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Cook Islands basics Rarotonga and Aitutaki are the two most popular of the 15

an hour) from the main gateway.

islands that make up the Cook Islands.

Air Rarotonga offers regular air services from Rarotonga to

Each of the other islands offer Kiwi travellers different

the other key tourism islands that make up the Cook Islands. Day

experiences to a Rarotongan holiday. The famous Aitutaki lagoon,

trips are also available and with flights between Atiu and Aitutaki

nature of Atiu and the caves of Mangaia draw the bulk of tourism

on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, it is now easier for clients

traffic beyond Rarotonga given their short flight distances (under

to see two other islands without backtracking to Rarotonga.

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licence, get their photo taken and sign a form at


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airport) is the main township in Rarotonga with

Westpac Bank in the main town of Avarua. It is $55 for adults. Children are now exempt from

Getting there Pacific Blue ex Auckland (daily except Wednesday and Thursday during peak season)

paying the departure tax.

departs 1830 and arrives 0020 with connections

Dateline confusion The Cook Islands is on the other side of the international dateline so depending on flight schedules, clients can arrive in Rarotonga a day earlier than they leave New Zealand and on the return flight arrive back a day or sometimes two days later than they leave the Cook Islands.

many of the shops and services.

By bus

For a scooter licence, clients need to take a

Buses depart clockwise around the island from Cook’s Corner (close to the information

daily except Wednesday and Thursday) departs at

centre in Avarua) on the hour from 0700. There

0115 and arrives into AKL at 0400 a day later.

is also an anti-clockwise service departing

from Auckland and Christchurch. Flight time is approximately four hours. RAR has a new modern terminal (pictured above

Speed limit is 40km/hr in restricted zones and 60km/hr outside of these.

from its domestic network. The return service (also

Air New Zealand also operates direct services

the Rarotonga police station at Avarua.

Cook’s Corner at 25 minutes past the hour.

short practical lesson.

Markets The Avarua market is open during the week but the biggest day is Saturday.

There are also night buses. Timetables are

As well as hot and cold food ready to eat,

readily available at hotels and resorts or can be

there is a range of local art and crafts as well as

viewed at Cooks Corner.

fruit and sweets for sale.

Escape, relax and enjoy the Cook Islands Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel is a boutique hotel featuring 17 Beachfront Studios with all the facilities of a small hotel. A welcome addition to Moana Sands are the six brand new 2-Bedroom Villas nestled on the shores of the sparkling blue lagoon at Vaimaanga, (5 mins drive from the hotel) on the same beautiful southern coast of Rarotonga.

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There are commissionable

Romance to the fore Whether it is for a romantic escape or a

The Registrar may waiver the three-day

wedding/honeymoon, the beaches and crystal

requirement in special circumstances, but

clear waters of the Cook Islands provide a

your client’s wedding coordinator must apply

tempting South Pacific escape.

in advance and a small fee is applicable.

If clients want to explore away from where

Application for this licence cannot be made

they are staying, the size of Rarotonga means

outside the Cook Islands.

it is easy to find a private spot at one of the island’s beaches. There is also a range of restaurants to choose from to enjoy a special


romantic occasion.

Marriage licence: $50

Weddings in the Cook Islands are legally

Marriage certificate: $15

binding and there are a range of settings and

Marriage waiver fee: (if clients wish to be married before the three days

ceremonies to choose from. Most of the major

residency requirement) $50

resorts offer onsite packages and there are several wedding planners based in Rarotonga.

Marriage amendment fee: $20

Contact the tourism office for more detailed

Church minister or priest: a donation


(a minimum of $80-100 is suggested)


Celebrants, florists, wedding dress designers, three full days prior to the ceremony to obtain

beauty specialists, caterers, photographers,

Some couples choose to get married in

singers and cultural dancers are all on-hand

Rarotonga and enjoy time with their families

their marriage licence. Documents required

to tailor your client’s day. There are also hand-

before taking the short flight to Aitutaki for a

are individual passports and birth certificates,

crafted rings and the famous black pearls

more private honeymoon.

plus divorce and death of spouse papers if

available to provide long-lasting keepsakes. Agents should check with wholesalers to find out about any current specials.

Wedding requirements Couples need to be in the Cook Islands

Marriage celebrant: $100

Registrar of the Court: free if conducted between 0800 and 1600 weekdays and in the courtroom only.

Registrars will conduct the wedding

applicable. The legal age of consent to marry is

between 1600 and 1800 away from

20 years, otherwise written approval by parents

the courtroom for $45.

is required.





