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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: Sacred & Religious Sites
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Cook’s Island Bus Passenger Transport Ltd
Cook’s Island Bus Passenger Transport Ltd
Owner description: Cook's Island Bus Passenger Transport Ltd is the Cook Islands only Public Bus Service catering to Visitors and Locals. We provide a Friendly Service to all and will ensure you get... more Owner description: Cook's Island Bus Passenger Transport Ltd is the Cook Islands only Public Bus Service catering to Visitors and Locals. We provide a Friendly Service to all and will ensure you get to your destination safely on Rarotonga. Catch a Bus and enjoy Rarotonga. Saturday - A Day to Catch a Bus. Catch the bus from your Hotel, Motel or Accommodation to our Local Markets on a Saturday Morning. Parking is limited at the Markets making the bus the most ideal way to get there and back without getting stuck in Traffic. Don't Forget the Midday Entertainment. If you catch the bus around Midday or the Saturday Morning you will most likely find "Mr Hopeless" the Best Entertainer in Public Transport. With a Flower in his ear a Mic and Smile he is sure to make you laugh. less
Attraction type: Mass Transportation Systems; Bus Transportation
Cook Islands Library & Museum
Cook Islands Library & Museum
This museum contains a collection of artwork and historical artifacts including weapons, carvings and costumes.
Attraction type: Art Museums; History Museums
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
St Joseph's Cathedral
St Joseph's Cathedral
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks; Churches & Cathedrals

All places to eat » Places to eat

The Waffle Shack
The Waffle Shack
Ranked #1 of 27 Restaurants in Avarua
Price: $4 - $6
Cuisines: Cafe
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Cash Only, Free Off-Street Parking, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Tuoro Restaurant & Cafe
Tuoro Restaurant & Cafe
Ranked #2 of 27 Restaurants in Avarua
Price: $7 - $26
Cuisines: Cafe, European, New Zealand
Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Tamarind House Restaurant
Tamarind House Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 27 Restaurants in Avarua
Price: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Seafood, European, New Zealand, Polynesian
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Cafe Salsa
Cafe Salsa
Ranked #4 of 27 Restaurants in Avarua
Price: $6 - $21
Cuisines: Cafe, European, New Zealand, Polynesian, Contemporary
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Business meetings, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Hula Bar
Hula Bar
Ranked #5 of 27 Restaurants in Avarua
Price: $2 - $4
Cuisines: Bar, American, Pizza, Cafe, Fast Food, European, Pub
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Bar scene, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Aremango Guesthouse
Aremango Guesthouse
$51 - $98 (NZ$72 - NZ$138)
Ranked #1 of 1 Avarua B&B and Inns
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Muri Shell Bungalows
Muri Shell Bungalows
$71 - $85 (NZ$100 - NZ$120)
Airport Motel - Tiare Village
Airport Motel - Tiare Village
$24 - $36 (NZ$34 - NZ$51)
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Tropical Sands
3.0 of 5 Tropical Sands
$80 - $108
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Central Motel
Central Motel
$79 - $83 (NZ$111 - NZ$117)
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Avarua
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Nikao Beach Bungalows
Nikao Beach Bungalows
$121 - $198
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Crown Beach Resort & Spa
4.5 of 5
Crown Beach Resort & Spa
$307 - $522 (NZ$432 - NZ$735)
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Crown Beach Resort & Spa
4.5 of 5
Crown Beach Resort & Spa
$307 - $522 (NZ$432 - NZ$735)
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Arorangi
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Little Polynesian Resort
4.0 of 5
Little Polynesian Resort
$331 - $792 (NZ$466 - NZ$1,115)
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Titikaveka
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