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50 Awesome Things To Do in Rarotonga

by Courtney
50 Awesome Things To Do in Rarotonga

It is definitely not a secret that I am obsessed with the Cook Islands. And by Cook Islands, I mean one of them in particular. That’s right, welcome to another post about my favourite place in the whole world – Rarotonga.

This is not the first time I’ve written about this beautiful place, nor will it be my last. In fact, I just posted about Rarotonga the other week – whaaaaat?

This time, however, it’s going to be a little different. A question I’m often asked about Rarotonga is, “Is there much to do there, though?” To be fair, when you tell people about an island that is just 32km around, you can forgive them when they ask if there’s anything to do.

My answer?


Here, in no particular order whatsoever, are not one, not two, but 50 awesome things you can do and see to keep yourself occupied on this little slice on heaven….



  • Grab a burger from Palace Takeaways during their Happy Hour (Wednesdays from 8am-8pm).
  • Read your favourite book by the sparkling lagoon.
  • Do the entire Cross-Island Trek.
  • Go swimming at Titikaveka Beach.
  • Enjoy the island buffet and Island Show at the Edgewater Resort & Spa.
  • Visit the Shipwreck Hut for sunset cocktails and live music (make sure to give the resident doggo, Dexter, a big cuddle too).
  • Ride around the entire island on a scooter (it only takes an hour or so).
  • Or, if you’re feeling game, ride a bicycle around the entire island (this will definitely take longer than an hour).
  • Do the Matutu Brewery tour (it is on at 12pm and 1pm every day and only costs $15).
  • Get a sugar & coffee hit at the Waffle Shack.



Last night’s sunset cocktails at the Shipwreck Bar 🍹🐚

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  • Take a sunset walk along the lagoon.
  • Hike Mount Raemaru.
  • Snorkel through the clear waters of the Aroa Marine Reserve.
  • Play mini-golf over a couple of beers at CocoPutt.
  • Watch a local rugby league game.
  • Head to High Tide Bar & Grill for their $20 all-you-can-eat pizza buffet.
  • Hire kayaks to paddle around Muri Lagoon.
  • Explore the island on a buggy tour.
  • Ride the local bus all the way around the island.
  • Hike Te Rua Manga (also known as the Needle).



As Darryl Kerrigan once said: “How’s the serenity? So much serenity” 🌴

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  • Grab dinner with a view at the Islander Hotel.
  • Spend a Saturday morning at the Punanga Nui Markets.
  • Go surfing at Socials.
  • Devour one of the huge sandwiches or burgers at Charlie’s Café.
  • Snorkel around Muri Lagoon.
  • Climb a palm tree.
  • Sing karaoke at the Roadhouse Bar & Restaurant.
  • Visit Maire Nui Botanical Gardens.
  • Eat your heart out at the Muri Night Markets.
  • Make new doggy friend at the beach.



  • Grab coffee and cake at LBV Bakery at Muri Beach.
  • Watch the sunset with a pina colada at Wilson’s Beach Bar.
  • Build rock towers at Black Rock Beach.
  • Visit Te Vara Nui Village.
  • Go snorkelling at Papua Passage.
  • Grab a coffee at Beluga.
  • Take a walk around Avaura Harbour.
  • Visit the Cook Islands National Museum.
  • Hire snorkelling gear from the Dive Centre.
  • Attempt to hike Maungatea Bluff (this hike defeated us so if you make it to the top, I want to know about it).



  • Enjoy a meal on the deck at Trader Jack’s.
  • Paddle around Taakoka Island at Muri lagoon on a SUP.
  • Visit a local church on a Sunday morning.
  • Play golf at the Rarotonga Golf Club.
  • Head out on one of Captain Tama’s Lagoon Cruises.
  • Go grocery shopping at the huge CITC supermarket.
  • Visit the cultural centre.
  • Treat yourself to a nice meal at the Anchorage restaurant at the Sunset Resort.
  • Do the ‘Going Troppo’ nightlife tour.
  • Eat a fresh coconut!



Coconuts fix everything – yes/no? 🥥💦

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There you have it – 50 ways to keep yourself occupied in gorgeous Rarotonga!

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Have I missed anything awesome to do in Rarotonga? Tell me in the comments!



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Lynda July 25, 2018 - 5:55 pm

Make sure you rent accomodation on the lagoon, snorkel straight out off your deck, sit and watch the lagoon like you would a fire pit with a nice glass of wine ❤️

Courtney July 26, 2018 - 8:43 am

Thanks, Lynda! You couldn’t be more right 🙂

Leonie September 20, 2018 - 10:48 am

Enjoy the magnificent sunsets from the deck at the Rarotongan/Sanctuary Resort! Wine or cocktail in hand of course!!

Courtney September 20, 2018 - 10:58 am

Oooh I haven’t been to the Rarotongan! I’ll have to check it out next time 🙂

Alison Taylor September 20, 2018 - 11:06 am

Any or all of these activities, but add “have a custard square and coffee at Deli licious in Miri!

Courtney September 20, 2018 - 11:29 am

I’ve seen that cafe but haven’t been!! I’ll make to go next time I’m in Raro 🙂 Thanks so much for reading!

Greg Hornsby September 20, 2018 - 4:35 pm

we love raro too, we’re taking our grandson next September…dont forget fresh fish and chips at the pananganui market site every day…..

Courtney September 21, 2018 - 9:12 am

Ohhh that is wonderful – your grandson will love it!! Enjoy!

Janet September 23, 2018 - 1:17 pm

Best Dirty Chai Lattes at Coco Latte..


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