diver training, the company also offers rebreather support for experienced mixed gas rebreather divers wishing to explore the deeper parts of our reef.

Soft coral looking up the drop-off, taken at 90 metres

“Rarotonga’s deep drop-off’s offer incredible diving just minutes away from shore”. Beyond recreational diving depths, stunning, colourful soft corals and massive sea fans can be found, as well as some of the rarest tropical reef fish in the world, like the peppermint angelfish or the elusive narcosis angelfish.

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Adventures In Paradise In the picturesque tropical island setting that is Cook Islands it easy to find countless ‘Adventures in Paradise’, especially if you enjoy the great outdoors and the island lifestyle.

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OFFSHORE ADVENTURES Diving and snorkelling

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here are guided day and night SUP tours in Muri, and individual rentals available in Muri and in Aitutaki offering quality equipment and experiences. White sand beaches and safe, crystal-clear lagoons make stand up paddle boarding an idyllic opportunity to enjoy the beautiful lagoons of the Cook Islands. Must do!

Lagoon tours are a must!

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n Muri Lagoon, there are two brilliant glass-bottom boat tours available, both cruises promise a day of fun for couples and families alike with snorkelling, live entertainment, and a BBQ lunch. On Aitutaki with its massive lagoon it’s no wonder that there are several lagoon cruises on offer, including smaller charters.


ONSHORE ADVENTURES Hiking around the islands Cycling is a great option

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ycling around the islands is easy as the main roads are mostly on the flat. Some accommodations have limited numbers of bicycles available to borrow, but if you want a guaranteed bicycle or electric bike, you can hire by the day or the week. In Rarotonga there are also guided cycle tours, including mountain bike tours.

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Are you thinking of

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Wear strong footwear

Advise your accommodation or host of your intentions

Do not attempt treks if it has rained or rain is forecast

Allow at least 3-5 hours walking time for the trek

Take a jacket & drinking water

Explore with at least a party of three

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Do not rely on mobile service whilst on the trek, reception is unreliable Be advised - considerable physical effort is required on parts of the trek Check your footwear is clean from plant debris or seeds to stop invasive species entering new areas

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Island Life

TOURISM IN Economic Recovery Mode COVID 19 took its toll on the Cook Islands tourism industry when borders closed in March 2020. Subsequently, industry leaders, including Sue Fletcher-Vea - the then President of the Cook Islands Tourism Industry Council - optimistically faced the many challenges triggered by the pandemic.

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adly, Sue passed away suddenly in May 2020 and the role of President of the Council transferred in these unhappy circumstances to its vice president, Liana Scott. Liana is the General Manager of the Muri Beach Club Hotel and operator of self contained homes and villas, and an adventure tour company. “I had big shoes to fill, and coupled with that we were going through a pandemic that had brought the Cook Islands to its knees,” said Liana. “Our economy relied so much on tourism. More than 75% of our GDP is attributed to tourism. That was suddenly taken away”.

“The goal was to make sure businesses were going to make it through the pandemic”. Liana said the Task Force was fortunate in that the Government got on board quickly providing

“Businesses were able to decide whether to stay open or to close. Many businesses continued to operate because they needed cash flow, or had stock on hand. The wages subsidy assisted those businesses.” Whilst borders are now open, Liana said the Task Force still meet monthly, primarily to discuss economic recovery mode.

According to Liana, businesses reacted differently depending on the nature of the business, their financial status, size and their dependency on visitors.

“The Task Force now is exploring ways to stimulate the economy, and to get back on track. The economy is buoyant at the moment; the bounce back rate has been high.

“Some hibernated completely, others closed for refurbishment or improvements, others opened with new hours and less staff, others were less affected.

“If anything, COVID has taught us a few lessons on being flexible and being able to adapt quickly to situations and to make the changes necessary.”

“It was almost like everyone was given a forced holiday where there was an opportunity to have a look at your business from the outside in, and perhaps make some changes.”

On the immediate future of tourism in the Cook Islands Liana said:

The Private Sector Task Force met regularly and it ensured the Prime Minister and the Government were alerted to issues of concern. Liana said they released their response plans quickly.

“I’m still surprised at how many Kiwis come here for the first time. It’s been really great seeing first timers venture this way rather than their usual destinations like Europe, Fiji or Bali. It’s been an opportunity to convert them into returnees. “We just need to make sure that we continue to stand behind our products and services as an industry, and deliver them well”.

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“We needed to be able, collectively, to lobby government. The Task Force was chaired by Fletcher Melvin from the Chamber, and I was vice chair.

“The tourism industry was in mild panic mode not being certain they would be able to pay bills and staff. Wage subsidy was a big component of that. And, when the 20th of the month came around, expenses payments and VAT became due. That’s when the impact of COVID was felt the most. People worried, and some had mental health issues coming to terms with the implications of the sudden lockdown.”

Liana Scott, President of the Cook Islands Tourism Industry Council

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Not long after the pandemic hit the Private Sector Task Force was formed to deal with the issues thrown up by the uncertainty. Stakeholders included the Chamber of Commerce, the Banking Association, and the Tourism Council.

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Health & Beauty

The creation of TeTika skin care is a beautiful story Image by: Cook Islands Sun

Filled with the mystique, splendour and respect for the traditions of the Cook Islands people. Dr. Graham Matheson grew up in the Cook Islands in the 1990s playing rugby and rugby league where players frequently sustained injuries that were treated with traditional medicine, which resulted in inexplicable and speedy recoveries.

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raham chose medicine as a career, graduating from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) medical school as a doctor, with a Masters in Biomedical Engineering. He completed his PHD studies on the effects of traditional Cook Islands medicine.

Dr. Graham Matheson

The Cook Islands traditional custodians, the Koutu Nui, and Dr. Matheson embarked upon a 10-year research program into regenerative traditional medicines under an agreement considered world’s best practice.

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The science of these ancient medicines is at the heart of Te Tika BioActive Cook Islands Oils. Graham is a founding partner of Te Tika.

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TeTika means ‘truth and integrity’ in the Cook Islands language is the culmination of a thousand years of tradition, and a decade of advanced research. Today, Te Tika is a luxury skincare product range with the key ingredient being Bioactive Cook Islands Oils. These remarkable oils have a rejuvenating effect on the skin. Te Tika product image

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runs the Te Tika business day-today in the Cook Islands. “Our hero product is Te Tika Bioactive ‘Face and Body Oil – Sunset Glow. It’s popular with both our female and male customers,” said Jenny. “With our Face and Body Oil, it’s simply the bioactive combination of the plants we use, that we do know triggers the skin to go into healing mode, which generates new skin that is smoother.” The full range of Te Tika Skincare is available at CITC Pharmacy in Avarua. AN NOW, TVATI TRADITIONAL “Tvati is used to regenerate bone and soft tissue using the power of nature and traditional medicine,” said Dr Matheson. “It is the researched, refined, concentrated and patented


evolution of the Cook Islands Traditional Maori Medicine, Te Vairakau Ati. It’s the result of years of research and development of the traditional plants used to treat bone, cartilage and soft tissue injuries”.

