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Contents

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Contents Events Calendar ...................................................................................06 Regional Overviews History, Culture & National Heritage ....................................... 10 Language ....................................................................................... 12 Geography ...................................................................................... 13 Rarotonga ....................................................................................... 14 Aitutaki ............................................................................................. 16 Outer Islands .................................................................................. 18 Jasons Recommends 5 days in the Cook Islands .......................................................... 22 In the Spotlight Family ............................................................................................... 26 Fishing and Diving......................................................................... 28 Rarotonga Activities ............................................................................ 32 Rarotonga Dining ............................................................................... 39 Rarotonga Accommodation ............................................................. 45 Vouchers ................................................................................................ 47 Rarotonga Shopping ........................................................................... 61 Aitutaki.................................................................................................... 67 Weddings ............................................................................................... 72 Pearls ...................................................................................................... 75 Getting Around .................................................................................... 78 Useful Information and Index...........................................................86 Maps..........................................................................................4 & 94-96


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Kia orana

Welcome

Welcome to the Cook Islands - the secret of the Pacific. These fifteen beautiful islands strewn across thousands of kilometres of pristine ocean will be the venue for one of the best holidays of your life. Make the most of your stay in this unspoiled Pacific paradise by keeping your Cook Islands What’s On close at hand. It contains information on local events, as well as easy-to-use maps, great ideas for sightseeing and activities, and useful information to help you decide where to stay, what to eat, what to buy and how to get around.

Cook Islands at a Glance Rarotonga An island of contrasts, Rarotonga’s 32-kilometre circumference sweeps up from idyllic beaches into the uninhabited hinterlands where the peaks reach a height of 650 metres. Home to the Cook Islands’ capital, Avarua, Rarotonga has much to offer to travellers. The island’s magnificent waters are heaven for divers, snorkellers and fisherpeople, while the markets, restaurants and spas will appeal to the slower-paced traveller. Northern Island Group The northern group consists of Pukapuka, Manihiki, Penrhyn, Rakahanga, Nassau and Suwarrow. While getting to these islands isn’t easy as they

rely largely on cargo ships for transporting goods and visitors your effort will be rewarded with the experience of a lifetime. Southern Island Group The islands in the southern group are more accessible than their northern counterparts with regular air services connecting Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Atiu, Mauke, Mitiaro and Mangaia. Palmerston and Manuae can only be accessed by boat. Well-equipped for travellers, visitors will be warmly welcomed and treated to a superb stay on any of these islands, except Manuae but that’s only because it’s uninhabited!

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May this be the first of many warm welcomes you receive from the people of the Cook Islands. We are delighted you have chosen our tropical paradise as your holiday destination and invite you to explore the culture and treasures of Rarotonga and her sister Islands. I suggest a visit to our ‘Heaven on Earth’ Aitutaki, where you’ll be dazzled by her impressive tranquil lagoon and acclaimed beaches. Or venture further to Mangaia, Atiu, Mitiaro or Mauke, where rich traditions, lush vegetation, caves and birdlife will surprise and provide you with a holiday adventure like no other. Learn about the richness of our Northern group islands, renowned for their black pearls, which are one of our most prized souvenirs. Above all enjoy our idyllic surroundings, vibrant culture and the warmth and happiness of our people. Jasons Cook Islands Visitor Guide will help you to plan your holiday – providing you with tips, itineraries and information that will make your stay even more enjoyable. Our Tourism industry is a dynamic one that can cater to all your requirements and is supported by our own Cook Islands Tourism Corporation who go the extra mile to ensure your visit will remain a memorable and enjoyable one. Lastly, the ‘Kia Orana’ spirit is the foundation of the warmth and hospitality we offer our visitors and I wish you a wonderful stay in our little paradise. Hon. Teina Bishop

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Cook Islands Embracing coral atolls and rugged volcanic islands, the 15 islands of the Cook Islands are scattered over some 2 million square kilometres of ocean, extending from Penrhyn, 9º south of the equator, to Mangaia, just north of the Tropic of Capricorn. Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia and Air Tahiti are the major airlines that service the Cook Islands. Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia have six and five flights respectively a week from Auckland and Air Tahiti operated by Air Rarotonga has only one flight a week from Tahiti. Air Rarotonga operates daily flights to Aitutaki and scheduled flights to Atiu, Mangaia, Mauke, Mitiaro, Manihiki, Penryhn and Pukapuka. For domestic flight schedule please visit www.airraro.com.

Northern Cook Islands Group

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Events Calendar

Events, Gigs, Festivals

2014

2 Jun, Queens Birthday (Public Holiday) Music

Te Mire Ura Cook Islanders are passionate dancers. Every year competitors come from all around the Cook Islands for the Grand Finals hosted at the National Auditorium in Rarotonga to vie for title of best dancer. This is a colourful and spectacular event not to be missed.

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Air New Zealand Rarotonga Triathlon The 20th annual Air New Zealand International triathlon festival is a weeklong celebration of the sport. The 1500 metre swim takes place in the warm tropical waters of a beautiful lagoon, followed by a 41km cycle around the island and a 10 km run along palmed fringed roads. This festival has an event for all ages and abilities.

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Sport International Kite Surfing Contest 1-5 Sep The crystal clear, turquoise waters of the Aitutaki lagoon is a spectacular location for kite surfers and spectators. Don’t miss the amazing aerial manoeverves from these world class riders from easily accessible viewing spots on the lagoon. Aitutaki. www.cookislandskitesurfing.com

7-8 2-8 Nov Mar

Outdoors Canoeing Sprint Season Feb-Mar

Watch the Oe Vaka Canoe sprint series which kicks off on the water. Muri Lagoon.

Sport Cook Islands League Masters Fiesta Tournament 3-11 Apr This mini tournament for players over the age of 35 is an entertaining week. www.cirugbyleaguemasters. com

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4 Aug, Cook Islands National Self Governing Day Markets

Te Punanga Nui Markets

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These markets provide a vibrant and lively atmosphere. It is the largest market in the Cook Islands, you’ll discover a great variety of local produce, pastries, traditional food, music as well as a wide range of souvenirs.

Special Event Opera in Rarotonga 30 May Enjoy an evening of opera classics with a Pacific fl avour. Crown Beach Resort & Spa www.motone.biz

Avarua.

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Sport Pacific Netball Tournament 3-9 Jun

Special Event

The tournament includes teams from the Cook Islands, Samoa, Fiji, Papaua New Guinea. National Auditorium Rarotonga.

28 Jul -4 Aug

Te Maeva Nui Celebrations The most important event in the Cook Islands calendar is the annual celebration of self rule, granted in 1965. Performers and artists gather from Rarotonga and the outer islands to present new dances, songs, drum beats and costumes on a cultural theme. Other events during the festival include coconut husking, a maori food festival, and island days selling crafts and other produce from their home island.

Outdoor Round Rarotonga Road Race

20 Sep

This unique event offers runners a chance to run around the entire island (32km). A fun 10km run and relay are fun alternative options. For the totally mad the Nutters Cross Island run over mountain ridges and rugged valleys will test even the fittest competitor.

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27 Oct, National Gospel Day Special Event

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National Gospel Day Oct (Public Holiday)

Gospel Days are a long Cook Islands tradition, celebrating the arrival of Christianity. Events are organised by the Cook Islands Christian Church (CICC) and the churches themselves compete against each other to put on the best show. Islanders dress up, stage elaborate dramas or ‘nuku’, sing, dance, play music and generally have a great time.

Sport Cook Islands International Rugby Sevens

2-8 Mar

30 Oct-1 Nov 2014 will mark the 25th Anniversary of the Cook Islands International 7s aka ‘Sevens In Heaven’. This is the hottest, most fierce, meanest Rugby 7s tournament in the Pacific. www.rugby.co.ck

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Family

Turama

A spectacular celebration on the island of Rarotonga that honours family who have died. Islanders decorate graves with beautiful frangipani, gardenias and hibiscus flowers and special candles are lit in the evening and then left to burn through the night. It is lovely to drive around the island and see the flickering candlelight as you pass the many roadside graveyards.

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Vaka Eiva

21-28 Nov

This weeklong paddling and canoeing festival has been referred as the most fun event on the paddling planet. Upwards of 850 competitors compete in a series of races and fun activities on and off the water. Head out on the water on charter boat to get close to the action. www.vakaeiva.com

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Family Tiare Flower Festival 24-28 Nov

A parade of floral floats, and special events organized around a floral theme. Avarua.

Family Christmas in the Park 17 Dec Bring the whole family for a picnic in the park. Punanga Nui Market.


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History

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Guided by the stars, the sea-faring Polynesian ancestors started making their way across the Pacific in vaka (giant double-hulled canoes that are still a part of the Polynesian way of life) from about 15000BC. Cook Islanders are believed to be related to New Zealand Maori and the Maohi of the Society Islands in French Polynesia, the Rapuni of Easter Island and the Kanaka Maoli of Hawaii. Historians believe the first wave of Cook Islanders migrated from the Society Islands to the Cooks around 500AD. Later, the land was divided among six tribes, each one headed by a tribal king or high chief (Ariki). Today, every member of Cook Islands society belongs to one of the six family clans. Spanish Captain Alvaro de Mendana is thought to be the first European to sight the Cooks when he sailed by Pukapuka in 1595. Although British explorer Captain James Cook passed through the region on his expeditions of 1773 and 1777, but the first European did not land in Rarotonga until some time later, when Philip Goodenough of the Cumberland landed there in 1814. Goodenough sought sandalwood, he mostly found himself in trouble and in skirmishes with the islanders. The first British missionaries arrived in 1821, but Christianity really took hold when Papehia, a Christian convert from the Society Islands, took up the cause in 1823. Despite missionary influence, the hierarchy of Ariki remained intact, although European diseases decimated the population. By 1901, all the islands had been annexed by New Zealand and eventually became self-governing in August of 1965. Strong ties remain between the two countries, and all Cook Islanders hold New Zealand citizenship and are eligible for a New Zealand passport.

Cook Islands Today Missionaries exerted a powerful influence over Cook Islands society – at one stage even prohibiting any singing, drumming and dancing. Thankfully, the proud Polynesian sense of fun and celebration prevailed, and the two cultures merged, Cook Islanders


are avid churchgoers, and Sunday is honoured throughout the islands as a day of worship, family time and rest. Visitors are welcome to attend church services, and experience the beautiful singing (imene) for which Cook Islanders are famous. The country’s government operates along the Westminster parliamentary system, with members elected from 24 constituencies spread out among the Cook Islands. Parliament is housed on the main road towards the western end of the Rarotonga International airport. While the traditional Ariki system works in conjunction with the democratic system, it also ensures that traditional island values are actively considered in any political decision. No matter where you stay in the Cook Islands, the islanders’ warm hospitality and outgoing friendliness will play an intrinsic part in your Cook Islands experience. Cook Islanders share a genuine care for others and nothing is more important to them than family, which encompasses extended family. Children often live with grandparents, while nephews and nieces are sometimes brought up by aunts and uncles. Adoption of family members is widely encouraged.

