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General Information Accommodation Ratings To assist with the selection of your Cook Island accommodation we have created our own rating system allowing you to compare each property. These are personal ratings offered by our people from their own experience and should therefore be used as a guide only. These ratings may alter throughout the year due to a change of circumstances. Standard rooms, clean and comfortable usually with basic furnishings and private en suites. Typically most properties would include a restaurant and bar but have a limited range of other guest facilities and services. Moderate accommodation with a reasonable range of room facilities and good level of comfort usually with a wide range of recreational and leisure activities available for guest enjoyment. Superior accommodation offering exceptional level of comfort in rooms with quality furnishings and fixtures. There tends to be greater attention to personalised service and strong focus on quality food and beverages. First class accommodation including small and stylish boutique properties. Accommodation in this rating offer the very best services with detailed focus on high customer satisfaction and are usually located in prime locations. They are considered the ultimate accommodation in the Cook Islands. A half star is noted when the level of service and facilities falls between two grades. Grading accommodation can be quite subjective and generally speaking the standard and services will be in line with the price paid. Please check with your travel consultant to ensure you get the accommodation that best fits your needs. Price Indicator: The price is provided as a guide only. It is in New Zealand dollars based on low season per person share twin pricing unless otherwise specified and is correct at the time of publishing. The actual price may differ to that indicated in this brochure due to currency fluctuations, special events or peak periods. Your travel consultant will quote you the actual price at time of booking. Child Policy: Please note bedding configuration varies between properties and in some cases with different room types within a property. Some hotels also offer family bonuses and specials. Your travel consultant will help you choose the hotel to best suit you and your family's needs. Look out for our â€œgemsâ€? of information scattered throughout our Cook Islands brochure.
COOK ISLANDS The Cook Islands are one of New Zealand’s favourite holiday destinations, and quite rightly so! These islands have some of the South Pacific’s best snorkelling, long hot sun-filled days, super friendly locals, and absolutely gorgeous beaches for all your relaxation needs. Just under four hours away this idyllic paradise is super close to us here in New Zealand. Many Kiwi’s have already cottoned on to this fact and the Cook Islands continues to be one of our most popular travelling destinations in the South Pacific. There is so much to see and do, yet the islands remain unspoilt, you won’t find traffic lights or a McDonald's and there are no buildings higher than a coconut tree! Whether you’re planning your first holiday to the Cook Islands or you are lucky enough to be returning again, we’re sure you’ll be captivated by their charm. Here are some handy tips to help you plan the perfect Cook Islands holiday.
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With the addition of Virgin Australia flying direct from Christchurch to Rarotonga and Jetstar joining Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia with flights to Rarotonga from Auckland this little paradise is becoming more and more popular for Kiwi’s. We’re already seeing resorts book out much earlier than usual, particularly over Easter and school holidays. Make sure you book early to ensure you get into your favourite resort and don’t miss out.
1 / EXPLORE ON WHEELS Don’t get caught in a Raro downpour, hire a car and follow the coastal road come rain or shine. With only 32 kilometres of road it only takes about an hour to get around. Discover deserted beaches, villages and yummy eateries along the way. You can now drive in the Cook Islands for up to six months using your full overseas license. Scooters are available too. If you have a motorcycle class on your overseas license you do not need to take a test to acquire a Cook Islands license, you just need to pay $20 at the police station for a visitor license. If you do not have a motorcycle class on your license you’ll just need to head down to the Cook Islands Police Station in Avarua and take a test riding up and down the street without falling off! It is now compulsory to wear a safety helmet while driving a scooter.
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2 / IT'S A SNORKELLERS PARADISE From giant trevally to reef fish, Rarotonga’s underwater odyssey is replete with curiosities. Aroa Lagoon Marine Reserve offers safe snorkelling and zero coral. Then there’s Tikioki - ‘Fruits of Rarotonga’, which is one of the island’s permanent marine parks, with a nearby café for post-snorkelling refreshments. Blackrock, which is considered one of the calmest places to snorkel in Rarotonga is great for families with kids, it also has a BBQ area.
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6 / ISLAND HOPPING For an even slower pace of life, fly from Rarotonga to the laid-back islands of Aitutaki, Atiu, Ma’uke or Mangaia in just under an hour. The romantic island of Aitutaki is home to the most pristine turquoise, sun-kissed lagoon. Untouched and unspoiled Atiu offers secluded caves, rare tropical birds and coral sand beaches. Mau’ke known as the garden island is abundant with flowers, deep underground caves, fresh water pools and lakes. Estimated to be 18 million years old Mangaia encompasses rugged beauty, ancient artefacts and lush landscape.
It’s a small island, but Raro delivers a big feast of flavours. Take advantage of beachside shacks, quirky cafés, burger joints and water-fringing bistros. Here are some of our favourites to get you started. FINE DINING Antipodes Situated in a stunning setting on a hill in Blackrock, this Mediterranean style villa offers spectacular food, service and views that have to be seen to be believed. Fine dining in the finest of locations. SWEET TREATS FOR BREAKFAST Waffle Shack These guys take care of two of the most important meals of the day, breakfast and coffee. Crispy soft waffles, covered in ice cream and syrup, topped off with the islands best cappuccino.
4 / HOLIDAY WITH THE RELLIES When we live such busy lives, planning some time to be together with the ones we love most has become essential so why not book a multi-generational holiday in Raro with the in-laws, and grandparents in tow. It’s a good opportunity to reconnect and create memories and let’s be honest, the extra help with child care is a bonus! Ask us about super-sized villas, two and three bedroom apartments and holiday homes, we’ll help you find the right fit.
5 / HIT THE MARKETS Punanga Nui Market is a must-do for unique and well-priced Pacifica pieces, clothing, handicrafts and black pearls. Although open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm, Saturday is the main market day with more stalls and live music performed on the stage. For a delicious selection of food, Muri Beach night market boasts island specialities at very reasonable prices. From curries to locally baked cakes, entertainers and stage singers.
CHEAP DRINKS Hula Bar With $3.50 cold beers and great ocean views, Hula Bar is a popular spot to mix with the locals. It’s also located right across the road from the airport, so you can check your bags in then head over for a bite to eat before catching your flight home. SUNDAY LAZY LUNCH Tuoro Restaurant & Café This is where you want to dine for lunch. Sunday’s are best as you’ll be treated to the added bonus of live music. Sample a range of dishes as well as tasty tapas but be sure to book in advance so you don’t miss out. SIGNATURE DISH Mooring Fish Café Perhaps the most famous meal on the island is the Mooring’s FOB Sandwich (Fish on bread). The freshly caught mahimahi, lime juice, and special aioli will have you salivating. You’re sure to visit more than once.
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warm lagoon, a swaying hammock and a waft of frangipani are waiting for you in the Cook Islands, just under four hours from New Zealand. Forget long arrival procedures and complex transfers, slipping into Island life here could not be easier. Step off the plane in Rarotonga to a song of greeting and an ei (flower garland) welcome, then in no time you will be relaxing at your accommodation because although ‘Raro’ is the biggest island of the Cooks, it is really quite small. It takes only 45 minutes by car to get around the island, villages dot the shoreline, and the main town, Avarua, is probably the most easy-going national capital you’ll ever visit. As well as a great Saturday market, there are also many interesting boutiques, charming churches and loads of eateries dotted around and with a bus that circles the coast in both directions, it’s very easy to get from place to place. Rarotonga has classically gorgeous lagoon beaches but also a mountainous, forest-clad interior perfect for visitors that are wanting to do a little hiking or 4WD adventures. It’s also the stepping stone to the outer islands, and while some lie less than an hour’s flight away, the most isolated and pristine are accessible only by sea. Among those easily reached by air and catering for visitors are Aitutaki, Atiu, Mangaia and Ma’uke. Rich in Polynesian culture, the Cook Islands are closely linked with New Zealand, and our dollar is used here, so there’s no currency exchange to worry about on arrival.
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OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO SEE AND DO Experience an Island Night – A must for any holiday to the Cook Islands is attending one of the many Island Night shows. Most resorts have their own, and Edgewater Resorts would be one of the more popular. Chow down on a buffet meal and try specialties such as ika mata and taro. As you dine, the cultural dance group will entertain you with traditional singing and dancing.
Stop off at these two trendy hot spots – Charlies; for live music every night, good vibes and beach access it’s a great place to enjoy a beer and watch the sunset. Beluga; for fantastic coffee, breakfast, brunch and lunch options; vegan, gluten free and vegetarian friendly.