“Tvati is used to regenerate bone and soft tissue using the power of nature and traditional medicine,” said Dr Matheson. Tvati is grown, harvested, processed and packed in the Cook Islands. On tvati.com there are many testimonials, including one from motorbike stunt rider, Robbie

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According to Graham Matheson, the research and development demonstrated that the topical application of these plant extracts influenced the biology of healing bone, the details of which are contained in the PhD completed and published at University of New South Wales under the supervision of Professor W R Walsh (Bill) who is a recognised world expert in bone

regeneration and orthopaedic research. The extract and its effects have been awarded patents in the major markets of the world. Tvati is used to treat bone, cartilage and soft tissue. For more information visit tvaki. com or email info@tvati.com

Inspired by traditional, scientifically-proven, Cook Islands regenerative medicines

A key ingredient in the TeTika® Skincare range, Bioactive Cook Islands Oils are the result of intense research into the traditional Cook Islands medicinal practices. These remarkable oils have a rejuvenating effect on the epidermis of the skin. See the full range of the TeTika® Skincare products at CITC Pharmacy in Avarua. COOK ISLANDS VISITOR GUIDE | 2022-2023

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Health & Beauty An hour or two at a spa will give you a chance to truly relax and enjoy your vacation in the Cook Islands. You will appreciate how much better you feel after a massage, a body-wrap and scrub, a facial, or many of other indulgences on the spa menu - whether you are male or female!

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arotonga offers a wide variety of spa and wellbeing options. Try one (or more), and the experience (s) will be remembered as a highlight of your holiday to the Cooks. Most spas around the island have their own little ‘quirks and perks’, so don’t be shy to ask for their

Deep tissue massage at The Spa (Muri Beach Club Hotel)

Enjoy some of the best spas in the South Pacific spa and wellbeing lists, or have a good chat to the spa receptionists. You may simply chose a spa based on its proximity to your accommodation, but you should also consider budget, the range of offerings, the style of service, the surroundings, and the overall atmosphere.

The Spa at Edgewater Resort & Spa

On your search, you will find spas with special offerings such as hydrotherapy tubs, steam rooms, sauna, and Vichy shower,

Spa Ariki at the Crown Beach Resort

manicure, pedicure and makeup artists. Generally, they are all pretty good value by world standards. Once you have made your selection, and to totally enjoy your spa and welling experience, take your time, and be in a relaxed state of mind before your arrival. And, to maintain your comfort, avoid having too much food in your stomach beforehand. Enjoy some of the best spas in the South Pacific whilst you are in Rarotonga.

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To the people of the Pacific the coconut palm is the ‘tree of life’ because every part of the palm helps them in some essential way.

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oconut palms are a renewable organic resource. The word Rito has several meanings: first, it is the name of the young fronds that grow from the heart of the coconut tree. This fibre is used for finely woven traditional Cook Islands hats and mats; that is why there is a weave pattern on Rito Cook Islands skincare packaging. Rito also means ‘the source or essence of something’. Rito products are distinctive in that Rito make their coconut oil and skincare products in Rarotonga.

oil. The range includes coldpressed virgin coconut oil, tamanu oil, soaps and skincare products.

You can visit Rito Cook Islands at their workshop-plant in Tikioki near the Fruits of Rarotonga and Muri, or drop in to their retail hut at Punanga Nui Market on any Saturday morning.

Rito products are also available from CITC Pharmacy in Avarua.

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You’re American, why do you live in the Cook Islands?

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I grew up outside of city limits; a real country girl. I love small towns with a closeknit community vibe. I really appreciate the strong sense of family, identity and culture in the Cook Islands. I also have a home, business and husband here. Are fitness activities better to do in the morning? Not necessarily. I always say to people, “choose a fitness time and regimen that you can commit to and be consistent

with.” We are all designed differently and we have busy lives that demand certain things from us. It’s important to invest in your health by putting yourself first when it comes to fitness and eating well. Whilst on holiday, is it good to work out every day? I find that a lot of people coming on holiday are needing to de-stress and recharge from a stressful work environment and the uncertainty we have all felt over the past two years. The intensity of the workout will determine if you should do

it every day. It’s always good practice to listen to your body and ask yourself, “how is my energy today, how is my body feeling.” If you are training every day and not resting and recovering you run the risk of injuring yourself. What sort of fitness or healthy activities should a visitor consider on holiday? Activities such as swimming, walking, yoga, Pilates, paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkelling, learning to kiteboard or wing are all fantastic ways to get in fitness while on holiday.


“ ... a lot of people coming on holiday are needing to de-stress and recharge from a stressful work environment”

Body movement with Brynn

Where do you conduct most of your body movement and fitness activities? I offer group classes open to locals and visitors at various locations around the island. I also have a private home studio offering more specialised and individualised workouts for my personal training clients. How can exercise and fitness activity help mental health on holiday? Moving your body through fitness or activity is meditation in motion. The evidence is clear

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that moving your body is a crucial part to keeping a healthy mind. A healthy mind also helps feed a healthy body. Do you remember the last time you worked out and said, “I really wish I didn’t do that workout?” Most likely never because we always feel good after doing some sort of movement. In a week or ten days what results could a visitor expect to see or feel? This is a challenging one to answer. Exercise and a good diet are both required to see the most results. Most people tend to relax

their eating habits and indulge a bit more while on holiday. If you are just starting a workout, then be conservative and realistic so that you can stay consistent. You will probably be a bit sore from the new movements, but you will most likely feel more energetic, happier and proud of yourself. If you are already working out regularly then you will help maintain your fitness during your holiday so you don’t undo all the good work you’ve put in. To book an individual spot in a class, or as a group, visit kitesup.co or call 51407

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pampering in paradise ... relaxing massages, therapies & beauty treatments Open Mon to Sun 8.30am to 5.30pm Late night Thursday to 9.00pm ph: 25435 ext 7031

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Art

Meet a Cook Islands contemporary artist

with a wicked sense of humour

BY: ALASTAIR BLOUNT

In the nineties a revival of the Cook Islands contemporary art movement began led by returning Cook Islands artists, including Tim Buchanan.

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t the age of 25, Timothy Manavaroa Buchanan, whose mother is a Cook Islander, returned to Rarotonga in 1987 after 17 years in New Zealand. Tim has endured as a artist in the Cook Islands since the early nineties. “Before becoming a full-time artist, I was restoring and running the Banana Court,” said Tim. Banana Court was the first hotel in the Cook Islands, opened in 1905 with six rooms. It was badly flooded and damaged during Cyclone Sally in 1987.

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“I wanted to restore the building. The manager was retiring and I convinced the tourist authority that I had a vision for restoring and reviving it to its heyday as an entertainment hub, and I succeeded.