A beach and water playground With Rarotonga so easy to get around by bike, bus, car or scooter, many visitors choose to find their own quiet beach and swimming spots scattered around the 32km island. The local tourist visitor map has easy to read symbols and good recommendations about the best swimming beaches and snorkelling spots. It’s difficult to go too wrong as the beaches

join organised trips and get advice on the best dive sites. green and hawksbill turtles and game fish are all able to be seen, depending on the time of year. Colourful tropical reef fish provide excellent photograph opportunities. Canyons, caves and varieties of coral, including plate, shelving,

are close to the main road and clients are never too far from a

mushroom and brain make it a most unusual terrain. There

shop or cafe for those essential beach supplies. One useful tip

are also wrecks to explore and fish to be hand-fed. All Raro’s

for clients is to recommend they take some reef shoes to avoid

dive sites are within a 15-minute boat ride from launching. This

any coral cuts.

ensures participants get to dive the calmest waters each day on

Muri Beach (pictured far right) is the most popular beach spot on

Rarotonga g triathlon

Whales, hammerhead sharks, grey and white tip reef sharks,

the leeward side of the island.

Rarotonga with its lagoon, watersports and activities. Windsurfers, sailboats, catamarans and kayaks are available for hire.

Kite surfing Another sporting drawcard to the destination is the annual Air

Most properties in Raro have complimentary kayaks for

New Zealand Rarotonga International Triathlon. Generally held in

guests’ use.

early May, this year’s event is taking place on Saturday May 7.

Clients are also able to explore the surrounding reef by taking

The event attracts those serious about the sport of triathlon but

an organised boat trip, fishing charter or dive trip.

is also suitable for beginners. The Olympic distance race (1.5km

Fishing frenzy

swim, 41.5km bike and 10km run) involves an ocean swim, cycle

In the Cook Islands, there is no lengthy journey to fishing areas

around the island and a road run.

and clients can get great catches while enjoying the sights.

As well as the main race itself, there are several associated

An average trip around Rarotonga can take three to five

activities around it including an ocean swim and a cycle race. The

hours with most boats departing around 0900. Between July

Edgewater Resort and Spa is the venue for the official functions

to October, the whales are known to treat anglers to a display

around Raro tri week and has a range of rooms suitable for

of tricks.

sporting groups including its six-person garden villas.

Fish are large and plentiful. Marlins, mahi mahi (dolphin fish), para (wahoo) and tuna are some of the delights in store. Chartered fishing trips are available to suit both the novice and experienced angler with boats able to handle four to six lines. The Cook Islands Game Fishing Club welcomes all visitors. Kite surfing is a sport on the up and a popular watersport in Rarotonga is a good place for beginner divers to learn the trade

the Cook Islands. This June, the destination plays host to several of the world’s biggest names in kite surfing at the Inaugural

and the outer reefs surrounding Rarotonga and Aitutaki offer a

International Kite Surfing Competition. The competition takes

variety of sub-aquatic experiences.

off with a kite surfing exhibition on June 25 at Muri Lagoon.

There are several accredited dive operators on both Rarotonga and Aitutaki providing clients with the opportunity to learn to dive,

The official competition begins on June 29 at Motu Maina Iti off Aitutaki Island and runs through until July 2.

Muri Beach Hideaway We have five individual styled luxury bungalows located on the beachfront and set in personally landscaped gardens, on the island of Rarotonga. Each of our bungalows has a private balcony with natural inviting decor. There is a separate bathroom, toilet, shower and a fully self-contained kitchen.

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PHOTO CREDITS || Kite surfing: Cook Islands Tourism

Dive training

Muri Resort refurb complete Muri Beach Resort has now completed its recent

resort’s facilities, is centrally located overlooking the

renovation and upgrade programme, following the

landscaped swimming pool. Daily blackboard specials

acquisition of an adjacent property last year.

use the freshest of local ingredients and the fish of

It included the construction of new guest rooms and resort facilities plus the renovation of the resort’s existing guestrooms. The boutique resort now boasts 20 villa and

the day is straight off the boat. The cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. This venue also specialises in catering for weddings and wedding receptions of up to 60

apartment-style guestrooms with beachfront and

guests. They can experience the Polynesian flare for

garden room categories having added four rooms and

their island celebration with family and friends.  The

a new poolside cafe and cocktail bar.

on-site wedding co-ordinator is available to take care

Aqua cafe and bar, the newest addition to the

of everything.

Beach club for adults Muri Beach Club Hotel is an adults only boutique resort, perfect for couples as a romantic escape. It enjoys an enviable location on the beach facing Muri

honeymoon coordinator, business centre, boutique with Polynesian jewellery and resort wear, the aqua-centre, tour

Lagoon. The Beachfront rooms all have stunning views

desk, rental vehicles and 24-hour reception to ensure every

across the lagoon to the small off-shore islands (motus).

guest’s need is easily catered for.

The resort offers facilities designed to pamper guests.

