Must-see attractions in Avarua

  • One of many white Christian churches and graveyards on the island of Rarotonga.

    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…

  • Local engraver at work in the workshop at the Beachcomber Gallery 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.

  • Cook Islands Library & Museum Society


    Inland behind the Para O Tane Palace, this collection of Pacific literature incorporates a small museum. Intriguing exhibits include an old whaling pot,…

  • Para O Tane Palace


    On the inland side of the main road is this palace and its surrounding Taputapuatea marae. The palace is where Makea Takau, the paramount ariki (chief) of…

  • National Museum


    Inside the National Culture Centre, the National Museum showcases Cook Islands and South Pacific artefacts, and sometimes hosts temporary exhibitions…