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Avarua Holidays Overview
Avarua is the capital city and administrative centre of the Cook Islands and is located on Rarotonga, the capital and largest island of the Cook Islands. A beautiful and tropical destination to holiday as the tropical sun shines all year round. The local people are both welcoming and hospitable. Relax on the beautiful beaches, take a stroll or swim in the safe lagoon waters that surround the island. Enjoy kayaking and boating, game fishing, snorkelling in the waters. Explore the interior of the island by horse back or try mountain trekking.
The name for the island, Rarotonga, is supposed to have been mentioned by an ancient Tahitian navigator. Raro meaning ‘down’ and Tonga meaning ‘south’, he mentioned that he was on an island in the north and that he was heading ‘down south’ to another island. His destination, Raratonga, and the name has stayed ever since.
It is only a short walk or ride from Avarua to visit the other small villages on the island. A small island, Rarotonga is only 31 kilometres to travel around the island. On the southeast of the island, Muri Beach is very popular with its 8 kilometres of sandy white beach.
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The Tiare Festival is an annual event in November on the Island of Rarotonga. Enjoy the festival steeped in the culture of the Cook Islands. The festivities include the colourful display of floral decorations and the flower shows, street parade and competitions. A beautiful festival that you would not want to miss, the town is on display with shops, homes and buildings decked out in flowers.
The Te Maeva Nui Celebration is on of the biggest events of the year and is held in the last week of July. ‘Te Maeva Nui’ means the greatest or the most important celebration, and is ten days of celebrating the independence of the Cook Islands from New Zealand. Enjoy the parades, drumming and singing contests, sporting events and the agricultural fair. Ten days of non-stop entertainment, the festive atmosphere is very infectious and you will be smiling and having fun the whole time.
In October and November, the National Museum on Rarotonga holds the annual Tivaevae show. ‘Tivaevae’ means quilting and this is a presentation of new and some very old family heirlooms that were sewn by the owners’ mothers or grandmothers. Attend one of the many workshops that will run during the exhibition and see the amount of work involved in the creation.
holidays - How to Get There
Air New Zealand has flights through Raratonga to Auckland one to two times a day and flights to Los Angelos weekly. Australia’s budget airline Pacific Blue provides two flights a week from Auckland to Raratonga with food, drink and movies costing extra. Air Tahiti and Air Raratonga now provide a joint service from Tahiti to Raratonga twice a week.