The resort also specialises in wedding ceremonies

These include a fine-dining restaurant for breakfast,

with guests able to exchange vows on the beach

lunch and dinner specialising in Pacific Rim Cuisine.

or in the cool of the air-conditioned reception room

Other facilities include the lagoon lounge, a large central

PHOTO CREDITS || Deck: Muri Beach Resort; Hotel: Muri Beach Club Hotel

swimming pool, beauty and spa, personalised wedding and

overlooking the lagoon.

Relax, Enjoy, Restore We invite you to discover The Edgewater Resort & Spa – a special destination that’s been extending its warm Polynesian welcome for more than 40 years. With plenty of accommodation, dining and pampering options, The Edgewater is the perfect choice for a family getaway, romantic wedding or indulgent Cook Islands honeymoon!

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Pacific’s Muri playground Pacific Resort Rarotonga’s Muri Beach location is a key appeal for its couple and family markets. The four-star full service resort has direct beachfront access, access to uninhabited motus (islets), complimentary water sport

The glass bottom lagoon cruiser Moana Roa departs from the beachfront at 1100 daily (except Sunday) for a day of snorkelling along the reef line complete with a fish BBQ and salad bar on board. The property itself has undergone some changes with the refurb

activities on offer and access to off water activities with many

of the two-bedroom garden villas. The first two will be ready from

operators, shops and restaurants a short stroll away.

April and the other two from May. It includes fresh paint, new roofing,

The Beach Hut Kids Club is complimentary to guests for children aged six to 13 years. It provides hands-on beach, lagoon and garden activities, activities like octopus hunting in the lagoon, weaving

new bathrooms and tiling, new kitchens and stove as well as

includes a $50 food and beverage credit per room per night, daily

revamped patios.

tropical breakfast and return airport-resort transfers. The current

The Pacific Village Cafe also opened recently. Situated roadside,

Wedding Ceremony package deal is for clients staying seven nights

platters from coconut fronds, island dancing lessons, kayaking

a short distance from reception, it offers cafe cuisine and is open

in a Beachfront Suite. Bonuses include the wedding ceremony itself,

tours and sandcastle building. All guests get complimentary use

seven days from 0800 to 2000. A charge back facility is available

$100 food and beverage credit per room per stay and two half-hour

of snorkelling gear, kayaks, pedal boats, sun loungers and beach

for guests of Pacific Resort Rarotonga and Te Manava Luxury Villas

massages as well as daily tropical breakfasts and return airport

towels. For adults, beauty and massage therapy is also offered at

and Spa.

transfers. Both offers are valid for sales until June 30 for travel until

the resort.

If clients Stay 5/Pay 4 at Pacific Resort Rarotonga, the deal also

March 31, 2012.

Te Manava villas Te Manava Luxury Villas and Spa is located on the southern

pool and area to relax and there is also a large beach area for

end of Muri Beach and is managed by the Pacific Resort Hotel

the exclusive use of Te Manava guests where there are sun


loungers and kayaks.

The luxury self-contained villa complex offers one-, two-

Each of the villas have full kitchen and laundry facilities

and three-bedroom villas and villa suites. They offer guests the

as well as Sky Pacific satellite TV. There is also an on-site

option of tailor-making their holiday experience by including

Te Manava Spa offering guests spa and beauty therapy

additional services into their stay, for example a personal chef


for the evening, BBQ packs and daily housekeeping. Each of the villas and villa suites has a private swimming

The current Stay 5/Pay 4 deal in market includes a complimentary bottle of wine on arrival as well as a

complimentary snorkelling cruise for two people on Pacific Resort Rarotonga’s glass bottom lagoon cruiser Moana Roa. Valid for sales until June 30 for travel to March 31, 2012.

Weddings and groups at Edgewater The Edgewater Resort and Spa hosted 136 weddings on the sunset-kissed lagoon in front of the resort last year.

to 40 guests. The Edgewater wedding team will be attending the major wedding

is offering packages for triathletes and their supporters. Guests staying seven nights will only pay for six and also get a

Weddings manager Heather Rorani and her team were kept on

expos in Auckland including The Grand Wedding Expo at Skycity on

resort credit of $100. It applies to the garden room, lagoonview room

their toes fielding last-minute bridal requests but they all ended in

Sunday April 17 and The Bride and Groom Show on Sunday May 1.

and beachfront deluxe suit categories.

wonderful celebrations. The beach-front Umu Hut proved to be the most popular reception

The three-bedroom garden villa is available for a rate of $1999 for

set for May 7 and already a great line-up of athletes have registered

seven nights for up to six people. Triathletes will also be eligible for 50

to participate. The Edgewater is again a partner hotel of the event and

per cent off all salon and spa treatments.

