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Contents General Information

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Welcome to the Cook Islands

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Rarotonga

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Our Favourite Things To See & Do Rarotonga Accommodation Sightseeing & Tours in Rarotonga

Aitutaki

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Our Favourite Things To See & Do Aitutaki Accommodation Sightseeing & Tours in Aitutaki

The Outer Islands

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Our Favourite Things To See & Do The Outer Islands Accommodation Sightseeing in The Outer Islands

Cook Islands for Families

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Kids Fun! Family Friendly Accommodation

Accommodation Facilities Guide

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Room Amenities Facilities & Activities

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General Information House of Travel 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 House of Travel specialist to ensure you get the accommodation that best fits your needs. Throughout the brochure the symbols

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PRICE INDICATOR: The price indicator is provided as a guide only. It is in New Zealand dollars based on low season per person share twin pricing unless otherwise specified in the lead in room type 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 specialist will quote you the actual price at time of booking.

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Welcome to the

Cook Islands

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A warm lagoon, a swaying hammock and a waft of frangipani are waiting for you in the Cook Islands, just under four hours by air 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; very soon you will be relaxing at your accommodation – because although ‘Raro’ is the biggest of the Cooks, it is really quite small. Villages dot the shoreline, and the main town, Avarua, occupies the top end of this almost apple-shaped island. It’s probably the most easy-going national capital you’ll ever visit, and as well as a good market, has interesting boutiques and eateries. Woven bags and jewellery are two top buys here. Chances are you’ll be staying on Raro for at least part of your visit, so do get out and explore. It has classically gorgeous lagoon beaches but also a mountainous, forest-clad interior that’s perfect for visitors wanting a little adventure. And, with a bus that circles the coast in both directions, it’s very easy to get from place to place. Rarotonga is the stepping stone to the outer islands – these are scattered across two million square kilometres of the Pacific, 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 with its astoundingly beautiful lagoon, Atiu, Mangaia and Ma’uke. Wherever you are you’ll experience the Cook Islanders’ deep sense of hospitality and you’ll quickly become accustomed to the relaxed pace. Explore, enjoy the ambience, have a drink with the locals and join them to sing hymns on a Sunday: unforgettable. We can’t imagine anyone failing to fall in love with these friendly, gentle and very beautiful islands. They are one of the most charming places on earth. Rich in Polynesian culture, they are also closely linked with New Zealand – and our dollar is used there, so there’s no currency exchange to worry about on arrival.

Fast Facts COUNTRY NAME:

Cook Islands

POPULATION:

17,791

CAPITAL:

Avarua

CURRENCY:

New Zealand Dollar

TIME ZONE:

22 hours behind New Zealand (23 hours with daylight saving)

ELECTRICITY:

Current is 240, 50HZ Plug is a 3 point rectangle-pin adaptor

LANGUAGE:

Cook Islands has two official languages English and Cook Island Maori

BANKING:

ANZ Bank is located in Rarotonga and Aitutaki ANZ ATM’s are located at Avarua Township and Amuri Aitutaki

MEDICAL:

Hospital is located in Rarotonga

VISAS:

If you’re travelling on a NZ Passport, a Visa is not required, however if you intend on staying longer than 90 days a visa will be required

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Rarotonga 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. 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, or hire a motor scooter or bike and stop at your choice of idyllic beaches, or watch the sun set over the reef. Rarotonga is almost completely encircled by a lagoon, so water-based activities are on offer everywhere. On land join an island tour or tackle the cross-island trek. Don’t miss the Saturday market in Avarua where you’ll find pareus (sarongs), handmade quilts, tropical fruit and black pearls. Evenings bring a stroll on a moonlit beach or an island feast and dance night with dynamic drumming and twirling hips.

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Our favourite things to see and do ISLAND NIGHT – This is a great way to experience the vibrant local culture. The major hotels put on an Island Night at least once a week, with traditional song and dance and an island-style feast known as an umukai.

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DINING OUT – Book your table on the grand verandah at Tamarind House and sit back and enjoy the finest food on Rarotonga. The atmosphere is elegant and classically South Seas – you’d half expect to see Somerset Maugham sipping a good claret and scribbling away at a nearby table.

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LOCAL NIGHTLIFE – Perched on a wooden sea-view platform at Avarua, the Whatever Bar & Grill is a trendy place for the young and young at heart – it can get lively on a Friday night and the winding stairs down to the ground can be rather a challenge if you’ve enjoyed yourself a little too much! TRADER JACKS – No trip to Raro is complete without a visit to this old favourite bar and restaurant. Gentleman Jack himself can often be found propping up the bar. FRUITS OF RAROTONGA – Homemade jams and tropical flavoured chutneys are divine at this little shop opposite Tikioki Beach, but it’s good for smoothies, cakes and fruit juices too, and the snorkelling in the lagoon opposite the café is sensational! PUNANGA NUI MARKET – Head to these markets on Saturday morning for handicrafts, colourful clothing and black pearls – you’re sure to pick up a souvenir or two. WIGMORE’S WATERFALL – On the eastern side of the island, a dirt road leads inland to Wigmore’s Waterfall, a lovely cascade dropping into a fresh, cool swimming pool. Be prepared for the blood thirsty mosquitoes! SUNDAY SERVICE – Cook Islands Christian Church (CICC) in Avarua – an amazing cultural (and spiritual) experience in a beautiful white coral building that dates from 1853. Truly fabulous singing and an equally fabulous welcome guaranteed, so don’t be shy – but do dress respectfully. Service starts at 10am, then on your way home take time to look through the historic graveyard.

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Rarotonga Accommodation

Sunhaven Beach Bungalows

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Aro’a Beachside Inn

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Take in the lovely white sand beach and translucent blue water from every angle of this property as you relax and re-energise in one of the eight bungalows or suites, seven of which are absolute beachfront. The service is personalised and yet unobtrusive. There’s a great feeling of remoteness here, yet there are a number of bars and restaurants nearby for you to discover and enjoy. For late afternoon drinks and sunsets your bungalow’s private deck is the ideal place to sit and unwind after another perfect day.