Cultural Heritage Performance festivals are an important part of the annual calendar, with strong competition between the islands to produce the most outstanding performers of traditional dance and drama to attain national pride and acclaim (see events calendar, pages 6-8). Most impressive amongst these displays of cultural identity are the constitutional celebrations where feasting, fabulous costumes, fearsome warriors, graceful dancers and energetic drummers showcase the best of the Cook Islands. Dancers often wear costumes made from natural fibres found in the Cook Islands including kiriau (fibre from the young wild hibiscus tree), tapa (bark cloth), flowers, pandanus leaves and shells, feathers, kaka (fibre from the coconut tree), and rito (new and old coconut leaves). Cook Islanders have successfully kept alive many aspects of their heritage and culture, and you just have to look around to see traditional arts and crafts in regular use. From the woven pandanus mats, fans and baskets to the finely woven rito hats from the northern group, you’ll find many examples of the innate artistic spirit of Cook Islanders. The islands are famous for their beautiful tivaevae (an appliqué and embroidery quilt made by local women) and for their floral art. Woodcarving continues to be widely practiced, and the phallic male god Tangaroa is a popular subject. Visitors can gain more insight into Cook Islands culture at the museum in Avarua, which has displays of traditional crafts, tools and canoes (vakas). For those with an archaeological interest, there are ancient marae (a ceremonial meeting place) sites to visit, where tribal feasts and offerings were once held. These include Te Pou Toru Marae on Rarotonga and the stone structures of Arai-Te-Tonga – the royal court (Koutu) of a former Ariki (high chief). The ancient marae on Motutapu, off Rarotonga, is thought to be 1500 years old.

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Language

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Cook Islands Maori is the main language, although most people speak English as well. This makes it an ideal destination for English-speaking visitors. However, learning a few local words, such as kia orana (hello) and meitaki (thank you) is a sure way to win a smile.

Useful Words kia orana aere ra meitaki ae kare tane manea manea

hello goodbye thank you yes no man pretty handsome

ura mataora kai teia ra apopo ra marama moana maunga

to dance happy food today tomorrow sun moon ocean mountain

Environment Being a small island nation in the middle of a vast ocean gives Cook Islanders the perfect opportunity to nurture their natural environment. The physical isolation of the Cooks has led to the development of a simplified tropical flora and fauna. Here you can discover about 100 native ferns, 200 native flowering plants, 500 fish species, 400 types of shellfish, some 40 bird species, a dozen different lizards, not to mention magnificent marine turtles and majestic humpback whales.


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Every year from July to October humpback whales migrate through the Cook Islands en route from their feeding grounds in Antarctica to their breeding grounds in the more tropical waters of the Pacific Ocean. Their 6000-kilometre trek brings them so close to the islands that you don’t even need to be on or in the water to see them. The best viewing of these massive creatures can be done from on shore or on reefs all around the islands. It’s with good reason the locals say, ‘In the Cook Islands we don’t go to the whales. The whales come to us.’

• Ra’ui Marine Reserves It’s not just the whales that are protected in the Cook Islands. A traditional conservation system known as ra’ui is in place across five key areas of the lagoon on Rarotonga. The ra’ui prohibits or restricts the harvesting of marine resources, particularly traditional food sources, in order to protect the lagoon environment and promote the rejuvenation of marine plants and animals. Swimming and snorkelling are permitted in these ra’ui areas and the boundaries are clearly marked.

• Takitumu Conservation Area Away from the sea, the Takitumu Conservation Area is home to 155 hectares of forest, scrub and fern land. At Takitumu, you’ll have your best chance of seeing on of the world’s rarest land birds, the kakerori or Rarotongan flycatcher, which was transferred to the area from the island of Atiu. Along with the kakerori, you’ll also get a chance to see and hear other native birdlife including the i’oi (Rarotongan starling) and kukupa (fruit dove). If you wish to explore this forest area, you must find an experienced guide to take you through one of the traditional paved tracks. Contact Takitumu Nature Walk, phone (682) 29 906 or email kakerori@tca.co.ck

Geography The Cook Islands contain some of the most beautiful and diverse scenery of any group in the South Pacific, from rugged, bushclad volcanic peaks to white sandy beaches and coral atolls. The islands are split into two groups. The Southern Group includes the mountainous main island of Rarotonga, the atoll-like Aitutaki – famous for its scenic beauty – and the raised coral atolls of Mangaia, Atiu, Mauke and Mitiaro. The makatea (uplifted coral reef) on these islands hides deep caves and supports extensive native forest and scrubland. The Northern Group islands are straight out of a picture book, with turquoise lagoons fringed by white sand beaches and coconut palms.

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Rarotonga is part of the Southern Group islands, the vibrant heart of the Cook Islands nation and the country’s seat of government. The largest island, at 67sq km, Rarotonga is home to more than half the group’s population. The lush, mountainous interior rises to 653m, providing a dramatic backdrop to the coast, where most of the settlements can be found. Avarua is the island’s commercial centre. This lively township has all the main services and excellent shopping and dining. Rarotonga’s beautiful lagoon is sheltered by the reef that circles the island. The lagoon offers a host of activities from windsurfing and sailing to glass-bottom boat tours, while the open sea beyond the reef has great game fishing and diving. Palm-fringed beaches of powder white sand add to the island’s tropical beauty. All international flights to the Cooks arrive at Rarotonga Airport, which is 4km from Avarua township.

Rarotonga Highlights • Explore by scooter Hire a scooter and travel the 32-kilometre coastal road around the island. Running adjacent to this road is the ancient Ara Metua coral road, built in the 11th century, which will take you past historic sites and plantations.

• Take a lagoon cruise Magnificent Muri Beach on the island’s south-east coast is the launch point for glass-bottomed boats that take you out over the wondrous underwater world that is the Muri Lagoon. If you fancy getting a closer look many operators provide snorkelling gear so you pop over the side of the boat and meet the colourful tropical fish up close.


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Horse riding is a great way to see the island and, even if you’ve never ridden before, you will thoroughly enjoy the two hour pony trek. Riding trails pass through tropical plantations and up to Wigmore’s Waterfall, where there’s time for a swim before cantering back along the white sand beaches.

• Explore by bus Rarotonga has an excellent bus service that circumnavigates the island. It’s up to you which bus you catch – there’s a choice of one going clockwise and one going anti-clockwise. The buses can be hailed from pretty much anywhere and will stop wherever you want them to so grab an all-day pass and go exploring.

• Go trekking If you’re feeling energetic, then hire a guide and tackle the 4-hour Cross Island Trek up to the base of the island’s dramatic peak, Te Rua Manga (The Needle) From here you can enjoy spectacular views of both sides of the island. On the way back down to take a refreshing swim in the deep pool below Wigmore’s Waterfall.

• Take in some culture

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Many hotels offer the unmissable Island Night feast accompanied by a magical cultural show. The feast is known as the umukai, and involves cooking food in an underground earth oven known as the ‘umu’ – a deep pit filled with scorching hot stones. After the feast, visitors can enjoy the karioi (entertainment) featuring traditional song and dance all accompanied by the unforgettable sound of island drumming.

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Whether you visit Aitutaki for a day or stay for longer, you’ll leave with wonderful memories of one of the world’s most beautiful atolls. Less than an hour’s flight from Rarotonga, Aitutaki has a special sense of magic and tranquility. So much so that its name has become synonymous with romance and relaxation. Protected by an outlying reef, the island’s lagoon is 12 by 15 kilometres wide and is home to many small motu. The lagoon boasts crystal clear turquoise waters and dazzling white sand beaches. Home to around 2000 people, Aitutaki is the Cooks’ second most populated island but the pace of life is noticeably slower than that of Rarotonga. Arutanga, on the west coast, is the main village with its collection of shops, post office and small wharf. Aitutaki’s scenic beauty comes from its unique formation, which is part volcanic and part coral atoll. The island’s coral heads and marine life offer superb diving and snorkelling.

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A road circles Aitutaki, hugging the coast most of the way, and visitors can hire motor scooters, cars and 4WD vehicles to go exploring. If the scooter is your chosen mode of transport, your path will be made easier by the fact that there are no dogs on Aitutaki and no one is allowed to bring them onto the island.

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Aitutaki Highlights Cast a line from a well-equipped charter boat out into the azure waters of the Aitutaki lagoon. The lagoon is rich with an abundance of fish for you to test your mettle against including tuna, wahoo, marlin and barracuda.

• A relaxing rub If all that lying on the beach in the sun, swimming in warm tropical water and snoozing in the afternoon isn’t quite relaxing enough, head to one of Aitutaki’s gorgeous spas and treat yourself to a massage with luxurious local coconut oil.

• Check out the world below If swimming with turtles is on your bucket list, then diving in Aitutaki lagoon might give you the chance to tick it off. Half- and full-day trips into the warm, clear waters are offered by diving charter companies and even if the turtles aren’t around, you’re bound to see some very big fish.

• Head inland To get a really good sense of the scope of Aitutaki’s beauty, take a stroll to the summit Mount Maungapu. At 124 metres, it is the highest point on the atoll and takes an easy 30 minutes to get to the top of.

• Get your passport stamped The intriguingly titled One Foot Island in Aitutaki Lagoon is home to the world’s smallest post offi ce. While you don’t need your passport to set foot on the island, a stamp from the One Foot Island passport offi ce will be a great talking point when you get home.

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Many visitors see Rarotonga and depart without discovering the outer islands. They have an unspoilt beauty that makes them unforgettable. While many of the islands are not easily accessible, the effort taken to see them will be richly rewarded.

The Southern Group The islands in the southern group are more accessible than their northern counterparts with regular air services connecting Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Atiu, Mauke, Mitiaro and Mangaia. Palmerston and Manuae can only be accessed by boat.

• Aitutaki (see page 67) A 45-minute flight from Rarotonga, magical Aitutaki has a stunning pale turquoise lagoon and 14 motu (islets). Arutanga is the main settlement, located on the eastern side. There is superb snorkelling around the reef, as well as sailing, swimming, fishing and cruises.

• Atiu Atiu is known for its spectacular limestone caves and has some great dive locations. The dense native rainforest also hides ancient bush trails. Also known as Enuamanu, the Island of the Birds, Atiu still has wild undisturbed tropical jungle and secluded beaches to explore.

• Mangaia Mangaia is the southernmost and the second largest of the Cook Islands. Its steep cliff faces, ancient caves and rare birdlife make exploring the island an unforgettable experience. Activities include cave tours, rock climbing, snorkelling, trail bike riding and horse riding.


19 This uninhabited island lies 102km south-east of Aitutaki and is the only true atoll in the southern Cooks. It consists of two horseshoe-shaped islets, Manuae and Te Au O Tu. Manuae is a marine park and breeding ground for seabirds and turtles.

• Mauke & Mitiaro The people of these islands are renowned for producing fine woven mats, handbags, purses and hats. There are many caves to explore on these islands, some of which have delightful freshwater swimming holes. Mauke is also home to the world’s largest banyan tree.

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Made up of six sandy motu and a vast lagoon, Palmerston is the most remote of the southern group of islands. It was settled by Englishman William Marsters and his two Polynesian wives in 1863. Their descendants still make up a large proportion of the population of this idyllic outpost. There are no air services to Palmerston so by yacht or cargo boat are the only ways to visit.