PHOTO CREDITS || Fins: Pacific Resort; Villa: Te Manava

venue at the resort, serving wedding feasts for groups averaging 20

The 2011 Air New Zealand Rarotonga International Triathlon is all



Beachfront Moana Sands Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel is set in the village of Titikaveka on the southern coast of Rarotonga. Established for more than 20

swim, kayak or snorkel. Onsite restaurant Pawpaw Patch is well known and attracts outside diners. For house guests, it offers

years, the 17-room boutique hotel

dining seven days a week for

has undergone a number of changes

breakfast and dinner.

over the past two years to continue to

Two years ago, the Moana Sands

showcase the lagoon and ocean view

owner added another accommodation

location that it is known for.

option for its guests with six new

Soft refurbishments to the hotel

villas in a two-storey building

have included new air-conditioning

nestled on the white sandy beach of

units in all rooms, new wardrobes,

Vaimaanga 4km away from the hotel.

drawers and luggage stands in all

Each villa has two bedrooms and two

rooms, all furniture reupholstered in

bathrooms with views of the beach,

all rooms, LCD TVs with Sky Pacific

lagoon and ocean.

installed throughout and new beach lighting installed. Guests can enjoy the panoramic

With the addition of the new villas, the property now operates under the banner of Moana Sands

views of the crystal clear lagoon,

Beachfront Hotel and Villas. The

a marine reserve teeming with

villas have a small office open

colourful fish, from their own private

during the day to assist guests

balcony or patio. The location is also

with queries, tours and restaurant

one of Rarotonga’s premier spots to


Crown’s romantic teaser

Lagoon Lodges

Crown Beach Resort and Spa Families are flocking to Rarotonga for special family time

Crown Beach offers the choice of eight

is a private secluded property

Deluxe Beachfront Spa Villas with

targeting the couples market.

uninterrupted lagoon views, direct access

catering villas and bungalows on the south-west coast.

There are 12 one-bedroom

to the beach and front row seats to daily

Just a hop-skip-jump away from the Aroa Marine

and two two-bedroom Polynesian

and Lagoon Lodges presents value-for-money, fully self-

Reserve, a top spot for snorkelling and swimming, the lodges are set in five

Villas featuring catering facilities

acres of tropical gardens.

and nestled discreetly amidst tropical

Other facilities include children’s play equipment, communal BBQ area and a freshwater swimming pool. Units come complete with full kitchens, fridge freezers, separate bathroom showers, dining and lounge areas, ceiling fans, IDD telephones, insect screened windows and outdoor decks.

sunsets from the mineral spa pools. All villas and suites feature super king beds, separate bathroom and spacious

gardens with views of the pool and

living area featuring dining and lounge space - opening

lagoon. The 14 Courtyard Pool Suites boast enclosed

onto their own private balcony. These are fully appointed

courtyards complete with private gardens and mineral

with air-conditioning, IDD telephone, flat-screen LCD TV,

water pools.

DVD player, CD/radio mini system, kitchen facilities, daily servicing and nightly turn down service with candles.

PHOTO CREDITS || Moana: Moana Sands

For clients seeking an absolute beachfront holiday,

Offering the finest in location, accommodation and hospitality







Polynesian dining delights Seafood, fresh fruit and a combination of European and

Stefano’s Italian restaurant in Muri Beach.

For the size of Rarotonga, there is a huge range of eateries with stand-alone restaurants scattered around the island and all

specialises in freshly-caught seafood and pizzas. Open throughout the week from midday until late, bar snacks and meals are

Polynesian flavours dominate the menus of Cook Islands cuisine.

Le Bon Vivant Cafe and Wine Bar

available throughout the day.

This new French-styled eatery is a venture by talented Cook

the major hotels and resorts tempting their in-house guests and

Island chef Tim Tierney, owner of Sails Restaurant. Featuring

visitors with their own fine-dining options.

takeaways or an eat-in bistro style menu. Open for breakfast,

Windjammer (Crown Beach) Located at the Crown Beach Resort, the restaurant has quality

lunch and dinner (in season) with an extensive wine list. Also

food and a good-sized menu. Pacific and European cuisine

European and Polynesian flavours, there are international options

serves antipasto platters, home-baked breads, cakes and pizza.

features with a modern flair and bookings are essential. Crown

including Italian, Indian and holiday staples like woodfired pizzas

Open six days, opposite the Palace in uptown Avarua.

Beach’s other options include Tang Tapas and Cocktail Lounge

As well as the Cook Islands fusion cuisine – a combination of

for savoury Spanish cuisine and cocktails as well as Oceans

and burgers. The local favourites include pan-seared fresh fish infused with lime juice, freshly caught lobster, ika mata marinated in coconut

Sails Restaurant and Bar Overlooking Muri Lagoon, the restaurant and bar is open sevenn

cream, curried octopus, steak with mango salad, pork and

days a week for lunch and dinner with a wide menu. A kids’ menuu

chicken from the umukai, sweet potato and kumara.

is also available. It is within easy walking distance of properties att

Commonplace on menus are ingredients like pawpaw;

Muri Beach and a relaxing spot to people watch.

mangoes; coconuts and starfruit; oranges and limes; breadfruit; passionfruit and other tropical fruits. There are also island nights at the bigger venues showcasing

Tamarind House Located on the outskirts of Avarua, the menu has a strong

the local dancing and island food cooked in the traditional way.

