Englishman ‘Croc’ is the only man on Rarotonga crafting tata’u (tattoos) the traditional way, using pigment and hand tools. Check out his blog (www…
Must see shopping in Rarotonga
- CCroc Tatau
- TTivaevae Collectables
Visit for beautiful Cook Islands tivaevae (hand-sewn quilted fabrics) harnessing traditional designs such as bedspreads and bed linen, but also reworked…
- PPerfumes of Rarotonga
Near the airport, this place makes its own perfumes, soaps, liqueurs and scented oils. There’s another outlet in Cook’s Corner Arcade in central Avarua…
- PPhilatelic Bureau
Cook Islands coins and bank notes are sold here, plus Cook Islands stamps (highly prized by philatelists). The unique $3 Cook Islands note is available in…
- AArt Studio
Contemporary art from owners Ian and Kay George combines with works from other Pacific artists. Handpainted or printed textiles are available, as are…
- BBergman & Sons Pearl Store
With unique and modern settings including necklaces, rings and bracelets. Hillary Clinton was gifted some Bergman black pearls when she visited the Cook…
- MMike Tavioni
Visit the workshop of Rarotonga’s most renowned sculptor and carver on the back road near Avarua. See his stone carvings at the Punanga Nui Market and the…
- TTokerau Jim
Located in Matavera, Tokerau Jim does beautiful and incredibly fine carvings on pearls and pearl shell. On Saturday mornings you'll find him at the…
- BBCA Art Gallery
Houses a gallery specialising in contemporary Pacific art, an excellent gift shop selling pearls, clothing and designer homeware, and a relaxed courtyard…
- DDive Shop
Sells good-quality fins, masks and snorkels and surfwear. See the website for an interactive map of Raro's best snorkelling sites.
- PPerfumes of Rarotonga
In Cook’s Corner Arcade in central Avarua, and also selling excellent fudge full of tropical fruit and coconut flavours.
- MM&M Ukalele & Crafts
M&M sells handmade ukuleles and has a great selection of local music on CD. Phone ahead to make sure it's open.
- TTurtles & Ocean/Earth
Interesting designs spoofing global brands and also that Cook Islands rugby shirt you've always wanted.
- BBounty Bookshop
Historical and pictorial books about the Cook Islands, and international and NZ magazines.
- PPrison Craft Shop
A good spot for unique gifts including handmade ukuleles.
- IIsland Craft
The best-stocked souvenir shop is in Avarua.
- VVonnia’s Store
Good for T-shirts.
- TTuki’s Pareu
The locals' choice.