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The Northern Group The northern group consists of Pukapuka, Manihiki, Penrhyn, Rakahanga, Nassau and Suwarrow. They are less accessible than the Southern Group and largely reliant on cargo ships for transporting goods and visitors.

• Manihiki Known as the Island of Pearls, this triangular atoll is renowned for its black pearls. The 4km-wide lagoon is laced with 40 tiny motu. The reef provides excellent swimming, snorkelling, and off shore diving. There is a weekly flight from Rarotonga although this is based on booking demand.

• Nassau Located 55km south of Pukapuka, the small island of Nassau is covered with palms, and is the only island of the group without a lagoon. Inland there are rich taro swamps and fruit groves, and off shore there is good fishing.

• Penrhyn Also known by its local Maori name Tongareva, Penrhyn was named after the English ship Lady Penrhyn which landed there in 1788. One of the largest atolls in the Cooks, it is known for its natural golden pearls and for the finely woven rito hats, baskets, fans and mats made by local craftspeople.

• Pukapuka This remote, fan-shaped atoll has a small resident population. The island’s language and customs are influenced by its proximity to neighbouring Samoa. The island has excellent swimming and snorkelling and a reputation for its finely woven mats and kikau (coconut frond) brooms.


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• Rakahanga Accessed only from its sister island Manihiki by boat, Rakahanga comprises a lagoon surrounded by two islands and seven small islets. Rakahanga is abundant with breadfuit, coconut and pandanus trees while the outer reef has some excellent fishing.

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A true atoll, Suwarrow has one of the best harbours in the Pacific. It’s abundant birdlife and pristine marine areas saw it declared a national park in 1978. Uninhabited, with the exception of a caretaker, Suwarrow can only be visited on a chartered expedition or by private yacht.

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5 days in the Cooks

The Cook Islands You have arrived in paradise with time to explore the beautiful Cook Islands. We’ve put together this handy 5 day itinerary which takes in the stunning lagoons, delicious restaurants, best activities and unique cultural experiences, so that you can get the most out of your visit.

Day 1 Morning There’s no better way to get the hang of a new place than by jumping on public transport. Take a couple of hours on a leisurely loop of Rarotonga on the bus. Hop on and off where the mood takes you and check out just what this lovely island has to offer. ©Cook Islands Tourism

Check out the bus timetable on page 83.

Afternoon Grab lunch and a coffee at one of Avarua’s cafes and just spend some time soaking up the atmosphere and adjusting to the cruisy pace of life here. Maybe do a spot of shopping to prepare you for the rest of your holiday – a brightly coloured pareu from Tuki’s or a book and some postcards from Bounty Bookshop.

Evening No visit to Rarotonga is complete without a visit to the legend that is Trader Jacks. Overlooking the waters of Avarua Harbour, this is a great place to sample Cook Island fare and meet a few of the locals. You might even see local Oe Vaka (outrigger) teams practicing in the harbour right out the front.


Day 2 Morning Start your day at Muri Beach with a lagoon cruise. Both Captain Tamas Lagoon Cruizes and Koka Lagoon Cruises offer a glass bottom boat tour of the lagoon followed by a delicious barbecue lunch on one of Muri’s coral islands.

Afternoon The delights of Muri Beach are multiple so it’s decision time. Will it be lying on the beach, a leisurely snorkel in the warm, clear water or a more adrenalin-pumping kiteboarding lesson? Alternatively, explore the lagoon on a paddle board or kayak.

Evening Dining options abound at Muri so take your pick from the area’s restaurants and watch the sun go down with a tropical cocktail or a local beer to hand.

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Day 3 Morning Jump on a plane and head to Aitutaki for the day. A short 45-minute flight later and you’ll land in paradise. Grab a coffee and a picnic lunch from Koru Café and settle in for a morning’s relaxation on one of the atolls many beautiful beaches.

Afternoon A lagoon tour here will island hop you around the motus in the lagoon. Make sure you take your passport so you can get it stamped at One Foot Island’s post offi ce, which is reputed to be the smallest in the world.

Evening After flying back from Aitutaki, chances are you’ll want to spend a chilled out evening doing not much. Grab a takeaway from Sea Salt in Avarua and head for the waterfront to watch the waves.

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Day 4 Morning It’s time to head inland. Get your walking shoes on and book a guide to accompany you on the Cross Island Trek. This trail goes from the north to the south of the island taking in majestic views, a waterfall and plenty of local flora and fauna.


After the morning’s exertions, lunch at the Yellow Hibiscus in Palm Grove will be a welcome treat. The snorkelling here is beautiful too so make sure you take a dip.

Evening Immerse yourself in Cook Islands culture by taking a tour of Te Vara Nui village where you’ll learn about local history, traditional medicine and island life. Stay on for the spectacular night show and buffet and be dazzled by Cook Island drumming and dancing.

Day 5 Morning If you’re lucky, it’s Saturday. There’s only one place to be – Te Punanga Nui Market in Avarua. The market starts early and closes at noon and it is full to bursting with fresh fruit and vegetables, local art and crafts and delicious Cook Island food.

Afternoon Spend the afternoon seeking out some other visitors to the islands. From July to October, whales can be seen off the coast of Rarotonga so check in with the locals to find out where they’ve been spotted. ©The Dive Centre

Evening Join the locals for an evening of entertainment at Staircase Restaurant and Bar. Live bands and local entertainers will make for a memorable dining experience. ©Kerry

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Even for well-seasoned travellers, there’s nothing quite like seeing the wonders of an exciting new place through the eyes of a child. The Cook Islands is renowned as one of the most family-friendly destinations in the Pacific – and for good reason. Finding accommodation to suit the whole family is easy. If it’s resort life that tickles your fancy, a number of the hotels offer fabulous kids’ club programmes. Your kids will be entertained with all sorts of activities while being closely supervised. This will give them the chance to make new friends while you get to catch up on some sleep, soak in the sun and enjoy the resort’s many other facilities. If you’re not staying at a resort, some of them do offer kids’ club spaces to non-guests for a fee so check with them. Another great option for families in the Cook Islands is renting a house or self-catering accommodation. It’s certainly a great option for families on a budget and is particularly good if you’ve got kids who are fussy eaters. Often these rental properties are by the beach and have bikes and kayaks available so your older kids can go off exploring.

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One of the great things about the Cook Islands is that the beaches are all freely accessible to the public. Unlike some Pacific Island destinations, you don’t have to get permission or pay for the privilege of using the beach. This means you’ll have a huge amount of choice as to where you swim, snorkel and sunbathe. At most beaches, the water in the lagoons is quite shallow making it safe for even the youngest family members. The kids will absolutely love checking out the colourful marine life and swimming in the warm, clear water. If you really want your kids to remember your holiday, and you’re in the Cooks between July and October, take the family out whale watching. The whales pass really close to the shore so check with the locals where the best vantage points are. Once you’ve seen the whales, head along to The Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre. With its informative displays and interactive exhibits, the centre has a lot to offer for anyone interested in these magnifi cent creatures. If your kids are up for a bit of adventure, then there are plenty of options for exploring Rarotonga. Check out some of the tour companies who offer action-packed off-road and 4 x 4 tours. If they prefer a more sedate way of exploring then a pony trek into the hinterland could be just the thing. To really give your kids a taste of Cook Islands life, don’t miss out on taking them to a cultural village or an island night or both! They’ll love experiencing the fl avours of the traditional ground-cooked umukai, the rhythmic sound of Cook Island drumming and the colour and fl air of the local dancing.

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If you’ve had your fill of lying on the beach and you feel the need for some adventure, the Cook Islands’ clear waters, deep lagoons and exquisite marine life make it the perfect place to fish and dive. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced angler, the Cooks’ wellequipped charter boats and their crews will do their utmost to make sure you have a fantastic day out fishing. One of the great advantages about fishing in the Cook Islands is that there is no long journey to the fishing spots. As soon as you leave the harbour, it gets deep very quickly and the lines are in the water within a few minutes. During wahoo season (June to October) most of the fishing is done within 300m or 400m from the reef, so while you are waiting for those big fish to bite, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the islands. Tuna is the most common game fi sh and, in season, huge schools can be found, so you can expect multiple strikes. Marlin and mahi mahi are the acrobats of the ocean and will offer incredible aerial displays, leaping and somersaulting from the water in showers of spray.

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The lagoons of the Cook Islands are a snorkeller’s paradise. But if you’re keen to adventure deeper into the underwater world beneath tropical seas, there are dive operators ready to take you on the dive of a lifetime in both Rarotonga and Aitutaki. The Cooks’ main claim to great diving is the visibility - it is rare not to see the surface on any dive and visibility can range from 25 metres (on a bad day!) to 60 or 70 metres. Diving will get you up close with a huge variety of fi sh life including colourful parrot fish, wrasses, lionfish, grouper, angelfish and more. Sharks, turtles and rays frequent particular sites and, for those who are lucky enough, humpback whales may cruise overhead or be seen breaching the surface of the water. For more advanced divers, there are plenty of adventure dives just a short boat ride away, including wrecks, caverns, deep terrain and night diving spots. Night diving couldn’t be easier with great visibility, no currents and smooth surfaces – all you have to do is shine the torch and let the search begin.

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While for most the ideal tropical holiday involves spending days on end lying on a beach in the sun, for those of you who prefer a more active break, Rarotonga abounds with things to see and do. Exploring the island’s inner heights on a four-wheel drive safari or on a quad bike adventure will satisfy anyone with a taste for adventure. If you prefer four legs to four wheels, horse riding is a great way to see the island, with treks taking in impressive waterfalls and white sand beaches. Rarotonga is crisscrossed with walking tracks and has no snakes, wild animals or poisonous insects which make it a trekker’s paradise. To really make the most of the trails, hiring a local guide is a great idea. For those of a more sedate persuasion, there are a multitude of cruises available on which you can take in the sunset, visit a black pearl farm or admire the marine life from a glass bottomed boat.

Avarua Christian Church

And if you really can’t tear yourself away from the beach, then check out Muri Beach. As Rarotonga’s centre for sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and snorkelling, you might find that you’re tempted to not just lie on the beach!

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Akura Fishing Charters Avatiu Harbour, Rarotonga Phone: (682) 54355 www.akurafishingcharters.com

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Captain Tama’s Lagoon Cruizes Muri Beach Phone: (682) 27350 www.captaintamas.com Cruise on Captain Tama’s glass bottom boats to the marine reserve for some awesome snorkelling with giant clams and heaps of colourful fish. Feed the fish before heading to Motu Koromiri for a Raro style Fresh Fish BBQ followed by a coconut husking demonstration and pareu tying show. Price includes return transfers from accommodation. Price: Adult $79, Child 6-12yrs $40, 5 & under free Duration: Allow 5 hrs

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Coconut Tours Muri Beach, Rarotonga, phone (682) 24004 www.coconuttours.co.ck Venture into Rarotonga’s beautiful, tropical jungle driving your own 350cc Yamaha Grizzly Quad Bike. Hold on tight as you encounter rugged terrain, cross jungle streams and tropical rivers. Turn your holiday into a wild adventure on this ultimate experience! Age to drive 18 years with a current drivers licence. Price: $150 per adult per quad Duration: Allow 2.5 hours Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 10.30am & 1.30pm tours

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Delano Fishing Adventure Avatiu Wharf Phone: (682) 74344 www.delanofishing.com Operating out of Avatiu wharf, join the experienced crew onboard the MV Delano, a 40ft Jim Young Vindex launch for a great day out game fishing. A maximum of 10 passengers will ensure you have plenty of opportunity to reel in a Bill Fish, Mai-Mai, Tuna or Wahoo.

