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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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A Cook Islands’ driving licence is valid for
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one year from your clients’ next birthday. To get
minutes drive away from anywhere
one, clients need to pay $20, present their NZ
on the island. Avarua (close to the
licence, get their photo taken and sign a form at
Departure tax Payable at the Westpac counterr at the airport (Eftpos is available) or
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.
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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PHOTO CREDITS || Mama, Map: Cook Islands Tourism
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
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)
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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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
transfers. Both offers are valid for sales until June 30 for travel until
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
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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
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,
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,
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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;
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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
centreâ€™s inland base near Arorangi. From
some of the islandâ€™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 ďŹ‚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 destinationâ€™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
â€˘ 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
â€˘ 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
â€˘ Maire Nui Cafe and Gardens is located
â€˘ Mr Tâ€™s Tropical Tours Kikau Hut Tour Bus explores the history and culture of the
â€˘ Highland Paradise Cultural Centre is
â€˘ 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
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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
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
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.
Aitutaki uta t ki
Rarotonga 45 m
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
$299 PER PERSON (AIRFARE ONLY)
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.
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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
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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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We are the wedding professionals on Rarotonga, delivering your dream island wedding with style. We are the guys behind Le Bon Vivant Café & Wine Bar, Sails Restaurant & Bar and Deli Foods Delicatessen. With years of experience in weddings & event management you can be assured of professionalism and quality. Creative concepts for all wedding parties from 2 to 200. All wedding ceremonies absolute beachfront. Classy reception venues include the famous Sails Restaurant & Bar on Muri Beach and the new chic Le Bon Vivant Café & Wine Bar. We truly cater to your desires with exquisite cocktail and canapé menus, buffet, gourmet barbeque or three course menus. Our bar service features the best wine list in the Cook Islands. Wedding favours, wedding cakes, entertainment, table setup featuring white tablecloths, candelabra, menus, ﬂowers. We organise your entire day and can out cater to other events. Exclusive use of our modern, open, light venues ensures your wedding is simply unforgettable. Contact us now Email email@example.com www.theweddingguys.co.ck
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SAILS RESTAURANT & BAR –
Cuisine Destination 2 Island Feasts & Cultural Shows Award-Winning Windjammer Restaurant Tang Tapas & Cocktail Lounge Beachfront Dining Daily Happy Hour ‘buy1, get 1 free’ Daily Live Bands Daily Sunsets.
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www.crownbeach.com Tel: +682 23953 Cook Islands
“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.
LÉ BON VIVANT CAFÉ & WINE BAR (LBV)
Email firstname.lastname@example.org Ph (00682) 27349 or 55963 www.sailsrestaurant.co.ck
Contact LBV at Email email@example.com Ph +682 27619 or 54124 Weddings: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
& spa menu and wedding planner. Kakera offers holiday accommodation for singles, couples, families and groups of up to 12.
Rinos Apartments, Aitutaki, Cook Islands. Tel: +682 31 197 Fax: +682 31 559 Email: email@example.com Web: www.rinosaitutaki.com
Stunning location on Muri Beach, 22 newly renovated, self-contained units with separate air-conditioned bedrooms, generous living area/kitchen. Numerous onsite facilities, in the heart of Muri Village-shops/ restaurants/cafes.
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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
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 Monday Public Holiday
ANZAC DAY Public Holiday
Air NZ Anzac Golf Tournamentt
SEPTEMBER Sun 4th
Canoeing – National Distance Series
School Term 2 Begins End of School Holidays
Rarotonga Club 15’s Grand Finals
Round Raro Cycle Race
Round Raro Road Race (main race)
Te Mire Ura – National Dancer of the Year Competition Te Akauroa (Papaa – Expats & Visitors)
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)
JUNE Thur 2nd to Sat 4th
Golf Tournament (Turama House)
Queen’s Birthday (Public Holiday)
Canoeing – National Distance Series
OCTOBER Fri 7th to 17th
School Holiday Begins (1 Week)
School Term 4 Begins
National Gospel Day – Public Holiday
Aitutaki Gospel Day – Public Holiday ONLY for Aitutaki
Canoeing – National Distance Series
NOVEMBER Tue 1st
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
Te Mire Tiare – Flower Festival Celebrations: Float Parade
End of Term 2 - School Holiday Begins (2 Weeks)
Rarotonga Gospel Day – Public Holiday for Rarotonga
Sailing – National Class Champs – Aitutaki
Miss Tiare Pageant & the Young Warrior Competition Crowning of Miss Tiare 2011/2012 & the 2011/2012 Young Warrior
Golf Michigan Shoutout/Palmgrove – Open Tournament
End of Term 4, School Holidays Begin
Canoeing – National Distance Series
Christmas Day – Public Holiday observed
Te Maeva Nui Celebrations Opening
Boxing Day – Public Holiday observed
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