Try Paddleboard Yoga – Learn how to paddleboard on entry-level boards, then make your way out to a quiet island venue on Muri Lagoon where you can take part in a floating yoga class.
Snorkel at Aroa Marine Reserve – Step straight off the beach into the crystal-clear waters of the Aroa Marine Reserve one of Rarotonga’s top snorkelling sites. It’s a natural breeding ground for hundreds of specials of tropical reef fish. The lagoon is especially safe for families with small children.
Enjoy the Nightlife – There’s certainly enough bars and pubs to keep you entertained in Rarotonga. And no trip to Rarotonga is complete without at least one visit to the iconic Trader Jacks.
Relax at the Beach – The Cook Islands are fringed with beautiful beaches. Our two top picks on Rarotonga are Muri Beach which is shallow, safe and popular with families and Titikaveka Beach which is great for swimming and snorkelling as the water is deeper. If you are lucky enough to be heading to Aitutaki, make sure you check out Ootu Beach, where the water colour is mesmerizingly blue or head out to One Foot Island, the most visited island in Aitutaki.
Sample the Local Brew – Rarotonga has its own brewery named Matutu. Drop by the Brewery and sample some for yourself.
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EXPERIENCE HOLIDAYS The Cook Islands turquoise lagoons, idyllic beaches, mountainous backdrop aligned with beautiful resorts and accommodation throughout the nation ensure that we can tailor your tropical getaway to suit your needs and wants. From romantic honeymoon packages, fishing charters, soft adventure and off the beaten track island escapes, we can create an experience holiday just for you.
GET OFF THE BEATEN TRACK Explore Atiu Island Atiu is a gorgeous emerald isle and the 'eco' capital of the Cook Islands, with plenty to offer those in search of something different. Take a tour of some of the coral limestone caves, with wonders such as the Tiroto Tunnel formed by fresh running water. Wade through this tunnel almost to the sea for a real adventure. Then there's the Anatakitaki Cave, which is home to the special Kopeka bird, native to Atiu. The Rima Rau burial cave is a surreal experience, with a number of differing local legends accounting for the bones found here. If you want to try swimming in some of the caves, visit Nurau and Vai Akaruru. These feature exciting sinkholes, underwater passages and other thrilling features. Remember to always go with a guide so as not to get lost. This island is also a wonderful destination for hiking, with a number of nature trails. Take the Captain Cooks Trail, which passes through pristine jungle and beach. A highlight is the land bridge over an impressive 4 metre-wide cleft. Package Inclusions: 5 nights accommodation in a Standard Unit at Atiu Villas, 3 day scooter hire, return Atiu Airport transfers and round trip airfares from Rarotonga to Atiu.
Price Guide From: $629
SOFT ADVENTURE Raro Buggy, Pa’s Trek nature walk, Paddleboard by night It's tempting to sink into island time and linger poolside, but if you want to venture out, Rarotonga has heaps to offer. Here are three of our top sightseeing options to get you started. A fun and exciting way to see Rarotonga is with a Raro Buggy Tour. You’ll spend a couple of hours motoring through roads less travelled, stopping off at a few points of interest while experiencing the islands incredible beauty. Be prepared to get muddy! Want to explore nature on foot? Join Pa, a delightful Cook Islander as he takes you on a trek across paddy fields, lush tropical bush covered mountains and through crystal clear streams to show you ancient villages where his ancestors once lived. For something different at night head out on a Fire on Water Night Paddle Tour. LED lights are attached to the boards as you paddle out on Muri Lagoon under a starry sky. A highlight is a special fire dance performance at the end of the tour. Package Inclusions: 5 nights accommodation in a Garden Room at Edgewater Resort & Spa, with tropical breakfast daily and return Rarotonga Airport transfers. Raro Buggy Tour, Pa’s Trek Tour, Fire on Water Night Paddle Tour. Price Guide From: $1115
The price guide shown is per adult for twin share unless otherwise specified, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date. Conditions apply.
ULTIMATE MATES FISHING TRIP Akura Fishing Charters With Rarotonga being so close to us Kiwi's (just under a 4 hour flight) it’s the perfect excuse to round up the mates and head over for a few days of ultimate fishing with Akura Fishing Charters. Akura is known for the best catch rates on the island. Fishing around Rarotonga is fantastic. You have warm water, great visibility and the expectation of ‘catch’ is endless. The fish life here is varied and depending on the season mainly includes blue marlin, sailfish, wahoo, barracuda, mahi-mahi and yellowfin and skip-jack tuna. The 40 foot vessel ‘Akura’ is perfect for game fishing and large groups, with full toilet facilities onboard and a game chair located in the centre for your convenience, its suitable for a wide range of activities including game fishing, spearfishing and reef fishing. For a fun day out look no further than the friendly team at Akura Fishing Charters. Package Inclusions: 5 nights accommodation in a Four Bedroom Villa at Tuoro Holiday Villas, one $60 dining voucher per person, return Rarotonga Airport transfers and one full day deep sea fishing private charter, all equipment, light lunch, bottled water and shared fish fillets from the catch.
Price Guide From: $1515 per adult quad share
HEAVENLY HONEYMOON IN PARADISE Pacific Resort Aitutaki Pacific Resort Aitutaki is a wonderful choice for a romantic honeymoon in paradise. Treat your loved one to a magical intimate dining experience on the soft white sands of Amuri Beach, surrounded by soft candle light and a scattering of tropical flower petals at your toes. Take in the stunning Aitutaki sunset while sipping champagne from your exclusive beachfront location. The staff can organise a range of bespoke romantic dining set up locations to suit your needs. Pair this with luxury accommodation, world-class cuisine and 5-star service and you will find this blissful resort is the perfect escape, where you can focus on what matters most – each other. Package Inclusions: 5 nights accommodation in a Premium Beachfront Bungalow, a la carte breakfast, bottle of wine, $100 Tiare Spa credit per room, $100 WiFi credit per room, $250 food and beverage credit per stay, return Aitutaki airport transfers, round trip airfares from Rarotonga to Aitutaki, plus a romantic dining deluxe set up package for two with private ‘bedouin style’ four poster beach bed with bean bag mattress, scattered cushions, hurricane lamps, candles, tropical flowers and lanterns. Available to bone fide honeymooners within six months of wedding. Price Guide From: $3089
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The price guide shown is per adult for twin share unless otherwise specified, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date. Conditions apply.
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The main island of the Cooks, Rarotonga, is not only a holiday destination in
itself but the gateway to more far-flung isles. Not that you have to leave its sandy shores, you can choose to sink into island time and never leave your resort. But if you want to venture out, Rarotonga has plenty to offer. Take the local bus around the island, hire a car, motor scooter or bike and stop off at your choice of idyllic beaches, or watch the sun set over the reef.
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Rarotonga is almost completely encircled by a lagoon, so water-based activities are on offer everywhere. While on land, join an island tour or tackle the cross-island trek. Don’t miss the Muri Beach night markets on every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, great for local cheap eats and good vibes. The markets have a selection of delicious local food stalls as well as the occasional live music session, they’re a fun place to mix and mingle with the locals. Each of the resorts also offer island feasts. You might even get picked to show your dancing skills on stage along with other willing guests. Practice those twirling hips!
Edgewater Resort & Spa
Kiwi’s just love this great value for money beachfront resort, so much so that they return year after year. With its range of accommodation styles, everything from Studios, Garden and Lagoon View rooms to absolute Beachfront Deluxe Suites and Three Bedroom Garden or Beachfront Villas, Edgewater Resort & Spa caters to everyone. If you’re travelling for a romantic relaxed escape, a much-needed family getaway, a wedding, or just some fun with friends, you’re sure to find the right fit. Spend your days enjoying a game of tennis, cooling off in the resort pool, snorkelling off the beach, relaxing with a book or taking part in the in-house activities programme, and with the island bus stopping at the resort every hour on the hour, getting to cafés, bars and local craft shops in downtown Avarua is affordable and easy. Kids will love the action-packed Coconuts Kids Club. This friendly and experienced team run a programme designed specifically and free of charge for children aged 4 to 12 years. While the children are well taken care of, why not treat yourself to a pamper session at the Edgewater Spa and Salon before enjoying a mouth-watering cocktail from Mal’s Bar at days end while watching the sunset. With two restaurants on-site and several quality eateries within easy walking distance, your hardest decision of the day may be where to dine.