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“I had lots of ideas including started a string band competition. When Cook Islanders have a drink, they pull out ukuleles and guitars, and start singing. So, I thought: let’s have a competition to see who is the best”. According to Tim, the career of Brother Love, one of the bestknown names in Cook Islands music, was launched at Banana Court.

Tim was with Banana Court for five years. “I’ve been drawing and sketching and creating for as long as I can remember. It was my best and favorite subject at school,” said Tim. Some say that Tim’s early works appear to be inspired by Gauguin during his French Polynesia period. “Sure, he was one of the early modernists dabbling in Polynesian culture and appropriating Polynesian things like motifs. I have reappropriated.

Tim Manavaroa Buchanan

One of Tim’s best-known early paintings is The Musicians, which was inspired by the Sunset Specials, a popular band that came out of the string band competition. Following on from Banana Court, Tim moved to the Ministry of Cultural Development. “I was charged with developing contemporary Cook Islands art, but with no budget. I had to find sponsorship”. Tim approached local businessman Brian Baudinet to seek sponsorship for a local artist. Brian had previously seen one of Tim’s paintings in an exhibition on the verandah at Banana Court and offered to sponsor Tim.

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“They interpreted our culture, and then I reinterpreted it back, particularly in the early days when I was finding my style.”

Tim grabbed the opportunity: “Brian Baudinet became my patron for two years and effectively launched my career as an artist.”

Tim said the main comparison between his work and that of Gauguin is the subject matter.

So, when was the first time Tim felt like a commercially viable artist.


“When my wife at the time was pregnant, we had to go to New Zealand. I had to raise funds to be able to do that so I sold one of my paintings. “I heard later that the person I had sold it to was made a substantial offer for the painting, but she wouldn’t sell.” It was then that Tim realised that there was value in his paintings: “I’ve managed to maintain a steady income since that time.” As a sideline Tim has also been a location scout for the movie industry including The Other Side of Paradise, and more recently Gary of the Pacific. “Jack Cooper recommended me for Gary of the Pacific. Trader Jacks were doing the catering for the crew.

When he first started, the politicians didn’t know the identity of Kata

“I enjoyed the work because I was collaborator for someone else’s creative vision.” But Tim’s mainstay is still art.

“One of them I was quite pleased with; it didn’t look like anything our Polynesian neighbors were doing. It was something that was uniquely Cook Islands.”

A painting by Tim depicting travelling Polynesians features at the entrance to the Rarotonga International Airport departure lounge, complementing Ted Nia sculptures. “Ted Nia was charged with coming up with artwork for the new airport renovation, and he approached me to do the departure area wall. “He was an acclaimed contemporary artist in his own right. Ted was a superb carver, superb painter, and something of a character.” The piece Tim created for the airport was produced on board: “I actually cut into the board so it’s part sculpture and part paint.” The majority of Tim’s work is commissioned for private collections: “Which is why I haven’t been able to accumulate a body of work for a show.” A lesser-known fact about Tim Buchanan is he has been the cartoonist for Cook Islands News since 1994 under the pseudonym of Kata. Kata means ‘to laugh’ in Maori.

View to Maina motu

“The first Kata cartoon was about some of our local people upset about a tourist sun bathing topless. I thought, this is ironic! Back when the missionaries arrived, we were all walking around topless and they got us to cover up; a hundred years later, we’re now telling tourists to do that!” The Kata cartoon appears daily, except Sunday. “Normally it’s on the news of the day, and is it often about politicians. They’re my favorite subject.” Tim said that when he first started, the politicians didn’t know the identity of Kata. “Early on I did a cartoon mentioning parliament unfavorably, and they used that as a pretext to smoke me out! “The cartoon was about the police arresting one of our handicap people, who go

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“In recent years I took up a residency at Tamanu Beach resort in Aitutaki. I did a series of paintings for them, and came up with three different styles that I had never worked with before.

The Stringband

Tim has had commissions from the government and the Airport Authority.

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wandering. They had arrested this person for being of unsound mind and locked them up. And I thought that’s poor. So, I depicted the police turning up at the door of two old people. The mama said to the papa: ‘the police are here to arrest someone for being of unsound mind. And the papa replied: ‘they’ve got the wrong address; parliament is down the road.” According to Tim, the prime minister at the time Sir Geoffrey Henry believed parliament should not be mocked, so Kata was revealed following a subpoena and summons. That incident did not deter Kata from his irreverence, and Kata is eagerly sought out daily,

“In next two or three years. I’ll include a retrospective and a show of new work. I’m also inclined to have an exhibition of Kata cartoons.” In the meantime, Tim’s artwork can be seen at various locations including the Rarotonga Airport departure lounge, Cook Islands Museum & Library, Tamanu Beach resort, the foyer of the Rarotongan Resort, and the restaurant at Trader Jacks. A day in Raro

especially by the locals (and the politicians). So, when are we going to see a Tim Manavaroa Buchanan exhibition?

You’ll also find some of Tim’s artwork on colourful postcards available from Bounty Bookshop and Island Craft in Avarua. As far as the near future is concerned: “I’ll keep painting. I want to do more timber sculpture and some stone sculpture”.

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Four Kata cartoons from Cook Islands News

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Aitutaki

View of One Foot Island from Air Rarotonga aircraft.

“A great day out” Air Rarotonga’s allinclusive Aitutaki Day Trip from Rarotonga is simply a great day out!

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Book with Air Rarotonga online (aitutakidaytour.com), call 22 888, or see Air Rarotonga at the airport, adjacent to the departure counters.

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At a cost of only $493.00 (adult) and $246.50 (2-11yrs), the tour includes transfers from/to your accommodation (or a designated pick-up point); return flights; a short tour of Aitutaki; a six-hour cruise in a covered catamaran with facilities; a visit to One Foot Island; towels and snorkelling equipment; BBQ lunch; tea, coffee, water; live music and cultural demonstrations.

Image by: Craig Owen

perating Monday to Saturday departing Rarotonga at 8.00am, returning at 5.30pm, the day tour is perfect for visitors who are staying on Rarotonga, but who want to experience the beauty of Aitutaki’s world-famous lagoon.

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Aitutaki

Visit Aitutaki

… and love a little paradise

You will often hear that a holiday to the Cook Islands is incomplete without a visit to Aitutaki.

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amous for its vast blue lagoon and palmfringed beaches, Aitutaki is more peaceful and much less crowded than Rarotonga.

Images by: Alexandra Adoncello

The ‘lots’ include snorkeling, scuba diving, wind surfing, paddle boarding, game fishing, bone fishing, cycling, eating and drinking, whale watching and walking. The ‘nothing’ is the pure

Aitutaki has a population of around 2000 people and no dogs! The first of the Cook Islands to embrace Christianity in the early 1800s, the island has the oldest church in the Cook Islands, and some of the biggest banyan trees. If you are unable stay-awhile in Aitutaki, at least go for the day!