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. There’s plenty to do here if you’re able to tear yourself away from the white sand and beautiful lagoon including swimming, snorkelling and kayaking. At the end of another perfect day in paradise it’s highly recommended that you head down to the Shipwreck Hut on the beach to watch the sunset with an ‘Opu Ra Magic’ cocktail in hand. The Shipwreck Hut also has a great menu of pub meals as well as weekly BBQs.

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $119 (Minimum 5 night stay)

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $129 (Minimum 4 night stay)

Islander Hotel

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Muri Beach Resort

Castaway Resort

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This little resort is on the sheltered side of Raro, right in line for spectacular sunsets (and whalewatching in season). The views are beautiful and there’s a private white beach to enjoy. You’ll be welcomed like a member of the family when you stay here, but you’ll have as much peace as you want: it’s super-relaxing. There are 12 attractive rooms, all with patio or balcony. The resort has its own bar, café and restaurant, with free tropical breakfast daily, and free kayaking and snorkelling. Guests must be over 16 years old.

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PRICE GUIDE FROM: $145 (Minimum 3 night stay)

Rarotonga Beach Bungalows

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A small boutique beachfront hotel with loads of charm and island style hospitality. Conveniently located opposite the Airport and just 5 minutes away from downtown Avarua, it provides the perfect base for an active or relaxed holiday and is an ideal stopover for those venturing out to the outer islands. The 13 Cabanas are modern with a good selection of amenities to add to your holiday comfort. The Coco Grill Restaurant features cuisine from around the Pacific Rim and the Tiki Bar with views over the water and great sunsets, is the hottest place to be seen with a cocktail or cold beer in hand.

This small, intimate, island-style eco-resort is right beside gorgeous Muri Beach and overlooking the tiny island of Ta’akoka. Muri is undoubtedly one of the loveliest parts of Rarotonga, and the large, turquoise lagoon is ideal for water sports. The snorkelling is superb, and the sands are wide and white – so the location couldn’t be much better. There’s excellent dining in the al fresco restaurant, a poolside bar and a range of activities, including free kayaking and snorkelling, with reef shoes provided for your safety. Ideal for weddings, romantic escapes or simple relaxation!

Here the focus is on comfortable and secluded beach living set against an amazing mountain backdrop. Life here means kicking back, hiding in a good book or gazing at the ever-changing tints and hues of blue in the lagoon. For the more active visitor, snorkelling, swimming and kayaking off the white sand beach are just steps away. The large covered deck of your bungalow, where sandy feet and cool refreshing drinks are the norm, is a great place to relax. This is the perfect spot for a honeymoon or romantic beach escape.

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $135

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $175 (Non-serviced) (Minimum 4 night stay)

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $259 (Minimum 5 night stay)

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Rarotonga Accommodation Club Raro Resort

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Club Raro is the ideal choice if you’re looking for a full-service resort-style property, but one that won’t break the bank. It’s got everything you could wish for in an island hideaway: thatched roofs, palm-frond umbrella huts, quaint mosaic pathways and a beautiful beachfront setting: the perfect spot for lazing and unwinding. There are three sun-and-sand decks, a big, attractive freshwater pool with swim-up bar, a number of complimentary recreational facilities including tennis and a scuba-dive lesson in the pool. There’s also a double happy hour daily – and all day long over the weekend. The resort is also handily placed for those who’d like to get out and about, with Avarua’s shops, market, cafés and restaurants just 1.5 kilometres away – a short bus-ride or a very pleasant stroll.

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $109 (Standard Room)

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Palm Grove

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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 enjoy acres of lush quiet gardens of hibiscus and tipani flowers from your garden bungalow. There’s good snorkelling and safe swimming in the lagoon and 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 and is a great place to mix and mingle in a relaxed setting while enjoying tropical cocktails with live music three nights a week. You are sure to enjoy the Friday night happy hour and the Sunday BBQ.

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PRICE GUIDE FROM: $115 (Minimum 2 night stay)

Muri Beachcomber

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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 perfect if you decide to “pack” the kids, to the Seaview and Watergarden villas ideal for couples – you’re sure to find the right ‘fit’ for you and the family. 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 and restaurants. 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. All of this, at great value!

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $155 (Minimum 2 night stay)

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The price guide shown is per adult per night for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


Rarotonga Accommodation Edgewater Resort & Spa

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Kiwis just love this great value-for-money beachfront resort on Rarotonga’s sheltered west coast. With nine accommodation options – everything from studios and rooms to deluxe suites and three bedroom villas – you’re sure to find something to match your needs. There’s plenty to do here, with cultural activities on offer, plus a kids’ club and health spa. The bus to downtown Avarua stops at the resort hourly. Two restaurants on-site and several others within easy walking distance mean lots of eating options – but before you decide on dinner, a cocktail in Mal’s Bar is a must: the views over the water at sunset are amazing! 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… and be prepared to join in the dancing!

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $139

Lagoon Breeze Villas

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If you’re looking for a self-catering holiday option this 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 accommodation option to meet your needs. On-site facilities include the Breakfast Café, 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. Getting into Avarua to stock up on food essentials is a breeze as the local bus stops right outside the Villas.

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $125 (Minimum 3 night stay)

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The price guide shown is per adult per night for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Rarotonga Accommodation Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel

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Beachfront at beautiful Titikaveka, but without the usual beachfront price-tag, this hotel has a lot to offer, starting with its large stretch of silky white sands and an iridescent blue lagoon – the ultimate South Sea setting. And, even though the rates are so reasonable, accommodation is of a great standard. Rooms are attractively decorated, and all have cooking facilities, water views and furnished outdoor sun areas. There are 12 Beachfront Studios over two floors, each with a small kitchenette and bathroom with shower. On the upper floor, five Deluxe Beachfront Studios offer significantly more space, with a larger kitchenette and a balcony at palm-tree level for lazy lagoon-watching. The atmosphere here is relaxed and friendly, the location is peaceful, and there’s an excellent licensed restaurant which does breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. PRICE GUIDE FROM: $145

