Rarotonga is the largest and most widely visited island located within the Cook Islands nation. Boasting golden sand beaches, palm-fringed shores and crystal clear waters it is a tropical paradise that needs to be seen to be believed.
Rarotonga Weather Seasons
For those seeking to enjoy the island in a quieter setting, it is recommended to time your visit outside of school holidays if you can. Not only will you enjoy cheaper airfares, but you will also have the opportunity to experience Rarotonga and the surrounding islands at a more relaxed pace.
To make your visit even more special time your trip around Whale Watching season. From July to October, the humpback whales make their way to the warmer waters of the Cook Islands to rest, mate and give birth. The surrounding shores have been formally declared as a whale sanctuary known as the Cook Islands Exclusive Zone (EEZ) to ensure that these magnificent creatures continue to be protected and have the opportunity to peacefully visit each year. The western side of the island offers great vantage points such as Black Rock to spot the whales.
What to wear in Rarotonga
The Cook Islands offer plenty of activities from ocean themed to mountain-based it is important to pack clothing and footwear that is both sun-smart and suitable for all terrains that may be encountered.
If visiting in the warmer months of November through to March it is helpful to have a light, waterproof jacket handy if a tropical storm hits while you are adventuring around.
To ensure that you make the most of your time in Rarotonga it is recommended to decide the best way for you to get around the island. Although small, this island is packed full of adventure activities and must-see experiences and that way if you know in advance what you want to do, it will be easier to decide what to pack!
Flights from Auckland to Rarotonga
Rarotonga offers a large selection of family-friendly, adult-only, self-contained villas and luxurious resorts to ensure that you can find the perfect stay that meets your individual needs.
Flights from Rarotonga to Aitutaki
This tropical oasis is surrounded by a beautiful turquoise blue lagoon teeming with an abundance of marine life. As would be expected there are water activities galore, from sailing, lagoon day tours, diving, kayaking, kite surfing, whale watching, and more. For those wanting to relax and rewind at a slower pace make sure to book yourself in for a relaxing massage at one of the spas around the island, indulge in the modern Polynesian cuisine with freshly caught fish off the reef being a must or book in for a tour of the Punarei Cultural Village.
If you are seeking an even more remote location, the surrounding islands remain unspoiled and equally as majestic as their more well-known neighbours. Atiu, Mangaia, Ma’uke and Mitiaro are accessible by local flights or the occasional boat. What they don’t provide in upmarket hotels, restaurants and cafes they make up for in breathtaking natural beauty, lush rainforest, underground cave pools and truly unique sights.
The Cook Islands are a popular holiday location for New Zealanders with many choosing to visit time and time again. Due to its proximity, friendly locals, and tropical climate, it is the perfect spot to escape the cold winter months or to enjoy a relaxing break without needing to travel far.
Please note that at the time of writing this blog, the New Zealand borders are still closed due to COVID-19, but as soon as it is officially announced that travel can resume between New Zealand and the Cook Islands, make sure you contact your Flight Centre Travel Expert to book your airfares, accommodation and holiday packages!