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Big groups or small, families or friends, experienced anglers or first-timers. Akura Fishing Charters has all the ingredients to make your Rarotonga fishing charter the perfect day out. Top quality fishing gear and helpful staff on a purpose built 40 foot vessel will ensure you savour the views as well as the fish.


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Muri Beach Phone: (682) 27769 www.kokalagooncruises.com Enjoy a day out on beautiful Muri lagoon aboard our spacious glass bottom boat. The crew are proud to share their culture, and this is evident throughout the tour with string band entertainment, guided snorkelling in the marine reserve, an amazing coconut tree climbing show, and a delicious fish BBQ feast. Ideal for all ages. Price: Adult $79 Child $40 Under 5 free Opening hours: Allow 4 hours Departs: Sun-Fri 10am

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Marlin Queen Fishing Charters Avatiu Wharf Phone: (682) 55 202 www.marlinqueen.co.ck Captain Junior and his team are serious about providing the ultimate game fishing experience. Come aboard the Marlin Queen for a great day out on the deep blue ocean. The Captain makes his own lures, guaranteed to attract the big ones. Shared and private charters are available and you can choose whether to fish for a half or full day. Prices: Contact us for prices

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Te Vara Nui Village Muri Beach Phone: (682) 24006 www.tevaranui.co.ck At Te Vara Nui Village you will meet local Cook Island people who will share their stories, knowledge and heritage with you during your Cultural Village Tour. Finish with Rarotonga’s finest dancers and musicians for the Over Water Show as they perform by flaming torchlight on the floating and fixed stages of our waterfall garden while enjoying our delicious Island/Western Fusion Buffet. Price: See website for prices. Opening hours: 5pm and 7pm

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Fishing Charters “Serious About Fishing” Avatiu Wharf, Rarotonga

Come catching today with Rarotonga’s best known and most trusted “LOCAL” crew! Game fishing for: Marlin • Sailfish • Tuna • Mahimahi • Wahoo ALSO AVAILABLE: Sport fishing - light tackle • Deep Sea Snapper • 1/2 & full day charters • 2 boats available (min 1-max 15) • shared & private • top quality Shimano gear

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Dining

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Dining

With its emphasis on fresh local produce, dining out in Rarotonga is not only a great way to engage with Cook Island culture but also an extremely pleasurable experience. The island’s restaurants range from high-end international cuisine to friendly island style cafes. While the New Zealand influence is obvious, a strong Cook Islands fusion style of cooking is also in evidence. The fresh local seafood makes Rarotonga a paradise for fish lovers. If you only try one local dish make it the delicious ika mata – raw fish marinated in lime juice and drenched in fresh coconut cream. Most restaurants have their own fish suppliers so menus reflect the catch of the day. Locally grown vegetables also provide new fl avour sensations. Taro leaves baked in coconut cream, known as rukau, is a rich and delicious accompaniment to a meal that you have to try at least once. Other popular Rarotongan veges are taro root, maniota, breadfruit and kumara. Tantalising tropical fruits are also a treat for visitors to Rarotonga. In season, you can treat yourself to pawpaw, mango, bananas, pineapple and watermelon. There are also some excellent local drink options. There are two breweries on Rarotonga so there are local beers to sample. If you’re seeking a caffeine fix, seek out coffee grown on the island of Atiu. And on a hot day there’s nothing better than taking the top off a fresh coconut and sip on its restorative water. For the ultimate in local dining and entertainment, book to spend an evening at an island night experience, which combines a traditional feast with Cook Island drumming and dancing. Whatever style of cuisine you choose, be aware that people tend to dine early in Rarotonga and many restaurant kitchens close at around 9pm. Sunday in the Cook Islands is very much the day of rest so it might pay to check whether your chosen restaurant is open before setting off.

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Dining Bite Time Cafe Punanga Nui Market, Rarotonga Phone: (682) 23 577

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Located next to the playground at the Punanga Nui Market, we pride ourselves in having the freshest fish and best value meals in town. The fish is straight off our fishing boat and into the café where it is prepared and served. Sample of our menu: Sashimi $10, Carpaccio $10, Ika Mata $8, All Day Breakfast $10, Smoked Marlin Salad $10, Tropical Fruit Smoothies $6, Nu (Fresh Coconut Drink) $4, Espresso Coffee from $3. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 8am-3pm. Late nights: Tues, Wed, Thurs 6-9pm.

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Café Jireh - Award Winning Café Main Road, Opposite Airport Phone: (682) 24776 Calling all café freaks, coffee freaks and food freaks. A mustvisit, award winning café. World famous custard squares, the BEST coffee on the island and great, crazy staff. Mention this ad and get a free coffee. Gluten free options available also. Don’t miss us, opposite the airport. Opening hours: 7.30am, Sat 8.30am

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Sashimi $10 Carpaccio $10 Ika Mata $8 All Day Breakfast $10 Smoked Marlin Salad $10 Tropical Fruit Smoothies $6 Nu (Fresh Coconut Drink) $4 Espresso Coffee from $3 Plus loads more yummy selections. Come and see us today! Hut 56, Punanga Nui Market, ket Rarotonga Avarua Phone: +682 23 577 Opening hours: 8:00 am - 3 pm Mon-Sat Late nights: 6-9pm Tues, Wed, Thurs

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Sea Salt Takeaway Avatiu Harbour, Rarotonga Phone: (682) 23 956

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Staircase Restaurant & Bar Avarua Phone: (682) 22254 Situated in the heart of town with great sea views, Staircase Restaurant and Bar welcomes you to fantastic evenings of live entertainments. Thursday evening is island culture traditional dances with a performance by Top Dance teams. Friday brings contemporary and traditional dances. Saturday is live entertainment by top-local singers while you dine and dance. Clubbing is also a must at Staircase Restaurant & Bar - Work your meal away with our Great DJ music and beats. Opening hours: Thurs 6:30pm, Fri 6:30pm, Sat 6:30pm till late

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Tumunu Tropical Garden Restaurant Arorangi Phone: (682) 20501 www.tumunurarotonga.com Tumunu have a variety of casual style hearty meals including, lemon braised ďŹ sh, chicken schnitzel, children’s meals, tender steaks, vegetarian platter and a selection of seafood dishes etc. We are best known amongst local and visitors for our Seafood Platters, great value and great selection.

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Come and sit on the deck and take in the beautiful breezes and views while enjoying our yummy food. Central to everything, easy to ďŹ nd. We have doner kebabs, best ďŹ sh & chips on the island, seafood baskets, burgers - and plenty more.


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Staircase Restaurant & Bar welcomes you to fantastic evenings of live entertainment, cultural performances, top-local singers every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Phone:

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Dining The Yellow Hibiscus Restaurant & Bar Palm Grove, Vaimaanga Phone: (682) 20002 www.palmgrove.net/restaurant.html

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Our open-air restaurant overlooks our peaceful garden and offers great food in a casual atmosphere. The Yellow Hibiscus serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, and provides weekly specials in addition to menu selections. Daily tropical breakfast buffet is complimentary. Opening hours: Open daily. Breakfast 8-10am / Lunch 12-2pm / Dinner 6-9pm.

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Waking up to the sound of waves lapping against the beach, strolling through tropical gardens, then swimming in a warm azure sea sounds like a pretty perfect daydream. On Rarotonga, it can be your reality. The key to making this dream come true is choosing the right place to stay. One of the great things about Rarotonga is that you can have an amazing beachside holiday regardless of your budget. Accommodation options range from shared dorm backpackers to beachside bungalows right through to high end resorts. Most of the island’s hotels and resorts are based either in the island’s south east corner around Muri Beach and Titikaveka, or on the north west coast around Arorangi. For those who prefer more of the comforts of home, self-contained cottages and holiday houses are available and can prove good value for family holidays. If you haven’t already booked your accommodation, check out the great collection of resorts, hotels and self-contained accommodation in this guide. While you’re searching for the right place, keep an eye out for the Cook Islands Tourism Accreditation Scheme logo - any venue that is accredited to the scheme must meet a certain level of cleanliness, service and safety.

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Voucher valid for one discounted admission when at least one other full price admission of greater or equal value is purchased. Voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount offer.

Valid for direct cash bookings only, and not applicable with any other discount.

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Voucher valid for one 10% discounted room fee for one night at Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel & Villas. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Muri Beach, Rarotonga Phone (682) 23000

Vaimaanga Phone (682) 26189 www.moanasands.co.ck EXPIRES 31 DEC 2014

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Voucher valid for one free frangipani body lotion only when $100 is spent at Perfumes of Rarotonga (Factory). Voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount offer. Avatiu Harbour Phone (682) 23956 EXPIRES 31 DEC 2014

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Bite Time Cafe Free Espresso Coffee with this voucher Conditions apply, see back of voucher

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Captain Tama’s Lagoon Cruizes 10% Discount per person on a snorkelling & BBQ lagoon cruise to the marine reserve. Cook Islands Visitor Guide

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Muri Beach Club Hotel

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Perfumes of Rarotonga Spend $100 and receive a free Frangipani body lotion

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Muri Beach Club Hotel Get 10% off at SilverSands Restaurant & Bar Conditions apply, see back of voucher

Cook Islands Visitor Guide

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Captain Tama’s Lagoon Cruizes 10% Discount per person on a snorkelling & BBQ lagoon cruise to the marine reserve. Cook Islands Visitor Guide

Sea Salt Takeaway

Cook’s Fudge Factory

Free coffee

Buy 2 large boxes of fudge and get a free ice cream.

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Voucher valid for one discounted admission. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts. Direct bookings only.

Muri Beach, Rarotonga Phone (682) 24006

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Voucher redeemable for a 10% deduction off the total bill for one person in a single visit to Island Craft Ltd. This discount does not apply to floral arrangements or for items on special.

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Voucher valid for one free frangipani body lotion only when $100 is spent at Perfumes of Rarotonga (Factory). Voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount offer.

Voucher valid for one discounted admission when at least one other full price admission of greater or equal value is purchased. Voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount offer.

