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Rarotonga City Guide
Rarotonga the main island in the Cook Islands. This natural paradise is a haven for travellers wanting beautiful beaches, heavenly hinterland and an abundance of things to do. Known as simply ‘Raro’ to locals, the island is made up on rainforest, small villages, untouched reefs and calm lagoons. One of the most striking features of Rarotonga are the majestic mountains that rise from the centre of the island and then slope down to the turquoise waters. This means there is ample opportunity for walking and hiking, plus water sport activities.
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The Best Time to Visit Rarotonga
With its good average temperatures and warm, tropical climate, there is no bad time to plan a visit to Rarotonga. Travellers that love the heat and humidity should travel from Christchurch to Rarotonga during the summer months (December to February) or March. Along with the higher temperatures however, also comes increased rainfall. For those wanting to escape Christchurch between June and August; Rarotonga is an excellent winter destination. Be it summer, spring, winter or autumn, the best cheap airfares from Christchurch to Rarotonga can be found and booked on Webjet.
Departing from Christchurch Airport (CHC)
There are several cheap flights between Christchurch to Rarotonga everyday, offered by Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand. Christchurch Airport is the second largest airport in New Zealand and is located only a few kilometres from the city centre. Travel time from the airport direct to the city centre is approximately between 15 and 20 minutes. International flights, including routes from Christchurch to Rarotonga, depart from the airport’s T1 terminal.
Getting to Christchurch Airport (CHC)
A regular Metro Bus service connects Christchurch Airport (CHC) with the centre of the city. Fares cost $8NZD for a one-way journey or $14NZD for a return trip. A shuttle bus also runs from the airport into the city and groups of two travellers or more are eligible for a fare discount. The route takes about 30 minutes. A taxi ride can vary in fare, however is usually between $45NZD and $65NZD.
Parking at Christchurch Airport (CHC)
Christchurch Airport has a few different parking options for traveller using their own car to reach the airport. The Express Park is the closest option to the terminals and costs $36NZD per day. There are also dedicated Short Stay and Long Stay car parks.
Arriving at Rarotonga Airport (RAR)
Touch down at Rarotonga International Airport in Avarua, the Cook Islands’ capital and a district on Rarotonga’s northern coast. Once luggage has been collected, travellers can make use of a selection of transport options to reach their hotel or accommodation. Private transportation, such as rental cars, coach transfers, taxis and even scooter hire, are available at the airport. The airport is also linked with the island’s two public bus routes - one travelling clockwise and one travelling anti-clockwise. The stop for the anticlockwise bus can be found by Air New Zealand office, and the pick-up location for the clockwise route is at the RSA club across the road from the airport car park.
Things to do in Rarotonga
Muri Beach is a two-kilometre sandy stretch that is a popular go-to for visitors seeking to dip their toes into Rarotonga’s crystal-clear waters. The lagoon is calm and offers excellent opportunity for snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding and glass-bottomed boat tours. Surrounding the beach area are restaurants, bars and kiosks hiring out water sport equipment.
Muri Night Market
Get your fix of local cuisine and bustling market atmospheres at the Muri Night Market. This pop-up feast originally only operate one night per week but quickly proved so popular that it began to open four nights every week. Kicking off from 4pm, the market is a mix of open-air dining and vendors selling mouth-watering dishes. .
Hike to Te Rua Manga
Move away from Rarotonga’s beaches (only temporarily) and head inland to discover the rainforest and mountains of the island. Follow the cross-island track that leads from the island’s north coast up to Te Rua Manga and then down past Wigmore’s Waterfall. The trek takes about four hours and covers challenging terrain so it is best suited to experience hikers.