If you are thinking about a trip to Rarotonga in 2017, there are lots of great times to visit. Whether you are planning around school holidays, the weather or maybe you are visiting the Island to attend an event, there is so much going on throughout the year that there is never a bad time to come and visit!
If you are planning your trip around the weather, make sure you check out our Cook Islands Weather and Climate blog post which gives you the full lowdown on the hottest, wettest and coldest times of the year (the coldest it gets on Rarotonga is a balmy 23 degrees so no need to worry about that!). If you do want to come at one of the busier times of the year when there is lots going on, this is our guide to the most popular events on Rarotonga in 2017.
Rarotonga Events 2017
1. Tropical Tango Throwdown – 2-5 February
If you love your fitness and you are planning a visit to Rarotonga in early February, then the Tropical Tango Throwdown could be right up your street. This is a crossfit competition like no other. Held in the beautiful surrounds of our tropical island, men and women will compete over 3 days/nights in various locations around the island to see who will be crowned Tropical Tango Throwdown Champion for 2017.
2. Cook Islands Beach Games Festival – 6-11 February
Following hot on the heels of the Tropical Tango Throwdown is the annual Cook Islands Beach Games Festival. Get involved in a wide variety of beach games in the fun competition held in various locations around the island.
3. Real Swim Adventures – 2-8 April
Real Swim Adventures come to Rarotonga at different times of the year and the first time they will visit the island in 2017 is in early April. These open water swimming races are a great way to meet new people and enjoy the stunning waters that surround Rarotonga. You can find out more by reading our blog from the last time Real Swim Adventures were in town.
4. Easter Tropical Night Market – 13 April
Easter is a great time to visit Rarotonga. There is lots going on in the build up to Easter and the Tropical Easter Night Market held on Thursday 13 April is always a popular one with tourists and locals alike.
5. Te Mire Ura – National Dancer of the Year – 21 April to 4 May
This annual event held on Rarotonga sees dancers of different ages take to the stage to showcase their amazing skills. The finals are held at the National Auditorium in front of thousands of people and this is a great event to head along to if you want to see the very best of traditional island dancing.
6. Rarotonga Amateur Golf Open – 1-3 June
If you are an avid golfer and want to squeeze in a round or two when you visit Rarotonga, then this could be the perfect time to plan your visit. The Rarotonga Golf Open is open to all amateur golfers and is played over three days at the beginning of June. Test your skills on Rarotonga’s narrow fairways and see if you have got what it takes to lift the title.
7. Te Maeva Nui – Constitution Celebrations – 28 July to 6 August
Every year in July and August, people from across the Cook Island come together on Rarotonga to celebrate Te Maeva Nui – The Cook Island’s independence. This event which lasts for just over a week is a true celebration of everything great about the Cook Islands from the dancing to the food to the people and the culture. You can read more about Te Maeva Nui in our blog.
8. Manureva Aquafest – 21-25 August
If crazy watersports are your thing then Manureva Aquafest at the end of August is a great time to visit Rarotonga. Kiteboarding is definitely the star of the show at this watersports festival and the competition attracts local and international superstars to the island. You can read more about Manureva Aquafest in our blog from last year.
9. Clean up the World Day – Raorotonga – 16 September
Clean up the World day is an international initiative that has been running for the last 22 years with the aim of inspiring and empowering societies to clean up and conserve their own corner of the planet. Activities include recycling, tree planting, water reuse and conservation, exhibitions and fix up projects. Read more about Clean up the World Day in our blog.
10. 40th Round Rarotonga Race – 21-27 September
This is undoubtedly one of the biggest events on Rarotonga which attracts visitors from around the world. The Round Rarotonga Race series caters for all abilities from competitive runners to families and social joggers. The main race 31kms around the outer perimeter of Rarotonga and draws huge crowds to cheer on the competitors. Whether you are taking part of just want to come along and support the athletes, this is a great time of year to visit Rarotonga. Read more about last year’s event.
11. Vaka Eiva – 23 November to 1 December
If you really want to immerse yourself in some true Cook Islands culture, get yourself over to Rarotonga between the 23 November and the 1 December when the 14th annual Vaka Eiva paddling festival will be taking place. For the uninitiated, Vaka Eiva is arguably the biggest sporting event on the Cook Islands sporting calendar and will see close to 600 paddlers competing over 65 action packed races. Paddlers come from around the world to take part in the celebrations and the event is about more than just the water activities. Read more about Vaka Eiva 2016 in our blog and see what you have got to look forward to.
12. Te Mire Tiare – 24 November to 1 December
Running alongside Vake Eiva, the Te Mire Tiare Flower Festival is a wonderful celebration of the beautiful flowers that are found on Rarotonga. The floral festival week features many float parades as well as the Miss Tiare pageant and Mama Muumuu pageant. The island looks truly stunning at this time of year and it is the perfect time to plan a visit to Rarotonga. Read more about last year’s Te Mire Tiare flower festival.
So, plenty of events to look forward to on Rarotonga in 2017. Make sure you keep an eye on our blog for other events that come up throughout the year and get planning your next trip to Rarotonga.