The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa

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Couples, families and wedding groups are attracted to this iconic, full-service resort with its vibrant Rarotongan atmosphere, right on one of the island’s best white sandy beaches and crystal clear blue lagoons. Enjoy the island’s best snorkelling in Aroa Lagoon Marine Reserve along with free standup paddle boarding, kayaking, ‘try scuba’, Moko’s Kids Club and lessons in hula dancing, lei making and ukulele playing. Be pampered in style at SpaPolynesia LUXE @ Lime Blossom Villa. Relax poolside or lagoonfront at Captain Andy’s Beach Bar & Grill with a long cool sunset cocktail and some mouth watering island cuisine. A unique holiday highlight is the resort’s famous Night Snorkelling adventure. The Rarotongan is renowned for its beautiful sunset beach weddings. Select from 8 room, suite and villa types, including options for interconnecting rooms, suites with open-air shower, with full kitchen, with swimming pool or with 2 and 3 bedrooms, and some suites now accept up to 4 or 6 children. The complete island resort experience. PRICE GUIDE FROM: $205 (Garden Room)

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The price guide shown is per adult per night for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


Rarotonga Accommodation Sunset Resort

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Located on the sheltered western side of the island, Sunset is the perfect name for this little beachside resort, where you’ll enjoy some of the most spectacular sunsets on the island. With its great location you’ll be able to enjoy the shops and local arts and crafts of downtown Avarua, just a short eight minute drive away, and the local golf course is also nearby. The spacious self-catering accommodation is either beachfront and overlooking the pretty lagoon (great for snorkelling) or beside one of the two swimming pools set amidst lush gardens. The on-site Anchorage Restaurant & Bar serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner, or you may choose to try one of the several quality restaurants within easy walking distance – your hardest decision of the day may be where to dine!

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $145 (Minimum 3 night stay)

Moana Sands Beachfront Villas

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Five minutes up the road from Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel, these roomy villas are right on the snow-white, palm-fringed beach, with safe swimming and snorkelling whatever the tide. They’re located in the village of Vaimaanga, with a café, gift shop and beauty salon adjacent, and two popular restaurants within strolling distance. Each villa has smart modern décor, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, an open-plan lounge, dining room and fully equipped kitchen. There’s a mini supermarket across the road, open daily. With plenty of space, the villas are an excellent option for holidaying with friends or family. There are three on ground level, and three on the first floor. All have outstanding views of the lagoon. Staff can arrange car, scooter or bicycle hire for guests, and the local bus stops at the door. PRICE GUIDE FROM: $105 (Share Quad) (Minimum 3 night stay)

The price guide shown is per adult per night for twin share unless otherwise specified, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Manuia Beach Resort

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With just 24 attractive suites, each separated by sandy paths and gorgeous tropical gardens, this boutique resort is a private and very appealing choice. The house motto here is ‘every guest is special’ and the onsite managers and staff go out of their way to make sure it applies – you can be sure of a warm, personal welcome and an enjoyable stay. In fact, this great little resort received an international certificate of excellence last year: no surprise to its many fans. Recently refurbished to a high standard, suites are fresh and airy, with coconut thatching and island-style décor. Some are right by the lagoon; others are just a few steps away from it, 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’ 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. Manuia Beach Resort stands by a beautiful white sand beach, on the sheltered side of Rarotonga, where the sunsets are legendary and the 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 bike hire is available on a daily charge. Manuia’s beachside restaurant and bar have magnificent views of the lagoon and reef, and, of course, those amazing sunsets. It’s hard to find fault with marvellous Manuia!

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $209

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The price guide shown is per adult per night for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


Rarotonga Accommodation Little Polynesian Resort

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Imagine waking up to the gentle sound of waves lapping on the shore, lounging the day away on the white sand beach fronting a turquoise lagoon, on a comfortable daybed or beside a stunning beachfront infinity pool, or filling your waking hours with activities such as swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, visiting local villages and much more. Then, as another perfect day in paradise draws to an end, enjoy a refreshing cocktail as you watch the sun set before dining on tantalising cuisine, poolside under the stars. A decision to stay at Little Polynesian (little by name but certainly not little on quality) entitles you to enter the world of true Polynesian luxury and romantic bliss, and you can rest assured that you‘ll be among the most fortunate to enjoy paradise at its best!

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $315

Muri Beach Club Hotel

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This stunning Muri Beach location is sure to capture the hearts of everyone who has the good sense 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. 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 – so much choice!

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $255 (Premium Garden Suite)

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The price guide shown is per adult per night for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Pacific Resort Rarotonga

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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 needs.

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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 on a secluded area of the beach overlooking the lagoon or in a quiet corner of the gardens. 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 on board Moana Roa - Pacific Resort Rarotonga’s own glass bottom lagoon cruiser for a trip to the nearby Marine Park for an outing the whole family will enjoy. 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. PRICE GUIDE FROM: $225 (Standard Studio Room)

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The price guide shown is per adult per night for twin share, based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


Rarotonga Accommodation Royale Takitumu

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This is a one-of-a-kind property for couples and honeymooners who want to be enchanted by a traditional South Pacific experience, without relinquishing the very best creature comforts. Just a few steps from your one bedroom villa lies a stunning white sand beach in the heart of Titikaveka, on the quiet south side of the island. Here, guests are assured of safe snorkelling amongst a rainbow of tropical fish, and swimming and kayaking can be done at all tides. With no large hotels nearby the beach is uncrowded and serene, an ideal oasis for those seeking privacy and a sense of isolation. With six absolute self-catering One Bedroom Beachfront Villas and four One Bedroom Villas just steps back from the edge of the beach to choose from, this boutique property is a perfect spot for that romantic getaway.

