If you are planning a trip to Rarotonga then it’s always good to plan ahead. Whilst for many people, it’s a chance to get away from it all and do nothing, there is so much to see and do on the island that there is enough to keep even the most active people busy during your Rarotonga holiday. If you are looking for great ideas for things to do in Rarotonga, look no further than our list of the top ten things to do in Rarotonga. We’ve tried to include a bit of something for everyone from sitting back and relaxing on the most beautiful beach to trying your hand at kite surfing!
Let’s take a look and get planning your next trip to Rarotonga.
Top ten things to do in Rarotonga
- Te Vara Nui Village
- Titikaveka Beach
- Punanga Nui Cultural Market
- Te Rua Manga (Cross Island Walk)
- Night Paddle Boarding (Muri Lagoon)
- Muri Night Market
- Kite Surfing (Muri Lagoon)
- Matutu Brewery
- Rarotonga Golf Club
1. Te Vara Nui Village
Located just a short 5 minute walk from Pacific Resort Rarotonga is the spectacular over water night show at the Te Vara Nui Village. The night show offers up a great insight into the history and culture of Rarotonga and the Cook Islands and the dance show is truly amazing.
2. Titikaveka Beach
Rarotonga is not short on amazing beaches. All of our Rarotongan properties open out onto some of the best stretches of beach on the world and one of our favourites can be found just out of the front of the beautiful Little Polynesian Resort. Titikaveka Beach is picture postcard perfect. White sands, turquoise waters and palm trees make this a wonderful place to sit back and relax.
3. Punanga Nui Cultural Market
When you are planning your trip to Rarotonga, make sure you around on a Saturday morning. Hop on a bus and head into the main town of Avarua and go and explore the Punanga Nui Cultural Market. As well as fresh fruit and veggies all grown on the island, it’s a great place to grab some wonderful souvenirs and a bite to eat for lunch.
4. Te Rua Manga (The Needle)
If you are an active person, one of the best things to do whilst you’re on the island is to take on the Cross Island walk which will take you up to Te Rua Manga (also known as the Needle). You can start the walk on either side of the island (we recommend the Avarua end as the climb down is easier) and it should take you between 3-4 hours to complete depending on your fitness levels. The views from The Needle are well worth the hard climb we promise!
5. Night Paddle Boarding (Muri Lagoon)
One of the most popular activities in the Muri Lagoon is paddle boarding but imagine taking it to the next level and heading out onto the water at night. Ariki Adventures which is based just 2 minutes outside the Pacific Resort Rarotonga gates offers up night paddle boarding 3-4 nights a week and it’s a great way to explore the waters guided by the lights under your paddle board.
With an abundance of marine life, Rarotonga is the perfect place for snorkelling and scuba diving. You can pick up your snorkelling gear from the beach hut boys and head out into the lagoon where you will be able to spot a wide variety of marine life. There are of course tours that will take you to different parts of the island where you may come across even more species.
7. Muri Night Market
Another one that’s right on the doorstep of Pacific Resort Rarotonga, the Muri Night Market is a perennial favourite of tourists and locals alike. From the delicious food stalls to the fantastic live music, a trip to the night market is definitely worth a visit.
8. Kite Surfing (Muri Lagoon)
If you have ever fancied giving kite surfing a try then there are few better places for beginners than the Muri Lagoon. The sheltered lagoon tends to benefit from calm waters and good winds making for ideal kite surfing conditions. Ariki Adventures will also rent you some kite surfing gear if you are already experienced or you can grab a lesson with them.
9. Matutu Brewery
If you like your beer and you fancy finding out how it is made on Rarotonga, head out to the Matutu Brewery Tour. The brewery is located just a short walk from Pacific Resort Rarotonga and they run two daily tours around lunchtime – the perfect time to sample one of their delicious brews!
10. Rarotonga Golf Club
Whether you’re a golf enthusiast or not, a round of 9 or 18 holes at Rarotonga golf club is a great way to spend a lazy afternoon on the island. The friendly pro shop will hire you everything you need including clubs, balls, tees and a trundler. The course is a challenge with some long par 5s and some great views of the island from some of the elevated tees.
So there you have it, our top ten things to do on Rarotonga. Have we missed anything? We’d love to hear from you if you have some great tips on things to do in Rarotonga. Let us know how many of the top ten you have ticked off your list and send us your best pics on Facebook or Instagram.