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"Kia Orana", or welcome to the Cook Islands! - a breathtaking archipelago composed of 15 islands in the South Pacific. Each island has its own unique beauty, stories, and incredible landscape, only matched by the friendliness and grace of its people. Brilliant, sparkling white sandy beaches, clear blue lagoons, and fertile rainforests harbouring exceptional wildlife are just a few of the treasures waiting to be discovered.
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For divers, the outer reefs surrounding Rarotonga and Aitutaki are remarkable places boasting 30 metres plus year-round visibility. Some of the best experiences include suggestive canyons, caves, long tunnels, towering drop-offs (some of them up to 4,000 metres), swim-through under and through coral reefs and shipwrecks such as the Alexander. Dive Rarotonga:
Adresse: PO Box 38, Rarotonga
Telefon: +682 21873
Åpningstider: Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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If you are in the mood for an exhilarating day’s outing just beyond the reef, then go fishing! Charter operators provide all the gear necessary for every type of fishing, including saltwater fly or sport and light tackle. Marlin Queen Fishing Charters:
Adresse: Western Marina, Avatiu
Telefon: +682 55 202
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Away from the water’s edge there are some fabulous walking tracks and attractions: on Rarotonga, for example, visit the Highland Paradise and Black Rock, a spiritual place for the islanders. With Pa's Treks Day Tours you can either take the "cross islands trek" where you will cross the island of Rarotonga or "Pa's nature walk (Eco Tour)" which is more gentle and where you will learn about the nature and biology of the plants in an entertaining way.
Adresse: Avarua District, Rarotongan
Telefon: +682 21079
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On Atiu, have a look at the majestic limestone caves that have also been used for burials! Remember to take with you a torch, sturdy walking shoes and learn the legend of the lovers Inutoto and Tangaroa and their association with Anatakitaki Cave, which is spectacularly adorned with stalagmites, stalactites and also home to the Kopeka bird. Visit Raka’s Cave with its fifteen different chambers and let your guide tell you about the many generations of the Rakanui family who have lived and died in this magnificent hideaway!
Adresse: Atiu
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Cook Island Christian Church

The Cook Islands Christian Church is a beautiful old white-coral building. Built in 1853, it is worth taking a stroll because of the particularly interesting graveyard. Furthermore in front of the church there is a monument dedicated to the Polynesian missionary Papeiha and Albert Henry, the first prime minister of the independent Cook Islands, is buried here (his grave features a life-size bust of him)!
Adresse: Avarua
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If you prefer to keep your feet dry, then take a glass-bottom or a semi-submersible boat to view the countless tropical fishes and exquisite corals. Windsurfers, sailboats, catamarans and kayaks are also great fun activities. On Rarotonga, the most popular place for sailing activities is Muri Lagoon. Also, there are several hire facilities available on both Rarotonga and Aitutaki offering you all the equipment you may need!
Adresse: Avatiu Harbour, Avarua, Rarotonga
Telefon: +682 52255
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Aitutaki, to the north of Rarotonga, is the second most popular island to visit and it is easy to see why. The island completely surrounds a breath-taking, crystal-clear turquoise lagoon fringed by pure white beaches which makes it a heaven for divers and snorkelers.
Adresse: Aitutaki
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Atiu, in the northeast area, is the third largest island in the group and is well-known to bird watchers and naturalists as a fascinating destination. The Makatea, a central elevated flat-topped mass of volcanic rock surrounded by a raised coral limestone reef is one of its best-known features.
Adresse: Atiu
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Festivals and dancing plays an important part of life for the people of the Cook Islands. For example, the traditional Ura, a Maori sacred ritual is very popular dance here. Visitors who are fortunate enough to be around, are encouraged to join the celebrations and live a priceless experience because of the deep cultural and historical significance. The Te Maeva Nui celebration, one of the most important and largest festivals held each year around the national day of 4th August, brings all the people from all the islands together to rejoice the nation’s self-governance. There are colourful floats, singing, dancing, drumming and feasting.
Adresse: Constitution Park, Rarotonga
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Te Vara Nui Village