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $259 (Minimum 3 night stay)

Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach

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On Rarotonga’s south-west coast enjoying all-day sun, this adults-only boutique resort appeals to couples seeking an authentic island experience. Its location on absolute beachfront on the secluded white sands of Aro’a Beach lapped by a blue lagoon full of jewel-coloured fish ensures that you are only steps away from the cooling waters of this island paradise. All suites are set right on the beach with beach and lagoon views. The stylish swimming pool, complete with swim-up bar, offers a peaceful haven amongst lush gardens. If you can tear yourself away from your sun-lounger, there’s a range of complimentary activities including stand-up paddle boarding, snorkelling in the marine reserve, kayaking, ‘try scuba’ sessions, hula dancing lessons and tennis. Re-ignite the romance with a couple’s massage at SpaPolynesia LUXE @ Lime Blossom Villa, and for couple’s dreaming of saying ‘I do’, sunset beach weddings are a speciality. Enjoy full access to the amenities at its adjacent sister property, The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa. PRICE GUIDE FROM: $295 (Beachfront Suite)

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Crown Beach Resort & Spa

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Indulge yourself in barefoot elegance at this romantic Polynesian inspired resort which fronts a beautiful white sand beach on Rarotonga’s windless west coast. Set in five acres of lush tropical gardens, the stand-alone villas (one or two bedroom) offer the luxury and romance you’ve been looking for and feature full self-catering facilities. The enclosed Courtyard Pool Suites are also self catering and are a great choice for those wanting a little bit more privacy. For a front row seat to some amazingly romantic sunsets opt for a Beachfront Villa. Imagine spending your days lounging around the grand pool with a good book, learning to dive with the onsite Dive Centre or simply rejuvenating with a little indulgence at the blissfully serene Spa Ariki – relaxing has never been easier! For the gym-bunnies, an on-site gymnasium will keep the body toned and the mind alert. Enjoy intimate fine dining at the Windjammer Restaurant and candlelit dinners on the beach with sand between your toes. Alternatively you might like to dine at Oceans Restaurant with beautiful Pacific-Rim cuisine and quality themed buffet dinners, including the famous Island Night Feast and Cultural Show. At sundown or after dinner, enjoy tropical cocktails at the beachside bar and watch the sunset on another perfect day in paradise. Crown Beach Resort & Spa is your answer for pure bliss and luxurious romantic salvation. Designed to meet the needs of the romantically inclined, occupancy of the resort is limited to just 36 couples so be sure to reserve your villa or suite well in advance. PRICE GUIDE FROM: $255 (Minimum 3 night stay)

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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.

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $285 (Lagoon View Villa with private pool) (Minimum 3 night stay)

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Nautilus Resort

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This new property really is exceptional, and if you’re looking for privacy, pampering and an absolute island idyll, this is it. Nautilus was custom-made for discerning travellers, with luxurious accommodation and a range of worldclass amenities. There are six types of villas, each with a private saltwater plunge pool and contemporary, island-inspired décor, and all just a stone’s throw from the white sands and blue lagoon of Muri Beach. There’s a chic beachfront restaurant, offering fine dining or more casual meals al fresco, plus a beach bar, outdoor pool and a luxury spa offering a wide range of treatments; from hot stone massage to aromatherapy and body wraps. Unwind with a session of beach yoga, go kayaking, snorkelling, visit the nearby pearl market – you’re going to love it at Nautilus Resort – so much choice!

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $325 (Minimum 2 night stay)

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Rarotonga Accommodation Te Vakaroa Villas

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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. All one and two bedroom villas are beachfront 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.

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $395 (Minimum 3 night stay)

Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa

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Designed for those that seek the independence and privacy of a luxurious 5-star self-catering property with the option to utilise the facilities of a boutique resort, Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa offers the ideal holiday concept. The elegantly appointed, spacious villas are fully equipped with chef’s kitchen, laundry and their very own private plunge pool, set either directly on the beachfront or contained within a garden courtyard on the shores of Muri Lagoon. Guests of Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa are able to enjoy full access to the dining facilities, complimentary Kids Club and extensive range of water sport activities on offer 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 need not venture far 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. PRICE GUIDE FROM: $279 (Pool Villa Suite) (Minimum 3 night stay)

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Rarotonga Sightseeing

Progressive Dinner – Through Local Homes

Orientation & Sites Tour

Koka Lagoon Cruises

Ideal for first time visitors to the Cook Islands. Get the most out of your holiday with this introductory tour. As well as visiting important 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 to take advantage of during your stay. The tour includes a light tropical lunch at a private beach spot, where you will learn a little about Cook Island Black Pearls.

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 where you can mix with the locals in their homes and experience true island hospitality. Be sure to try Ika Mata – marinated tuna in lime and coconut juice, guaranteed to satisfy. Definitely a favourite and advanced bookings are recommended!

Don’t miss a fantastic day out exploring Muri Lagoon. Let the multi-talented crew treat you to an experience you won’t forget – snorkelling amongst the lagoon life or enjoy the view through the glass bottom; non-stop entertainment with ukuleles playing, pareu tying and weaving. Enjoy a delicious fish BBQ feast, amazing coconut tree climbing show, coconut husking and more! Informative, educational, and most of all fun for all ages. A percentage of your cruise fare helps fund the protection and preservation of Rarotonga’s lagoon ecosystem.

DEPARTS: Mon-Fri DURATION: 3.5 hours PRICE GUIDE FROM: $59

DEPARTS: Mon & Thu DURATION: 4.5 hours PRICE GUIDE FROM: $99

DEPARTS: Sun-Fri DURATION: 3.5 hours PRICE GUIDE FROM: $79

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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 4x4 safari Jeep. Experienced guides will explain the history of the island while you drive along the steep and rugged tracks. Take in the breathtaking views of the turquoise lagoon, Papua Waterfall and the sacred site Te Arai-TeTonga Marae. Enjoy the road less travelled by tourists and make some new friends along the way. Tour includes transfers and BBQ lunch.

Te Vara Nui Village offers stunning Over Water Night Shows and Cultural Village Tours. The interactive Cultural Village tour teaches of ancient traditions with fun knowledgeable guides. The Overwater Night Show hosts Rarotonga’s finest dancers and musicians performing by flaming torchlight on floating stages accompanied by a sumptuous buffet dinner, seated in the picturesque setting of the waterfall gardens. A combination of both assures a truly cultural entertainment extravaganza.

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 tour and be able to experience some of Rarotonga’s best night spots. Enjoy the many games played throughout the evening and take the opportunity to make some friends, both tourists and locals! So get your dancing shoes on for a great night out on the town – and don’t forget to cancel your early morning wake-up call! Tour includes transfers and one ‘Going Troppo’ cocktail.