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Accommodation Aroko Bungalows

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Muri Beach, Ngatangiia Ph: (682) 23625 (call between 8.30-noon Mon-Fri www.arokobungalows.com Self-contained accomodation on the south-eastern side of Rarotonga. Walking distance to numerous restaurants, internet cafes, Car and Scooter hire, Lagoon cruise operators, water sports: kite surfing, paddle boarding etc. Discover a historical feel of our culture with the famous Te Vara Nui Cultural Village also nearby. Aroko Bungalows is the perfect base for a romantic vacation. Tariff: From $130 garden bungalow, $150 Lagoon bungalow.

see ad opposite

Coral Sands Beachside Apartments Ara Tapu, Arorangi, Rarotonga Phone: (682) 21959 www.coralsands.co.ck Situated on the western side of Rarotonga, on the ocean side of the road with private beach access. The self-catering boutique apartments are available for your enjoyment and relaxation. One bedroom apartments sleep up to 4 and three bedroom apartment sleeps up to 8 guests. Children welcome in the three bedroom apartments. (Not suitable for babies or toddlers). Tariff: From $175 per night, one bedroom apartment

see ad page 51

Lagoon Breeze Villas Aroa Lagoon Phone: (682) 22020 www.lagoonbreezevillas.com Situated on the South Western side of the Island, 10 minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from the main town centre. Lagoon Breeze has a wide range of rooms to suit couples and families. Each villa is designed for privacy and features kitchen facilities and a combination of single, queen and king size beds to suit your requirements. The in-room amenities amply provide for your home away from home experience. Tariff: From $250 (tropical breakfast included)

see ad page 55

Magic Reef Bungalows Arorangi Phone: (682) 27404 www.magicreef.co.nz Relax and enjoy the breath taking golden sunsets from your own balcony at Magic Reef Bugalows. Our spacious studio bungalows all have ocean views and sleep up to two people, extra’s can be accommodated with a double foldout sofa. Children over 12 years old are welcome. See website for more. Tariff: From $325 Ocean-view poolside

see ad page 51

Manuia Beach Resort Arorangi Phone: (682) 22461 www.manuia.co.ck Set right on the beach in peaceful surroundings on the sheltered sunset coast. You will love the authentic Rarotongan accommodation, with the coconut thatched suites complete with island style decor and modern amenities. An inviting infinity pool, beach restaurant, the beautiful lagoon, and attentive local staff will ensure you have all bases covered Tariff: From $335 Premium Garden Suite

see ad page 55

Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel & Villas Muri Beach Phone: (682) 26189 www.moanasands.co.ck Located on a 10 kilometre stretch of white sandy beach, all Moana Sands studios and villas are absolute beachfront and enjoy stunning panoramic views of the lagoon, reef and vast Pacific Ocean beyond. The Hotels onsite restaurant ‘Sands Restaurant and Bar’ is open daily for breakfast and dinner. Tariff: From $350 beachfront studio

see ad page 57


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Muri Beach Club Hotel Muri Beach Phone: (682) 23000 www.muribeachclubhotel.com This adults only boutique hotel offers premier garden, superior pool, and beachfront rooms on an enviable location on Muri lagoon. Amenities include fine dining restaurant, exclusive Lagoon Lounge Bar, swimming pool, beauty & spa, tour desk, rental vehicles and 24 hour reception to ensure every need is catered for.

see ad page 58

Muri Beachcomber Muri Beach Phone: (682) 21022 www.beachcomber.co.ck In prime position on stunning Muri Beach. Muri Beachcomber has self-catering villas and units to suit couples and families of varying sizes. Hotel amenities include a salt water swimming pool and BBQs. Snorkelling gear, kayaks and stand up paddle boards are available free of charge.

see ad page 56

Tariff: From $295 garden unit

Pacific Resort Muri Beach Phone: (682) 20472 www.pacificrarotonga.com Located on beautiful Muri Beach, Pacific Resort is a leading 4 star resort set on a 5.5 acre landscaped property. Resort amenities include an open-air restaurant, tour desk with Avis car and motorbike rentals, swimming pool and BBQs. The popular Sandals Restaurant and Barefoot Bar is well known for its excellent dining.

see ad page 59

Tariff: From $714 Standard Studio Room. Island breakfast included

Palm Grove Vaimaanga, Rarotonga Phone: (682) 20002 www.palmgrove.net Set in the quiet, enchanting area of Vaima, Palm Grove enjoys the peace and tranquillity of one of the best locations on Rarotonga. 13 beautifully appointed garden bungalows are complemented with 12 beachfront bungalows alongside our secluded beach. All bungalows have full kitchen facilities, kingsize beds, flatscreen TVs, air-conditioning & private patios. Tariff: From $225 Garden Studio

see ad page 58

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Accommodation Puaikura Reef Lodges & Bungalows

Accommodation

Kavera Phone: (682) 23537 www.puaikura.co.ck From private, intimate accommodation to comfortable, spacious units and bungalows, Puaikura Reef Lodges is the perfect place to enjoy your Cook Island holiday. Enjoy a BBQ or relax in the entertaining area with a cocktail, amidst Puaikura’s lush garden paradise. Take a dip in the fresh water swimming pool or grab the free snorkelling gear to explore the beautiful lagoon. Tariff: From $185 standard 1 bedroom

see ad page 60

Raina Beach Apartments Titikaveka Phone: (682) 23601 www.raina.com Located in Titikaveka right across the road from the beach. Known for excellent snorkelling and swimming, Raina Beach Apartments is a 3 storey complex with spectacular 360 degree views of the lagoon and mountains from the rooftop sundeck. Four spacious units, each fully self contained, dining + lounge area, cooling fans and ceramic tiles throughout. Tariff: From $150 Garden Unit

Raina Lagoon Villas Arorangi, Rarotonga Phone: (682) 23601 www.raina.com Situated on the west coast of Rarotonga, Raina Lagoon Villas offers 6 deluxe bungalows with sea-view balconies and tropical garden showers. 4 villas are absolute Beachfront and 2 are Lagoon/Garden View Bungalows.

Tariff: From $290 Lagoon/Garden Bungalow

see ad page 56

Sunset Resort Avarua Phone: (682) 28028 www.thesunsetresort.com Set in one of the most idyllic locations in Rarotonga. Sunset Resort have 35 rooms with a wide variety of room types to suit singles, couples, groups or families with children over the age of 12. Our rooms are situated on the beachfront overlooking the lagoon or beside one of our two swimming pools. Your stay includes daily tropical breakfast. Tariff: From $307 Poolside Garden Studio

see ad page 60

The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa Aroa Beach Phone: (682) 25800 www.therarotongan.com With a Qualmark 4-star plus rating for the last five years, we are amongst Auckland’s top motels. Spacious and modern rooms all having air-con, cooking facilities, tiled bathrooms, Sky TV and free internet. Facilities include two high standard conference rooms, restaurant/cafe, pool and guest laundry Tariff: From $280 Garden Room

see ad page 46


18 Self-catering air-conditioned villas set amongst tropical gardens and across the road from its own stunning beach and reserve. Ideal for couples and families.

P: +68 2 22020 F: +68 2 22 021 E: reservations@lagoonbreezevillas.com

www.lagoonbreezevillas.com

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www.beachcomber.co.ck • Idyllic location • 22 air-conditioned units • All amenities close by • 9 restaurants/cafés close by • Pool, BBQs, kayaks, laundry, tour desk, snorkelling equipment, bicycles, stand up paddle boards, internet

Phone (682) 21 022 Email muri@beachcomber.co.ck


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Accommodation Kavera, Rarotonga • Family friendly • Affordable rates • glorious sunsets • Spacious self-contained accommodation and private house rental • Located across from a sheltered white sandy beach T: 682 23 537 • F: 682 21 537 E: accommodation@puaikura.co.ck

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Shopping

Exploring Avarua and Muri Beach’s shops, craft outlets and markets is a great way to immerse yourself in the local community. As befits the chilled out nature of the island, shopping hours are from 8am to 4pm during the week and from 8am to noon on Saturday. Don’t miss Avarua’s Punanganui Market. While some of the market’s stalls are open throughout the week, on Saturdays the place is buzzing. You’ll find a wide range of crafts, clothing, local cuisine and fresh produce. Get there early though as the market closes at noon. Prices are fixed so there’s no need to bargain. For retail therapy, Avarua’s shops offer a wonderful selection of locally made magnificent black pearl jewellery, intricately handstitched tivaevae quilts, and high quality woodcraft, weaving and tapa cloths for you to take home as mementoes of your stay. The one thing you won’t want to leave without buying is a local pareu or sarong. These all-purpose wraps are ideal for casual wear in the hot island climate. Perfumes, oils and soaps made locally will always remind you of the scent of the islands fragrant flowers, including frangipani, gardenia and jasmine. Avarua is also home to supermarkets and duty free stores so you can stock up on all your food and liquor supplies. Most villages also have small shops where you’ll be able to buy basic needs.

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Shopping ANZ Cook Islands Phone: (682) 21750 www.anz.com/cookislands

Shopping

ANZ offers you the security and safety of a full service international bank, providing EFTPOS facilities, Credit Card Cash Advances and Foreign Exchange services. Easy access to your cash 24hrs a day through CI’s largest ATM network. Locations: at Avarua branch, Cooks Corner, Foodland, Vonnias Arorangi, Rarotongan Beach Resort, Wigmores Vaimaanga, 6/11 Muri beach and our Aitutaki branch

see ad page 66

CIPS Image & Copy Centre Opposite Cook’s Corner, Avarua Phone: (682) 26 238 www.cookprint.com The centre for printing everything! We offer the best photoprinting of digital images onto paper or canvas. We also supply the latest digital cameras as well as loads of accessories. Underwater cameras, mobile phones, and lots more electronics are available with lots of friendly support and advice to go with it. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm Sat 8am-1pm

Cook’s Fudge Factory Cook’s Corner, Avarua Phone: (682) 26238 www.perfumes.co.ck Delightful tastes and delightful smells! Freshly made fudge in lots of varieties to enjoy or to take home for friends. The best selection of confectionery in town and the best range of local perfumes and giftware. On a hot day why not try one of On Kawarau Road at made Spa waffle cone. Oh our homemade ice creams in a freshly delights! B&B by the lights between

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id.CK. Identity Cook Islands Avarua Phone: (682) 25060 www.facebook.com/identitycookislands

Shopping

Your Fashion - Your Identity. Fashion with style in the Cook Islands. Beachwear, Casual wear, Going-out wear. Shorts and Tops. Skirts and T’s. Shirts and Ties. Ladies and Men. Jandals and Shoes. Air-conditioned shop with lots of fantastic clothes for your holiday. Look your best and relax in style. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm, Sat 9am-1pm

Jetsave Travel Rarotonga Phone: (682) 27707 www.jetsave.co.ck This is your invitation to explore the beautiful Cook Islands. Our Rarotonga Hotel guide features a comprehensive description of all accommodation properties including Rarotonga Hotels, Resorts, Superior, Moderate, and Budget Self Contained Units, Holiday Homes and private beach bungalows.

see ad page 21 More: View our website for all things Cook Islands

Perfumes of Rarotonga (Factory) Cook’s Corner, Avarua Phone: (682) 25238 www.perfumes.co.ck Find the very best in hand made perfumes, natural coconut oils and coconut oil soaps at Perfumes of Rarotonga shop and factory. All products are hand made by the staff and capture the very essence of the Cook Islands in floral perfumes and the premium scents. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm, Sat 9am-1pm

“The only retail Pharmacy on Rarotonga with a fully qualified and NZ registered pharmacist.” • Forgotten your medicines? • Need first-aid for coral cuts or a scooter accident? • Overindulged and require pain-relief or something to settle your stomach? • Bitten or burnt? We have a great range of insect repellents, antihistamine creams, sunscreen and after-sun products. • Need ear plugs to block out roosters? • Emergency contraceptive pill available. For health advice you can trust come to CITC Pharmacy, Avarua Shopping Centre Hours --

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Tukiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pareu Kia Orana, My name is Tuki. When I was a little girl I dreamt of having my own shop where people could buy nice things. During your visit, I hope you will call in and share my dream with me. You are welcome to browse as long as you like. There is definitely no high pressure selling at Tukiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. I am proud of our team of talented young local designers who, I believe, have captured the unique spirit of Polynesia in our individually-designed creations. I hope to see you soon.