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Popular with honeymooners and couples, Aitutaki is a fifty-minute flight from Rarotonga. It’s a wonderful little paradise with lots to do…or nothing to do!

delight in the peace and tranquility the island offers. Aitutaki is distinctively an island of relaxation and rejunination. Island time rules!

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Wet & Wild kiteboarding

Aitutaki

Wet & Wild in Aitutaki Wet & Wild owner-operator Quinton Schofield loves his job in Aitutaki, and it shows.

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nything to do with water and a boat, that’s us. All things Wet and Wild!

“Visitors can do just about everything with Wet & Wild deep-sea fishing, spear fishing, kite boarding, wake boarding, water skiing, tube riding, snorkelling, island hopping,

sightseeing and even whale watching. And, Wet & Wild provide a water taxi service too.

Whale watching

“The best thing about Aitutaki is that is a long way from the rest of the world. It is a beautiful and remote place, with one of the most beautiful lagoons on the planet,” said Quinton.

all have it wrong. I think that this is the real world, and this is the lifestyle we should all have, and this is how it should be. For me, Aitutaki!"

“When visitors leave, they say: ‘Oh well, it’s time to go back to the real world!’ But I think they

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Boat charters

Enjoy a simple all-day menu, or a-la-carte dinner menu featuring local seafood and 60 Asian flavours.


Aitutaki Marine Research Centre

Wet & Wild Aitutaki

Aitutaki Map

KEY LEGEND

Ranginui Sunset Golf Club

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Seaside Lodges

Rino’s Apartments

 Explore the roads and tracks - The round island main roads are accessible by all vehicles, but the smaller tracks are only accessible by four-wheeled drive, scooter and on foot. Enjoy the views from the island’s highest point, Maungapu, 124 metres above sea level. You can drive, or ride, most of the way up. ATM

 Enjoy the lagoon - Aitutaki’s lagoon is a unique, wonderful playground. Charter a boat for a snorkelling excursion and let the locals take you to the very best spots. Adventurists can go kiteboarding, wakeboarding and scuba diving. The fly fishers can try bonefishing. Paddleboarding is for everyone. Or just hang out on a hammock!  Go to church - The singing is magnificent!  Play a round of golf - Nine-hole course. You can hire clubs.

Gamefish Club Wharves

Dive Aitutaki (Bubbles Below)

Teking Lagoon Tours Wharf

Popoara Rentals

Akitua

Platinum Cruising Aitutaki

AMURI

Ranginui's Retreat

WaterTank

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Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort

Angarei

Baxters Waterworld

ARUTANGA Police Station

TNM Store

Boatshed Bar & Grill

OOTU BEACH Aitutaki Village & Blue Lagoon Restaurant & Bar

Heineken Vaipeka Store Community Hall Amuri Guesthouse Amuri Pool Villa

Vonnias Aitutaki Wet & Wild Aitutaki

VAIPEKA Piraki lookout

Air Rarotonga ATM

Maina Superstore

Post Office

REUREU

WiFi Hotspot

Popoara Ocean Breeze Villas

Koru Cafe

WaterTanks

Pacific Resort Aitutaki Rapae Bay Restaurant Black Rock Cafe & Bar

Paparei Bungalows

Snorkeling

Hospital

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

Vaikoa Units

Aquila Store Aquila Rentals Rino’s Beach Bungalows & Rentals

Swimming

Maungapu 124m

Tamanu Beach Resort Restaurant and Bar

Sunny Beach Lodge

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Place of interest Church

Black Pearl Charters

Etu Moana Beach Villas Tauono’s Garden Café Matriki Beach Huts

Aretai Beach Villas

Things to see and do on Aitutaki

Spiders Petrol Station

Aitutaki Escape Aunty Odee’z Takeaway Paradise Cove Vaiorea Beach House

Aitutaki Beach Villas

Maungapu

Airport Terminal

Accomodation

Ee Neibaa’s Store

Bishops Cruises Araura School

HOSPITAL

AITUTAKI LAGOON

T&S ArtworX

Power Station

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Vaipae Sports Field Aitutaki

Reef Motel

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WRECK OF ALEXANDER

Maina

Avatea Café

Papau Tavaerua Iti Tavaerua Nui Akaiami Rapota

Wharf

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Muritapua Moturakau Tekopua Tapuaetai

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Beach

Atiu Villas & Kuras Kitchen

Tumai Beach

KEY LEGEND Accomodation Place of interest

Lake Teroto

Atiu Vai Piake Landing

Marae

Rima Rau Burial Cave

Takauroa Landing Coral Garden Matai Landing

Church Hospital Walking track

Totiko Landing

Konakonako Landing Road (not recommended) Swamp area

Airport

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

Te Tau

Pari Aniu

Whistling Holes

Raka’s Burial Cave Taunganui Harbour

Ara’oa Beach Atuokoro Landing

Wreck of SV Edna

Taparere Lodge Iotepui Battlefield Te ruaere Caves

Capt. Cook Oravaru landed Landing April 1777 Mangaia3 Villas Avarua Landing

Hospital

Auraka Bakery Tãpãti Battlefield KeiaTaro Gardens

Mangaia Lodge

BeachBabe’s Hotel

Place of interest

Kopeka Lodge Kia Orana Bungalows

Areora Cafe

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Ivirua

Anatakitaki

(Cave of the Kopeka)

Oneroa Beach

School Aretou Tumunu Ivirua Taro Gardens

Ara Moana Bungalows

(Highest point on the Island) Atiu Villas & Kuras Kitchen

Lake Teroto

KEY LEGEND Rock Pools Accomodation Tua ati

AREORA

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TheThree Grottos

Taungaroro Beach. Enjoy your own secluded beach.

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TEENUI

Vaitotara

Taungaroro

Karanga Nui Beach

School

Oneroa

Bluesky + Beach Post Office TV Station Tumai Public Card Phone

Tepoonui Tumunu

Power Station HOSPITAL

Vai Anga Petrol Station Air Rarotonga Babe’s Store Palace

Tarapaku Landing

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Orongo Marae

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Vai Piake Landing

Rima Rau Burial Cave

Makatea Cliff Marae Scenic Viewpoint (looking inland)

Takauroa Landing Coral Garden Matai Landing

Church Hospital Walking track Road (not recommended)

Ana oTautua Caves & Battlefield

LakeTiriara Scenic Recreation Activitries

Swamp area

Tuatini Caves

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

Tukoropa

Te Tau

Ara’oa Beach

Iotepui Battlefield Te ruaere Caves

Airport INLAND TRACK TO TAVENGA

Karanga Nui Beach

Mangaia Villas Avarua Landing

Ōrongo

School Vaitotara

Oneroa

Hospital

Bluesky + Post Office TV Station Public Card Phone

Rock Pools

Ivirua

Power Station

Vai Anga Petrol Station Air Rarotonga Babe’s Store Palace Mangaia Lodge

Auraka Bakery Tãpãti Battlefield KeiaTaro Gardens

School RANGIMOTIA

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Ivirua Taro Gardens

Ara Moana Bungalows

Babe’s Hotel

Tua ati Makatea Cliff Scenic Viewpoint (looking inland)

Ana oTautua Caves & Battlefield

LakeTiriara Scenic Recreation Activitries Tuatini Caves

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Tamarua

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Also known as Enuamanu (land of the birds), Atiu lies a mere 187 kilometres northeast of Rarotonga; yet it is a world apart first spotted by Capt. James Cook in the 1770s.