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Make sure your stay includes a Tuesday or Saturday night, so that you can get along to Edgewater’s ‘island night’ feast and cultural show, it’s a lot of fun for the whole family and the buffet is delicious. Be prepared to join in the dancing!
Popular with families, it’s a good idea to upgrade to an apartment or villa, you’ll be thankful for the extra space.
Located on the sheltered western side of the island, Sunset Resort is an intimate property, providing you with a relaxed, casual holiday on one of Rarotonga’s premier beaches. It's beachfront location provides guests with an unspoilt view of Rarotonga’s crystal clear blue lagoon. The property truly lives up to its name, delivering breath-taking sunsets. Just picture yourself relaxing on the beach, with a cocktail in hand and toes in the sand, witnessing that magical moment. Sunset Resort offers 35 spacious self-catering Suites and Studios, situated either beachfront and overlooking the lagoon (great for snorkelling) or beside one of the two swimming pools set amidst lush gardens. A variety of room types including some with disability facilities means you can select that perfect accommodation to suit; whether it be singles, couples, adult families or groups. The on-site Anchorage Restaurant & Bar serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner where you can enjoy live music three nights a week including the popular Sunday night BBQ with island string band, warrior and island dancing. The new Birdcage Bar is also open in the evenings and is a great spot to enjoy delicious cocktails, local beers, wines and spirits at happy hour prices. You’ll be able to peruse the shops filled with local arts and crafts of downtown Avarua, just a short eight minute drive away, and the local golf course is also nearby. What helps make Sunset Resort such a special place is the friendly, local staff. Guests are greeted by name and special care is provided in ensuring individual needs are met.
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Pacific Resort Rarotonga
This 4-star boutique resort is superbly situated on 5.5 acres of manicured beachfront grounds, just steps away from the water, sand and sun. Pacific Resort Rarotonga’s traditional Polynesian architecture and lush tropical gardens blend harmoniously with the picturesque surroundings of Muri Lagoon, offering the ideal location for those looking for a romantic getaway or a relaxing family holiday. With a collection of 64 Studios, Suites, Family Rooms and Two or Three Bedroom Villas, there is an accommodation option to suit all preferences. Casual beachfront dining is the essence of Barefoot Bar and Sandals Restaurant. Enjoy a cocktail with your feet dipped in the soft, white sand. Indulge in a sophisticated selection of authentic South Pacific and international cuisine under the starlight sky and swaying palms. Alternatively, romantic private dining options can be arranged, either in one of the Romance Huts or in the privacy of your own room. The safe and shallow Muri Lagoon offers an abundance of water sports and opportunities to explore the uninhabited motus (islets) within a short swim, paddle or boat transfer. Younger guests are sure to make friends at the complimentary kids club offering an extensive range of unique cultural activities hosted by the Beach Hut, or hop onboard Moana Roa Pacific Resort Rarotonga’s own glass bottom lagoon cruiser for a trip to the nearby Marine Reserve for an outing the whole family will enjoy.
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Pacific Resort Rarotonga offers the perfect blend of contemporary facilities, South Pacific style and genuine Cook Island’s hospitality. When combined with the exquisite natural beauty of Muri Beach, this recipe makes for an experience that cannot be beaten. By the end of your stay you’ll feel relaxed, renewed, refreshed and above all determined to return.
For families that want to upgrade to something a little more special this 4-star family friendly resort is perfect for you.
Step into a world like no other, one of palm trees swaying and the gentle sounds of lapping water as you sink your toes into the golden sand. Leave the stress behind with Royale Takitumu; where serenity and luxury are abound. Nestled in the quaint village of Titikaveka, on Rarotongaâ€™s southern coast, and on the absolute beachfront, Royale Takitumu boasts ten intimate and secluded villas surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens and freshwater ponds, their relaxing water features adding to the serene atmosphere. With its personal nature, this haven will still feel like its all yours even when itâ€™s at its fullest. All villas are air-conditioned and decorated in a tasteful pacific fashion. Featuring a kitchenette, separate bathroom and sitting room, they will be your home away from home in their little paradise. Complimentary use of snorkelling gear, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are provided for you to venture out to discover Titikaveka Lagoon and its abundant sea life or explore on land on one of the free to use e-bikes. Should you prefer however, rest on the comfortable sun loungers surrounding the large fresh water pool under the shade of the majestic coconut palms. The idyllic surrounds of Royale Takitumu make it perfect for a romantic getaway or a special trip with loved ones, where you can immerse yourself in the beauty and warmth of this tiny nation, while taking the time to rest and rejuvenate your body and soul. Royale Takitumu, Paradiseâ€Ś by true definition.
Manuia Beach Resort
With just one two bedroom apartment and 24 attractive suites, each separated by sandy paths and gorgeous tropical gardens, this adults only boutique resort is a private and very appealing choice. The house motto here is ‘every guest is special’. On-site managers and staff go out of their way to make sure it applies, so you can be sure of a warm, personal welcome and an enjoyable stay. All suites are fresh and airy, with coconut thatching and island-style décor. Some are positioned right by the lagoon; others are just a few steps away, and all are a short stroll from the resort’s beautiful infinity pool. Loungers and sun umbrellas are set invitingly on the sands for guests to use – lunch can be served there if you wish. For even more relaxation, there are big, comfortable hammocks, and each suite has a spacious verandah with outdoor furniture; meals can be enjoyed in private there too. The Resort is perfectly positioned by a beautiful white sand beach, on the sheltered side of Rarotonga, where sunsets are legendary and swimming is excellent. In fact, the snorkelling on your doorstep is one of the best kept secrets on the island, and there’s complimentary gear available for your use. There are also kayaks for exploring the lagoon and scooter/car rental and mountain bikes for hire at a daily charge. Manuia’s On The Beach Restaurant and Bar has magnificent views of the lagoon and reef, and of course, those amazing sunsets. Delve into Polynesian inspired dishes designed to tempt your taste buds or romantic dinners for two can be organised in private settings with specially designed menu’s. Your idyllic stay here will become an unforgettable memory.
Experience dining on the beach with the sand between your toes while looking out to the lagoon. It’s magic at Manuia.
Club Raro Resort Club Raro is an ideal choice if you’re a budget conscious traveller, looking for a wonderfully welcoming resort that will not break the bank.
With expansive views of the lagoon and ocean, it's a great place for you to sit back, relax and soak up the sunshine. The fresh water pool has a swim-up bar and Club Raro offer reef shoes, book exchange and board games to keep you busy. Choose from a range of accommodation from Standard Rooms, Self-contained, Poolside, Garden, Ocean View, Apartments and Villas, we’re sure you will find something to suit. The resort is also conveniently placed for those who like to get out and about, with Avarua’s shops, market, cafés and restaurants just a short bus ride or a pleasant stroll away. Couple affordable food with excellent deals on cocktails, mocktails and other cold beverages and you have everything you need for an excellent value for money experience in the Cook Islands.
The Black Pearl at Puaikura Located on the sheltered side of the island, the Black Pearl at Puaikura enjoys an enviable location with a pristine beach across the road, safe for swimming and snorkelling; a magical spot to watch the sunset. A mere 20 minutes to downtown Avarua and 15 minutes to the airport. Intimately set in tropical gardens around a central salt water swimming pool The Black Pearl’s 12 rooms are spacious with high vaulted ceilings. Bold, vibrant, quirky colour palettes compliment the natural colours of the island. Each ground level room has a private patio, with views of either the lush gardens or the pool. Kitchen facilities mean guests can prepare breakfast, a light lunch or dinner in between dining at a great choice of restaurants close by, many of whom offer a free pick up and drop off service. Or choose to use the poolside BBQ. This property is a haven for those not wanting a large hotel, but rather a secluded environment where the emphasis is on personal service.
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Sunhaven Beach Bungalows
Sunhaven’s self-catering Cook Islands bungalow accommodation is situated absolute beachfront, on the western side of Rarotonga, which means you can witness some of the most amazing tropical sunsets. Take in the lovely white sand and translucent blue water from every angle of this property as you relax and re-energise in one of the Beachfront or Garden Bungalows. The service is personalised and yet unobtrusive. There’s a great feeling of remoteness here, however there are a number of bars and restaurants nearby for you to discover and enjoy. Private, quiet and secluded with tropical palms lining the beach frontage giving shade from the afternoon sun. There is a large fresh water guest swimming pool with adjacent BBQ area, this is the ideal place to sit and unwind after a perfect day.