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I hope in the times ahead you will recall with warmth and affection your time spent in our part of paradise.

Tuki

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Aitutaki

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Aitutaki

With its slow pace of life and stunning lagoon, the atoll of Aitutaki has long been considered one of the world’s most beautiful. The short 45-minute fl ight from Rarotonga will make you feel like you’re a world away from home. The island’s elegant resorts are renowned for hosting romantic wedding ceremonies and for providing idyllic island getaways. Thanks to a government rule that no building can be taller than a coconut palm, low-rise Pacific-inspired bungalows dot the beaches and are tucked away in the lush tropical gardens of Aitutaki’s resorts making them the perfect place to relax and reconnect. If it’s a more chilled out holiday with family and friends you’re after then Aitutaki has plenty to offer as well. The island abounds with seaside villas and bungalows that offer you the chance to self-cater and create your own meals from local produce. For those not so keen to cook, there are plenty of restaurants in which to sample island fare. Snorkelling gear and kayaks are often included as part of the deal giving you the chance to spend time exploring the island’s magnificent lagoon.

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For those on a tighter budget, several of the island’s backpacker lodges and huts are a little away from the beach and set within vibrant local villages, providing a great opportunity to really see village life up close.

Aitutaki is the perfect place to unwind and relax.

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Aitutaki Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa Aitutaki Phone: (682) 31203 www.aitutakilagoonresort.com

Tariff: From $545 Beach Bungalow

see ad page 70

Koru Cafe Aitutaki Phone: (682) 31110 www.korucafe.biz Owned and operated by Steve and Trina Armstrong. It had been a dream of ours to one day move to Aitutaki to build a café and just enjoy life...and well, here we are. We opened in 2008 and are absolutely loving it! We serve all day breakfasts, filling lunches and great espresso coffee. Also offering: picnic lunches, BBQ packs, Wi-Fi internet, local arts and crafts. Opening hours: Daily from 7am-3pm

see ad opposite

Rino’s Beach Bungalows and Rentals Aitutaki Phone: (682) 31 197 www.rinosaitutakihotels.com 11 self-contained units with 4 star rating for the last 5 years. Spacious and modern rooms, 3 of our Honeymoon Units have air-con and tiled bathrooms. We have one of the Cook Islands Telecom Hotspots internet service. Choice of Garden View and Beachfront View. Ceiling fans available in rooms, daily room service, complimentary continental breakfast, hot breakfast available (surcharge). Situated 5mins from town and restaurants.

see ad page 71

Samade on the Beach Ootu, Aitutaki Phone: (682) 31 526 www.samadebeach.com www.aitutakivillage.com Samade on the Beach is situated on the white sandy beach of Ootu (full moon) with a quiet & relaxing environment on the edge of Aitutaki lagoon, ideal for swimming & water activities. The 12 individual garden bungalows are set in lush tropical gardens a few steps away from the beach. The Polynesian inspired restaurant & bar has stunning views & serves breakfast, lunch & dinner. Tariff: $350 Garden Bungalow

see ad opposite

Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa

Aitutaki

Resting on its own private island, you will fall in love with the romantic atmosphere of beautiful Aitutaki Lagoon. The resort is the only accommodation to offer Overwater Bungalows in Aitutaki and enjoys a position like no other. Swim and Snorkel at any time and enjoy the fabulous food at the Flying Boat Beach Bar & Grill.


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Located on a beautiful white sandy beach Shops and services within easy walking distance Self-contained and serviced accommodation Rental vehicles onsite

Hosts: Rino & Ngatere George Phone: (682) 31 197 Email: rinos@aitutaki.net.ck

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Begin your lifetime of happiness with the perfect island wedding backdrop –white sand beaches, sparkling azure lagoons and dazzling tropical sunsets. Say your vows barefoot on a beach lapped by turquoise waters; amidst lush tropical gardens scented with exotic flowers, or in a beautiful island church, with a village choir in attendance – having your big day in the Cook Islands is certain to be a very special never-to-be-forgotten occasion. Many guests are inspired by the idyllic surrounds, and choose to renew their wedding vows or enjoy a second honeymoon.

Wedding Services Whatever your needs and budget, the Cook Islands offers a full range of services to make your wedding day perfect – from florists, hairdressers, beauticians and make-up artists to wedding photographers and videographers. For couples who want a stress-free option, there are local wedding planners who are happy to coordinate all the details of your ceremony.

What you need to know: Application for Licence – Application for a licence must be made in person to the Registrar of Marriages in the Cook Islands at least three working days before the marriage. The office is open Monday-Friday, 8am–4pm. Application for this licence cannot be made outside the Cook Islands.

Churches on the Islands The Cook Islands host a number of religious denominations, including Bahai Faith, New Hope, and New Life. The main ones are: Cook Islands Christian Church (Protestant), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons), Seventh Day Adventists, Apostolic Church, Jehovah Witnesses, Assembly of God, Cornerstone Friends Mission Church, Holy Spirit Revival, Celebration Church, and Roman Catholic. Check with your local minister regarding the requirements to marry in the Church, as they will also apply to the Cook Islands.


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Documents Required Your passport and birth certificate will be required when filing the Notice of Intended Marriage at the Registrar’s Office in Avarua, Cook Islands. If divorced, a copy of the Decree Absolute (divorce documents) is required. If you are a widow/widower, you will be required to produce the death certificate of your deceased spouse. All documents must be in English.

Legal Age The legal age of consent to marry is 21 years, otherwise written approval by parents is required.

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For further information, please contact: Marriage Inquiries, Registrars Department, Department of Justice and Lands, PO Box 11, Rarotonga. Phone 29 410, Fax 29 610, Email offices@justice.gov.ck

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Rare and exquisite, Cook Islands cultured black pearls are treasured for their lustrous beauty, and are highly sought after for manufacturing jewellery. The cultured black pearls found in the Cook Islands are named after the famous oyster from which they originate – Pinctada margaritifera – the black-lipped mother-of-pearl shell. The Cook Islands’ long heritage in pearling started in the 1890s when the lagoons of Manihiki and Penrhyn (Tongareva) atolls in the Northern Cook Islands were harvested for natural pearls and mother-of-pearl shells. Pearl cultivation began in the 1970s, and commercial pearl farming was established by the mid-1980s. Today, the remote and pristine lagoon of Manihiki atoll, located 1,200km north of Rarotonga, is the heart of the pearl industry. Under its marketing strategy, the Cook Islands Pearl Authority (CIPA) aims to promote Cook Islands pearls in the high-end international jewellery market. ‘AVAIKI’ is the registered brand name for premium Cook Islands cultured pearls of A–B–C only grades that are produced only by accredited farmers who meet the required performance benchmarks and standards for sustainable farming and quality assurances. The brand is managed by CIPA on their behalf and AVAIKI Cook Islands Pearls are available only through a select network of accredited retailers, jewellers and outlets in the Cook Islands and overseas. Cook Islands pearls that are not under the AVAIKI brand are marketed and sold as ‘Cook Islands pearls’. Selecting a Pearl The grade and value of a pearl is determined by considering several factors such as shape, size, lustre, surface quality and colour. Before you buy, take care and check that it is a genuine Cook Islands pearl you are buying. There are also imported pearls on sale including Chinese fresh water pearls, dyed and imitation pearls. Seek out reputable retailers that clearly label imported pearls with their origin, type and treatment and be wary of those who do not. For complaints and enquiries, contact: Cook Islands Pearl Authority (CIPA). Tel: 29 055, email: pearlinfo@pearlauthority.co.ck

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Pearls Your guide to selecting a Cook Islands Pearl... Shape: The oyster and nature combine to produce a variety of

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shapes and only a small percentage of the crop will yield a perfectly round pearl. Generally, the rounder a pearl, the more valuable it is. However, personal taste and preference is also important. The basic shape categories are:

Size: The size ranges from 8mm to over 18mm in diameter, however, most are around 10–11mm. A pearl’s size is measured in whole millimetres by its shorter diameter either along its vertical or horizontal axis. For example, a 10mm pearl would range in diameter from 10mm up to but less than 11mm. As a rule, the larger the size of a pearl, the greater its value Lustre: Is the brilliance and reflectivity, or ‘shine’, of the pearl as light passes over and through the layers of aragonite crystals or nacre that form the pearl. Lustre ranges from “excellent” to “dull” and should be consistent over the whole surface. It is one of the critical factors in assessing the grade of a pearl. Surface quality: The quality of the surface is judged according to its smoothness and absence (or presence) of blemishes. Because a pearl is a gem created by a living mollusc, a perfect pearl is rare and often imperfections do appear on the surface in the form of blemishes or defects such as marks, bumps, ridges, or spots (discolouration). Surface quality is one of the critical factors in assessing the grade - and value - of a pearl.


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oyster that secretes the nacre that forms the pearl. The basic black or dark grey body colour of the ‘black lipped’ Pinctada margaritifera oyster is often infused with overtones of gold, green, blue, rose or peacock hues. The pearl’s orient refers to the shimmering, iridescent colours that appear to move and glitter when the pearl is turned or rotated. Each colour has its own special quality and choice or selection is a matter of personal taste. Pearls are graded on a scale from A to D, with A being the highest grade. These are the standard grades for jewellery, export and local sales endorsed by the Cook Islands Pearl Authority (CIPA) as representing minimum thresholds that should be applied for each grade. A higher and more rigorous standard may be applied by a pearl grader or retailer. A pearl’s grading is determined by evaluating the characteristics of its surface and lustre. Lustre is important because it is what separates the inferior pearl from the superior and the ordinary from the extraordinary. For example, a pearl with an ‘A’ surface but with a ‘dull’ lustre would be graded down to a ‘D’. The quality and grading of your pearl Grade A Surface – over 90% of the surface is free of blemishes; less than 10% has a few slight blemishes (confined within the area of the segment). Lustre – ‘High’ to ‘Excellent’. Grade B Surface – over 70% of surface is free of blemishes; less than 30% has slight blemishes (within area of segment). Lustre – at least ‘Average’ or better. Grade C Surface – over 50% of surface is free of blemishes; less than 50% has slight blemishes (within area of segment). Lustre – at least ‘Average’ or better. Grade D Surface – less than 70% has blemishes, with up to 30% deeper blemishes (area of cap); over 30% is free of blemishes. Lustre – at least ‘Dull’ or better. Low Grade pearl – any pearl below grade ‘D’ where no side is free of blemishes and over 30% of these are deep blemishes. They are of low value and their commercial sale and export are not encouraged.