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nly forty-five minutes by air from both Aitutaki and Rarotonga, Atiu’s population is around 400; most live in five villages spread out from the centre of the island on a flat central plateau. Located at the edge of the plateau are chaletstyle lodges known as Atiu Villas, made almost entirely of local native timbers and materials, featuring the polished woods of mango, coconut, red peanut, acacia, cedar, Java plum and other tropical trees. Surrounding the plateau is a ring of taro water gardens, and then the jungle-clad makatea (fossil coral reef). Notched into the cliffs of makatea are over two-dozen beaches, pristine and secluded. A restful island for those who love being off the beaten track.

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(See ad on inside front cover) Arorangi

Located on the sheltered sunset coast of Rarotonga where 5 acres of manicured gardens meet the pristine Aroa beach that caresses a sparkling turquoise lagoon. Our spacious air-conditioned villas and suites present king bedrooms that are decorated with neutral fabrics and soft textures. This intimate adults-only boutique resort is renowned for its fantastic beach location, fine food, and relaxed ambiance.

www.crownbeach.com info@crownbeach.com Telephone: +682 23 953

Crown Beach Resort Beachfront Pool Villa


Castaway Resort Arorangi

Castaway Resort is located on the western side of Rarotonga on the sunset coast, approximately 10 minutes’ drive (5.2km) from Rarotonga Airport on the main road (Ara Tapu). Castaway Resort offers four room types to choose from that make up a total of 18 rooms on-site including a beach house. Home to the popular Wilson’s Restaurant & Beach Bar.

www.castawayvillas.com relax@castawayvillas.com Telephone: +682 21 546

Central Motel

Avarua www.central-motel.com stopover@centralmotel.com Telephone: +682 25 735

Club Raro Resort Tupapa

www.clubraro.co.ck holiday@clubraro.co.ck Telephone: +682 22 415

Edgewater Resort & Spa

Moana Sands Lagoon Resort

www.edgewater.co.ck stay@edgewater.co.ck Telephone: +682 25 4355

Muri moanasands.co.ck reservations@moanasands.co.ck Telephone: +682 26 189

Ikurangi Eco Retreat

Muri Beach Club Hotel

Arorangi

Matavera www.ikurangi.com stay@ikurangi.com Telephone: +682 25 288

(See ad on back cover) Muri

Little Polynesian Resort Titikaveka www.littlepolynesian.com sales@littlepolynesian.com Telephone: +682 24 280

Manuia Beach Resort Arorangi www.manuia.co.ck rooms@manuia.co.ck Telephone: +682 22 461

Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel Titikaveka www.moanasands.co.ck beach@moanasands.co.ck Telephone: +682 26 183

Moana Sands Beachfront Villas Vaimaanga www.moanasands.co.ck reservations@moanasands.co.ck Telephone: +682 26 294

Designed with the taste of discerning travellers in mind, Muri Beach Club Hotel stands out from the rest through its modern facilities & well-appointed rooms with a Polynesian flair, 24-hour service & carefully considered layout, ensuring a sanctuary for privacy & escapism. Muri Lagoon is Rarotonga’s most scenic destination doubling as your aquatic playground for superb & safe water activities.

www.muribeachclubhotel.com info@muribeachclubhotel.com Telephone: +682 23 000

Muri Beach Resort Muri www.muribeachresort.com relax@muribeachresort.com Telephone: +682 22 779

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Muri www.nautilusresortrarotonga.com relax@nautilusresortrarotonga.com Telephone: +682 25 125

The Islander Hotel & Hula Bar Panama

Pacific Resort Rarotonga Muri www.pacificresort.com reservations@pacificresort.com Telephone: +682 20 427

Palm Grove Vaimaanga www.palmgrove.net beach@palmgrove.co.ck Telephone: +682 20 002

Sunset Resort Arorangi

Onu Bay Holiday House Arorangi www.onubayholidayhouse.co.ck onubayholidayhouse@gmail.com Telephone: +682 71 478

Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa

The Islander Hotel is located oceanfront opposite Rarotonga Airport. Surprisingly affordable, the large hotel rooms are decked out with a king bed and single bed, ensuite bathroom, tea & coffee making facilities, flat screen TV with movies, lounge, air conditioning, kitchenette and views of tropical gardens that lead to the South Pacific Ocean. Great dining options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

www.islanderhotel.co.ck info@islanderhotel.co.ck Telephone: +682 21 003

Muri www.rumours-rarotonga.com info@rumours-rarotonga.com Telephone: +682 22 551

Sea Change Villas

Titikaveka www.seachangevillas.com reception@seachangevillas.com Telephone: +682 22 532

Serenity Villas

Arorangi serenityvillas@gmail.com Telephone: +682 71 478

The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa Muri Lagoonarium Idyllically set on the shores of a sheltered lagoon this intimate beachfront resort enjoys stunning sunsets. All studios and suites are self-catering and are situated either on the beachfront overlooking the lagoon or beside either of our two swimming pools. Set amid lush tropical gardens, our open-air restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

www.thesunsetresort.com welcome@thesunsetresort.com Telephone: +682 28 028

Sanctuary Rarotonga

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Aroa Beach www.sanctuaryrarotonga.com info@sanctuaryrarotonga.com Telephone: +682 25 900

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The Edgewater Resort & Spa Arorangi www.edgewater.co.ck stay@edgewater.co.ck Telephone: +682 25 435

Aroa Beach www.therarotongan.com info@rarotongan.co.ck Telephone: +682 25 800

LUXURY VILLAS

Antipodes Black Rock www.antipodesrarotonga.com events@antipodesrarotonga.com Telephone: +682 28 873

Crystal Blue Lagoon Villas

Muri www.crystalbluelagoonvillas.com manager@crystalbluelagoonvillas.com Telephone: +682 55 720

Motu Beachfront Art Villas Titikaveka www.royaltakitumu.com comfort@royaltakitumu.com Telephone: +682 24 682

www.temanava.com reservation@pacificresort.com Telephone: +682 28 150

Te Vakaroa Villas

Muri www.tevakaroavillas.com tevakaroa@villavacations.co.ck Telephone: +682 25 593