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Beachfront without the price tag! This little cracker is ideal for those looking for a full serviced hotel that won’t break the bank. Conveniently located, just across the road from the Airport and a 10 minute walk into Avarua with its shops, cafés and restaurants. Featuring 11 spacious Cabanas, all beachfront with unobstructed views of the lagoon, the hotel caters well for holidaymakers, those en route to the outer islands and the discerning business traveller. Enjoy fabulous outdoor dining, hungry tummies will be kept more than satisfied with a range of cuisine from light meals to hearty options. Make sure your stay includes a Tuesday or Saturday for the ‘island night’ buffet. Enjoy local delicacies and delectable desserts followed by a dynamic cultural performance by Rarotonga’s leading dance troupe – Akirata and the legendary fire knife dance!
The Hula Bar offers all day happy hour priced drinks in an unbeatable spot right on the water, a great place to relax and unwind.
This friendly little resort is well known for its fantastic beach location, quirky character and relaxed ambience. With a welcoming, small team of staff, they offer a personal and warm service. At Castaway, guests are treated with the utmost care so that you feel appreciated and valued from the moment you arrive till the moment you board your plane again. Castaway Resort is a self-catering adults only resort for people aged 16 years and above. They offer accommodation at cost effective rates for all types of travellers. All rooms on-site are appropriately furnished to suit all basic needs and the exterior surroundings at the resort contribute to capturing that fresh, tropical, beachy feeling that is essential to every holiday experience in Rarotonga.
Muri Beach Resort
Muri Beach Resort offers affordable accommodation on the famous white sand lagoon and is set in tropical gardens. 20 stylishly-appointed self-contained villas and apartments feature queen size beds, jacuzzi spa baths and air conditioning. This resort is ideal for couples, friends travelling together, families and honeymooners and also specialises in island style beach weddings with a variety of packages available to suit. The on-site Aqua Restaurant is right beside the saltwater pool which also boasts lagoon views to enjoy. The menu features daily blackboard specials, freshly caught fish and choices from Polynesian marinated raw fish, to juicy steaks, curries and more. Alternatively, you can choose to dine at the 4.5-star award-winning restaurant at Nautilus Resort right next door. Lagoon action includes stand-up paddleboarding, kayaks and snorkelling from the resort and thereâ€™s great walking trails, an adjacent day spa, fishing, safe swimming and bicycle hire a as well, perfect for exploring the island.
Palm Grove Set in the enchanting area of Vaima, and resplendent with coconut palms, this is one of the best value for money properties on the island.
At Palm Grove you can enjoy the true paradise of a beautiful white sand beach and clear blue lagoon from your Beachfront Bungalow, or acres of lush quiet gardens filled with hibiscus and tipani flowers can be admired from your Garden Bungalow. Take advantage of good snorkelling and safe swimming in the lagoon. Nearby is ‘Fruits of Rarotonga’, considered by many to be the best snorkelling spot on the island. The on-site Yellow Hibiscus Restaurant & Bar has a reputation for good food. It is a great place to mix and mingle in a relaxed setting while enjoying tropical cocktails with live music occurring three nights a week. It’s no doubt you’ll enjoy the Friday night happy hour and the Sunday BBQ.
Aro’a Beachside Inn
The adults only Aro’a offers incredible ocean views and stunning sunsets. As its name implies, the property is right on the beach, so the constant sound of sea and surf is sure to lull you into tranquillity. Rooms range from Oceanview Studios to Beachside Deluxe Units and the Two Bedroom Lagoon Suite and all come with kitchen facilities for your convenience. There’s plenty to do here including swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding to name a few. You can also catch the bus right outside and head into town which is a great option for those who haven’t rented a car or scooter. At the end of another perfect day in paradise it’s highly recommended that you head down to the Aro’a’s Shipwreck Hut, an authentic beach bar situated right on the sand. Watch the sunset with an ice cold beer in hand and enjoy a great menu of home cooked bar meals as well as Saturday BBQs and live music evenings – get there early to enjoy the atmosphere. The Shipwreck Hut is the place to be on Tuesday and Thursday nights for live music and great cocktails served in jam jars by the sea.
Ocean View Studio
Lagoon Breeze Villas
If you’re looking for a self-catering holiday option, this family friendly, spacious and comfortable home away from home is sure to appeal. With a number of accommodation styles ranging from Studios through to the roomy One and Two Bedroom Villas, all set amongst 3.5 acres of tropical gardens, you’re sure to find an option to meet your needs. Complimentary tropical breakfast is served in the Breakfast Café and on-site facilities include, guest laundry, tour desk, WiFi access and children’s playground and pool. You won’t have to venture too far to cool down, whether be it in the swimming pool or snorkelling in the Aroa Lagoon and Marine Reserve which is just across the road. Heading into Avarua to stock up on food essentials is a breeze as the local bus stops right outside the villas.
With wonderfully personalised and friendly service it’s not hard to see why this absolute beachfront property is one of the island’s most popular and well-established venues. With a range of self-catering accommodation styles to suit all – from the Garden and larger Family Garden units which are perfect if you decide to ‘pack’ the kids, to the Seaview and Watergarden villas ideal for couples. Enjoying a 5-star location at Muri Beach and in the heart of Muri Village you’re within walking distance of some of the island’s best cafés, restaurants and the Muri night markets. You can enjoy Muri lagoon to your hearts content with reef shoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and snorkel equipment all included in your room rate. A pharmacy, gift shops, a delicatessen and wine shop are close by and if you want to venture further afield the local bus stops at the gate so its easy to stock up on supplies. All of this is on offer at a great value!
Moana Sands Lagoon Resort
Just recently opened in 2018, Moana Sands Lagoon Resort is the latest in the Moana Sands Group range of properties and is located on the shores of the stunning Muri Lagoon, featuring magical lagoon views and modern facilities. The 22 Deluxe Lagoon Studios and two Suites form the two story resort complex, situated on the ground and first floors, allowing direct access to lagoon. The lagoon facing studios are ideal for couples seeking a romantic escape, each tastefully decorated with a modern Polynesian flare. Each air-conditioned room features a private balcony or patio, king size bed, room safe, flat screen TV, a basic kitchen including mini fridge, and tea and coffee making facilities. Guest amenities are conveniently located within the complex, including an on-site restaurant and bar, large beachfront outdoor swimming pool and lounging deck. Relax and unwind at this adults only resort, where you are sure to enjoy peace and serenity.
Deluxe Lagoon Studio
Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel
Your piece of paradise. Ideally situated on the stunning Titikaveka beach, Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel offers a relaxing retreat for your getaway to the little paradise of the Cook Islands. Comprising of 17 beachfront rooms with glorious views over the azure lagoon and staff that will ensure your every whim is taken care of. The hotel is a three storey complex, with the Beachfront Studios on the lower two levels and the Deluxe Beachfront Studios taking the top floor. Enjoy great dining, mouth-watering cocktails and a warm atmosphere at the on-site Moana Restaurant & Bar. Chill out with a good book and rest beachside, or explore the lagoon and its abundant marine life. Snorkelling gear, kayaks, and sun loungers are all complimentary for guests use. With the pristine lagoon right at your doorstep, there is plenty on offer at this prime beach setting.
Moana Sands Beachfront Villas
Overlooking the idyllic Vaimaanga beach, Moana Sands Beachfront Villas offer deluxe, independent living. Great for couples, families and friends travelling together and with ten Villas and Apartments, there are accommodation types to suit everyone. All are self-catering and with Wigmores supermarket located across the road you donâ€™t have far to go for food supplies. Enjoy recreational activities with a range of facilities available on-site. Spend your days soaking up the sun with a book, or take a dip in the pool or refreshing lagoon just mere footsteps away. The snorkelling gear and kayaks are all complimentary so water exploring is easy. The on-site Hibiscus Spa, is the place to go to really unwind - indulge in a pampering treatment that will leave you feeling relaxed, and rejuvenated. Whether you are looking for a secluded romantic break or a fun filled family holiday, create lasting memories with Moana Sands Beachfront Villas, your slice of paradise.
Crown Beach Resort & Spa
Indulge in barefoot elegance at this romantic Polynesian inspired resort which fronts a beautiful white sand beach on Rarotonga’s west coast. Set within five acres of lush tropical gardens, the traditional island style One and Two Bedroom Villas offer spacious accommodation and have a fridge, microwave, toaster and kettle. The enclosed Courtyard Pool Suites are a great choice for those wanting a little bit more luxury and privacy and for a front row seat to some amazing sunsets opt for a Beachfront Villa. Spend your days lounging around the pool, snorkelling in the lagoon or simply rejuvenate with a little indulgence at the blissfully serene Spa Ariki. There are two dining options to choose from; The Ocean’s restaurant has fantastic views and offers an a la carte menu, delicious cocktails and live entertainment four nights of the week, or for a romantic fine dining experience Flambe restaurant is open Friday and Saturday nights. Crown Beach only accepts children 16 years and over so your guaranteed a more peaceful holiday away from the bigger crowds.
