What do I bring?

  • A light waterproof jacket (it rains a lot in the tropics!)
  • Bring your reef shoes
  • You will need a beach towel and sunblock!

    (all other linen is supplied for you)

Departure Tax

Included in Airfares.

Currency

You will need New Zealand currency when you arrive as this is the currency we use along with our own unique currency. The best option is to carry a mix of cards and cash. Most of the Island's larger stores will accept credit cards and there are also ATM's that you can use.

Banks

  • The Westpac Bank at the airport is open for all arrivals/departures where you can pay your departure tax and change money on arrival.
  • There are two main banks, ANZ and Westpac; both of these banks can convert your money/dollars to New Zealand currency. Of course the rates fluctuate by the day, so it is difficult to say what the rate will be when you arrive.
  • The ANZ and Westpac are open 9am – 3pm Monday – Friday and the Westpac is open in Avarua on Saturday 9am until midday.
  • No banks are open on a Sunday, however there are several money machines at various locations.

Phones

  • All of our cottages have phones, you are able to make local landline and local cell phone calls. To make an international call you will need to purchase a Kia Orana phone card (from Telecom or one of the post stores), which you can use from any phone. The country code for the Cook Island's is 00682 in case family and friends want to be in contact. If you have roaming on your cell phone we have Kokanet, there is also Telecom and Vodafone Cook Islands.
  • If you are bringing anything electrical, you may need an adaptor. We use a 240 Voltage here in the Cook Islands

Internet

We do offer connectivity via WiFi Box in each Unit. Pre-Pay Telecom cards are available in town. If you have a Laptop their are cafes and Major Resorts that have Hot Spots.

What food can I bring in?

Processed foods are allowed in the country, this includes meat and dairy products as long as it is well sealed you should have no problems. You can not bring any perishable goods.

Transport

Scooters are the preferred means of transport on the island by most of the locals, for car and bike hire check the specials at:

www.islandcarhire.co.ck
www.avis.co.ck
www.budget.co.ck

Drivers licence required?

If you have a current licence for Motor Vehicle or Motor bike you do not need to purchase licence. If you wish to ride a Motor Bike FOR $ 20.00 you can sit a small test at the Police Station in Avarua. Takes about 15 Minutes!

Bus Service

The bus does an hourly trip both clockwise and anti-clockwise;
Adults – One way NZ$4.00, Return NZ$7.00, All Day Pass NZ$16
Kids –  One way NZ$3.00, Return NZ$4.00                       

Markets

The Punanga Nui market in Avarua opens around 6:30am until 12pm on Saturdays. This is where you will find the local produce and arts and crafts.

Groceries

The main bulk of your shopping can be done in Avarua at the two main supermarkets on the island (Foodland and CITC). Open 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday. Foodland 8am - 2pm on Saturday and CITC 8am - 4pm. There are multiple village shops scattered around the island that you can also use. For fresh fish go to Ocean Fresh in Panama or Blue Pacific on the back road of Avarua, supplying Tuna, Broadbill, Mahi Mahi and Parrot Fish.

There is also the Oasis 24hr Service Station located on the Western side of the Island in Nikao and Wigmores Superstore in Vaimaanga which is open until 9pm - with great ready-to-go island food.

*Note that on Sundays there are no main shops open.

Sporting and Leisure Activities

Water

Although our properties do supply snorkeling gear and reef shoes, inevitably sometimes they're the wrong size! Kayaks, snorkels, flippers and masks can be hired at Adventure Hire ph 71999, www.adventurecookislands.com. They deliver and have good weekly rates. It would also be a good idea to bring your reef shoes!

Fishing
A great site to check out is www.bluewater-adventures.blogspot.com. These guys cover everything to do with fishing to diving and scenic tours.

Golf
There is a nine-hole golf course here on Rarotonga, clubs, trundler, balls and green fees are NZ$45.00. There is also a new mini-golf course called Cocoput on the island with a café ph 27181 – open day and night.

Tennis
If you would like to play tennis while in rarotonga, balls and rackets can be hired at the Edgewater Resort or Club Raro.

Island Treks
There are many walks on the Island that can be found on a local map. If you would like a guided walk Pa is your man ph 21079. He does guided inland and cross island walks.

Check these out!
Safari Tours – www.rarosafaritours.co.ck
Diving – www.thedivecentre-rarotonga.comwww.diverarotonga.com

Cuisine

Rarotonga offers a mixture of local and international cuisine here are some favourites:

The Café (Avarua) – beautiful fresh baking, breakfasts and lunches
Le Bon Viviant (Avarua) – great breakfast and lunches
Salsa (Avarua) – excellent food, great menu
Dock Side (Avarua) – the BEST gourmet burgers on Rarotonga
Game Fishing Club – best fish and chips on the island at the best prices
Trader Jacks  (Avarua) ph 26464 – renown for their meals and service
Kikau Hut (Arorangi) ph 26860 – classic meals made beautifully
Sails (Muri Beach) 27349 – beautiful setting on the lagoon
Stefanos (Muri) ph 22232 – exquisite Italian food
Cook Island Coffee Company  - the best coffee on the island

Nightlife

Top spots to party include:

  • Rehab Nightclub
  • Whatever Bar and Grill
  • Game Fishing Club
  • Heidies Bar
  • Trader Jacks

Cook Island Dance

Something you can't miss is the Cook Island dance, drums and singing.

  • Te Varanui (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights) ph 24006
  • The Edgewater (Tuesday and Saturday nights) ph 25435
  • Highland Paradise Sunset (Wednesday and Friday nights) ph 21924
  • The Rarotongan Beach Resort and Spa (Wednesday and Saturday) ph 25800
  • The Staircase in town (Thursday and Friday night) ph 21254
  • The Pacific Resort (Friday Night) ph 20427