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Avarua
At the base of the rugged, dramatic mountains of Rarotonga lies Avarua, a modest capital boasting a number of bustling outdoor markets, several restaurants and bars, boutiques and the National Museum of the Cook Islands. Along the Main Street you will find fine handicrafts and perfumes, as well as the black pearls for which the area is known. Although conditions are rarely reliable for swimming, there are dive sites in the area, including the famous Wreck of the Matai.

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Cook Island Christian Church (CICC)
Cook Island Christian Church (CICC)
Owner description: Sunday services are filled with hymns sung in the Maori language at this island church which dates back to 1853. The local graveyard is noted for some famous inhabitants... more Owner description: Sunday services are filled with hymns sung in the Maori language at this island church which dates back to 1853. The local graveyard is noted for some famous inhabitants including American author Robert Dean Frisbie. less
Attraction type: Religious Sites
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Wreck of the Matai
Wreck of the Matai
Owner description: The SS Matai, owned by the Union Steam Ship Co., was carrying a load of Model T cars when it was wrecked on Dec. 24, 1916. This area is now a favorite spot for snorkeling and... more Owner description: The SS Matai, owned by the Union Steam Ship Co., was carrying a load of Model T cars when it was wrecked on Dec. 24, 1916. This area is now a favorite spot for snorkeling and diving. less
Attraction type: Historic Sites
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St Joseph's Cathedral
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks; Churches & Cathedrals

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Titikaveka Beach
Titikaveka Beach(Titikaveka)
Attraction type: Beaches
Titikaveka Beach
Titikaveka Beach(Titikaveka)
Attraction type: Beaches

All places to eat » Places to eat

The Waffle Shack
The Waffle Shack
Ranked #1 of 23 Restaurants in Avarua
Price: $3 - $5
Cuisines: Belgian, Cafe, Sandwiches, European, Delicatessen
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating
Tuoro Restaurant & Cafe
Tuoro Restaurant & Cafe
Ranked #2 of 23 Restaurants in Avarua
Price: $6 - $24
Cuisines: Cafe, Tapas, New Zealand
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Rob's Charcoal Chickens
Rob's Charcoal Chickens
Ranked #3 of 23 Restaurants in Avarua
Price: $2 - $50
Cuisines: Cafe, Healthy
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Takeout
Tamarind House Restaurant
Tamarind House Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 23 Restaurants in Avarua
Price: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Thai, Pacific Rim
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Cafe Salsa
Cafe Salsa
Ranked #5 of 23 Restaurants in Avarua
Price: $5 - $19
Cuisines: Pizza, Contemporary
Good for: Dining on a budget, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Aremango Guesthouse
Aremango Guesthouse
$47 - $59 (NZD 74 - 93)
Ranked #1 of 1 Avarua B&B and Inns
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Central Motel
Central Motel
$54 - $60 (NZD 85 - 95)
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Avarua
Airport Motel - Tiare Village
Airport Motel - Tiare Village
$32 - $41 (NZD 50 - 64)
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Tropical Sands
3.0 of 5 Tropical Sands
$82 - $134
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Nikao Beach Bungalows
Nikao Beach Bungalows
$104 - $126
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Club Raro
3.0 of 5
Club Raro
$64 - $176 (NZD 101 - 276)
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Avarua
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Little Polynesian Resort
4.0 of 5
Little Polynesian Resort
$271 - $565 (NZD 426 - 888)
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Titikaveka
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Little Polynesian Resort
4.0 of 5
Little Polynesian Resort
$271 - $565 (NZD 426 - 888)
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Titikaveka
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Manuia Beach Resort
5.0 of 5
Manuia Beach Resort
$213 - $558 (NZD 335 - 877)
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Arorangi
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.