Welcome to Around the Island
Though Rarotonga is the largest of the Cook Islands, it’s still compact and accessible, and is circumnavigated by a 32km coastal road known as the Ara Tapu (Sacred Rd). Inland is a second road, the Ara Metua (Ancient Rd), built in the 11th century. The Ara Metua passes through farmland, taro plantations, and rambling homesteads in the foothills of Rarotonga’s mountainous centre. The island’s rugged interior can be crossed only on foot. There are no private beaches on Rarotonga, but take care not to cross private land in order to access the shoreline.