Courtyard Pool Suite
Nautilus Resort is pure South Pacific beachfront luxury on Rarotonga’s white-sanded Muri Beach. Choose Polynesian inspired one, two or three bedroom villas (Are) each with private salt-water plunge pool, air conditioning, luxurious bathroom, kitchenette, entertainment system and big furnished patio with outdoor shower. Just 20 minutes from Rarotonga’s international airport, the 4.5-star rated Nautilus also features a Polynesian Spa specialising in Thalgo treatments and a Kids’ Concierge service, making it ideal for everything from adult getaways, family holidays to weddings and honeymoons. Memorable Rarotongan adventures, excursions and excellent water sports, Nautilus offers guests use of free kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and snorkelling equipment. Nautilus beachfront award-winning Pacific-Rim restaurant overlooks a fascinating infinity pool from its terraces and features a delicious fusion of Polynesian and European cuisines, using local seasonal ingredients and produce, with an emphasis on fresh harvests from Pacific waters. Nautilus is designed and built to the highest standards of ecological sustainability. Solar power, UV treated and filtered drinking water, full recycling systems and organic fruit and vegetable gardens.
Premium Beachfront Are
This stunning Muri Beach location is sure to capture the hearts of everyone who makes the decision to choose this property as their ‘home away from home’. Chic and boutique in style, this 30 room hotel ensures a personal and intimate holiday experience in true tropical surrounds – the perfect place to relax and reconnect with your special someone. The Lagoon Lounge Bar is a great spot to enjoy tantalising cocktails, or be tempted by the chef’s many delights at the SilverSands Restaurant.
Muri Beach Club Hotel
With Rarotonga’s aquatic playground right on your doorstep, Muri Lagoon offers a bevy of water sports that couples can share in. If aquatic adventures are not your thing, there are plenty of adventurous land activities and tours awaiting, or enjoy a soothing massage at the spa – there is so much choice!
Ask about the Just Married Muri Magic honeymoon bonus giving recently married couples over $1400 in value for free when you book 7 nights.
Deluxe Beachfront Hotel Room
Little Polynesian Resort
Inspiring romance. For those seeking privacy and luxury in the South Pacific, Little Polynesian Resort is the perfect romantic haven in paradise. Located on the white sands of Titikaveka beach at the waters edge of an azure lagoon, time here drifts by as you unwind and relax. Fill your days as you desire, whether it be on your private sun lounger immersed in a novel, or in a hammock drifting off, slumbering in the warm tropical air or simply enjoying the Polynesian ambiance and romantic bliss. Experience chic poolside dining at Little Polynesian Resort Restaurant and Bar, serving a fusion of modern European and Polynesian cuisine with the chefs taking delight in featuring fresh seafood and local produce. Indulge in a tropical cocktail (or two!) while appreciating open-air dining overlooking the stunning salt water infinity pool and out over the shimmering lagoon. Indulge in this Cook Islands tropical vacation experience which will stay in your hearts and minds forever. Enjoy Little Polynesian Resort.
VILLAS OF RAROTONGA Villas in Rarotonga are an established growing trend and an ideal option for couples, groups of friends travelling together or those celebrating a special occasion. Most have a fully equipped kitchen, living and dining area and breezy open plan environments. Some even come with the added bonus of a private plunge pool or private chef to prepare meals. Located in the most gorgeous spots, they offer a more upmarket option of accommodation choice.
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Sea Change Villas
Sometimes a holiday is all about removing yourself from the world, to a place of total privacy in peaceful surroundings, which is designed to recharge the batteries and soothe the soul. A stay at the multi-award-winning Sea Change Villas is all about relaxing and unwinding in the luxury of your own stunning villa or beside your very own private swimming pool. Here you’ll enjoy the tranquillity of the nearly deserted beaches of Titikaveka Lagoon, or you may choose to indulge in some of the numerous activities provided on the island. The Sea Change team will cater to your every need without intruding on your special time together. One thing’s for sure – you’ll return home refreshed and revived after your experience and will be booking your return trip in no time at all.
For ultimate luxury, upgrade to a Beachfront Villa for unparalleled views of Titikaveka Lagoon.
Te Vakaroa Villas
An amazing beachfront haven awaits you within the secure perimeter of one of Rarotonga’s best kept secrets. Set right on Muri Beach with unsurpassed views of Muri Lagoon and beyond, Te Vakaroa offers a range of facilities that include a beachfront daybed gazebo, jacuzzi and infinity pool. Snorkelling gear, kayaks and paddleboards are free to use for guests and stays of seven nights include a $100 mini bar credit as well as a rental car hire for two days perfect for exploring the island. All beachfront One and Two Bedroom Villas come with a complimentary WiFi starter voucher, and offer spacious, well-appointed interiors with large front terraces that overlook the lagoon and all water sports activities. Due to its great location you are within easy walking distance of some of the island’s best restaurants. Tropical breakfast is provided and delivered daily to your villa and with so many choices for dining, including room service from the adjacent Sails Restaurant, or the opportunity to have your own chef prepare a meal for you pool-side or in your villa, you will be spoilt for choice. Two Bedroom Villa
One Bedroom Villa
RAROTONGA Beachside Villa
Crystal Blue Lagoon Villas
Taking its name from the irresistible blue waters of the famous lagoon at Muri Beach, Crystal Blue Lagoon Villas offer a blissful beachfront experience. This gated duplex sanctuary consists of four luxuriously spacious twostorey, Two Bedroom Villas wrapped around an impressive infinity pool that overlooks the lagoon. Couples or groups of friends and family will be inspired to recharge at these sophisticated villas with beautifully fitted interiors that exude the essence of a relaxed tropical escape. Located in Muri and close to many of the island’s top restaurants, shops, sights and attractions such as lagoon cruises, Te Vara Nui cultural village and the night food markets, you will have a myriad of activities right on your doorstep, or enjoy a snorkel or kayak out to one of the small uninhabited motus - gear is provided complimentary!
Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa
Think romance, think Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa. Located on Muri Lagoon in Rarotonga, this premium resort is the perfect escape from the world. Rumours is all about relaxation, rejuvenation and inspiration in idyllic and intimate surrounds. Recharge the batteries, reconnect with that special someone and revel in the ambience. The villas are either beachside or beachfront with a gated courtyard and private swimming pool set in a tropical garden. The Beachfront Villas and Beachfront Platinum Villa have the added bonus of a spa pool, perfect for star gazing on those balmy evenings. Every detail is thought of here, from the fantastic and yet unobtrusive service to the generous inclusions. On arrival guests will receive a gift basket and bottle of bubbles, with a choice of continental or self cook items for breakfast delivered daily.
Honeymooners that stay 5 nights or more will receive two 1 hour relaxation massages at the renowned multi-award-winning Waterfall Spa facility.
Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa
Designed for those that seek the independence and privacy of a luxurious 5-star self-catering property, Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa offers the ideal holiday concept. The elegantly appointed, spacious villas are fully equipped with a chef’s kitchen, laundry facilities and their very own private plunge pool, set either directly on the beachfront or within a garden courtyard on the shores of Muri Lagoon. Guests are able to enjoy full access to the dining facilities, kids club and water sports offered at Pacific Resort Rarotonga with the added benefit of being able to relax and unwind in the privacy of their very own exclusive villa. The award-winning Te Manava Spa is located on-site so guests are able to indulge in a full range of professional beauty and massage treatments. Do a little or do a lot – Rarotonga is yours to explore, however you choose, at Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa.
Aramoana on the Beach Villa
Aramoana on the Beach Villa is situated on the southern side of Rarotonga in the Titikaveka district, nestled in front of the lovely Avaavaroa Marine Reserve. This home away from home allows open plan living and ample space for relaxing from any room in the house. Elevated above sea level you have the most amazing waterfront views. Perfect for travelling with family or friends Aramoana offers three bedrooms; one lagoon front master bedroom and two ocean view rooms and can accommodate up to six guests. Enjoy outdoor dining with the BBQ facilities on-site, or there are many cafés, restaurants and takeaway options within easy walking distance. Wigmores supermarket is a 5 minute drive away and is well stocked with grocery items for those much needed supplies. Spend your days kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkelling or if you prefer a slower pace, sit back and relax on your large beachfront deck.