Asian influence with options including curries and fish. New

Also popular is the progressive dinner tour, where visitors get an

Zealand produce also features alongside seafood and steak. A

insight into the cuisine and life on Raro through the eyes of the

popular high-end choice.

locals, visiting a different home for each course. As well as these well-known restaurants, there are several reasonably priced bars, cafes and other eateries. Popular choices include Cafe Ariki, Club-Bana Bistro and Cafe Salsa in Avarua;



Trader Jacks Trader Jacks bar and restaurant is an institution in the Cook Islands. Overlooking the waters of Avarua Harbour, Trader Jacks

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Out and about in Raro As well as the beach and water activities

life through guided onsite tours. The

available in Rarotonga, hiring a bike, car or

one-and-a-half hour tour is from the

scooter is a popular way to get around to visit

centre’s inland base near Arorangi. From

some of the island’s attractions and explore.

the high-vantage point clients get good

It is certainly not essential though as

views of Rarotonga and also learn about

organised tours will pick clients up from

local owers and fauna before enjoying a

where they are staying and return them there

coffee or tea. The experience includes an

afterwards and the regular bus services

audio-visual theatre, tasting of local food

make it easy too. Getting around so hassle-

and Rarotongan drumming and dancing.

free is another of the destination’s strengths

Highland Paradise also offers a twice-

for families and couples.

weekly sunset feast and show.

As for the activities, there are slow-paced

• Cocoputt is a mini golf course located

cultural ones and the more adventurous.

in Aroa. It is a good activity to occupy the kids for an hour and there is plenty

• The A-riki Art Tour takes visitors around

of seating and shade for participants or

the island looking at traditional and


contemporary art sites. Along the way

Cook Islands people in the company of

There are seven acres to explore with an

guests also learn about places of cultural

friendly tour guides. Trips operate Monday

onsite cafe that serves breakfast, lunch

Rarotonga also has squash courts. The

signiďŹ cance about the history of canoe

to Friday at 0930 and 1230 and include

or afternoon tea. Open Monday to Friday

Rarotonga Golf Club welcomes visitors to

building and meet with prominent local

accommodation pick-ups and light lunch.

from 0900 to 1600.

its nine-hole course at Black Rock. Hire


• Maire Nui Cafe and Gardens is located

• Mr T’s Tropical Tours Kikau Hut Tour Bus explores the history and culture of the

• Highland Paradise Cultural Centre is

• Several hotels have tennis facilities and

clubs and trolleys are available. There is

on the south west corner of Rarotonga in

an interactive experience, which gives

also a bowling green in Avarua for lawn

Titikaveka close to The Little Polynesian.

clients the chance to relive Polynesian

bowls fans.


...where you become one with us ...

CONTACT TE VARA NUI on (00 682) 24006 or COOK ISLANDS 2011


Rarotonga’s cultural drawcard Te Vara Nui Village is Rarotonga’s newest cultural attraction an entertainment venue revealing the Cook Islands Maori culture. The Village offers a range of services including cultural shows

Surrounded by many of the island’s best resorts, Te Vara Nui gives visitors the chance to learn about the Polynesian history, traditional medicine preparation, ancestral fishing and

as well as being a venue for weddings and functions. Catering

navigational techniques, legends and beliefs, local artisans, craftss

up to 250 seated guests and up to 300 for cocktails, Te Vara Nui

and dances of the legends.

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The Village tour consists of eight huts in total, where the knowledgeable guides take the visitors to each hut to entertain and teach about the history, sacred ceremonies, witchdoctors, fishing, costumes, carving and lastly, the tree of life. The combo deal includes all of the above and an evening food experience to taste the succulent traditional Umu food that was minutes earlier lifted from underground, while enjoying the overwater island show Ura Po (dances of the legends). The night shows are set in the gardens. The Ura Po cultural show is performed on either a floating device or fixed stages of a waterfall garden with a flaming torchlight. Guests also enjoy the traditional island night buffet experiencing the culinary skills of the local and international chefs.

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Active experiences Conference in operate similar half-day safaris taking in both

inland and coastal landmarks. Tours run morning and afternoon seven days a week with pick-ups

Coconut Tours Operator Coconut Tours offers buggy tours of the island as well as jungle 4WD quad adventures.

from accommodation around the island. With the trips fully guided, clients get a good insight into the local culture.

following a tour guide. These include the waterfall, maraes, plantations, Vaka village and Avana passage. Meanwhile on the jungle quad adventure, the

The Cook Islands has several small to mid-sized meetings venues and is an easy, short, direct flight away.

