Cook Islands, Rarotonga, Kayaking, Activities, Things to Do
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Kia Orana which means may you live on is our local tongue of a simple Hello.
Cultural Village Circle Island Tour a great way to get your bearings of the island. This tour combines both a cultural and circle island tour.

Cook Islands, Rarotonga, Kayaking, Activities, Things to Do

Few places in the world can equal the natural beauty of Rarotonga, just 33 km around the pretty coastal main road, where white breakers constantly pound the encircling reef and are nearly always in view.

Majestic emerald mountains in the centre provide a dazzling contrast on fine days to a background of clear blue skies. Mist-covered and serene on a cloudy day – the mountains are like massive natural totems that pierce the passing rain clouds.

The first Polynesian settlers to this volcanic island over 1000 years ago would have rejoiced in her beauty and fertile abundance, and given praise to their ancient god of the sea, Tangaroa for safe delivery to such a perfect place to live.

They gave her the ancient name of Tumutevarovaro – a name still widely used in the traditional songs and dance of the Cook Islands people. Viewed from air or from sea, Rarotonga is an awe-inspiring sight to behold.

For the splendour of her mountains, lush greenery, aqua lagoons and white beaches rising out of the Pacific Ocean, Rarotonga stands alone.

Rarotonga is divided into three Vaka or districts, Te Au O Tonga, Takitumu and Puaikura. The thriving township of Avarua as well as the main harbour of Avatiu is situated in Te Au O Tonga on the northern side of Rarotonga.

Avarua harbour is smaller and used mainly as a mooring for small outboard fishing and deep-sea diving boats. It is also where the annual Vaka Eiva Festival (outrigger paddling) is held in November, the beginning of the Cook Islands summer.

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