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Introducing Rarotonga Island

Discover a small, circular island ringed by pristine, palm-fringed sugar-white beaches that edge mountain slopes covered in lush rainforest – similar to the South Pacific island of Tahiti or the Hawaiian island of Maui. (Fortunately, the Cook Islands are a less-expensive honeymoon alternative!)

What to do and see

Rarotonga offers a wide range of activities for honeymoon couples, including scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, game fishing and hiking. Unmask the lagoon’s underwater beauty in a glass-bottomed boat, from behind a snorkel mask or scuba dive the Matavera drop-off and Ngatangiia swim-throughs.

On land, experience the unspoiled rainforest and stunning coastal views from more than a dozen marked trails once used by Cook Islands warriors.

Best time to honeymoon in Rarotonga

Anytime, but September and October are probably the best months to honeymoon in the Cook Islands, as the weather in this part of the South Pacific is typically warm averaging 28°C and not so humid.


The Cook Islands form part of Polynesia and are scattered across 2 million sq km of the South Pacific, about 3500km northeast of New Zealand and 1000km southwest of Tahiti.

Getting there

Air New Zealand offers direct flights from Sydney and Auckland to Rarotonga. Virgin Australia Airlines also operates direct flights to Rarotonga from Auckland.

Latest update about this honeymoon destination: 14 February, 2017


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