A holiday should definitely be the occasion to relax and forget about everyday-life, but also a chance to get to know something more about the culture of the land you´re visiting! At Te Vara Nui you could take a tour of the village discovering its history and then enjoy a night here with a mouth-watering buffet and amazing entertainers performing traditional dances!
Adresse: PO Box 86, Muri Beach, Ngatangiia, Rarotonga
Telefon: +682 24 006
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Wreck of the Matai

In the Avarua district of Rarotonga, it is possible to see (even just from the shore) the sunken wreck of the SS Matai that was carrying a load of cars from the United States to New Zealand in 1916. It is now one of the preferred spots for divers and truly a unique attraction! PADI Dive Center and Adventure Tour Operator Adventure Cook Islands:
Adresse: Kavera Beach, Arorangi, Rarotonga
Telefon: +682 22212
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Maire Nui Botanical Gardens

The paradisiac nature of the Cook Islands is not only about crystalline water or white beaches and the Maire Nui Botanical Gardens undoubtedly proves it! These gardens mainly contain tropical flowers and plants that create the perfect environment to relax or to take a romantic walk!
Adresse: Ara Tapu, Titikaveka
Telefon: +682 55795
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Punanga Nui Cultural Market

Outdoor market that offers local produce, fresh vegetables, colourful fruit, clothes, black pearls, several craft items and island music. Everything here is unique and reasonably priced, so take your time to find the hidden gems in each stall!
Adresse: Downtown Avarua, Rarotonga
Telefon: +682 29 370
Åpningstider: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Tamarind House Restaurant & Bar

Tamarind House is situated just a few minutes outside the city centre, in a stunning restored colonial house, where you can enjoy coffee, lunch, or dinner. The restaurant is particularly elegant and internationally well-known for its high-quality local dishes. Make sure to visit Tamarind House at sunset and enjoy the view!
Adresse: Ara Tapu, Avarua District, Cook Islands
Telefon: +682 26487
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Vaima restaurant is another great alternative, set right on the beach on the south side of Rarotonga, in the village of Vaimaanga. This high quality restaurant offers you the possibility to eat a terrific meal on the beach, with a beautiful sea view in front of you.
Adresse: Ara Tapu, Takitumu District, Rarotonga
Telefon: +682 26123
Åpningstider: Monday - Sunday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Punanga Nui Market

To sample more local cuisine, visit the food market held every Saturday in Avarua. A huge variety of stalls offer tempting delights and the fresh samosas with chutneys from the fruits of Rarotonga alone are worth the visit!
Adresse: Punanga Nui Market, Ara Tapu, Avarua District, Rarotonga
Åpningstider: Saturday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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The Mooring Fish Cafe

It might not be the right place for vegetarians, but this is undoubtedly the paradise for all the other visitors. The Mooring Fish Cafe, located on the magical Avana Harbour waterfront, will serve the most delicious seafood sandwiches and salads you will ever taste!
Adresse: Avana Fishing Club, Muri, Rarotonga
Telefon: +682 25 553
Åpningstider: Monday - Friday 10:30 am - 3:30 pm, Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Kikau Hut

This restaurant is well known not only for the quality of the dishes served, but also for the friendliness of the staff and, in particular, of the owner, an English man always ready to have a good chat and to give precious advices to its guests. Moreover, on Monday nights you will consume your tasty meal entertained by live music! Once you´ve tried this restaurant, you will feel like having dinner here for the rest of your time in the Cook Islands!
Adresse: Ara Tapu, Arorangi, Rarotonga
Telefon: +682 26 860
Åpningstider: Monday 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Wednesday - Sunday 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Koru Cafe

Koru Cafe can be considered as something in between a restaurant and a cafe, specialising in Western style breakfast and lunches that will be enjoyed in a lovely environment with an exceptionally hospitable staff and books always available!
Adresse: Ootu Beach, Aitutaki
Telefon: +682 31 110
Åpningstider: Monday - Sunday 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Charlies Cafe and Beach Hire

