We’re often asked about the best time to visit Rarotonga. The easy answer is: any time! There really isn’t a bad time to come and visit us here in Rarotonga, however, depending on what you are looking for, there are different seasons to enjoy.
The shoulder seasons of autumn and spring are often great times to visit the island. The weather tends to be more consistent, the water temperature is perfect for swimming and we got lots of sunny days. The autumn months run from March to May and spring runs from September to November. These seasons sit right on the edge of the rainy season on Rarotonga which typically runs from December to April.
If you’re a fan of steamy, hot days, then summer is a great time to visit Rarotonga. The temperature peaks in March when you can expect average temperatures in the high 70s and early 80s. January and February are also very warm months in Rarotonga. With the warm weather comes the rain as well with January to March seeing the highest rainfall in Rarotonga.
Many people choose to head to Rarotonga in the winter months, especially visitors from New Zealand and Australia. Winter months run from June to August and whilst the temperatures may not be quite as hot, the day time temperature is still a very pleasant 74-75 degrees Fahrenheit (around 23-24 degrees Celsius) and these months have the lowest rainfall making it a great time of the year to visit.
For more information about the weather and climate in Rarotonga and Aitutaki, check out our recent post.
Rarotonga – the all year round destination
No matter where you are coming from; New Zealand, Australia, USA, UK, Europe and beyond, there is never a bad time to visit Rarotonga. We are so lucky to have year-round sunshine; sure, you might get the odd rainy day, or it might be a bit windy from time to time, but you will always get the warm and friendly Cook Islands welcome no matter what the weather.
Whatever the weather, there is plenty to do on Rarotonga. The water is warm enough to swim all year round and there is something quite cool about a swim on a rainy day. There’s also heaps of great cafes and restaurants, which are perfect for whiling away a couple of hours with a good book.
Whilst we can’t guarantee 365 days of sunshine, it is an unusual day where we don’t see the sun popping its head out for at least a few hours each day. September and October are the best months to visit for sunshine hours, each getting an average of around 12 sunshine hours a day. January is the lowest at around 7 sunshine hours on average but still plenty of time to get out and enjoy our beautiful island paradise.