SELF CATERING

Aito Apartments

Muri jmmere@oyster.net.ck Telephone: +682 20 029

Anchor’s Rest

Betela Beach www.holidayhousesrarotonga.com book@holidayhousesrarotonga.com Telephone: +682 25 427 or 55 250

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Arapati Holiday Homes

B’s Beach House

Titikaveka www.arapati.com stay@arapati.com Telephone: +682 25 761 or 54 966

Muri www.rarobeachhouse.com bookings@rarobeachhouse.com Telephone: +682 76 781/53 782/21 646

Ariana Bungalows

Bella Beach Bungalows

O’oa www.ariana.co.ck relax@ariana.co.ck Telephone: +682 20 521

Titikaveka www.bellabeachbungalows.com book@bellabeach.co.ck Telephone: +682 26 004

Ariki Bungalows

Blackrock Villas

Muri www.arikiholidays.com arikiholidays@gmail.com Telephone: +682 27 955

Blackrock www.blackrockvillas.com blackrock@oyster.net.ck Telephone: +682 21 233

Arcadia Retreat

Blue Lagoon Villa

Arorangi arcadiararotonga.com info@arcadiararotonga.com Telephone: +682 55 289 or 55 678

Black Rock www.cookislandsholidayvillas.com stay@cookislandsholidayvillas.com Telephone: +682 25 2321 or 22 6270

Avana Waterfront Apartments

Casa Del Sol Villas

Avana www.avanawaterfrontapartments.com www.rarotonga.com Telephone: +682 20 836

Titikaveka Fb: CasaDelSolCookIslands Telephone: +682 55 321

Aro’a Beachfront House

Matavera Telephone: +682 28 056 or 54 007

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Aroa Kainga Bungalows Aroa www.aroakainga.co.ck tricia_tom@yahoo.co.nz Telephone: +682 22 246

Aroko Bungalows

Atupa Orchid Units

Atupa www.atupaorchids.co.ck ingrid@atupaorchids.co.ck Telephone: +682 28 543

Clear Water Lagoon View Villas Arorangi go-cookislands.com

Cook Islands Holiday Villas www.cookislandsholidayvillas.com stay@cookislandsholidayvillas.com Telephone: +682 55 271 or 52 321

Cooks Bay Villas

Vaimaanga www.cooksbayvillas.com stay@cooksbayvillas.com Telephone: +682 22 922

Dorothys Muri Beach Bungalows

Muri cookislands.travel/accommodation/dorothysmuri-beach-bungalows Telephone: +682 21 400

Panama emilysraro.com

Coral Sands Apartments Arorangi

Situated on the Western (sunset) side of Rarotonga, Coral Sands Apartments is only a 20-metre stroll to the white sandy beach, and walking distance to great bars and restaurants. The modern complex of seven boutique apartments (choice of one or three bedroom) can cater for couples, families or larger groups.

www.coralsands.co.ck stay@coralsands.co.ck Telephone: +682 58 296

Hawaiki Villas

Tikioki www.hawaikivillas.com hawaiki@villavacations.co.ck Telephone: +682 22 130

Heliconia Hideaway

Titikaveka www.heliconiahideaway.com info@heliconiahideaway.com Telephone: +682 55 795

Heron’s Reef

Matavera www.heronsreef.com stay@heronsreef.com Telephone: +682 26 488

Iro’s Beach Villas

Titikaveka www.irosbeachvillas.co.ck irosbeachvilla@gmail.com Telephone: +682 27 821

Island Bay Villas

Muri www.islandbayvillas.com jacquim@pacifika.co.nz Telephone: +682 22 616

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Muri www.arokobungalows.com aroko@bungalows.co.ck Telephone: +682 23 625

Charlie’s Villas

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Island Harmony Cottage Aro’a www.island-harmony.com ravlteau@gmail.com Telephone: +682 27 140 or 57 694

JJ’s Retreat

Rutaki www.jjs-retreat.com stay@rarotongaretreats.com Telephone: +682 70 137

Kaireva Beach House

Muri kairevabeachhouse.com kairevabeachhouse@oyster.net.ck Telephone: +682 25 207

Kakera Apartments

Turangi www.apartmentskakera.com kakera@hotmail.co.nz Telephone: +682 20 532

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Kiikii Inn & Suites

Tupapa www.kiikiimotel.co.ck relax@kiikiimotel.co.ck Telephone: +682 21 937 or 72 610

Kings Beach Villa

www.kingsbeachvilla.com kingsbeachvilla@gmail.com Telephone: +682 21 458 or 55 627

Kura’s Kabanas

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Lagoon Breeze Villas

Aroa www.lagoonbreezevillas.com reservations@lagoonvillas.com Telephone: +682 22 020

Little Oneroa

Muri www.littleoneroa.com info@littleoneroa.com

Magic Reef Beachside Bungalows Arorangi www.magicreef.co.nz reception@magicreef.co.nz Telephone: +682 27 404

Makayla Palms

Titikaveka www.makaylapalms.com info@makaylapalms.com Telephone: +682 22 936

Mama Ru’s Beach Bungalows Vaimaanga www.mamarus.com info@mamarus.com Telephone: +682 29 066

Manea Beach Villas

Muri www.maneabeachrarotonga.com stay@manea.co.ck Telephone: +682 25 336

Mountview Lodges

O’oa www.mountviewlodges.co.ck greatstay@mountviewlodges.co.ck Telephone: +682 29 491

Muri Beachcomber Muri www.beachcomber.co.ck muri@beachcomber.co.ck Telephone: +682 21 022

Muri Beach Cottages

Muri www.muribeachcottages.com gwenythe.mae@gmail.com Telephone: +682 23 666

Muri Beach Hideaway

Muri www.muribeachhideaway.com info@muribeachhideaway.com Telephone: +682 29 005

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Muri Lagoon View Bungalows Muri www.murilagoonviewbungalows.com liana@muribeachclubhotel.com Telephone: +682 55 089

Muri Lagoon Villa

Muri www.cookislandsholidayvillas.com stay@cookislandsholidayvillas.com Telephone: +682 25 2321 or 22 6270

Muri Lodges Limited Muri cookislands.travel

Muri Heights Villas

Muri www.muri-heights-villa.hotels-rarotonga. com wkauvai@oyster.net.ck Telephone: +682 20 466

Muri Hillside Guest Houses Muri www.murihillside.co.ck stay@murihillside.com Telephone: +682 55 769

Muri Retreat Apartments Muri www.muriretreat.com relax@muriretreat.com Telephone: +682 24 141

Muri Shores

Muri www.murishores.com stay@murishores.com Telephone: +682 52 325

Napa Beachfront Hideaway

Arorangi napa-beachfront-hideaway-holiday-home. hotels-rarotonga.com

Natura Properties Various locations Telephone: +682 21 003

Ocean Spray Villas

Tupapa www.murilagoonviewbungalows.com liana@muribeachclubhotel.com Telephone: +682 23 000/2300