DEPARTS: Mon-Fri DURATION: 4 hours PRICE GUIDE FROM: $95

DEPARTS: Tue, Thu & Sat DURATION: 4.5 hours PRICE GUIDE FROM: $119 (includes show)

DEPARTS: Fri DURATION: 5.5 hours PRICE GUIDE FROM: $45

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Aitutaki Day Tour

Pa’s Cross Island Trek

Storytellers Eco Cycle Tours

A panoramic delight! While every visit to the Cook Islands should include an extended stay on Aitutaki, if you are short on time then this day tour is a fantastic option to consider. Your excursion starts with a circle island tour followed by a cruise on the Titi Ai Tonga catamaran. Spend the day snorkelling in the lagoon, feed the fish, enjoy a scrumptious lunch and get your passport stamped at One Foot Island. You will be so amazed at the surreal beauty of Aitutaki you will already be planning your next trip back. Tour includes return flights from Rarotonga to Aitutaki, snorkelling, refreshments and BBQ lunch.

Nature and culture wrapped into one delightful and memorable experience! For those seeking a bit of adventure, why not join Pa, a delightfully friendly and humorous Cook Islander, on a nature trek across the island of Rarotonga. He will share many local myths and legends with you and explain how his ancestors used the flora and fauna of the island for traditional and medicinal purposes. Although the trek begins with a rather steep climb, it soon settles into an undulating landscape. Good walking shoes are a must. Trek includes transfers and light lunch.

If you can ride a bike, this one’s a must. Follow your guide down the lanes and tracks by Raro’s ancient coral road, Ara Metu, hearing the island’s history and heritage as you ride. Water and snacks are provided, and tours operate daily. There are three to choose from, designed for different degrees of personal pedal power: pick the one that matches your comfort level and head off on a genuine journey of discovery – you’ll be amazed. By the way, 10% of this little company’s profits go back into the community for development projects. We like that.

DEPARTS: Mon-Sat DURATION: Full day PRICE GUIDE FROM: $575

DEPARTS: Mon, Wed & Fri DURATION: 3 hours PRICE GUIDE FROM: $89

DEPARTS: Mon, Wed & Fri DURATION: 5 hours PRICE GUIDE FROM: $69

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Raro Reef Sub

Jungle Quad Adventure

Akura Fishing

If you want the chance to explore Rarotonga’s reef without getting wet, then this could be the tour for you! A ‘must do’ while on Rarotonga, Raro Reef Sub is the Cook Islands only semi submarine and great fun for people of all ages. Learn about the sea life, shipwrecks, coral reefs and marine wonderland from your well experienced guides. Enjoy the amazing views from the top deck as you cruise along the crystal clear lagoon, and you may even spot a whale or two during the whale season – if you’re lucky!

If true adventure is what you’re after, the Jungle Quad Adventure is just perfect. You’ll have plenty of thrills and challenges as you drive your very own 4 wheel quad over rugged terrain, across jungle streams and tropical rivers, and through beautiful lush and preserved jungle. With most of your adventure off-road you’ll see a side of Rarotonga not often ventured. No experience is required as your quad is automatic and there are tour guides to help you along. Tour includes light refreshments.

Fish ahoy! Get into the fun of fishing and enjoy a great day on the ocean with Captain George – a 30 year fishing veteran and the Cook Islands Game Fishing Club’s rod-and-reel record holder. What better way to try your luck at landing a big game fish than with the man who knows all there is to know about fishing in the Cooks? Whether you are with friends or family or a larger group, there are charters to suit all of your needs. Whether you are an expert fisherman or a complete novice, you won’t be disappointed. Tour includes light lunch and water onboard.

DEPARTS: Daily DURATION: 1.15 hours PRICE GUIDE FROM: $75

DEPARTS: Mon-Sat DURATION: 3 hours PRICE GUIDE FROM: $175

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Aitutaki Aitutaki and its lagoon captivate visitors from that first glimpse out the aircraft 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. Just a 45-minute flight from Rarotonga it’s possible to visit Aitutaki on a day trip. Swim with schools of tropical fish in the lagoon, luxuriate in the sand under a palm tree and eat freshly caught barbecued fish. Make sure to take your passport if you go to One Foot Island – the tiny post office there will stamp it. But better still, why not stay a few days – living simply or in luxury? No matter what style you opt for, the delights of the lagoon are there for everyone, as is the fun of hiring a motor scooter or a bike and exploring deserted beaches, tiny villages and their white-washed churches.

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CAFÉ TUPUNA – It’s the nearest thing to a gourmet restaurant on Aitutaki. Freshly caught fish and island flavours form the backbone of the menu, and the garden location is one of the most atmospheric places to eat on the island. MT. MAUNGAPU – The 30 minute hike to the top of Aitutaki’s highest peak (124 metres) is worth the effort simply for the incredible views over the entire atoll and the sapphire blue lagoon – remember to take your camera. LOCAL NIGHTLIFE – The lively Coconut Crusher Bar is the island’s main nightspot and a great place to “shake your booty” at the regular island nights, or roll up for the weekend’s DJ. LAGOON CRUISE – When you’re out on Aitutaki don’t miss the chance to take a lagoon cruise. There are several operators that cruise around the lagoon but one worth considering is the Tekings Champagne brunch cruise. You’ll enjoy fantastic swimming and snorkelling while your hosts prepare a delicious hearty island feast served with Champagne – enjoy!

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GOLF – Play a round of golf at the Aitutaki Golf Club’s 18-hole golf course. Clubs are available to rent for around $10 and green fees are around the same price. An interesting course situated on the coast beside the airport. SAFARI TOUR OF AITUTAKI – This is a great way to learn more about this beautiful island, its history and culture, and the people that live there. ONE FOOT ISLAND – Also known as Tapuaetai Motu, and just about as sublime as the South Pacific gets. Pack your passport and reef shoes (you’ll need them both) and a picnic lunch, then hop on a water taxi and put the rest of the world on hold. Why the passport? Because you can have it stamped at the world’s tiniest post office! SHOPPING – For island crafts; a great way to support the local economy and find souvenirs of your stay. Moana Creations (also known as Tony’s) is the bestknown, but there are other tiny shops, including Bowen Crafts on the Tautu Road – great for bags.