Are you looking for a place to grab something tasty and cheap? Then, pay a visit to Charlies Cafe and Beach Hire, whose big portions of fish&chips and burgers are just delightful. The casual ambience of the restaurant is still romantic because of the enchanting location!
Adresse: Ara Tapu, Takitumu District, Cook Islands
Telefon: +682 28 055
Åpningstider: Mon–Fri 12–9pm, Sat 12–3pm
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Tuoro Cafe

Just imagine: relaxing music live played, splendid setting just by the sea, and deliciously fresh seafood... That's what you will find at the elegant Tuoro Cafe, which is always quite busy, so don't forget to book your table in advance!
Adresse: Ara Tapu, Arorangi District, Cook Islands
Telefon: +682 21 233
Åpningstider: Sun, Thu–Fri 11:30am–2:30pm
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Vili's Burger Joint

If, for a night, you feel like tasting something more western-styled, putting aside the local cuisine, give a try to Vili's, where the best burgers of the island are served. Plus, huge portions of both filling and chips, yummy sauces, and reasonable prices.
Adresse: Ngatangiia District, Cook Islands
Telefon: +682 28 454
Åpningstider: Daily 11:30am–9pm
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Suggestive atmosphere and delectable food walk hand in hand at the Waterline. The location is just perfect, right by the sea, so make sure to enjoy your meal at sunset when everything turns red and orange, making the island even more enchanting. The food is heavenly as well, especially the seafood risotto!
Adresse: Arorangi, Rarotonga
Telefon: +682 22 161
Åpningstider: Tuesday - Sunday 11:45 am - 23:30 pm
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Cafe Salsa

This restaurant/cafe is popular among both locals and visitors because of the ideal location and the fresh bread baked every morning to accompany local delights. Don´t miss the rich breakfast with coconut or strawberry pancakes, eggs (fried, scrambled or poached), bacon, potato, cheese and strong coffee!
Adresse: Ara Tapu, Avarua, Rarotonga
Telefon: +682 22215
Åpningstider: Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 3:00 pm, Saturday 7:30 am - 1:30 pm
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The Anchorage

Tropical but elegant ambience in this spacious restaurant that serves breakfast between 7:30 am and 10:00 am, lunch from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, and dinner, available both "a la carte" and with a fixed, daily menu. Strongly recommended is a visit on Saturdays because of the live music that will make your night out even more enjoyable!
Adresse: Ara Tapu, Arorangi Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Telefon: +682 28028
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Muri Night Market

Small market in Rarotonga where you will be enchanted not only by the cheerful atmosphere, but also by the mouth-watering local food! This is a great alternative for a night when you don´t feel like going to a fancy restaurant, but you still want to enjoy a top quality meal at reasonable prices.
Adresse: Muri Beach, Ngatangiia
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Trader Jacks

For great seafood, check out Trader Jacks by the water’s edge at Avarua Wharf, the harbour at Avarua. The restaurant is truly an institution in the country, just think that it has been described by politicians and journalists as the Cook Islands’ second parliament and true financial centre!
Adresse: Ara Tapu, Avarua District, Cook Islands
Telefon: +682 26 464
Åpningstider: Mon–Thu 11am–11pm, Fri 11am–3am, Sat 11am–12am
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Maire Nui Gardens and Cafe

The Maire Nui Gardens and Cafe is a traditional Polynesian-styled cafe located amidst the greenery of the botanical garden. It is open daily for breakfast and lunch featuring organic produce grown in their own garden, characterised by a fresh and exotic taste!
Adresse: Ara Tapu Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Åpningstider: Daily 8am–4pm
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Coco Latte

This sophisticated cafe, situated right on the magical beaches of the south area of Rarotonga, will spoil you with cakes, muffins, and cookies prepared with local produce and to be eaten with a classic espresso or a fresh smoothie.
Adresse: Ara Tapu, Takitumu District, Cook Islands
Telefon: +682 26 189
Åpningstider: Sun–Fri 8am–3pm
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The Cafe

