Top Choice Historic Building in Avarua

BCA Art Gallery

This historical building was once an LMS missionary school. These days it houses an excellent art gallery, gift shop and courtyard cafe.
Top Choice Church in Avarua

Cook Islands Christian Church

Avarua’s white-washed church was built in 1853. The graveyard contains the graves of author Robert Dean Frisbie, and Albert Henry, the first prime minister of the Cook Islands. The main church service is at 10am on …
Top Choice Beach in Around the Island


With its four motu (islets), Muri is the most beautiful section of Rarotonga’s encircling lagoon. The blue water is packed with tropical fish, especially around the motu (Taakoka, Koromiri, Oneroa and Motutapu), and…
Top Choice Cave in 'Atiu


Eerie Anatakitaki is ‘Atiu’s most spectacular cave, a multichambered cavern surrounded by banyan roots and thick jungle. It’s also home to the rare kopeka, or ‘Atiuan swiftlet – listen for its distinctive echo-locat…
Top Choice Lagoon in Aitutaki

Aitutaki Lagoon

Aitutaki’s stunning lagoon, brimming with marine life and ringed by 15 palm-covered motu (islets), is a South Pacific tearsure. Maina (Little Girl) offers superb snorkelling and is home to the red-tailed tropicbird,…
Top Choice Cave in 'Atiu

Te Ana O Rakanui

Te Ana O Rakanui is a burial cave packed with musty old skulls and skeletal remains. It’s a tight squeeze inside – claustrophobics be warned.
Top Choice Cave in Ma'uke

Vai Tango

Vai Tango is the best cave for swimming, a short walk from Ngatiarua village. Schoolkids often head there at weekends and after school, and they can show you where to find it.
Top Choice Cave in Ma'uke


Motuanga (the Cave of 100 Rooms) is a complex of tunnels and caverns in the island’s southeast that’s said to extend all the way under the reef and out to sea. The cave was used as a hiding place from ‘Atiuan war pa…
Top Choice Landmark in Mitiaro

Vai Nauri

A real highlight in this region is the deep sparkling-blue Vai Nauri, Mitiaro’s natural swimming pool. Local women used to hold gatherings known as terevai at Vai Nauri and at nearby Vai Tamaroa, where they met to s…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Mangaia


At 169m, Rangimotia is the highest point on the island, with stunning coastal views. From the Oneroa side, a dirt road leads to the top.