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What are the dos and don’ts of visiting Rarotonga?
Do get to know the locals
The people of the Cook Islands are known for being extremely welcoming and friendly toward visitors. Make the effort to meet them while holidaying on flights from Dunedin to Rarotonga. Connecting with locals is an excellent way to learn more about the culture of the island and its people.
Don’t haggle prices
Haggling or bartering may be expected in some overseas destinations, but that is not the case in the Cook Islands. Haggling at shops and markets while holidaying on Dunedin to Rarotonga flights can come across as rude.
Do dress modestly outside of your hotel
Bikinis and swimsuits are completely fine on the beaches and at resorts. However, try to dress modestly while exploring local villages, browsing markets, or eating at restaurants and cafes. The people of the Cook Islands tend to dress conservatively, keeping their shoulders, midriffs, and upper legs covered. Embrace the local style with a colourful sarong while visiting the Cook Islands on Dunedin to Rarotonga return flights – sarongs are commonly worn by both men and women.
What are the best things to do in Rarotonga?
Snorkel at Titikaveka Beach
Going snorkelling is a can’t-miss activity for many travellers who book tickets to Rarotonga from Dunedin. You’ll find snorkelling opportunities all around the island, but one of the best spots to visit is Titikaveka Beach on the southern coast of Rarotonga. The beach doesn’t attract huge crowds, so it has an untouched and authentic feel to it. The water is nice and clear, making it easy to spot tropical fish and sea turtles while snorkelling as well as the occasional octopus or moray eel.
Eat at the Muri Night Market
Savour delicious Polynesian cuisine on your trip to the Cook Islands at the Muri Night Market. With a large focus on fresh seafood and local produce, the Muri Night Market is a popular place to try authentic flavours while visiting the Cook Islands on Dunedin to Rarotonga flights. Wander between different stalls and food trucks, picking up plates such as savoury or sweet poke, seafood curry, and fresh drinking coconuts. Head to the Muri Night Market on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday evenings while holidaying on cheap flights from Dunedin to Rarotonga. Carry some cash with you as many market vendors operate as cash-only. New Zealand dollars are accepted as the official currency of the Cook Islands.
Take a side trip to Aitutaki
Rarotonga is the main isle of the Cook Islands, but there are also 14 other islands you can consider visiting after you book cheap flights to Rarotonga from Dunedin. Aitutaki is the second most visited island after Rarotonga. Its most famous landmark is the lagoon that surrounds it. The Aitutaki lagoon is one of the most beautiful places you’ll find in the Cook Islands for water activities like paddle boarding, kitesurfing, and snorkelling. Some tour companies operate full-day excursions to Aitutaki. You can also do a self-guided tour by catching a direct flight from Rarotonga, which takes about 50 minutes. Browse Webjet’s Aitutaki hotel options and spend a night or two on the beautiful island.
When is the best time to visit Rarotonga?
The Cooks Islands are beautiful year-round, so there really isn’t a bad time to book cheap flights from Dunedin to Rarotonga.
Temperatures are mildest during the winter months. Humidity and rain levels are both low, and temperatures reach highs of about 24°C with plenty of sunshine. Enjoy water activities and comfortably go for hikes around Rarotonga in weather that isn’t too hot. Book your hotel room early if you’re looking into Dunedin to Rarotonga return flights for the winter. Several holidays and cultural events fall during the winter months, and Rarotonga is a popular destination for Australians and New Zealanders looking to escape the chilly winter weather.
The autumn and spring shoulder seasons are a bit warmer than winter, and they’re also excellent times to book tickets to Rarotonga from Dunedin. The crowds are smaller than in the winter and weather is still fairly mild. Temperatures range from about 20° to 25°C without much humidity or rain.
Take advantage of lower hotel rates by having a look at cheap flights to Rarotonga from Dunedin over the summer. Once the December holiday season passes, fewer visitors fly into Rarotonga International Airport (RAR) and the crowds in Rarotonga thin out for a couple months. This is because temperatures get hot and humid, regularly reaching a daytime average of 27°C. There are some tropical rain showers, which tend to be short. You can still enjoy plenty of water activities while holidaying on summer flights from Dunedin to Rarotonga. You’ll also get to see the tropical forest of Rarotonga at its most lush and green.