RAROTONGA HOLIDAY HOMES Staying in one of the many holiday homes dotted around the island is a great alternative to a resort stay. This type of holiday can be can be far more economical and a bit more relaxed, where you can have the privacy of your own “Home away from Home” tucked away from the holiday crowd. Holiday homes offer a great value option for groups, families or couples wanting to enjoy Rarotonga at their own pace, and they are often in enviable locations too!
Natura Lagoon Bungalow
A pleasant two bedroom bungalow (120m2) situated beachfront in Titikaveka on Rarotonga’s South coast and offering private access to a lovely beach and lagoon. Snorkelling gear and kayaks are available and can be enjoyed within close proximity to the bungalow. Each of the two bedrooms has one queen bed and can comfortably accommodate four people. There’s a fully equipped kitchen with oven and microwave, a small but well-appointed living area and an en suite bathroom with shower and toilet. The bungalow includes a covered verandah with outdoor furniture and several sun-loungers, ideal for relaxing and al fresco dining on a balmy evening. If you are after more action, bustling Muri Village with its restaurants and cafés, lagoon cruises, aqua and vehicle hire and night food markets is just 3 kilometres away as is Te Vara Nui Village, a serious must-do featuring a Spectacular Over Water Night Show and Buffet.
Natura Pandanus Villa
This is one of the best sellers in Titikaveka and it’s not hard to see why. Natura Pandanus is a beautiful (140m2) colonial style villa with tropical island style décor, located right on Titikaveka Beach. Considered to be one of the best snorkelling spots on Rarotonga, you can spend your days exploring the lagoon as snorkel gear is provided complimentary. The villa features two bedrooms, each with one king bed and can accommodate up to four people. For your convenience it has a fully equipped kitchen complete with oven, stove, microwave, large fridge/ freezer and is well stocked with cooking utensils and the added bonus of filtered water. The generous covered terrace area which opens to the beach offers fabulous lagoon views and provides a peaceful retreat, ideal for relaxing and those BBQ nights. If cooking is not your thing, after all you’re on holiday, there’s a handful of places nearby that are sure to appease your appetite including Saltwater Café, Moana Restaurant, Charlies Café & Beach Bar or for something different head to the nightly Muri food markets, just 5 kilometres away.
Holiday Homes do not have the services and amenities of Resorts and Hotels, so the star ratings are based solely on the quality of the accommodation.
Natura Beach Pool Villa 1
A beautiful spacious four bedroom villa (400m2) located on a sparkling white sand beach and crystal clear lagoon on Rarotonga’s southern coast. The décor features beautiful furniture, original Pacific art, multiple dining areas; formal, terrace, garden and beachfront settings and bi-fold doors that maximize indoor-outdoor living. In addition to the large living space and lounge, it includes a full-size kitchen and a wide verandah that reaches the full length of the house, ideal for alfresco dining, a BBQ and to witness some fabulous sunsets from. The four bedrooms (three of which are air-conditioned) have one king bed. In two of the bedrooms the king beds can be split into two single beds. The villas study provides a further sleeping option with two single beds more suited for children. This is an ideal option for large families or groups of friends seeking a great standard of accommodation. You will be spoilt for choice with the eateries nearby including Yellow Hibiscus Restaurant & Bar, Vaima On the Beach Restaurant & Bar, Laguna Restaurant and Coco Latte Café – great for that coffee fix. Wigmore’s Supermarket is also 500 metres away, so very handy to pick up supplies.
Natura Beach Pool Villa 2
A new three bedroom beachfront villa (300m2) with its very own beachside pool. This villa is adjacent to the Natura Beach Villa 1 and has stunning views of the blue lagoon with a lovely white sand beach on its front doorstep. The villa features a large open plan lounge, kitchen and dining area. The kitchen comes complete with stovetop, oven, microwave and dishwasher. All three bedrooms boast air conditioning, each with one king bed, there’s two separate bathrooms each with a shower and a full laundry with laundry tub, washing machine and dryer. The covered deck with BBQ is ideal for alfresco dining and sunsets and the snorkelling just out in front of the villa is some of the best on the island. This is an ideal option for families and couples travelling together, wanting an absolute beachfront setting and because it is located adjacent to Natura Beach Villa 1, it also has the added bonus of being in close proximity to a great variety of restaurants and cafés to enjoy.
Holiday Homes do not have the services and amenities of Resorts and Hotels, so the star ratings are based solely on the quality of the accommodation.
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ROUND RAROTONGA ORIENTATION TOUR
PROGRESSIVE DINNER – THROUGH LOCAL HOMES
KOKA LAGOON CRUISES
Ideal for first time visitors. Get the most out of your holiday with this introductory tour. As well as visiting historical sites and places of interest around the island, you’ll gain first-hand knowledge on places to see, things to do, cultural highlights and the tourist services.
If you’re looking for something a little different from the usual restaurant meal, this is your opportunity to experience the real Cook Islands and gain an insight into living on ‘island time’. What better way to sample the food of the Islands than on a Progressive Dinner.
Don’t miss a fantastic day out exploring Muri Lagoon. Let the multi-talented crew treat you to an experience you won’t forget – snorkel amongst the lagoon life or enjoy the view through the glass bottom; non-stop entertainment with ukuleles playing, pareu tying and weaving.
RARO SAFARI 4WD INLAND TOUR
TE VARA NUI VILLAGE
GOING TROPPO NIGHTLIFE TOUR
All aboard for an adventure you won’t soon forget! This tour takes you off the beaten track and allows you to discover the beauty of tropical Rarotonga on a 4WD safari jeep. Experienced guides will explain the history of the island while you drive along the steep and rugged tracks.
Te Vara Nui Village is located on Muri and is a venue like no other. Set amongst a picturesque rock waterfall and lush tropical gardens it offers stunning Over Water Night Shows and Cultural Village Tours. This interactive cultural attraction will bring Polynesian history and legends to life.
Fun and frivolity – ‘Cooks style’! If you want to experience the nightlife of Rarotonga in a safe and fun environment, be sure to take this tour. You will enjoy several stops throughout the night and be able to experience some of Rarotonga’s best night spots.
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PA’S CROSS ISLAND TREK
STORYTELLERS ECO CYCLE TOURS
Nature and culture wrapped into one delightful and memorable experience! Join Pa, a delightfully friendly and humorous Cook Islander, on a trek across the island of Rarotonga. He’ll take you on a journey and share with you his deep knowledge of traditional herbs, healing plants, flora and fauna.
If you can ride a bike, this one’s a must. Follow your guide down Raro’s ancient road, Ara Metua, hearing the island’s history as you ride. There are three tours to choose from, designed for different degrees of personal pedal power: pick the one that matches your comfort level and head off on a journey of discovery.
Join the Akura team for a fun day out on the water. Fishing in Rarotonga is fantastic, the water is warm, the visibility is great and the fish are abundant. Catches include blue marlin, wahoo, barracuda, mahi-mahi and yellowfin tuna. Whether with friends, family or a larger group, there are charters to suit.
FIRE ON WATER NIGHT PADDLEBOARD
AITUTAKI DAY TOUR
Explore Rarotonga’s lagoons on paddleboards under the night sky. This 90 minute tour is a great way to experience the marine life at night as it comes to life. No previous paddling experience is required as an intro lesson is part of the tour.
Try this “drive it yourself” full of fun guided 4-wheel tour which takes you on an adventure around the island. Visit historical sites and stop off at a waterfall for a quick swim before heading to a mini golf course for a few putts. Morning and afternoon tours available. Drivers must be 18 years and over.
Your excursion starts with a circle island tour followed by a cruise on the Titi Ai Tonga catamaran. Spend the day snorkelling in the spectacular lagoon, feed the fish, enjoy a scrumptious lunch and get your passport stamped at One Foot Island. Includes flights from Rarotonga to Aitutaki.
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Aitutaki and its lagoon captivate visitors from that first glimpse out the aircraft Ootu Beach Motu Akitua Maungapu 2 5
Just a 45 minute flight from Rarotonga itâ€™s possible to visit Aitutaki on a day trip however we recommend you stay at least two nights to soak up the beautiful surroundings and really get a feel for this little piece of paradise. Hire a bike and explore the deserted beaches, tiny villages and white washed churches!