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Aitutaki Accommodation

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A magical setting and a very special atmosphere have made this little resort (formerly Samade on the Beach) a favourite with travellers from around the world. It stands beside the island’s best swimming beach, Ootu (‘full moon’) at the south-eastern tip of Aitutaki, right on the edge of the world-famous lagoon. If you want picture-postcard perfect, this is it! It’s also great value for money, quiet and relaxing, with accommodation in attractive, air-conditioned garden bungalows just a short stroll from the water. Each has its own deck overlooking tropical gardens.

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This family-owned resort offers a great spot to simply laze your days away while contemplating the simple pleasures of life. Take in the spectacular lagoon which has some of the best snorkelling on the island with gear Tamanu Beach provide free of charge, and its romantic sunsets from the comfort of your deck chair. Relax with a cocktail in the infinity pool or dine in the warm lagoon breeze at the Tamanu Restaurant. The studio and one bedroom bungalows are designed for those looking for a romantic and secluded haven, and with a ‘no children under 12 years of age policy’, your privacy and relaxation is assured. A snorkelling trip to the outer lagoon where you will visit the famous One Foot Island is highly recommended, along with the popular Cultural Island Night Feast and Dance Show with fire dancing on Thursday nights.

There’s a beachfront restaurant open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and celebration catering, with an Island style dinner menu and cultural show every Tuesday. Sunday features a delicious Aitutaki style BBQ menu. The resort provides house guests free use of kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and beach loungers. PRICE GUIDE FROM: $169 (Minimum 3 night stay)

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You’ll surely fall in love with this intimate Polynesian style resort which offers 10 villas, either beachfront or ideally positioned with views of the stunning blue lagoon. Wash away any stress that you have brought with you from home in your unique outdoor shower and spend a leisurely hour or four on the large covered veranda of your private villa. Spend your days swimming and snorkelling in the clear lagoon or relax by the secluded pool with a good book. There’s even an honesty bar where you can mix your own cocktails while enjoying one of the stunning sunsets. The friendly staff are on hand to point you in the direction of the local restaurants and bars which are within easy walking distance, so take the opportunity to explore and indulge in the local cuisine. You will never be left wanting at this Polynesian haven.

No doubt you’d like your Aitutaki accommodation to be as special as the island itself, and we are confident you won’t be disappointed in this tiny, truly outstanding boutique resort. In fact, we think you’ll find it’s a very hard place to fault. There are just three villas here, providing absolute relaxation, luxury and privacy in gorgeous surroundings. Each has cool marble flooring, a superking-size, handmade four-poster bed, full air conditioning and a designer kitchen. Outside, there’s your own private courtyard with swimming pool and spa. For the ultimate in luxury, we recommend the two bedroom beachfront villa, ‘Tapuaetai’ with its master suite and lounge that look out to the ocean for spectacular views - it’s hard to imagine a more perfect place to stay. It’s ideal for honeymooners, of course, but also an option for families or friends.

PRICE GUIDE FROM: $259 (Minimum 2 night stay)

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Aitutaki Accommodation Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa

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Have your breath taken away by the views from the only resort directly on spectacular Aitutaki Lagoon. This adults-only, private island boutique resort offers the Cook Islands’ only overwater bungalows from where you can take a refreshing dip in the luminous lagoon or, step onto the gorgeous champagne sands from your new premium beachfront bungalow, deluxe beachfront bungalow or beachfront bungalow. Loll on the beach, laze in a hammock under the coconut palms, enjoy stand-up paddle boarding or snorkelling, or renew your spirit at SpaPolynesia Aitutaki. At dusk, with a sunset cocktail in hand, watch the lagoon transform into a blaze of colour before a private candlelit dinner on the sand under the stars. You’ll love the romance and seclusion of staying at this exclusive private island resort, yet you’ll be only two minutes by private ferry ride to the main island of Aitutaki. Pair it with a stay at its sister resort, Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach. PRICE GUIDE FROM: $399 (Beachfront Bungalow)

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Pacific Resort Aitutaki

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This multi award-winning Polynesian-style resort offers an island experience that’s guaranteed to soothe the soul. Pacific Resort Aitutaki offers an intimate collection of just 27 luxuriously appointed beachfront bungalows and villas, all with uninterrupted panoramic views across the infamous Aitutaki Lagoon. Bathe in the sun on soft white sand beaches, find peace in the tranquil tropical gardens or cool off with a dip in the resort’s infinity pool. Enjoy some of the world’s finest snorkelling by following the Pacific Resort Aquatic EcoTrail through the crystal clear warm waters of Aitutaki Lagoon or hop on board a Vaka Lagoon Cruise to explore the breathtaking Honeymoon and One Foot islands. Indulge in a luxurious spa treatment at Tiare Spa or sample authentic South Pacific Cuisine at Rapae Bay Restaurant. Pacific Resort Aitutaki offers all the elements you need to relax, unwind and enjoy the magical Cook Islands haven that is Aitutaki. PRICE GUIDE FROM: $539

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Bishops Lagoon Cruise

Tekings Champagne Cruise

Punarei Cultural Village Tour

Fun in the sun... and on the sea! One of the most pleasurable ways to experience the beautiful lagoon of Aitutaki is aboard the Lagoon Lova or Maina Express. See giant clams and join the captain as he hand-feeds schools of tropical fish. Swim in the clear blue lagoon waters, snorkel amongst the amazing array of beautiful tropical fish, or pretend that you are a castaway and explore deserted beaches. After all the activity it’s time for a BBQ lunch of fresh fish and local salads complemented by entertainment from the crew. Tour includes transfers and refreshments.

Cruise on the stunning Aitutaki Lagoon to Maina Island and Honeymoon Island where you can enjoy swimming in the warm blue waters and snorkelling alongside the tropical fish. If you’re lucky you might spot a turtle or two. When it’s time for brunch your friendly hosts, with their contagious laughs will prepare a delicious and hearty BBQ meal. Sitting at umbrella tables in the lagoon and served with Champagne – what could be better?

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, preparing the traditional umu kai (underground oven) and your guide will show you some ancient old remedies for traditional medicines using local plants. Learn about the purpose of the site and what life was like back when Christianity first arrived in Aitutaki. Tour includes transfers, historical tour and traditional island feast for lunch.