Paradise Holiday Homes

Titikaveka www.paradisehomesrarotonga.com info@paradisehomesrarotonga.com Telephone: +682 79 795

Raina Beach Apartments

Tikioki www.raina.com/beach_apartments.htm info@raina.com Telephone: +682 23 601

Rarotonga Beach Bungalows Titikaveka www.rarotongabeachbungalows.com swim@rarobeachbungalows.co.ck Telephone: +682 27 030

Rarotonga Villas

Nikao www.rarotongavillas.co.nz info@rarotongavillas.co.nz Telephone: +682 28 601

Rarotonga Daydreamer Escape Vaimaanga

Sands Villas

The Black Pearl of Puaikura

Titikaveka www.sandsvillasrarotonga.com bookings@sandsvillasrarotonga.com Telephone: +682 25 363

Kavera www.theblackpearlcookislands.com info@theblackpearlcookislands.com Telephone: +682 23 537

Seaside Beachfront Villas Matavera www.seasidevillasrarotonga.com raroseasidevillas@gmail.com Telephone: +682 50 137

Seaspray Beach Villa Tupapa cookislands.travel Telephone: +682 28 288

Sokala Villas

Muri www.sokalavillas.com villas@sokala.co.ck Telephone: +682 29 200

Sunhaven Beach Bungalows Arorangi www.mysunhaven.com sunhaven@beachbungalows.co.ck Telephone: +682 28 465

Sunrise Beach Bungalows Turangi www.sunrise.co.ck bookings@sunrise-raro.com Telephone: +682 20 417 Secluded and intimate piece of paradise, set amongst lush tropical gardens. Tranquil pool setting with private individual outdoor living; snorkel in crystal clear lagoon nearby. Quiet and private while being convenient to a supermarket, café and restaurant. Six self-catering, spacious apartments; ideal for relaxing after exploring the magic of Rarotonga.

Rendezvous Villas

Muri www.rendezvousvillas.com rendezvous@villavacations.co.ck Telephone: +682 22 130

Muri www.muri-beach.com muribeachhouse@yahoo.co.nz Telephone: 55 082

Te Kaka Retreat

Tupapa www.tekakaretreat.co.ck atiu@tekakretreat.co.ck Telephone: +682 22 119

The Beach Lodge

Titikaveka www.thebeachlodges.com info@beachlodges.com Telephone: +682 23 333

Arorangi www.thecooksoasis.com info@thecooks.co.ck Telephone: +682 28 213

The Reef Motel

Blackrock www.thereefmotel.com stay@thereefmotel.com Telephone: +682 24 280

Tiana’s Beach Villas

Muri www.tianasbeach.co.ck reservations@tianasbeach.co.ck Telephone: +682 24 404

Tropical Sands

Turangi www.tropicalsands.co.ck tropicalsands@rocketmail.com Telephone: +682 23 564

Tuoro Holiday Villas

Arorangi www.cookislandsholidayvillas.com stay@cookislandsholidayvillas.com Telephone: +682 25 2321 or 22 6270

Turangi Lagoon Villas

Arorangi www.cookislandsholidayvillas.com stay@cookislandsholidayvillas.com Telephone: +682 25 2321 or 22 6270

Vai Villas Vaimaanga www.vaivillas.com info@vaivillas.com Telephone: +682 23 333

Vaiakura Holiday Homes Arorangi www.vaiakura.com info@vaiakura.com Telephone: +682 70 289

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www.daydreamer.co.ck info@daydreamer.co.ck Telephone: +682 25 965

Ta’akoka Muri Beach Villas

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Whitesands Beach Villas Titikaveka www.whitesands.co.ck whitesands@whitesands.co.ck Telephone: +682 22 919

Rarotonga Backpackers Arorangi www.rarotongabackpackers.com stay@rarotongabackpackers.com Telephone: +682 21 590

White House Apartments Arorangi

AITUTAKI

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Tamanu Beach Amuri

LUXURY VILLAS

Aitutaki Escape

Amuri www.aitutakiescape.com reservation@aitutakiescape.com Telephone: +682 31 906

Etu Moana Boutique Beach Villas Amuri www.etumoana.com onthebeach@etumoana.com Telephone: +682 31 458

SELF CATERING Located a short walk from beautiful Aro’a Beach are the family friendly, self-catering White House Apartments. Whether you want to spend your days relaxing on the beach, by the pool, or exploring the many activities & restaurants of the island, our two x 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartments are the perfect place to unwind.

www.whitehouserarotonga.com stay@whitehouserarotonga.com Telephone: +682 58 296

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Aremango Guesthouse & Cottage Muri aremangoguesthouse.com aremango@oyster.net.ck Telephone: +682 24 346

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Kavera www.backpackersinternational.com annabill@backpackers.co.ck Telephone: +682 21 847

Tiare Village

Atupa www.tiarevillage.co.ck kiaorana@tiarevillage.co.ck Telephone: +682 23 466

Aitutaki Beach Villas Our beautiful beachfront resort features 23 bungalows, conference facilities, spa and massage therapy services, two fresh water swimming pools, a beachfront bar and restaurant, and a gift shop. The resort offers four accommodation options including studio garden rooms, and one-bedroom lagoon view rooms. Our beachfront rooms are water’s edge, a stone’s throw from our lagoon.

www.tamanubeach.com reservations@tamanubeach.com Telephone: +682 31 810

Aitutaki Private Island Resort Akitua www.aitutakilagoonresort.com info@aitutakilagoonresort.com Telephone: +682 31 200

Aitutaki Village

O’otu www.aitutakivillage.com reservations@aitutakivillage.com Telephone: +682 31 526

Pacific Resort Aitutaki

Amuri www.pacificaitutaki.com reservations@pacificresort.com Telephone: +682 31 720

Amuri www.aitutakibeachvillas.com res@aitutakibeachvillas.com Telephone: +682 31 650

Aitutaki Seaside Lodges Amuri www.seaside-aitutaki.com seaside@aitutaki.net.ck Telephone: +682 31 056

Amuri Sands

Amuri www.aitutaki-vacation.com amurisands@gmail.com Telephone: +682 31 130

Aretai Beach Villas

Amuri www.aretaibeachvillas.com accommodation@aretaibeachvillas.com Telephone: +682 31 645

Inano Beach Bungalows O’otu www.inanobeach.com inano@aitutaki.net.ck Telephone: +682 31 758

Kuru Club

Amuri www.kuruclub.co.ck paul@kuru.co.nz Telephone: +682 58 555 or 56 213


The Reef Motel Aitutaki Nikaupara www.reefmotels.com manager@reefmotel.com Telephone: +682 24 280

Paparei Beachfront Bungalows Ureia www.papareibungalows.com stay@papareibungalos.com Telephone: +682 31 837

