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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.
Café
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“Great breakfast, lunch menu. A very popular place with the locals and tourist.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“A must do on a Saturday morning. Explore of variety of seasonal local produce, variety of meals or purchase your souvenirs from here. What a great outing you can enjoy a meal while watching a local dance show”
  • 16 locals recommend
Theater
“This is the only overwater island night show on the island. Pick up and drop off also available”
  • 20 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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“Right on the waterfront of Avarua. Great views, good food and drinks. Even order takeaway pizzas”
  • 8 locals recommend
Place to eat
“A trip to the Cook Islands isnt complete without a day cruising on the beautiful Muri Lagoon lunch is also provided”
  • 10 locals recommend
Market
  • 7 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Another cruising option it's a great way to see the marine life and views of the island from across the lagoon. Other beach facilities are also offered here”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Cafe, restaurant, bar and also the place to hire snorkels, kayaks and sup paddle boards. Cheap food, live music at times. Good place to check out!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Resort
“White sandy beach and a excellent snorkeling area with beautiful view of the little motus ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Feel like grabbing a snack late at night? Super Brown Convenient store is open 24 Hours”
  • 6 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
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
Cafe
“The most fresh fish you will find - hubby does the fishing and wife makes the best fish sandwiches and salads. Fresh fruit smoothies on the menu as well. A little something fresh and organic for all ages!”
  • 6 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
Cultural Center
“A rich cultural and historical experience. Enjoy an Island Night Buffet and Dinner with Cultural dance show atop the oldest settlement on Rarotonga. A 500 year old village with maraes and a fabulous hilltop view of the western side of the island.”
  • 6 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Right on the waterfront of Avarua. Great views, good food and drinks. Even order takeaway pizzas”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Cafe, restaurant, bar and also the place to hire snorkels, kayaks and sup paddle boards. Cheap food, live music at times. Good place to check out!”
  • 6 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
Cultural Center
“A rich cultural and historical experience. Enjoy an Island Night Buffet and Dinner with Cultural dance show atop the oldest settlement on Rarotonga. A 500 year old village with maraes and a fabulous hilltop view of the western side of the island.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“Always good food and music and right on the beach. An easy walk from Coral Sands”
  • 4 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
Restaurant
“Its walking distance to where you are staying you are right on the beach again, good food and wine list”
  • 5 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

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