Less than a four hour flight from Auckland, Rarotonga is the perfect destination for a relaxing winter escape. Image courtesy of David Kirkland
Rarotonga is a wonderful option for a family holiday package or a romantic getaway. It offers a great selection of resorts – suited to all budgets; from basic self-catering accommodation or family resorts (with kids clubs), to luxurious 5 star boutique properties and resorts. Another benefit is that the Cook Islands use the New Zealand dollar so you don’t need to worry about exchange rates.
With clear blue lagoons and white sandy beaches, Rarotonga holiday packages are ideal for unwinding. There are a great range of water activities available, including: relaxing lagoon cruises, snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding, windsurfing, kayaking or deep sea fishing.
Image courtesy of Alisha Street @my_rarotonga
For those who like to keep their feet on dry land there’s a 4WD Island Safari or you can join well known local, Pa, on his eco walk or cross island trek.
Image courtesy of Cook Islands Tourism
Attending an Island night is a must – full of colourful vibrance! Most of the larger resorts have their own Island night with traditional music, food and dancers. Another popular option is Te Vara Nui which is an overwater performance followed by dinner. If you want a more authentic cultural experience, there’s the award winning Highland Paradise. The Saturday Punanga Nui Market is definitely worth visiting and is a great place to pick up a souvenir. The market has fresh local produce, drinking coconuts, arts and crafts, carvings, jewellery and there’s usually a cultural display.
Image courtesy of @David Kirkland Photography
With only a 45 minute drive around the entire island, it’s easy to explore by hiring a car or scooter.
The best time to travel to the Cook Islands is between May and November. However, it is a popular destination so definitely worth booking well in advance (particularly during school holidays).
Break free this winter and indulge in Rarotongan paradise.