Paparei Bungalows

Arutanga www.papareibungalows.com stay@papareibungalows.com Telephone: +682 31 837 or 73 275

Paradise Cove Lodges Amuri www.paradisecove.co.ck paradisecove@aitutaki.net.ck Telephone: +682 31 218

Popoara Ocean Breeze Villas O’otu www.popoaraoceanbreeze.com fishing@aitutaki.net.ck Telephone: +682 31 739

Ranginui’s Retreat

O’otu www.ranginuisretreat.com ranginui@aitutaki.net.ck Telephone: +682 31 657

Ranginui Sunset

Arutanga www.ranginui-sunset.com wetnwild@oyster.net.ck Telephone: +682 31 651

Rino’s Beach Motel

Sunny Beach Lodge

Amuri www.sunnybeachlodge.com sunnybeach@aitutaki.net.ck Telephone: +682 31 446

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Gina’s Garden & Beach Lodges

Manihiki Lagoon Villas

Tautu & Akaiami www.ginasaitutaki.com queen@aitutaki.net.ck Telephone: +682 31 058

Manihiki www.manihikilagoonvillas.co.ck nancio@manihiki.net.ck Telephone: +682 43 123

Matriki Beach Huts

Tiare Cottages

Amuri www.matrikibeachhuts.com matriki@aitutaki.net.ck Telephone: +682 31 564

Petero’s Place

Mauke Telephone: +682 35 270

Ri’is Retreat

Mauke Telephone: +682 35 181

Nikaupara www.peterosplace.com peteros@matau.co.ck Telephone: +682 31 762

Homestay

Vaikoa Beach Units

Tarakore

Amuri www.aitutaki-accommodations.com vaikoa@aitutaki.net.ck Telephone: +682 31 145

Mitiaro www.cookislands.travel/mitiarohomestay reservations@cookislandstours.co.ck Penrhyn Telephone: +682 42 015

ATIU Atiu Villas

Areora www.atiuvillas.com roger@atiuvilas.com Telephone: +682 33 777

Kopeka Lodge

Areora www.atiukopekalodge.com kopeka1@kopekalodges.co.ck Telephone: +682 33-006 or 50 121

MANGAIA Babe’s Guest House

Kaumata mangaia@babesplace.co.ck Telephone: +682 34 092

Mangaia Villas

Oneroa www.mangaiavillas.com villas@mangaia.net.ck Telephone: +682 34 885

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Ureia www.rinosmotel.com rinos@aitutaki.net.ck Telephone: +682 31 197

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Disclaimer: Reasonable effort has been taken to ensure the information in this airport layout is accurate; no responsibility is accepted for inadvertent errors, or omissions.

CUSTOMS, IMMIGRATION, QUARANTINE  COVID-19: Vaccination requirements no longer apply for travel and entry to the Cook Islands by aircraft (and sea vessels). Normal immigration requirements apply.

 Duty free allowance (18+ years) is 2 litres of alcoholic beverages or 4.5 litres of beer; 200 cigarettes or 20 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco

 Importation of fruit and vegetables by passengers is prohibited  All baggage is cleared at Rarotonga  Departure cards are required for passengers 15+ years departing Cook Islands on international flights  There is no departure tax payable as it is included in international tickets

Subject to change.

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 Except New Zealand passport holders, a passport needs to be valid for at least six months past the arrival date in the Cook Islands

 Duty free may be purchased on arrival before Customs & Immigration, and on departure

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Eating & Drinking section Edgewater Resort F&B ad Edgewater Resort Spa ad Event F Farm Direct Pearls ad Fashion for the Tropics Fitness through Body Movement G Getting around Goldmine ad H I idCK ad Island Car & Bike Hire J Jean Mason K Karla Eggelton Kata Koka Lagoon Cruises ad L Liana Scott M Muri Beach Club Hotel ad Museum Cook Islands N Netball in Paradise 2022 O P Pacific Resort Rarotonga ad Perfumes of Rarotonga ad Platinum Cruises Aitutaki

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Popoara Rentals ad Progressive Dinner Tour Q R Rarotonga International Airport Rarotonga Rentals ad RentRaro ad Rito Cook Islands Skincare S Spa Ariki Spa, the enjoyment Stay-a-While T Takurua Island Feast & Cultural Show Te Tika BioActive Oils story Te Tika BioActive Oils ad Te Vara Nui Village The Boat Shed Bar & Grill ad The Café The Islander Hotel & Hula Bar ad The List of Eat & Drink The Lucky Rooster Eatery ad Tik-e Tours ad Trekking Tips U V Vodafone Vodafone ad W Water Safety tips X Y Z

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With over 30 years experience in the Cook Islands and offshore Intimate knowledge of Local laws, rules and Government regulations Local Company, sensitive and discreet CRAIG GRAHAM : Raro Office +(682) 81965 DEBRA GRAHAM : Raro Office +(682) 51720 CAREY WINTERFLOOD—R.E.I.Q : Australian office +(61) 0478568642 www.cookislands-realestate.com | info@cookislands-realestate.com


Cook Islands Quality Assured The Cook Islands Quality Assured accreditation programme is designed to set minimum standards and guidelines for best practice. It will give you confidence when choosing where to stay, what to do and how best to experience the Cook Islands. Wherever you see this logo you can be sure that the accommodation, restaurant, rental company, day spa, wedding and event planner, tour or activity operator, has met minimum requirements to assure you of good service, good facilities, safe practices, and of course friendly Cook Islands hospitality. We highly recommend that visitors use their services.

Visitor Information Centre When in the Cook Islands you can find our Visitor Information Centre’s on Rarotonga, Aitutaki and Atiu. Visit our friendly team for more information on things to do, places to eat, cultural experiences, travel to the Pa Enua and events happening on the island.

Opening Hours RAROTONGA 8:00am to 4:00pm • Saturday 10:00am to 1:00pm

AITUTAKI • Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm

ATIU • Monday to Friday 9:00am to 1:00pm

Cook Islands Tourism has offices in Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Atiu and a combined office for New Zealand and Australia based in Auckland. We also have in market representatives for the Americas, Northern Europe, Southern Europe and the United Kingdom.

Cook Islands

International

RAROTONGA

NEW ZEALAND

PO Box 14, Rarotonga +682 29435 headoffice@cookislands.travel

AITUTAKI

PO Box 3, Aitutaki +682 31767 misepa.isamaela@cookislands.travel

ATIU

+682 33435 mareta.atetu@cookislands.travel

+64 9 366 1106 nzmanager@cookislands.travel

AUSTRALIA

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• Monday to Friday

How to contact Cook Islands Tourism?

+64 9 366 1106 ausmanager@cookislands.travel

NORTH AMERICA

usamanager@cookislands.travel canadamanager@cookislands.travel

NORTHERN EUROPE

cookislands@global-tourism.de

SOUTHERN EUROPE

southerneurope@cookislands.travel

UNITED KINGDOM

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