Clients on the buggy tour drive a two-seater Bug Rider and discover Rarotonga’s key landmarks by

the Cooks

Pa’s Island Trek The legendary local leads visitors across Rarotonga and explains the flora and fauna and the uses the locals have for the plants in the

Many hotels and resorts have been ramping up their meetings, incentives and conference activities in the New Zealand market and several are major players in the weddings and honeymoons sectors. Often, there are co-coordinators who can take care of all the organising for your client.

tour guide takes clients up through the mountains

past and today. Pa’s mountain walk is an active

Team building options and activities are available on both islands – as well as offering a

to the jungle crossing streams and rugged terrain.

hike lasting around three hours. It starts with a

retreat for business and corporate executives. Some of the smaller islands can also offer

Both vehicles are easy to drive with pre-ride safety

30-minute walk to the base of the Needle then it

good locations. There are also dual island packages for Rarotonga and Aitutaki.

orientation given at the beginning of each tour.

is down through the canopy of native trees all the

Island 4WD safaris Raro Safari Tours and Tangaroa 4x4 Adventures

cocktail receptions, piano by candlelight, firedancers and barbeque beach parties set on

are provided with tours on Monday, Wednesday

one of the islands motus (small islands) are all options to consider. Other ideas include a

and Friday.

beach-side setting for a dozen participants or a day-cruise on Aitutaki’s lagoon.


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Exclusive group functions with special themes like island night parties, awards dinners,

way to Wigmore’s Waterfall. Lunch and transport

PHOTO CREDITS || Men, Village: Te Vara Nui Village; Islands: Cook Islands Tourism

There are plenty of active activities for groups

and conferences heading to Rarotonga.

Aitutaki, Atiu and Mangaia The famous Aitutaki lagoon, nature of Atiu and the caves of Mangaia draw the bulk of tourism traffic

rental cars or bikes. The lagoon is 45 kilometres around and in years

beyond Rarotonga given their short flight distances

gone by was the refuelling stop for TEAL (now

of less than an hour from the main gateway.

Air New Zealand) flying boats travelling the Coral

Air Rarotonga offers regular air services from

Route through the South Pacific.

Rarotonga to the other key tourism islands that

The island has a truly laid-back atmosphere.

make up the Cook Islands. Day trips are also

There is an assortment of different shops scattered

available and with flights between Atiu and Aitutaki

throughout the villages and ample restaurants, bars

on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, it is now

and entertainment venues.

easier for clients to see two other islands without

Popular restaurants include Tamanu, The Boat

backtracking to Rarotonga.

Shed and Tupunas with Samade on the Beach a

Aitutaki (all pictures right) has a broad range

good place to enjoy an evening drink and either the

of accommodation including major resorts,

BBQ on a Sunday or the island night on a Tuesday.

boutique villas, hotels and holiday homes, while

For clients staying on Aitutaki, there is a range

accommodation at the other islands is more rustic

of accommodation from international standard

but well suited to the type of travellers wanting to

resorts like the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa and

get off the beaten track.

the Pacific Resort Aitutaki to small-scale, boutique properties and locally-run bungalows, lodges and


guest houses. Etu Moana Boutique Beach Villas is

A marine paradise but also a good setting to

an eight-villa boutique property and there is also

relax and spend quality time with someone special.

the 12-bungalow Samade on the Beach and the

Water activities include day cruises, diving,

22-room Tamanu Beach.

fishing or kitesurfing and on land there are 4WD

and AIT on all days except Sunday when only a

is small in size and easy to get around on scooters,

couple of flights operate.


n mi

Aitutaki uta t ki

Rarotonga 45 m


45 min

We’ve got the Cooks covered


There are up to five services a day between RAR

safari tours as well as a circle-island trip. Aitutaki


Two Island Discovery If you like to set your own itinerary we have another option, p


a same dayy round round trip airfare from Rarotonga, then hire a car or a scooter, enjoy lunch at a resort … it’s up to you. LM/SD 202294


Nine and a half hours of pure bliss … cruising, swimming, snorkelling in sparkling blue waters … relaxing over a barbequed lunch of freshly caught fish.


Direct flights between Atiu and Aitutaki every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday create this opportunity for a great two island adventure.



A cruise on the turquoise waters of the famous Aitutaki lagoon is a must on any Aitutaki itinerary. There are a number of great motus to explore on the various cruises including One Foot Island (pictured top and middle) where clients can get a stamp in their passport from the post office. Other popular islands are Maina (Honeymoon Island) and Akaiami (pictured bottom), the former stopover island for TEAL flying boats on the Coral Route. Aitutaki Adventures, Bishops Cruises, Te King or the Glass Bottom Boat are some of the choices available. There is also the day trip from Rarotonga (available through wholesalers). Departure from Rarotonga is at 0800 with the return flight arriving back in Rarotonga at 1730. Included is a return transfer from the airport to clients’ accommodation, flights, an island tour of Aitutaki, lagoon cruise, lunch, towels and snorkelling gear. Trips are generally transferable so in the event of cloudy wet conditions, clients are given the choice of re-booking for another day with no cancellation penalty or surcharges (subject to availability). The majority of the cruises include food and drink as well as plenty of snorkelling stops.

