Luxury Escapes

Travel dates till 31 March 2022

Cook Islands tropical bliss, pamper yourself

Luxury Escapes

Fifteen droplets of land cast across 2 million sq km of wild Pacific blue, the Cook Islands are simultaneously remote and accessible, modern and traditional.

If you’ve never visited Rarotonga, Aitutaki and the Cook Islands before, read on and discover what so many of our regular visitors already know. We are a laid back destination and people, where everything is easy and there is a sense of freedom everywhere you go.

Weather & Seasons

It’s always a good time to visit. The Cook Islands enjoy a pleasant warm and sunny climate all year round. The drier months are from April to November with an average temperature of 26°C. November to March marks the warmer season, with slightly higher humidity and occasional rainfall between December and March when the temperature ranges between 22°C (min) and 30°C (max).


Flights With Air NZ


From Auckland return

Economy Class (Seat+Bag 23 kg) from $695 per person

From Wellington return

Economy Class (Seat+Bag 23 kg) from $845 per person

From Christchurch return

Economy Class (Seat+Bag 23 kg) from $845 per person


From Auckland return

Economy Class (Seat+Bag) from $1185 per person return

From Wellington return

Economy Class (Seat+Bag) from $1325 per person return

From Christchurch return

Economy Class (Seat+Bag) from $1325 per person return

Travel dates: 17 May 2021 to 31 Mar 2022


There’s nothing like a Rarotonga holiday to put a bounce in your step. The sound of rolling surf and the smell of salty sea air are sure to refresh your mind and body. To be close to the town centre on your trip to Rarotonga, find a hotel around Muri Beach (only 3 miles (5 km) away). If the plan is to stay for a bit, browse our Rarotonga holiday packages. Not only will you save some cash, you’ll also have other stunning beaches around you to explore, like Aroa Beach and Puaikura Beach. We call that a win-win!

Things You Should Know About Rarotonga

  • If your idea of getaway bliss includes luxuries like staying just steps from the beach, the smell of salty air drifting through your window and the sound of waves lulling you to sleep, browse our Rarotonga beach hotels
  • Private holiday homes are also popular. Whether you’re organising a family getaway or a romantic escape with that special someone, you’re sure to find something that fits your requirements

Rarotonga @jamescargill

  • Intimate eco-friendly resort, where luxury meets sustainability
  • Welcoming guests 12 years and over
  • Free use of bicycles to explore the island
  • Includes tropical breakfast daily

Location: Set in a tropical garden under the vista of Mount Ikurangi on the east side of Rarotonga and is the Cook Islands first purpose built eco accommodation and glamping hotel.

Distance: Beach 3km, Airport 8km.

Getting There: Airport transfers must be booked in conjunction with your accommodation. $65* per person return.

Property Features: Pool (saltwater), Sun lounges, Use of snorkelling equipment, Bicycle hire (free), Laundry service, Parking (free), 3 ares, 4 tents.

Ikurangi Eco Retreat

  • Welcoming guests aged 15 years and over
  • Private courtyard pool in all villas set in a tropical garden
  • All villas have two bedrooms and two private en suite bathrooms
  • Free use of snorkelling equipment and kayaks
  • Private movie theatre in the Platinum Villa
  • Acclaimed day spa offering massages, body treatments and facials Includes breakfast delivered daily, arrival gift basket and a bottle of sparkling wine

Location: These spacious deluxe villas are spread across two absolute beachfront locations along Muri Beach. The bustling Muri Village with its shops, cafés and night food markets is an easy stroll away.

Distances: Beachfront, Airport 14.4km.

Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa


Great option for families with self-catering villas and free access to kid’s club at Pacific Resort Rarotonga

  • Spacious villas with private courtyard or decks and private plunge pools
  • Award winning on-site spa in a tranquil water garden setting
  • Free transfers to Pacific Resort Rarotonga when dining and using facilities with chargeback option available
  • Free use of snorkelling equipment and kayaks

Location: This five star villa complex is set on the white sands of Muri Beach and overlooks the stunning crystal clear Muri Lagoon.

Distances: Beachfront, Airport 13km.

Getting There: We recommend airport transfers be booked in conjunction with your accommodation. See page 15 for further details.

Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa

  • Four spacious two bedroom, two bathroom villas
  • Welcoming guests aged 12 years and over
  • Good restaurants within an easy walk Includes light breakfast daily and Wi-Fi starter voucher.

Location: This beachfront haven is located in the heart of Muri Beach and is within walking distance of the Muri Night Market.

Distances: Beachfront, Airport 16km.

Getting There: We recommend airport transfers be booked in conjunction with your accommodation. See page 15 for further details.

Crystal Blue Lagoon Luxury Villas

Activities and Transfers

Underwater, on the water or deep into our lush tropical landscape, the freedom and ease of exploring a little paradise is what sets us apart in the South Pacific. Lagoon cruises, fishing, diving, guided mountain hikes, storytelling cycling tours, buggies, quad bikes or 4WD trips inland – we’ve got it all. The diversity of our breathtaking natural terrain means you can craft your ideal itinerary. Fast or slow? Laidback, culturally enriching or full throttle adrenaline? The only limit is how you choose to define your perfect holiday.


Aitutaki is the second most visited island. Dotted with 21 tiny palm-fringed islets, or motu, its sublimely beautiful lagoon is the star attraction. Other more remote islands attract adventurers, anglers, and real-life Robinson Crusoes.

Beachcombing, fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, and swimming are favorite things to do throughout all these islands, and if you need a break from the sand and sea, you can hike lush jungle trails for mesmerizing views.

Once you lay eyes on these dreamy shores, you’ll see why they rank among the most beautiful islands in the world. Wondering about the best places to visit? Take a look at our list of the top attractions in the Cook Islands.

Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort


Mitiaro @my_rarotonga


What currency is used in the Cook Islands?

The Cook Islands unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar, supplemented by local coins. The unique local coins and notes are not negotiable outside of the Cook Islands, but are keenly sought by collectors worldwide.

Bank of the South Pacific (BSP), the Bank Cook Islands (BCI) and Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) are located in downtown Avarua. Open Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm. BSP in Avarua is also open from 9am-12 noon on Saturdays.

ATMs are conveniently located around Rarotonga and Aitutaki and EFTPOS is available at most hotels and stores. Western Union has an office in Avarua offering money exchange and transfers.

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