On Rarotonga, you will find this hip and stylish cafe, where the 50s, 60s and 70s music fans gather to enjoy an afternoon tea while listening to their favourite artists such as Frank Sinatra or the Beach Boys. At The Cafe, there is also a vintage record player and countless vinyl LP's so that you will have the chance to choose your own preferred songs!
Adresse: Ara Tapu, Avarua District, Rarotonga
Åpningstider: Mon–Sat 8am–6pm
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The Waffle Shack

Best place in town to stop by for a crispy waffle and a strong espresso: a perfect recipe for both breakfast and an afternoon snack! The waffles, in particular, are marvellously baked here and filled with everything you may want, such as refreshing ice cream and a cherry sauce!
Adresse: Ara Tapu, Avarua District, Cook Islands
Telefon: +682 55 503
Åpningstider: Tue–Fri 7am–2pm, Sat 7am–12pm
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Deli Licious Cafe

In this lively cafe situated in central Muri, you will taste delicious coffees, but also smoothies, cakes, yoghurts, yummy sandwiches, and different kinds of drinks all day long. This is definitely the right place for breakfast, brunch, and lunch!
Adresse: Ara Tapu, Ngatangiia District, Cook Islands
Telefon: +682 20 858
Åpningstider: Sun–Fri 7:30am–3pm
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Wilson’s Beach Bar

Located at the Castaway Resort right by the water, Wilson's welcomes its guests to a relaxed beach bar offering stunning sunsets, live music, great cocktails, and bonfires on selected nights of the week.
Adresse: Arorangi Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Telefon: +682 21 546
Åpningstider: Daily 11am–9pm
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Friday Night Island Pub Crawl

Friday night is renowned for the Friday Night Island Pub Crawl. These are usually organised by resorts and accommodation houses where buses pick up tourists and make the rounds of pubs and clubs, from quiet local hangouts (no longer quiet once the bus pulls in) to popular tourist haunts. These nights can end up pretty wild with plenty of dancing, singing, and the making of new friends!
Telefon: +682 253 25
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Island Nights

Island Nights, which are often included in the weekly entertainment at many resorts, are not to be missed for their mix of plentiful tantalising local fare. A feast of seafood, meats, and vegetables is followed by traditional entertainment where locals adorned in colourful costumes proudly display their authentic Cook Island culture through drumming, singing and dancing. The evening entertainment is usually completed with a Ura Piani (invitation dance), where visitors are given the chance to match the hip-shaking of the locals. This is a fun night for all ages! Tipani Tours Turama House, PO Box 240, Rarotonga +682 25266 [email protected] The Edgewater Resort & Spa Rarotonga Avarua, Rarotonga +682 254 35
Adresse: The Edgewater Resort & Spa Rarotonga, Avarua, Rarotonga
Telefon: +682 254 35
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Trader Jacks

Traders Jacks is one of the most popular places in the South Pacific, located at Avarua’s old harbor. Live music and sounds from the best bands on the islands always attract a lot of people. Friday is usually the big night of the week and that is when you will get a chance to meet both tourists and locals!
Adresse: Ara Tapu, Avarua District, Cook Islands
Telefon: +682 26 464
Åpningstider: Mon–Thu 11am–11pm, Fri 11am–3am, Sat 11am–12am
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The Barefoot Bar

At the charming Pacific Resort in Rarotonga, The Barefoot Bar's welcoming staff will take care of you with countless options of refreshing drinks and rich Happy Hours available from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm and from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm! Moreover, the setting here is simply astonishing.
Adresse: Muri Beach, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Telefon: +682 20 427
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Flying Boat Beach Bar & Grill

On the paradisiacal island of Aitutaki, you can't miss the Lagoon Private Island Resort. Here you will be served mouth-watering meals with local seafood and delightful beverages such as fruity, colourful cocktails, high-quality wines and beers from all over the world!
Adresse: Motu Akitua, Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Telefon: +682 31 200
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Poolside Restaurant & Cocktail Bar

In an authentic tropical environment you will find Poolside Restaurant & Cocktail Bar: this is undoubtedly the perfect place to visit to relax and forget about the stressful everyday-life. Just come here, grab a drink and enjoy the spectacular nature around you.
Adresse: Muri Beach Resort, Rarotonga
Telefon: +682 22 779
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Punanga Nui Cultural Market