Courtesy of the Cook Islands Pearl Authority

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By Air If you’re planning on doing some island hopping during your time in the Cook Islands, then you’ll probably find yourself flying with Air Rarotonga. The airline has several flights each day to Aitutaki and also operates most days to Atiu. Connections are also available between Aitutaki and Atiu. There are several fl ights a week to the southern islands of Mitiaro, Mauke and Mangaia. Flights to the northern island group of Pukapuka, Manihiki and Penrhyn are less frequent as they depend on demand. However, charter flights can be arranged for groups of 8 or more passengers. See the Air Rarotonga website (www.airraro.com) for more details. For those who have less time to explore, Air Rarotonga also offers day tours to Aitutaki as well as scenic flights over Rarotonga. Air Rarotonga, phone (682) 22 888, email bookings@airraro.co.ck, offers services to the northern and southern groups of islands.

By Bus The best way to really see what life is like in any country is to take public transport. The only one of the Cook Islands to offer a public bus service is Rarotonga and what a great service it is. Run by the Cook’s Bus Company, all buses start and fi nish their route at Cooks Corner in Avarua and circumnavigate Rarotonga’s 32 kilometres of coastline. The big decision for you is whether you’re going to take the bus that goes clockwise or the one that goes anti-clockwise! The clockwise service departs from Cooks Corner on the hour between 7am and 4pm weekdays and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays. The anti-clockwise service leaves at 25 minutes past the hour between 8.25am and 4.30pm weekdays and 8.30am and 12.30am on Saturdays. On Sundays only the clockwise route runs and buses leave on the hour from 8am until 12 noon, then from 2pm until 4pm.


Outside of these hours there are night buses that only run on the clockwise route. They leave on the hour between 6pm and 11pm from Monday to Thursday and on Saturday. On Friday nights they run on the hour from 6pm until 10pm, then from 12am until 2am. There are no night buses on Sundays. Designated bus stops are plentiful around the island and most accommodation providers are serviced by a bus stop - just ask your driver or a fellow passenger if you’re not sure where to get off. Don’t worry about it if you are heading somewhere that doesn’t have a bus stop. So long as you let the driver know, they’ll stop anywhere along the route. The same goes for catching a bus - just signal the driver and the bus will stop for you. If you’re planning to do a bit of travelling in a day, all day passes are available and if you’re going to be in Rarotonga for a while, it might pay to buy a 10-trip ticket for the bus.

By Road Cars If you want to explore Rarotonga by car, then there are plenty of options when it comes to renting. No matter if it’s a basic sedan or an upmarket four-wheel drive you want, the right vehicle for you will be available from one of the many rental car companies. Aitutaki also has rental cars available although your options will be a little more limited and petrol can be quite pricey. If you’re heading to either island at a busy time of year, it might pay to book your rental car before you go. Before you can get behind the wheel of a car though, you must obtain a Cook Islands driver’s licence. Unlike many countries an international drivers licence is not accepted in the Cook Islands. Licences can be obtained from police headquarters in Avarua or from the police station on Aitutaki. Be prepared to queue for a little while in Avarua as the demand for licences there is greater than on Aitutaki. Don’t worry, you don’t need a photo or to take a test to be issued a licence - you just need to show that you have a current drivers licence from your home country.

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Driving in the Cook Islands is done on the left-hand side of the road. The maximum speed limit in a car is 50 kilometres per hour. While this might seem a little slow to some, it will give you a chance to see more of life of on the islands. Besides which, anyone caught breaking the speed limit will automatically be fined.

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Getting Around Almost everyone in the Cook Islands seems to be able to ride a motor scooter. The small 70-100cc bikes are one of the main forms of transport around the country and you’re as likely to see a young student on one as you are an old grandmother. The locals’ passion for these trusty vehicles has been passed on to travellers and scooters are available to hire on Rarotonga, Aitutaki and Atiu. Riding a scooter is pretty easy to master but make sure you take some time to do it properly. No one wants to take a broken bone home as a souvenir of their holiday. If you’re thinking about hiring a scooter, it could pay to check whether your travel insurance will cover you in the event of an accident. Most rental companies include third-party insurance in the hire cost but that won’t help if you damage your own vehicle or yourself. As when renting a car in the Cook Islands, it’s compulsory that you obtain a Cook Islands drivers licence before you can hire a scooter. These are available at the police headquarters in Avarua and at the police station on Aitutaki. You might be required to sit a short practical test before the licence is granted. Make sure you drive on the left-hand side of the road and if you’re riding in a group, it’s safest to ride single file. Safety helmets aren’t compulsory if you’re travelling less than 40 kilometres an hour, but they are required if you travel between 40 and 50 kilometres an hour. If you are caught speeding on a scooter, you will be issued with an automatic fine.

Taxis If you’ve shopped until your feet hurt or you’ve missed the last bus home, then both Rarotonga and Aitutaki have taxi services available. The cost can vary so it always pays to agree your destination and the cost of the trip at the beginning of your journey. Taxis are generally available from about 6am until midnight.

Airport transfers After an early start, the last thing you want to have to worry about is how you’re going to get from the airport to your accommodation. Many accommodation providers include airport transfers as part of their package but it always pays to check with them at the time of booking. If transfers aren’t included there are several shuttle companies on Rarotonga who can arrange to pick you up. ©Cook Islands Tourism

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By Sea Despite being an island nation, travelling around the Cooks by sea is not as easy as you might think. There are two vessels, the Manu Nui and the Maungaroa, operated by Taio Shipping Ltd that travel between Rarotonga and the outer islands. The southern islands are generally serviced once or twice a month while the time between visits to the northern islands can be up to two-and-ahalf months. The schedule can vary depending on the amount of cargo to be carried so it’s best to check with the Taio office to find out when the next sailing will be. A round trip of the northern group takes around two weeks while the southern group of islands can be traversed in four to five days. However, this isn’t a luxury cruise by any stretch of the imagination. Passengers are expected to bring their own food and the on-board accommodation is basic and usually shared with fellow passengers. Taio Shipping (682) 24 905, taio@oyster.net.ck

Travel Agents If you need any help in planning tours and travel while you’re in the Cook Islands, there are a number of travel agents who will be able to help you out. Jetsave Travel Phone (682) 27 707 Email jetsave@cooks.co.ck Matina Travel Phone (682) 21 780, Fax (682) 24 780 Email sale@matinatravel.co.ck Cook Islands Holidays.com Phone (682) 21 530 Email askunclejeff@cookislandsholidays.co.ck Island Hopper Vacations Phone (682) 22 576 Email travel@islandhopper.co.ck

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Getting Around Avis Rentals From cars and jeeps to people movers, Avis have everything you require to get you moving on Rarotonga. With three handy locations from which to collect your vehicle, we’ll have you cruising the island in no time. Avarua (CITC Shopping Complex), Pacific Resort, Rarotonga and Rarotonga International Airport. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4pm Sat 8am-12noon

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PUBLIC Buses circle the island, 2 every hour from town

TRANSPORT CLOCKWISE on the hour from 7am-6pm. BUSES FOR CHARTER ANTI-CLOCKWISE half past the hour from 8.30am-4.30pm. PH: 682 25 512 E: fcook@busabout.co.ck NIGHT BUS from 6pm onwards. Timetables available from your hotel or your driver.

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COOKS CORNER - Terminal 00 Bus Stop Minutes Past Hour COOKS CORNER - Terminal 30 Paradise Inn 02 Market Place 32 Club Raro 04 CITC Supermarket 33 KiiKii Motel 05 Airport/RSA 35 Ariana Bungalows 06 Parliament House 36 Matavera Village Traders 08 Golf Club 37 Sunrise Motel 10 Cooks Oasis/Sunset Resort 39 Avana Condos 11 Edgewater Resort 40 Aroko Bungalows 13 Crown Beach Resort 41 Kura’s Kabanas 13 Manuia Beach 42 Sokala Villas / Manea Beach 14 Are Renga Motel 43 Muri Beach Club Hotel 14 Castaway Beach Villas 45 Pacific Resort 15 Rarotonga Backpackers 45 Muri Beach/Sailing Club 16 Sunhaven Beach Bungalows 46 Muri Beachcomber 16 Aroa Beachside Inn 47 Puaikura Reef Lodges 47 Vara’s Beach House 17 International Backpackers 48 Are Mango Guesthouse 18 Lagoon Breeze Villas 49 Muri Beach Resort 18 Rarotongan Beach Resort 50 Little Polynesian 20 Raro Beach Bach 53 Moana Sands 20 Waterfall 54 Takitumu Villas 21 Palm Grove Lodges 55 Palm Grove Lodges 25 Takitumu Villas 59 Waterfall 26 Moana Sands 00 Raro Beach Bach 27 Little Polynesian 01 Rarotongan Beach Resort 30 Muri Beach Resort 01 Lagoon Breeze Villas 31 Are Mango Guesthouse 02 International Backpackers 32 Vara’s Beach House 03 Puaikura Reef Lodges 33 Muri Beachcomber 04 Aroa Beachside Inn 33 Muri Beach/Sailing Club 04 Pacific Resort 05 Sunhaven Beach Bungalows 34 Muri Beach Club Hotel 05 Rarotonga Backpackers 34 Sokala Villas / Manea Beach 06 Castaway Beach Villas 35 Kura’s Kabanas 06 Are Renga Motel 37 Aroko Bungalows 07 Manuia Beach 38 Avana Condos 09 Crown Beach Resort 39 Sunrise Motel 10 Edgewater Resort 40 Matavera Village Traders 12 Sunset Resort/Cooks Oasis 42 Ariana Bungalows 14 Golf Club 43 KiiKii Motel 15 RSA/Airport 46 Club Raro 16 CITC Supermarket 47 Paradise Inn 18 Market Place 48 COOKS CORNER - Terminal 20 COOKS CORNER - Terminal 50 Refer to the Jasons Cook Islands Visitor map for Bus Stop locations

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At a Glance Climate Warmth and sunshine can be enjoyed year round in the Cook Islands. May to October, is the dry and cooler season, with average temperatures of 22–24°C. November to April is the wet and warmer season, with average temperatures of 24–26°C.

Currency New Zealand dollar, $NZ.

Dress Informal, cool and comfortable clothing is advised. Revealing clothing is not acceptable in town or villages. A respectable standard of dress is required for church services.Nude or topless sunbathing is absolutely prohibited.

Electricity 240 volts AC Hz/ 50 cycle. Visitors from North America, United Kingdom and Europe will need adaptor plugs suitable for New Zealand to use dual-voltage appliances, such as hair dryers.

Language Cook Islands Maori and English.

Local Time 10 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Population 19,569 – about half of the population lives on the island of Rarotonga.

Taxes & Tipping All taxes are included in prices and tipping is contrary to Cook Islands Custom, however if you feel the service was exceptional, like any other country in the world, your acknowledgement may be appreciated.


