Top things to do

Top Choice Market in Avarua

Punanga Nui Market

Head here for fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and seafood, barbecued snacks, and stalls selling fresh bread and traditional Polynesian food. Foodie treats to discover include delicious fruit smoothies, local coffee…
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 Polynesian in Around the Island

Vaima Restaurant & Bar

Perched near a sandy beach on the island’s south coast, Vaima is one of Rarotonga’s best eateries and bookings are essential. The stylish dining room features local artworks, and there's a beachfront patio and breez…
Top Choice Sandwiches in Around the Island


Tuck into tuna and mahi mahi sandwiches on grilled Turkish bread at this funky blue shipping container on the edge of Avana Lagoon. Variations include Tijuana Tuna or Cajun Spiced, and other goodies include Rustys –…
Top Choice Pub Food in Avarua

Trader Jacks

Trader Jacks is one of Rarotonga’s iconic watering holes, and panoramic sea views and good food also make it a great place to eat. The front bar has top-notch pizzas, while the restaurant is more stylish and classy …
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 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.
Cafe in Around the Island


Come for a morning combo of an espresso and a cinnamon doughnut or chocolate brioche – LBV is the best bakery for many miles – and then return for a more leisurely lunch of Caprese salad, or dinner of seafood paella…
Cafe in Around the Island

Saltwater Cafe

This roadside eatery on the south coast at Titikaveka is a great place for lunch or a cold drink. The menu includes pad Thai and garlic prawns, and there's also cold beer and punchy tropical cocktails. The homemade …
Cultural Centre in Around the Island

Highland Paradise Cultural Centre

High above ‘Arorangi, Highland Paradise stands on the site of the old Tinomana village with panoramic views over the west and south coasts. Members of the Pirangi family, descendants of Tinomana Ariki, take visitors…