Atiu The adventure destination is a popular spot for nature lovers as it’s a breeding ground for the endangered red lorikeet (pictured right page) and Kakerori. Highlights include trips to the limestone caves in search of the Kopeka bird a cave-dwelling swift bird only found on Atiu. There are also coffee plantations, the main village, Atiu Fibre Arts Studio and 26 secluded beaches to explore. Atiu Villas is the main accommodation option and hosts Kura and Roger Malcolm can ensure your clients’ stay is as active as they want it to be arranging eco, island, coffee (pictured right page), fishing and historical tours. The Kopeka is a bird that sleeps and nests in a cave. It never lands outside. It eats insects on the wing and hangs in a cave, just like a bat. Then there is the Kakerori, a bird introduced to Atiu from Rarotonga in 1999 in an effort to save it from extinction as it’s main predator on Rarotonga, the ship rat, does not exist on Atiu. And recently another endangered bird, the colourful red lorikeet (kura) was reintroduced to Atiu, also in an effort to protect it from the ship rat. This popular nature, light adventure destination has never been more accessable with Air Rarotonga scheduling flights from Aitutaki to Atiu on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from Atiu to Aitutaki on Wednesdays.

Aitutaki’s romantic temptation and villas, all with their own personal, panoramic view of the world-famous lagoon. The property is the only Cook Islands member of the

dining options like a romantic beach sanctuary dinner or private dining on your client’s own bungalow or villa deck. The Pacific Resort Group is currently offering a sevennight Two Island Combo for Pacific Resort Rarotonga and Pacific Resort Aitutaki. It includes four nights in a Garden

Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection. The resort is

Suite at Pacific Resort Rarotonga and three nights in a

spread over 17 acres of tropical gardens along more than

Beachfront Bungalow at Pacific Resort Aitutaki. Alos part of

one kilometre of beachfront.

the package are two return airfares between Rarotonga and

Rooms are of Polynesian-inspired architecture with

Aitutaki; $100 food and beverage credit per room per stay

natural wooden decor and include modern comforts such as

at both properties; return airport transfers on both islands;

WiFi access, flat screen TVs and ipod terminals.

daily breakfasts (tropical in Rarotonga and a-la-carte in

The signature Rapae Bay Restaurant features the best of South Pacific cuisine. The property’s location on the western sandy shores of Aitutaki Lagoon also lends itself to other



Aitutaki). It is valid for sales until June 30 for travel until March 31, 2012.

PHOTO CREDITS || Beach: Pacific Resort Aitutaki

The five star Pacific Resort Aitutaki offers guests a secluded escape with its 27 beachfront bungalows, suites

COOK ISLANDS 2011 Mangaia It is the second largest of the Cook Islands and the oldest island. Mangaia is packed with well-tended plantations of pineapples, vegetables, taro, kumara and a variety of other crops. The scenery ranges from rugged coastline to a lush green interior. Market day in the ‘town’ centre is on Friday mornings

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which provides visitors with an opportunity to buy fresh local produce and check out the craftwork made by skilled Mangaian women. The ‘ei pupu shell necklaces (yellow and white strands of tiny snail shells) are a specialty of the island. One of its key features is a series of caves that run through the makatea. Teruarere Cave is a seemingly endless series of interconnected chambers. Activities include exploring historical cave areas, scenic walks in the interior and a 4WD island tour that stops at the main points of interest. There are plantations, cliffs and secluded swimming coves across the island. Guided tours are available.

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“Beachside dining at its best” Open 7 days for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Stunning lagoon view on the white sands of Muri Beach. Great food, friendly service, best wine list & cocktails on Rarotonga. Kayak hire, swimming, wireless internet hotspot & espresso coffee, lounge area, happy hour 4pm MondaySaturday. Unique venue for corporate events, parties and weddings. Owner operated for over 18 years.


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Open Monday to Saturday for breakfast, lunch, delicious treats & snack platters. Popular with the locals ‘LBV’ is cool, light and modern with a french twist. Gourmet sandwiches, quiche, pies, wraps, salads, sweet treats, fresh baked baguette, pizza twists, foccacia, sourdough, fine wines. On top of this, a tempting breakfast & lunch A La Carte menu featuring kiwi favourites with European influences. Daily lunch specials feature fresh fish. Business, wedding and event catering. Open evenings in season.