Travelling to and from The Cook Islands The Rarotongan International Airport   The Rarotongan International Airport is located on the main island of Rarotonga, 4.5km from Avarua. For international transport to the Cook Islands: Air New Zealand – www.airnewzealand.co.nz For reconfirmation of flights, phone (682) 26 300. Virgin Australia – www.virginaustralia.com For reconfirmation of flights, phone (682) 22 888. Air Tahiti – www.airraro.com For reconfirmation of flights (booked through Air Raro only), phone (682) 22 888. For further flight info, check: www.cookislands.travel/flightinformation

Duty free Duty Free allowances include: – 200 cigarettes or 250gms of tobacco or 50 cigars or a mixture of not more than 250 grams in total – Two litres of spirits, wine and liqueur OR 4.5 litres of beer

Visitors & Entry Permit Exemption An entry permit is not required by people who are entering the Cook Islands as bona-fide visitors. A bona-fide visitor refers to any person who enters the Cook Islands for recreation or vacation/holiday and is exempt from requiring an entry permit for a stay of not more than 31 days. It also applies to any person who enters the Cook Islands for the purpose of exploring investment opportunities. Those intending to attend business meetings, conferences, exhibitions and sports activities, including tournaments may also travel as bona-fide visitors. An extension beyond 31 days is available only to those taking a holiday or recreation.

Visitor Requirements All visitors must have adequate financial means of supporting their stay, hold valid tickets for their return journey to a port of origin or next destination port, and their passports must be valid for a period of at least six months beyond the period of stay. New Zealand citizens travelling on New Zealand passports are not required to have proof of onward passage.

Emergency Services Phone 999 Police: 999 Ambulance & Hospital: 999 Fire: 999

Email comm.centre@police.gov.ck Email aremaki@oyster.net.ck Email jessie@airport.co.ck

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Extension of stay as a Bona-fide Visitor Bona-fide visitors may extend their stay beyond 31 days by making an application at MFAI. Extensions of stay may be granted on application on a monthly basis.

Holders of Passports with less than 6 months validity Holders of passports valid for less than six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay must seek authority to travel to the Cook Islands from MFAI.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Immigration PO Box 105, Rarotonga, Cook Islands Phone (682) 29 347 Facsimile (682) 21 247 Email: admin@mfai.gov.ck or immigration@mfai.gov.ck

Consulate Offices New Zealand French German

ph: 22 201 ph: 54 342 ph: 24 567

nzhcraro@oyster.net.ck avaiki@mac.com law@browneharvey.co.ck

Departure Tax This is included in your airfare ticket.

Banking ATMs ATMs are available at the following sites: ANZ main branch in Avarua, Rarotonga International Airport, Oasis Service Station in Nikao, JMC Store at Muri Beach, Wigmore’s Superstore in Vaimaanga, The Edgewater Resort & Spa in Arorangi and Super Brown Store in Tupapa, Arutanga in Aitutaki.

Bank branches ANZ Avarua, Rarotonga, phone (682) 21 750 or email anzcooks@anz.com Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9am–3pm; Friday, 9am–4pm.


ATM services are available and can be found at the main branch in Avarua, Cooks Corner Bus Stop in Avarua, The Rarotongan Beach Resort and Spa in Aroa, Wigmoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Superstore in Vaimaanga and Six Eleven Store in Muri, Amuri, Aitutaki, phone (682) 31 750 or email anzcooks@anz.com. ANZ is located in Amuri in front of Mango Trading Store. ATM services are available and are located at the branch in Aitutaki. ANZ is also represented by agencies located in Atiu, Manihiki, Mangaia and Mauke. Bank of Cook Islands (BCI) Known locally as the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Phone (682) 29 341, email cash@bci.co.ck. The main branch is situated in Rarotonga, next to the National Police Headquarters. Business hours 9amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;3pm Monday to Friday. BCI has a branch network throughout the outer islands at Aitutaki, Atiu, Mangaia, Manihiki (2), Mauke, Mitiaro, Penrhyn, Pukapuka and Rakahanga. Westpac Avarua, Rarotonga, ph (682) 22 014, email westpaccookislands@ westpac.com.au or visit their website at www.westpac.co.ck Mon-Fri 9amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;3pm; Saturday 9amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;12 noon. Arutanga, Aitutaki, phone (682) 31 714. Monday and Thursday only. Atiu Agency (located at Central Store in Teenui) Monâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Fri, 8amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;3pm. Western Union Avarua, Rarotonga, phone 682 29 907 or email westernu@union.co.ck Mon-Fri 8.30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4.30pm Saturday, 8.30amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;12.30pm. Branches are available in Aitutaki, Manihiki, Penrhyn, Atiu, Mauke, Mangaia, Mitiaro, Pukapuka and Rakahanga. Foreign exchange services are provided by Globalex Foreign Exchange.

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Communications Telephone and internet When phoning the Cook Islands from other countries, use the international dialing code 682. Telecom Cook Islands, phone (682) 29 680, www.telecom.co.ck, www.oyster.net.ck Internet cafés and hotspots are located in Avarua and around the island for internet and email services. A range of phone and Wifi cards, plus fax services are also available at Telecom throughout the Cook Islands. Cook Islands Post Office, located in Avarua, is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm. Postal, fax and email services are also available at TelePost, which is open Monday to Friday from 8am–4.30pm, and Saturdays 8.30am–12pm. International airmail goes out daily except Sundays and Mondays.

Mail Blue mailboxes for posting letters are located at various dairy stores around Rarotonga island; look for the Mail Depot signs. There are also two mailing boxes located inside and outside the airport terminal building. DHL courier services are available at Rarotonga Airport.

Television and radio Cook Islands Television (CITV) telecasts local and imported shows throughout the week in both English and Cook Islands Maori. The AM and FM radio stations (one on each band) offer a mix of music, talk and international news from Australia and New Zealand. Frequencies are AM 630 KHz and FM 105.5 KHz, FM 101 KHz and FM 88 KHz.

Local Newspapers Cook Islands News, phone (682) 22 999, fax 25 303, email editor@cookislandsnews.com Daily information on local events, tide times, weather, foreign exchange and more. Weekly issues of The Cook Islands Herald, Times and Independent are also available, as well as weekly issues of the New Zealand Herald. Cook Islands Herald, Independent and Times, phone (682) 29 460, email bestread@ciherald.co.ck

Staying Healthy & Safe Medical & Dental Services Medical and dental services are available 24 hours a day. There are no poisonous animals or insects in the Cook Islands, although mosquito repellent is advisable. Rarotonga Hospital, (682) 22 664 or (682) 20 065, email aremaki@oyster.net.ck Dental Services Tupapa, (682) 29 312, email aremaki@oyster.co.ck


91 Toilet tissue is not provided, so carry your own supplies. Located in: Avarua Punanganui Market; Cooks Corner shopping mall and bus depot; and opposite the Police Station. Nikao Social Centre opposite the golf club near Black Rock. Panama Before the airport from town, next to the cemetery. Titikaveka opposite the SDA mission grounds Ngatangiia Vaka Village

Safety The Cook Islands are safe but, as with anywhere else in the world, never leave your personal belongings unattended and ensure your accommodation and means of transport are locked at all times.

Water All visitors are encouraged to boil water before use. Most hotels have water filter systems. Bottled water is readily available from local shops.

Visitor Information The Cook Islands Visitor Information Centre is located in Avarua next to the ANZ Bank. It is open Monday to Friday, from 8am to 4pm and Saturday from 10am to 1pm. email tourism@cookislands.gov.ck, www.cookislands.travel The Aitutaki Visitor Information Centre is located in Arutanga across the road from the Post office and is open Monday to Friday 8amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;4pm, email tourism.officer@aitutaki.net.ck

Cook Islands Tourism Accreditation

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The Cook Islands accreditation scheme ensures that accredited accommodation and operators on both Rarotonga and the outer islands meet certain standards of cleanliness, service and features. A complete list of accredited accommodation and operators is available from Cook Islands Tourism. All accredited properties and operators are authorised to include the check-mark symbol in their advertising.

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Index AITUTAKI LAGOON RESORT & SPA Aitutaki (682) 31203 AKURA FISHING CHARTERS Avatiu Wharf (682) 54355 ANZ BANK (682) 21750

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AROKO BUNGALOWS Muri Beach, Ngatangiia (682) 23625 AVIS COOK ISLANDS Avarua/Muri/Rarotonga (682) 22833 BITE TIME CAFE Punanga Nui Market (682) 23 577 CAFE JIREH Main Road, Opposite Airport (682) 24776 CAPTAIN TAMA’S LAGOON CRUIZES Muri Beach (682) 27350 CIPS IMAGING COPY CENTRE Opp Cook’s Cr, Avarua (682) 26238 COCONUT TOURS Muri Beach (682) 24004 COOKS FUDGE FACTORY Cook’s Corner, Avarua (682) 26238 CORAL SANDS BEACHSIDE APARTMENTS Ara Tapu, Arorangi (682) 21 959

DELANO ADVENTURE FISHING Avatiu Wharf (682) 74344 FEXCO PACIFIC Downtown Avarua (682) 29907 ID.CK (IDENTITY COOK ISLANDS) Avarua (682) 25060 ISLAND CAR AND BIKE HIRE Main Road, Arorangi (682) 22632 ISLAND CRAFT LTD Vakatini Road, Avarua (682) 22009 JETSAVE TRAVE Rarotonga (682) 27707 KOKA LAGOON CRUISES Muri Beach (682) 27769 KORU CAFE Aitutaki (682) 31110 LAGOON BREEZE VILLAS Aroa Lagoon (682) 22020 MAGIC REEF BUNGALOWS Arorangi (682) 27404 MANUIA BEACH RESORT Arorangi (682) 22461 MARLIN QUEEN FISHING CHARTERS Avatiu Wharf (682) 55202 MOANA SANDS BEACHFRONT HOTEL & VILLAS Muri Beach(682) 26189

MURI BEACH CLUB HOTEL Muri Beach (682) 23000 MURI BEACHCOMBER Muri Beach (682) 21022 PACIFIC RESORT HOTEL RAROTONGA Muri Beach (682) 20472 PALM GROVE Main Road, Avaavaroa (682) 20002


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PERFUMES OF RAROTONGA Cook’s Corner, Avarua (682) 25238 PUAIKURA REEF LODGES & BUNGALOW Arorangi (682) 23537 RAINA BEACH APARTMENTS Titikaveka (682) 23601

RAROTONGA RENTALS Rarotonga (682) 22326 RINO’S BEACH BUNGALOWS & RENTALS Aitutaki (682) 31197 SAMADE ON THE BEACH Ootu, Aitutaki (682) 31526 SEA SALT TAKEAWAY Avatiu Harbour (682) 23956 STAIRCASE RESTAURANT & BAR Avarua (682) 22254 SUNSET RESORT Avarua (682) 28028 TE VARA NUI Muri Beach (682) 24006 TELECOM COOK ISLANDS LTD Tukakimoa Road (682) 29680 THE RAROTONGAN BEACH RESORT & SPA Aroa Beach (682) 25800

THE YELLOW HIBISCUS RESTAURANT & BAR Palm Grove, Vaimaanga (682) 20002

TUMUNU TROPICAL GARDEN RESTAURANT (682) 20501

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RAINA LAGOON VILLAS Arorangi (682) 23601


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