Tapuaetai (One Foot Island)
window. Startlingly white swathes of sand contrast with the deep azure of the encircling Pacific Ocean and the remarkable turquoise of its lagoon studded with tiny islets.
Swim with schools of tropical fish in the lagoon, luxuriate in the sand under a palm tree and eat freshly caught barbecued fish. If you are visiting over the weekend we also highly recommend you pop into the markets on a Saturday at Arutanga Wharf where you will see a hype of activity with locals and tourists alike. Purchase that colourful sarong, indulge in the fresh produce or pick up a souvenir to take back home.
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Pacific Resort Aitutaki
Aitutaki the crown jewel of the Cook Islands is home to Pacific Resort Aitutaki – a place where time passes slowly and the delights of island life are presented in luxurious surroundings. Start each day with spectacular views of Aitutaki’s world-famous lagoon, thanks to the private sundeck and absolute beachfront location of each of the Resort’s 29 spacious beachfront bungalows and villas. All room categories are tastefully appointed with a modern Pacific influence, boasting luxury amenities which have lead Pacific Resort Aitutaki to becoming a member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Perfectly manicured grounds and lush tropical vegetation surrounds the picturesque infinity pool which appears to extend endlessly towards the white sand beach. Enjoy refreshing cocktails and casual meals poolside at Black Rock, or bask in the breath-taking view of the horizon from a table at fine dining Rapae Bay Restaurant, perched high above the lagoon. The resort can also organise a range of bespoke romantic dining set up locations, so go ahead and treat your loved one for that special occasion, it will be an unforgettable experience.
Ultimate Beachfront Bungalow
Your time at Pacific Resort Aitutaki will be spent in a way that suits you, from lazy days at the resort lounging by the pool or on the beach with a book from their collection, to pampering yourself at Tiare Spa with luxurious treatments. It offers all the elements you need to relax, unwind and enjoy the magical Cook Islands haven that is Aitutaki.
You’ll be greeted each morning by spectacular views of Aitutaki’s stunning lagoon as all bungalows and villas have a beachfront location.
AI T UTAKI Aitutaki Village
A magical setting and a very special atmosphere have made this little family owned resort a favourite for all types of travellers. It stands beside the island’s best swimming beach, Ootu Beach, at the south-eastern tip of Aitutaki right on the edge of one of the world-famous lagoons. It is also great value for money, quiet and relaxing with air-conditioned bungalows just a short stroll from the waters edge. Each bungalow has its own deck overlooking tropical gardens and coconut palms.
You’ll fall in love with this adults only intimate Polynesian style resort which offers 10 self-contained villas, either beachfront or ideally positioned with views of the stunning lagoon. Its relaxing atmosphere will wash away any stress that you have brought with you. Breakfast is included and there are a few restaurants nearby for lunch and dinner. Spend your days swimming, snorkelling, paddleboarding or kayaking in the lagoon, take a bicycle trip around the island and explore or chill out by the secluded pool. You’ll be wishing you stayed longer.
Located on the sunset coast of Aitutaki, Tamanu Beach has redefined casual luxury encompassing a relaxed 23 bungalow Cook Islands getaway. It offers one bedroom lagoon and beachfront bungalows; beachfront, lagoon and garden bungalows all featuring outdoor showers and a beachfront villa with tropical indoor/outdoor living, all just a stones’ throw from the beach. The resort features a white sandy beach, restaurant, bar, two swimming pools and complimentary snorkelling gear, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards to explore the lagoon.
Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort If you’re dreaming of an overwater haven, then this adults only resort is for you. Being the only private island resort in the Cook Islands and offering the unique Overwater Bungalow experience, you’re in for something special. The charming boutique and intimate bungalows feature traditional Polynesian décor and offer the most magnificent beachfront views. Step onto the champagne sands and slip into the world’s most beautiful lagoon. A heavenly romantic escape.
BISHOPS LAGOON CRUISE
BLACK PEARL FISHING
DIVE AITUTAKI, BUBBLES BELOW
Fun in the sun and on the sea! Cruising is one of the most pleasurable ways to experience the beautiful lagoon of Aitutaki. See giant clams and join the captain as he hand-feeds schools of tropical fish. Bring your passport and have it stamped on One Foot Island so you’ll always have a reminder of your perfect day in paradise.
Fish and feast, an angler’s delight! Within five minutes of leaving the wharf you will be starting your deep-sea fishing adventure. Your hosts, are on hand to give you friendly, expert advice as you fish for yellowfin tuna, wahoo, giant trevally and more. Your catch will be filleted and delivered to your resort in time for dinner.
Let ‘Bubbles Below’ take you on an unforgettable diving experience. Your dive instructor, Onu, knows all the best diving spots in Aitutaki. You’ll see schools of spotted eagle rays, green turtles, napoleon wrasses, moray eels and you’ll often encounter tuna, trevally and barracuda.
THE VAKA CRUISE
WET N WILD
PUNAREI CULTURAL TOUR
There is no way better way to experience the beauty of Aitutaki than to do a lagoon cruise. Hop onboard the Vaka Tiki-a-Tonga and enjoy breath-taking views and a relaxing atmosphere. Visit sun-soaked islets, swim and snorkel in spots teeming with colourful tropical fish and be treated to a delicious buffet lunch.
Wet N Wild offers a good range of water activities. They can cater to all your needs with half or full day private charters for; kiteboarding, wakeboarding, tube riding, water skiing, deep sea fishing, spear fishing, snorkelling, island hopping, sightseeing and whale watching (during season).
This tour is a great way to discover the history, skills, art and beliefs of the quaint island of Aitutaki. You will get the chance to partake in various activities such as learning the basics of Cook Island dance, weaving coconut tree fronds and preparing the traditional umu kai (underground oven).
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OUT ER I S L AN DS
EXPERIENCE THE OUTER ISLANDS Authentic island life flourishes on the three remote volcanic and coral islands of Atiu, Mangaia and Ma’uke, all less than an hours flight from Rarotonga. Atiu is over eight million years old and with its forests and secluded sandy coves, is steeped in legend and rich in rare birds. Explore caves, take a 4WD safari or go deep-sea fishing in Mangaia or discover Ma’uke with its little stretches of beaches, amazing fishing and freshwater pools, great for a refreshing dip.
Ri’s Retreat, Ma’uke
Adjusting to island time and lifestyle is about the biggest problem you can suffer from on Ma’uke. There are a few shops but no cafés here. Fresh home-baked bread comes from the village where loaves are baked in a wood-fired oven. The bungalows are situated in a garden setting with kitchen facilities and if you require supplies your host Moumou will be more than happy to provide transport for you to the general store. Hiring a bike or scooter is the best way to get around, the coral roads are deserted and cycling around is a blissful retreat.
Atiu Villas, Atiu
Atiu is an island of adventure, discovery, culture and art and Atiu Villas provides a relaxing setting to enjoy this natural environment. Six self-contained villas are uniquely made from a variety of native timbers and materials from the island. Each spacious villa has a full kitchen, a well-stocked pantry and private veranda to enjoy the expansive views of the lush tropical gardens. Hosts Roger and Kura Malcolm will help organise your tours and activities or provide a home cooked meal in their restaurant. Also on-site is a bar, lawn tennis court, swimming pool, rental vehicles and bicycles.
Mangaia Villas, Mangaia
The oldest island in the world boasting secluded accommodation with waterfront villas. Perched ocean side overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean, the villas feature large patios, letting you enjoy panoramic views and stunning Mangaia sunsets. Explore the caves along the reef-side or follow the coastal roads and find a secluded beach for yourself. If you can be tempted into more strenuous activity then head inland for some scenic hiking. Here you have all the time in the world to get lost and rediscover your adventurous self.
