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Things to do in Rarotonga

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Theater
“Experience a full on cultural experience complete with good food and performances - Also know as one of the top Islands Night Venues on the island.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“You can walk to this market from the villa, 3 minute walk, they open daily with great cafes, late nights on Thursday nights.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Café
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“Great breakfast, lunch menu. A very popular place with the locals and tourist.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Great way to sample a variety of dishes on offer in one place. Open Tues, Wed, Thurs and Sunday from 5-9pm.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Trader Jacks is iconic in Raro. Its right on the water, and pumps almost every night. Don't go there for intimate dining but its a must do for a good feed, and/or a few drinks as the sun goes down”
  • 9 locals recommend
Market
“CITC is the largest Supermarket on the Island. I has all foods, and a bottlestore attached”
  • 8 locals recommend
Place to eat
“15-20 mins drive away. Awesome lagoon cruises out from Muri beach to offshore at Tikioki marine reserve. You will see giant clams, giant trevally and an array of other tropical fish and coral reef structures....after the snorkeling session you will head back to Koromiri Motu and have an island lunch and will enjoy some great island entertainment...”
  • 13 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Another great lagoon cruise operation - snorkel tours an island lunch and entertainment....out of the two we prefer Koka lagoon tours....”
  • 9 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“24HR Convenient store/Petrol Station with Bus Stop right across the road. Great for those after hours cravings.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Awesome spot in the early evening for dinner and often they have live music. Seving polynesian and european food - the portion sizes are huge! ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“A very popular beach side bar and great PUB GRUB at affordable prices. A local bar with sand floor, right on the waters edge - friendly service - all are welcome”
  • 9 locals recommend
Resort
“White sandy beach and a excellent snorkeling area with beautiful view of the little motus ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
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“They have a great pubcrawl bus that will pick you up and take you to a variety of bars and then drop you off. They also get a number of great bands and DJs”
  • 6 locals recommend
Cafe
“Turn left facing the sea and about 20-25 mins drive away. Some of the best fish sandwiches on the island and huge portions...definitely worth a visit. A lovely hetty nearby you can take some photos from. My favourite is the FOB with fresh crumbled mahi mahi....”
  • 8 locals recommend
Cafe
“I recommend these guys for the most amazing guided snorkelling tour with Turtles, you are out in the lagoon for 3 hours with a sea scooter to jet about its magical. they have many other excursions but this was my favourite, they also have a wonderful cold brew coffee ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Cultural Center
“Highland paradise is situated in a sacred / tapu location and is an island night with a special personal connection for my family the Napa's. This is the location of my great, great, great grandfathers marae (he was chief tinomana napa of arorangi). You will enjoy a great island feast with dishes from an umu(earthen oven) and other polynesian dishes including raw fish in coconut cream and rukao which is meat wrapped in raro leaf. An amazing experience....”
  • 7 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Trader Jacks is iconic in Raro. Its right on the water, and pumps almost every night. Don't go there for intimate dining but its a must do for a good feed, and/or a few drinks as the sun goes down”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Awesome spot in the early evening for dinner and often they have live music. Seving polynesian and european food - the portion sizes are huge! ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fine dining at a beautiful location on the beach. For a special occasion definitely a good spot to book!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Always good food and music and right on the beach. An easy walk from Coral Sands”
  • 4 locals recommend
Cultural Center
“Highland paradise is situated in a sacred / tapu location and is an island night with a special personal connection for my family the Napa's. This is the location of my great, great, great grandfathers marae (he was chief tinomana napa of arorangi). You will enjoy a great island feast with dishes from an umu(earthen oven) and other polynesian dishes including raw fish in coconut cream and rukao which is meat wrapped in raro leaf. An amazing experience....”
  • 7 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
Meal Takeaway
“Seriously good burgers, and if you're up for the challenge ask them for the palace burger - I dare you ;)”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Seafood Board is divine with a glass of pinot gris on the beachfront verandah. Also, if theres a rugby game on, they will be showing it. Great views of sailing regattas and extensive menu to keep you coming back. iSobar beach bar has happy hour cocktails you can take down onto the beachfront tables. Try with the local island fries.”
  • 2 locals recommend

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