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Listed under Islands in Cook Islands.

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We spent a week in the Cook Islands, split between Rarotonga and Aitutaki. On Rarotonga we stayed at the Edgewater Resort. Situated on the western side of the island. The staff were excellent and were so helpful. The resort hosts Polynesian Car Hire so that makes it convenient to hire a car or bike. Also there is the island's bus service. Buses run clockwise and anti-clockwise regularly during the week and Saturday morning's. For Saturday afternoon and Sunday it is better to follow the bus timetable.

To be able to hire a car or bike you need to have a Cook Island driver's licence. To get this you need to go to the police station at Avarua. Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4pm and Saturday 9:00am to 12pm. Have your own driver's licence and passport or birth certificate plus $20 NZD. The popular choice to get around is a small motorbike. The local speed limit is 50kph but if you don't want to wear a helmet then 40kph is the limit.

There are cruises available to show the wonderful lagoon area at the southern end of the island. For those that like deep sea fishing there are charters and a Reef Sub to show you the sea life around the harbour area and local ship wreck Matai. There is a 30 minute joy flight available to explore Rarotonga from the air. Every Saturday morning there is a market where the locals sell food and souvenirs.

There are many restaurants around the island and the resorts open their doors to the public to experience their own restaurants. The resorts have an island night which is a show case for their culture. To watch the dancing is something to behold.

While it is not a glitzy tourist destination it is a great place to visit for a relaxing holiday.

Written by  Cam_Typhoon.

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Rarotonga is the youngest and least eroded of the volcanic Cook Islands. Its terrain of peaks and ridges encased by thick palm filed jungle was formed by a volcanic pyramid which also shapes the reef lagoons surrounding Rarotonga’s coastline. At a… Read more...

Written by  Lindsay Drury.

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Lay back and relax

Slow motion and laid back...even the service....but usually friendly , great walks and beach.....experience the food and arts of Rarotonga, and get to know a few locals and it will be more enjoyable...If you want to get away and don't want to rush or, basically do nothing but put your feet up and read, paint, draw, create and enjoy music and dance. Visiting a Church is an Amazing Experience, the singing will blow you away!...this is the perfect PLACE to Escape, Relax, Experience different Culture, and to have a Laugh!

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