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Please read these booking conditions carefully CONSUMER GUARANTEES ACT The guarantees under the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 will apply to services supplied by us except where they are acquired, or held out as being acquired for business purposes. 1. OUR SERVICES AND OBLIGATIONS 1.1 House of Travel Ltd (‘we” or “us” as the case may be) supply services consisting of arranging and co-ordinating travel facilities and services, and making bookings and issuing vouchers to be redeemed by suppliers of travel, entertainment, and accommodation facilities or services (“Suppliers”). House of Travel Ltd is part of the House of Travel group. 1.2 We undertake to perform these services with reasonable care and skill. We will not be liable for any loss or damage which results from the act, default or omission of any person other than ourselves, our employees or agents, or any cause independent of human control. This includes (but is not limited to), loss or damage which arises directly or indirectly from any act of God, weather disruptions, dangers incidental to the sea, fire, breakdown in machinery or equipment, acts of Governments or other authorities de jure or de facto, wars whether declared or not, hostilities, civil disturbances, strikes, riots, deaths, pilferage, epidemics, quarantines or medical or customs regulations. 1.3 We are not able to exercise control over services we do not supply directly, therefore we will not be responsible for any loss or damage arising from: • Any booking made directly with a service Supplier by your travel agent, or • Any services which are not directly provided by us and which are additional to those recorded in clause 1.1 above. 1.4 We will endeavour to provide the most suitable travel arrangements to meet the particular requirements you make known to us. However, travel is an individual experience, and your preferences and opinions may vary from our own. For this reason, we cannot take responsibility for your individual satisfaction. 2. SUPPLY OF TRAVEL, ENTERTAINMENT AND ACCOMMODATION SERVICES AND FACILITIES 2.1 When we make bookings with Suppliers, we are acting as a booking agent for such Supplier.
your travel agent is advised of changes which occur after booking, your travel agent is able to contact you. 4.3 Maps and Photographs: Maps are shown for general information and may not necessarily reflect actual routings, locations or services provided. Photographs may show places in the geographic area which are not included in your booking. Hotel room photographs may not be the actual room occupied. 4.4 Property Information: Descriptions featured in this brochure are drawn from information provided by our Suppliers. Any facilities or services shown are subject to change at any time. Please advise your travel agent if you have any special requirements. 4.5 Room Bedding: Based on existing bedding in the room. Requests for specific bedding arrangements must be made at the time of booking but can not be guaranteed. For example, twin share may consist of single beds or a shared double bed. 4.6 Rental Cars: We cannot guarantee to provide a particular model or colour within the car category. Availability of car categories is subject to confirmation at the time of booking. We reserve the right to substitute different models. If a vehicle is returned prior to the end of the reserved rental period or if the vehicle is picked up later than the reserved date, NO REFUND will be made for unused rental days. 5. PRICES 5.1 The prices provided are a guide only based on low season, per adult share twin and are correct at the time of printing. The actual price may differ to that indicated due to currency fluctuations, special events, trade shows or peak periods. Prices for tours are based on per adult per tour for share twin based on low season travel. Prices for cruises are per person for the complete cruise based on the lead-in cabin category on a low season sailing. 5.2 We will guarantee the price of the portion of the booking as processed by us, against currency fluctuation for a period of seven (7) days from the time of confirmation of the booking; note: special conditions apply for cruise bookings. It is the responsibility of your travel agent to advise you of the date of confirmation. If your booking remains unpaid after the seven (7) day guarantee period it will be subject to currency fluctuation, up to the time full payment is received by us. 5.3 Events beyond our control, such as changes to the prices of aviation fuel or changes to the cost of services or facilities may result in the prices charged to you being different from those shown in the brochure. You should check all prices with your travel agent before making reservations, and before ticketing.
9. RESERVATION AMENDMENTS We are happy to incorporate any reasonable amendments you request. An amendment constitutes a change to an existing booking and will attract a $25 fee per amendment prior to final payment and the issuing of the travel documents, and a $50 fee per amendment after travel documents have been issued. These fees are to cover administration and communication costs. You may also be required to pay any Supplier imposed fees. 10. INSURANCE We strongly recommend that you insure yourself fully against cancellation, loss of luggage and personal property, and medical expenses. Your travel agent will be able to provide you with further information. 11. ITEMS NOT COVERED Unless otherwise specified, the cost of airfares, meals, drinks, laundry, insurance, sightseeing, transfers, local taxes, airport departure taxes, Airline imposed insurance levies, passenger service charges and Passport or Visa application fees are not included. 12. VISAS/PASSPORTS For all holidays in this brochure you will require a valid passport. You are responsible for arranging your own passport, visa and health requirements including inoculation. You should check with your travel agent who will be able to provide you with the necessary information. 13. NON-USE OF SERVICES OR FACILITIES If, of your own choice, you decide not to use part or parts of the arranged services or facilities, you will not be entitled to a refund from us (provided we have carried out our service with reasonable skill and care and to your requirements) and you may not be entitled to a refund from any Supplier. 14. HEALTH OR DISABILITY Some Suppliers may reserve the right to refuse to carry or accommodate people who because of a health condition or disability may require services or facilities to be provided in a special manner. You should check this with your travel agent. 15. SERVICE SATISFACTION
5.4 Prices may also be liable to variation between the time of booking and the date of departure due to events beyond our control. Due to unforeseen events we reserve the right to vary the price up to the time of your departure.
During your holiday, if you encounter any situation where the service supplied to you does not meet your satisfaction, please take the matter up with the Supplier immediately. Your contract for each service is with the Supplier. If this is not possible immediately, or if you are still dissatisfied, please contact your travel agent. Both we and your travel agent will endeavour to investigate on your behalf and to negotiate with the Supplier to resolve the matter as soon as possible, so that you continue to enjoy your journey.
6. HOUSE OF TRAVEL ACCOMMODATION RATINGS
16. LEGAL CLAIMS
• Where for any reason, a Supplier is unable to provide particular facilities or services, then that Supplier may be entitled, under its contract with you, to substitute those services or facilities with comparable or equivalent facilities or services without incurring any liability to you. You should check your contract with each Supplier.
To assist you with the selection of your accommodation, we have created our own rating system allowing you to compare each property. Please note that these gradings are to be used as a guide only and may alter throughout the year due to a change of circumstances. Please check with your House of Travel consultant to ensure you get the property that best suits your needs.
Any claims or legal action in connection with the provision of our services to you will be governed by the laws of New Zealand. Any claim or legal action against the Suppliers is likely to be subject to the terms of your contract with them, and may be governed by the laws of other countries.
• All facilities or services described by us are subject to availability from the Supplier.
• We will not be liable or responsible for any loss or damage relating to your baggage, personal possessions, health or welfare, or delays or travel disruptions unless these arise directly from the service we provide to you.
7.1 A non-refundable deposit will be required by your travel agent and must be paid at the time of booking. This is in addition to any deposits imposed by Suppliers.
3. BUSINESS PURPOSES
7.2 A communication charge may be made for bookings requested less than 72 hours prior to departure.
2.2 All travel, entertainment, and accommodation facilities or services are supplied directly to you by the Suppliers. We have no control over the facilities or services themselves, or the manner in which they are provided by the Suppliers. Therefore you should be aware of the following conditions: • We will not be liable for any loss or damage of any kind which may arise from your use or consumption of, or inability to use or consume those facilities or services. • The provision of those facilities or services is subject to the terms and conditions of your contract with each Supplier.
You agree that where our services are acquired for business purposes, or where you hold yourself out as acquiring our services for business purposes, the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 will not apply to any supply of goods or services made under these conditions, and we will not be liable or responsible for any loss or damage of any kind to you, including any consequential loss or damage however it may be caused.
7.3 Final payment must be made in full before we can release travel documents (including tickets).
4. INFORMATION IN THIS BROCHURE
8.2 If you cancel your booking or any part of your booking, we will impose a cancellation fee in respect of each person travelling under that booking. You must also pay all cancellation fees imposed by Suppliers and your travel agent. These cancellation fees are required to offset booking, communication, and administrative charges which have already been incurred by us, Suppliers and your travel agent. Cancellation fees imposed by Suppliers and travel agents are beyond our control and you should check with your travel agent regarding what cancellation fees may be applicable.
4.1 While we attempt to ensure that the contents of this brochure are correct, accurate, and up to date at the time of printing, the contents of this brochure are drawn from information supplied to us by Suppliers. We do not have, and cannot be reasonably expected to have, personal knowledge about all of the facilities or services provided by each Supplier. 4.2 Facilities or services may change after the date of printing. We endeavour to keep travel agents informed of any changes to information in this brochure which are brought to our attention. Prior to completing your booking, you should ask your travel agent whether they are aware of any changes to the published information. You should also make sure that if
8. CANCELLATION 8.1 If you wish to cancel your booking for any reason, you must advise us in writing through your travel agent as soon as possible.
8.3 We strongly recommend that you insure yourself fully against cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances. See Section 10.
17. IMAGES Some images used in this brochure are courtesy of Cook Islands Tourism, David Kirkland, Dylan Harrison, Tayla Beddoes, Craig Owen, Alisha Street @myrarotonga and Turama Pacific Travel Group.
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