DEPARTS: Mon-Sat DURATION: 6 hours PRICE GUIDE FROM: $109

DEPARTS: Mon-Sat DURATION: 3 hours PRICE GUIDE FROM: $179

DEPARTS: Mon, Wed, Fri DURATION: 4 hours PRICE GUIDE FROM: $89

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Black Pearl Fishing

Dive Aitutaki, Bubbles Below

E2’s Bonefishing

Fish and feast – an angler’s delight! Within five minutes of leaving the wharf behind you will be starting your deep sea fishing adventure with Black Pearl Fishing. Your hosts, Mike and Mere, are on hand to give you friendly, expert advice as you build up an appetite fishing for yellow fin tuna, wahoo, giant trevally and mahi mahi (when in season). Any fish you catch will be filleted and delivered to your accommodation later that same day just in time to be freshly cooked for dinner – what could be more satisfying?

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 oceanic species like tuna, trevally and barracuda. There are some beautiful drop-offs, walls, coral gardens and fish feeding spots where you can let the fish eat out of your hand, and some great swim troughs and caves. If you are travelling from May through to October, with a little bit of luck you may even get to see the humpback whales!

Aitutaki Lagoon is home to some of the world’s largest bonefish. For fly fishermen seeking the challenge of a lifetime the ‘ghost of the flats’ presents one of the most thrilling fly fishing opportunities available. The huge bonefish (Kio Kio) of Aitutaki Lagoon are a challenge to catch and land. Itu, a second generation bone-fisherman has extensive knowledge of the flats, and his legendary fish spotting ability helps tip the odds in your favour. Nobody knows the Bonefish of Aitutaki like the boys from the Davey clan.

DEPARTS: Daily DURATION: Half day PRICE GUIDE FROM: $585 (1-3 pax) per boat

DEPARTS: Sat DURATION: Varies PRICE GUIDE FROM: $170 (2 tank dive)

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The Outer Islands Authentic island life flourishes on the three tranquil, remote volcanic and coral islands of Atiu, Mangaia and Ma’uke, all of which are less than an hour’s flight from Rarotonga. Atiu, with its taro gardens, forests and tiny secluded sandy coves, is steeped in legend as well as being rich in rare birds including a swiftlet that lives in caves. Don’t miss the locally-brewed bush beer and homegrown coffee. The island is famed for its handmade quilts and ukuleles. Explore a labyrinth of caves on Mangaia, the second largest of the Cook Islands. Take a four wheel drive safari or go deep-sea fishing.The market sells delicate shell necklaces and handwoven pandanus bags. Ma’uke, the garden island, has caves with freshwater pools to swim in and a unique ‘divided’ church with separate entrances for worshippers from two villages.

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Our favourite things to see and do ZIONA CHURCH, MA’UKE – Built in 1882, it was once described by New Zealand artist Samuel Palmer as one of the 12 most fascinating churches in the world. It’s an example of early Western architecture mixed with Pacific influences, along with a lot of Maukean ingenuity.

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LARGEST BANYAN TREE IN THE WORLD, MA’UKE – Picking a path along the unsealed crushed coral roads on the way to Motuenga is a surprise encounter with the largest banyan tree in the world – over an acre in size. SPECTACULAR CAVES, MA’UKE – It is the caves that create the mystery of this spectacular island. The Motuenga, which is said to have a hundred separate underground chambers leading to the sea, is but one of the many dotted all over with deep freshwater pools filled with cool crystal waters. RARE BIRDLIFE, MANGAIA – The Mangaian Kingfisher never eats fish but instead preys on skinks, insects and spiders. Nesting in old coconut palms, this bird the Mangaian Kingfisher was thought to be under threat of extinction, but with a population of between 400-700 is safe for now.

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ANCIENT CAVES, ATIU – For the intrepid, a walk through the fantastic dense tropical jungle leads to Anatakitaki Cave where three caverns harbour clear pools of water, stalagmites, stalactites and a high natural cathedral ceiling above. The caves, which riddle the coastline, were often used as burial grounds and ancient artefacts can be found deep in the chambers. ORAVARU BEACH, ATIU – Captain Cook landed here in 1777. He set foot on Atiu and trekked inland in search of supplies. Oravaru Beach is the only place in the Cook Islands that Captain Cook set foot on. EXPLORING, MANGAIA – This island is the oldest in the Pacific, and is full of history and mystery. Ask at your hotel for information on guided walks and treks. Don’t miss the huge makatea (fossil coral towers) in the central valleys, the ancient marae, the spectacular caves, and take a trek to Lake Tiriara – a protected beauty spot in the south of the island.

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Adjusting to island time and lifestyle is about the biggest problem you can suffer from on Ma’uke. There are few shops and no cafés, and fresh home-baked bread comes from the village where loaves are baked in a wood-fired oven. The bungalows are cheap and cheerful and hiring a bike or scooter is the best way to get around. The coral roads are deserted and a day spent cycling round the road is a blissful retreat. Every so often a small, sandy beach comes in sight bordered by rocky outcrops.

Atiu is an island of adventure, discovery, culture and art and Atiu Villas provides a relaxing setting to enjoy this natural environment. Six selfcontained villas are uniquely made from a variety of native timbers and materials from the island. Each spacious villa has a fully self-contained 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.

The oldest island in the world now boasting one of the newest tropical retreats. 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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Caving on Ma’uke

Bird Watchers Tour, Atiu

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One of the best reasons to visit Mauke is to explore the many limestone caves. One we would recommend to visit is the Vai Tango, which lies a short distance from Ngatiarua Village. This cave is fairly large with a beautiful blue pool which is great for swimming and diving. The Motuanga Cave is known as the “Cave of 100 Rooms” and is a great place to do some exploring. It is entered on land but extends towards the sea and under the coral reef that surrounds Mauke – this is definitely one not to be missed. Recommend sturdy walking shoes, insect repellent and water.

A nature lover’s paradise! While this tour will appeal to bird lovers, anyone wanting to explore the natural wonders of the Cooks will discover that this is a tour not to be missed. Learn about the Rarotongan Flycatcher (Kakerori) Protection Programme and the re-introduction of the Rimatara Lorikeet. Take a walk along an ancient paved path through the native rainforest where you’ll see the flora and fauna of Atiu in the unspoiled wilderness. Recommend sturdy walking shoes, insect repellent and water.

