– Rarotonga –
Rarotonga, travel back in time (over the date line) with a 3 hour 50 minute flight from Auckland with daily flights operated by two airlines
Rarotonga is a 4 hour flight from Auckland with daily flights offered by two airlines. The Cook Islands are 23 hours behind New Zealand, therefore crossing the International Date Line during your flight and arriving on the island the day prior to your departure.
The destination itself is a wonderful choice. The main island of Rarotonga is only 32 kilometres in circumference making it very easy to get around. A coral reef almost entirely surrounds the island ensuring that the white sandy beaches are protected. The swaying palm trees and beautiful aquamarine lagoon are constant reminders that you have arrived in paradise while the local people will greet you with a big friendly smile and speak good English. There are many things to see and do including an island safari, glass bottom boat cruise, bush walks, snorkelling, quad bike and adventure buggy trips, fishing excursions and cultural/village tours.
The bustling capital of the Cook Islands, Avarua, has a market on Saturday mornings, a variety of shops, 3 banks plus a supermarket. The local public transport system works efficiently and stops outside most resorts or properties every 30 minutes. It is a very cost effective way of travelling around the island. For something different, hire a scooter and discover the island at your own pace. There are hire companies dotted around the island with a variety of bikes, scooters and cars to suit everyone. Taxis are also available. The Rarotongan people are very proud of their island and the main roads are in very good condition.
Temperatures range between 20 to 30 degrees, depending on the time of the year, with the wet season and more humid months being December through to mid March. The local currency is the New Zealand Dollar. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATM’s are available at some resorts and in Avarua.
Accommodation options vary from beachside resorts to smaller boutique properties offering villa and bungalow style accommodation. Private houses are also available to rent. Resorts are graded between 3 to 4 star and smaller properties and houses range from 2 star through to 4 star plus.
Rarotonga is renowned for dining out. There are many restaurants and cafes dotted around the island offering a selection of international cuisine including Italian, Mexican and Chinese just to name a few. Many are situated overlooking the lagoon creating an exotic, peaceful and relaxed atmosphere making your dining experience a truely memorable one. The nightlife in Rarotonga is enviable with over 20 bars offering everything from live bands to dance music.
Our staff visit the Cooks Islands frequently and have an extensive knowledge of the destination.
We will advise you of the best places to stay and can recommend the best option for your wedding and accommodation based on your own preferences.
Your wedding arrangements are handled with the greatest of care and you will have the choice of a beach wedding, with the lagoon as the backdrop, or a church wedding.
Resort options – Whilst we can book you at any resort you wish, the ones listed above are our favourites
– Aitutaki –
Aitutaki is the second most visited island in the magical Cook Islands and only a 50 minute flight from Rarotonga. Surrounded by an enormous lagoon, you will fall in love with the natural beauty and tranquility of Aitutaki. The aerial views as you get closer to this idyllic island are spectacular. Crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches make Aitutaki a wonderful choice for your wedding or honeymoon. For a small island, Aitutaki is well equipped with shops and accommodation ranges from 4 and 5 star resorts to bungalows and villas. You will not be disappointed with beautiful Aitutaki.
Aitutaki is more expensive to travel to (extra flights required adding on approx NZD$500), so is not so popular for a wedding if you have guests travelling with you unless they are well off. However this is a beautiful destination for the Bride and Groom to travel to after the wedding for their honeymoon.