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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
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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Titikaveka Beach
Titikaveka Beach(Titikaveka)
Attraction type: Beaches
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Titikaveka Beach
Titikaveka Beach(Titikaveka)
Attraction type: Beaches
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Te Vara Nui Village
Te Vara Nui Village(Muri)
Owner description: Te Vara Nui Village is the Cultural Centre of the Cook Islands offering 3 amazing products: a 2.5 hour VILLAGE TOUR offering a full authentic journey into our past, a Stunning... more Owner description: Te Vara Nui Village is the Cultural Centre of the Cook Islands offering 3 amazing products: a 2.5 hour VILLAGE TOUR offering a full authentic journey into our past, a Stunning Over-Water Night Show and first class Island/Western fusion buffet dinning experience on floating and fixed stages set in botanical gardens surrounded by rock gardens and waterfalls, and our COMBO PACKAGE offering both Village Tour and Over-Water Night Show and Buffet dinner in one night. Your ultimate cultural experience not to be missed!!!! less
Attraction type: Visitor centers
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Tuoro Restaurant & Cafe
Tuoro Restaurant & Cafe
Ranked #1 of 22 Restaurants in Avarua
Price: $6 - $26
Cuisines: Tapas, Café, New Zealand, Pan-Asian
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
The Waffle Shack
The Waffle Shack
Ranked #2 of 22 Restaurants in Avarua
Price: $4 - $6
Cuisines: Belgian, Dessert, Café, Sandwiches
Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
Tamarind House Restaurant
Tamarind House Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 22 Restaurants in Avarua
Price: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Pacific Rim
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Rob's Charcoal Chickens
Rob's Charcoal Chickens
Ranked #4 of 22 Restaurants in Avarua
Price: $2 - $50
Cuisines: Healthy, Café
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Takeout
Bamboo Jacks
Bamboo Jacks
Ranked #5 of 22 Restaurants in Avarua
Cuisines: Asian fusion
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Aremango Guesthouse
Aremango Guesthouse
$54 - $69 (NZD 71 - 91)
Ranked #1 of 1 Avarua B&B and Inns
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Airport Motel - Tiare Village
Airport Motel - Tiare Village
$31 - $39 (NZD 41 - 52)
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Central Motel
Central Motel
$64 - $72 (NZD 85 - 95)
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Avarua

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Black Rock Villas
Black Rock Villas
$150 - $263
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Tropical Sands
3.0 of 5 Tropical Sands
$94 - $146
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Paradise Inn
3.0 of 5
Paradise Inn
$66 - $723
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Little Polynesian Resort
4.0 of 5
Little Polynesian Resort
$266 - $677 (NZD 352 - 895)
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Titikaveka
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Little Polynesian Resort
4.0 of 5
Little Polynesian Resort
$266 - $677 (NZD 352 - 895)
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Titikaveka
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Manuia Beach Resort
5.0 of 5
Manuia Beach Resort
$224 - $707 (NZD 296 - 935)
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.