ACTIVITIES DIRECTORY Wahoo Fishing Charters The ultimate way to go fishing on a purpose built 30 foot blue fin fishing vessel. Our fully qualified skipper and friendly crew give you the chance to experience the excitement of deep sea fishing for Tuna, Mahimahi, Wahoo and Marlin around Rarotonga.

• Travel our ancient road (Ara metua) built by our ancestor Toi; see the ancient maraes & palaces. Find out about our culture & traditions..... • Cruise through our farmlands. Let our experienced tour guides show you our many native plants & its many uses..... • Prepare an umu (traditional earth oven). It’s cooking while you’re touring. Try ika mata (marinated raw fish), rukau (taro leaves) and meat baked in the umu wrapped in banana leaves..... • Safety conscious and fun. • Monday to Friday 9am -12.30pm (Sunday 12 noon to 3.30pm) • Transfers and lunch included • (Umu cooked for a minimum of six only)

Deep sea game fishing starts within minutes of leaving the Avatiu harbour. Our local fishing ground knowledge ensures the best catch of the day. We provide a highly informative, fun, interactive and entertaining fishing experience for professional anglers to novices on the ocean off Rarotonga, specialising in ocean game fishing, scenic and charter tours for visitors and locals. We welcome experienced anglers and novices. We offer up to 8 passengers; • Adventure fishing • Party cruises / snorkeling • Stag / Hens party • Private charters


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RINOS APARTMENTS On the utmost beachfront of Aitutaki, Rino’s Beach Apartments are the ideal accommodation option for travellers looking for a small friendly place to stay, which is right on the beach yet is very cost-friendly. All apartments are fully selfcontained and are ideal for those on a special vacation such as honeymooners or those celebrating an anniversary.

The beautiful beach is perfect for swimming, especially if you are travelling with family members.

This boutique property offers three comfortable, modern & well equipped holiday apartment villas, each with own plunge pool. Kakera guests will enjoy the simple luxuries these self contained apartments offer, all for a similar rate of just a room at a busy resort. Close to all Rarotonga has to offer in-house services included housekeeping, breakfast

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS APRIL Fri 15th to Mon May 2nd School Holidays Begins (2 Weeks) Fri 22nd

AUGUST Thur 4th

Cook Islands National Self Governing Commemorative Day – Public Holiday

Sat 6th

Te Maeva Nui Celebrations Ends

Mon 8th to Fri 7th Oct

School Term 3 Begins (9 Weeks)


Canoeing – National Distance Series


Squash – National Champs

Good Friday Public Holiday


Easter Saturday

Sat 23


Sun 24

Easter Sunday

Mon 25th

Easter Monday Public Holiday


Mon 25

ANZAC DAY Public Holiday


Air NZ Anzac Golf Tournamentt



Fathers Day


Canoeing – National Distance Series

Mon 2nd

School Term 2 Begins End of School Holidays

Sat 24th

Rarotonga Club 15’s Grand Finals

Tue 3rd

Round Raro Cycle Race

Sat 24th

Round Raro Road Race (main race)

Thur 5th

Te Mire Ura – National Dancer of the Year Competition Te Akauroa (Papaa – Expats & Visitors)

Sat 7th

Triathlon – Air NZ Rarotonga International Triathlon (1500m Swim, 41km Cycle, 10km Run) Te Mire Ura – National Dancer of the Year Competition Juniors, Intermediate and Senior National Finals (Including Participants from the Outer Islands)

Wed 25th

JUNE Thur 2nd to Sat 4th

Golf Tournament (Turama House)

Mon 6th

Queen’s Birthday (Public Holiday)


Canoeing – National Distance Series


OCTOBER Fri 7th to 17th

School Holiday Begins (1 Week)

Mon 17th

School Term 4 Begins

Wed 26th

National Gospel Day – Public Holiday

Thur 27th

Aitutaki Gospel Day – Public Holiday ONLY for Aitutaki


Canoeing – National Distance Series


Turama – All Souls Day

Thur 3rd to Sat 5th

Cook Islands Rugby Union International Rugby 7’s Tournament

Fri 18th to Friday 25th

VAKA EIVA – Paddling/Canoeing Festival

Sat 26th

Te Mire Tiare – Flower Festival Celebrations: Float Parade

Fri 22

End of Term 2 - School Holiday Begins (2 Weeks)

Mon 25th

Rarotonga Gospel Day – Public Holiday for Rarotonga


Sailing – National Class Champs – Aitutaki

Thur 1st

Miss Tiare Pageant & the Young Warrior Competition Crowning of Miss Tiare 2011/2012 & the 2011/2012 Young Warrior


Golf Michigan Shoutout/Palmgrove – Open Tournament

Fri 9th

End of Term 4, School Holidays Begin


Canoeing – National Distance Series

Tues 27th

Christmas Day – Public Holiday observed

Fri 29th

Te Maeva Nui Celebrations Opening

Wed 28th

Boxing Day – Public Holiday observed




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