Top things to do

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 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 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 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 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 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.