Go and wander through the lively Punanga Nui marketplace... If you are looking for quality souvenirs such as pareus (sarongs), t-shirts, island CD music, ukuleles, tivaivai (local quilts), carvings and the most romantic souvenir of them all, the Cook Islands Black Pearl, then this market is not to be missed.
Adresse: Downtown Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Telefon: +682 29 370
Åpningstider: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Wigmore´s Superstore

Located on the southern side of Rarotonga, this is the largest supermarket of the island and it´s just perfect for the weekly shop as it has fresh meat, vegetables, frozen food and other everyday needed products, but also alcohol and delicious ice-cream!
Adresse: Ara Tapu,Takitumu, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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Ara Tapu Road

Along the coastal Ara Tapu Road you will find loads of specialty shops for jewellery including black pearls, handicrafts and local clothing. The Cook Islands colourful stamps are a collector’s item and highly sought after by philatelists. The best place to buy stamps and Cook Island coins is the Philatelic Bureau next door to the Post Office. Moreover, if you need diving and snorkelling gear, head to Mana Court in downtown Avarua.
Adresse: Ara Tapu, Rarotonga
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Smaller islands

Putting aside Rarotonga, on all the other islands there is only basic supply... However, each has its own individual crafts and arts which can make each of them an exciting shopping spree! Remember, though, that most shops are closed on Sundays. A top tip: at Mike Tavioni’s sculpture gallery on Atupa, you will often catch this talented man at work whose sculptures are displayed at the Punanga Nui marketplace and National Cultural Centre.
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Perfumes of Rarotonga

One of the most famous spot for souvenirs and gifts or general beauty products is Perfumes of Rarotonga: here, in fact, you will find soaps, candles, coconut oil but especially loads of paradisiac and tropical perfumes that perfectly fit the environment!
Adresse: Ara Tapu, Tupapa Tapere, Cook Islands
Telefon: +682 25238
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Muri Night Market

Small market in Rarotonga where you will be enchanted not only by the cheerful atmosphere, but also by the mouth-watering local food! This is a great alternative for a night when you don´t feel like going to a fancy restaurant, but you still want to enjoy a top quality meal at reasonable prices.
Adresse: Muri Beach, Ngatangiia, Cook Islands
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The Rarotonga International Airport is located on the main island Rarotonga, 4,5 km from Avarua, where most accommodation houses provide transfers from the airport. Raro Tours operate an airport shuttle. Air Rarotonga operates flights several times a day to Aitutaki and to other islands during the week (the longest trip takes about 4,5 hours, the shortest under an hour). Island passes and island combination packages are a good way to sample a few islands in a convenient way!
Adresse: Avarua District, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Telefon: +682 22 888
Åpningstider: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Public Transport

The round-the-island bus is a great way of getting around Rarotonga... It operates along the coast road in both directions, originating in Avarua (though you can flag it down anywhere). It is run by Cook’s Island Bus Passenger Transport Limited who offer convenient low cost transport. The bus will pick you up and drop you off anywhere on request, but remember that there is no service on Sunday evenings!
Telefon: +682 25512
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CITA, the Cook Islands Taxi Association, consists of a group of private taxi companies that collaborate in order to improve the quality of the service as a whole and to offer a 24-hour service, 7 days a week! PriceTaxis Arorangi, Rarotonga Ph: +682 57303 Email: [email protected] H-K Taxi Muri Beach, Ngatangiia, Rarotonga Ph: +682 73549 Email: [email protected]
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The main Post Office is located in the Avarua District, in Rarotonga.
Adresse: Avarua, Rarotonga
Åpningstider: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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The only pharmacy in Rarotonga is located in the Avarua district, where you will find the most ordinary supply of medications, the less frequently prescribed ones, though, can be obtained only through ordering them and waiting for the air services to delivering them to the island.
Adresse: Ara Tapu, Avarua District, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Telefon: +682 29292
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Country code: +682
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