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 National Culture Centre.
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 Punanga Nui market.
Houses a gallery specialising in contemporary Pacific art, an excellent gift shop selling pearls, clothing and designer homeware, and a relaxed courtyard cafe.
The best-stocked souvenir shop is in Avarua.
M&M sells handmade ukuleles and has a great selection of local music on CD. Phone ahead to make sure it's open.
With unique and modern settings including necklaces, rings and bracelets. Hillary Clinton was gifted some Bergman black pearls when she visited the Cook Islands in 2012 for the Pacific Islands Forum.
Sells good-quality fins, masks and snorkels and surfwear. See the website for an interactive map of Raro's best snorkelling sites.
The locals' choice.
Good for T-shirts.