Not for the faint of heart! Caving on Mangaia is the perfect adventure for those who don’t mind closed, confined spaces and adrenalin pumping adventure. There are a number of fascinating caves, both burial and others, to be found on the island. The caves wind their way through cliffs of fossilised coral (known as makatea) and are dramatic and beautiful, with stunning stalactite and stalagmite features. This is definitely out of the ordinary and something you should experience during your visit to the Cook Islands. Recommend sturdy walking shoes, insect repellent and water.

DEPARTS: On request DURATION: 2-3 hours PRICE GUIDE FROM: $35

DEPARTS: On request DURATION: Varies PRICE GUIDE FROM: $65

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Cook Islands for Families With its laid-back, unhurried atmosphere, friendly people, Kids Clubs at selected resorts and the beautiful safe beaches and lagoon, Rarotonga’s a perfect place for a family holiday. As well as the Kids’ Clubs, many of the resorts boast other familyfriendly features like swimming pools and water sports. When you’re ready to hit the beach, you’ll wonder if you’ve stumbled on to another huge swimming pool, this one lined with blindingly white sand and warm, clear water that’s been thoughtfully stocked with colourful marine life. Throw a mask, snorkel and set of flippers at most Kiwi kids and they’ll be happily entertained for hours . Because it’s a relatively small island, you’ll find it’s easy to get around, whether you hire a car or jump on one of the regular buses. It’s cheap, fun and a great way for the kids to interact with the locals – enjoy!

The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa

Kids Fun! ••Go snorkelling – there’s a good number of calm and shallow spots around the island for kiddies to see many friendly, vibrant and tropical fishes. ••Take Mum and Dad to an Island Night spectacular and show them how you can dance the ura (local dance) really fast! ••The 4WD Safari Tours are great fun for the whole family and you’ll get to see the best views of the island.

Edgewater Resort & Spa

The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa

Parents can relax knowing the kids are well looked after and having a ball at the Edgewater Coconut Kids’ Club. It is staffed by a dedicated, friendly and experienced team responsible for running an activity programme designed specifically for children aged 4 to 12 years in a purpose-built, secure indoor-outdoor venue. Features include audio visual entertainment units, spacious themed rooms and an outdoor recreation area fitted with play equipment. Operating three sessions a day, Monday to Saturday (Sundays are left free for family time) it’s completely free for children staying at the resort.

This is the place where everyone in the family can enjoy some well-earned R&R right on the white sand beach. Regarded as being the best kids club in the South Pacific, the free Moko’s Kids’ Club is for children aged to 11 years; under 4s play free under parental supervision. Not just an oversized playroom, the Moko’s Kids Club’s friendly team offer an educational and entertainment experience where kids learn about the unique Rarotongan nature and culture through a fun daily activities programme. The Moko’s Kids Club is open yearround, Monday to Saturday, 9am-12noon, 2-5pm and 7-9pm, and there are free snacks and drinks at kids’ club sessions.

See page 6 for Resort details

See page 7 for Resort details

••Go on a glass bottom lagoon cruise, watch the fish being fed and get up close and personal with them. ••Enjoy a refreshing swim at Papua (Wigmores) waterfall. Get the family to hike or drive up and see if you can find the shy freshwater prawns. ••Visit the local markets – fun for all ages. You might even get to buy a souvenir here with your pocket money! ••Test your skills at Coco Putt Mini Golf – there are plenty of shaded areas and if you’re a little peckish grab a bite at the café on-site.

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Accommodation Facilities Guide

Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa

20

Aitutaki Village

19

$

Aro’a Beachside Inn

4

$

Atiu Villas

23

$

Castaway Resort

4

$

Club Raro Resort

5

Crown Beach Resort & Spa

13

$

Edgewater Resort & Spa

6

$

Etu Moana Beach Villas

19

$

Islander Hotel

4

$

Lagoon Breeze Villas

6

$

Little Polynesian Resort

10

$

*

*

*

*

$

$

$

$ •

KAYAKING

SNORKELLING

GYM

HEALTH/BEAUTY SPA

TOUR DESK

SWIMMING POOL

RESTAURANT

BAR

IRON

$

FISHING

19

SCUBA DIVING

Aitutaki Escape

HAIR DRYER

IN–ROOM SAFE

TEA & COFFEE FACILITIES KITCHENETTE FACILITIES

TELEPHONE

TELEVISION

REFRIGERATOR

* = IN SPECIFIC ROOM TYPES ONLY

FAN COOLED

• = AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

AIR CONDITIONED

$ = COST APPLIES

PAGE NUMBER

= AVAILABLE

KIDS CLUB

FACILITIES & ACTIVITIES

ROOM AMENITIES

INTERNET ACCESS

KEY TO FACILITIES

$

$

$

$

$

$ $

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

Mangaia Villas

23

Manuia Beach Resort

9

Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel

7

$

Moana Sands Beachfront Villas

8

$

Muri Beach Club Hotel

10

Muri Beachcomber

5

$

$ *

$

*

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

$

*

Muri Beach Resort

4

$

$

$

Nautilus Resort

14

$

$

$

$

Pacific Resort Rarotonga

11

$

$

$

$

Pacific Resort Aitutaki

20

$

$

$

$

Palm Grove

5

$

*

$

$

Rarotonga Beach Bungalows

4

$

$

$

Ri’s Retreat

23 $

$

$

$

$

$

Royale Takitumu

12

Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach

12

Sea Change Villas

14

Sunhaven Beach Bungalows

4

*

*

$

*

$

$

$ $

$*

Sunset Resort

8

$

$

$

Tamanu Beach

19

$

$

$

Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa

15

$

$

$

Te Vakaroa Villas

15

$

$

$

The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa

7

$

$

*

*

*

$

$

$

The facilities shown were correct at time of printing and are to be used as a guide only and may alter throughout the year due to a change in circumstances. Activities shown may be provided by an external operator and offered off site.

© David Kirkland

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Cook Islands Brochure 2016  

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