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Best things to do in Rarotonga

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Establishment
“Some of the best snorkelling on the island. The beach is a nature reserve, so its packed with friendly, tropical fish. Take some bread and feed the fish while you snorkel the clear lagoon. A bustop is close by and ample parking is usually available. The beach is generally not that crowded as well! ”
5 locals recommend
Bar
“Always good food and music and right on the beach. An easy walk from Coral Sands”
4 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a popular hang out for young people and looks over the water. Nice cool breeze on hot nights with a cold beer or any other beverage. ”
2 locals recommend
Café
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“Friendly service, good coffee, reasonable prices, 20mins walk from Kuriri Cottage. Closes 3pm”
4 locals recommend
Café
“They are baking while you sleep, every day experience a fresh croissant, pain au chocolat, not to mention the DONUTS, jam, custard or chocolate... try the baguette filled rolls, baked fresh they are so good. Great coffee here too. Oh, and local beer on tap if you are there for lunch!”
2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Hosts are Sue & Robbie Brown, and the location has sea views and a cooling breeze. The menu is varied and tasty, and the staff are friendly and welcoming. The restaurant is an old plantation-style heritage house with pretty gardens.”
4 locals recommend
Café
“Neil's Great fresh house roasted coffees and pastries not too far from Heron's Reef between 7:30am-10:30am”
3 locals recommend
Café
2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The new place on the Rarotongan dining scene that instantly skyrocketed to the Number One place for fine dining. Antipodes is a fanciful, quintessential Mediterranean Retreat overlooking The Pacific Ocean. Perched on a rainforest-clad north facing cliff at Blackrock, Rarotonga: this enchantingly elegant villa commands stunning 180-degree views over the reef and beyond, towards the endless blue horizon. The exotic, old-world architecture and sublime private surroundings are truly breath-taking. At the end of each day, bathed in the glow of picture-perfect sunsets – Antipodes is easily the most romantic location on Rarotonga, making it the perfect venue for dining, weddings and Events. ”
4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Its walking distance to where you are staying you are right on the beach again, good food and wine list”
5 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“One of the most Iconic Guides on the Island takes you back in time whilst walking across the Island to see Rarotonga from a different pint of view.”
2 locals recommend
Café
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“Popular bistro & meeting place downtown Avarua. All day breakfast and lunch. Serving a wide range of fresh n' healthy dishes. open 7.30am - 3.00pm mo-fr and 7.30am - 2.00pm on sat. closed sunday.Downtown Avarua, next to CITC Shopping Centre and Pharmacy. Punanga Nui Market within walking distance. ”
3 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Just around the corner from the White House. Mini Putt, Bar and restaurant with good food. The Sunday night golf/buffet/band is great value but you need to book early.”
4 locals recommend
Point of Interest
1 local recommends
Point of Interest
2 locals recommend