horseriding on a family holiday in rarotonga

Despite being a laid back beach destination, Cook Islands family holidays offer a safe holiday environment for younger kids with great swimming lagoons, slightly cooler weather than the prickly heat of Fiji and Vanuatu, and just enough things to do to keep them busy and you stress free. Whilst there are a couple of resorts offering all day kids clubs and all inclusive meal packages, probably the best idea in the Cook Islands is to rent a holiday house or stay in one of the villas operated by one of the smaller accommodations and make use of its relaxing and spacious living, cooking your own meals at will, lighting the BBQ and sampling a few of the independent restaurants for a night out.

2- or 3- Bedrooms for Large Families

The Cook Island is not the cheapest destination to visit for families but there are several options offering excellent value for money. Holiday homes are quite popular on Rarotonga are a good option for families seeking space and wanting to do their own thing and offer good privacy and generally good value for money. And because there are plenty of restaurants around the island, you don't have to do your own cooking every night. A few resorts offer 3-bedroom bungalows within the resort gardens and these offer spacious accommodation but the convenience of resort living with amenities such as a swimming pool, restaurant and tour desk / reception.

Rarotonga Hotel Directory
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Palm Grove
South Rarotonga
. 3-Bedroom
Bungalow
$ 340 get hotels best rate quote
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Edgewater Resort
West Rarotonga
. 3-Bedroom
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$ 670 - 860 get hotels best rate quote
Raro Holiday Homes
Rarotonga
. 3-Bedroom
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$ 200 - 380 get hotels best rate quote
Manea Beach Villas
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
. 3-Bedroom
Villa
$ 385 get hotels best rate quote

Holiday Resorts with Kids Clubs

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The Rarotongan Resort
South-West Rarotonga
. 156 rooms
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$ 385 - 825 get hotels best rate quote
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Edgewater Resort
West Rarotonga
. 250 rooms
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$ 255 - 475 get hotels best rate quote
Club Raro Resort
North Rarotonga
. 12 rooms
Resort
$ 185 - 260 get hotels best rate quote

Intimate Family Holidays

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Palm Grove
South Rarotonga
. 21 rooms
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$ 225 - 345 get hotels best rate quote
The Cooks Oasis
West Rarotonga
. 8 rooms
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$ 170 - 210 get hotels best rate quote
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Moana Beach Villas
South Rarotonga
. 6 rooms
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$ 700 get hotels best rate quote
Lagoon Breeze Villas
South-West Rarotonga
. 21 rooms
Units
$ 228 - 350 get hotels best rate quote

Aitutaki Lagoon with the Family

For something a little different, and if you don't mind carting the kids off to an outer island which is going to cost a bit more, then Aitutaki offers a great holiday for a few days cruising around the lagoon, visiting uninhabited islands and snorkelling amongst a myriad of tropical reef fish.

Aitutaki Hotel Directory
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Aretai Beach Villas
North Aitutaki
. 3 rooms
Bungalows
$ 300 get hotels best rate quote
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Aitutaki Village
Ootu, Aitutaki Lagoon
. 12 rooms
Bungalows
$ 370 get hotels best rate quote
Inano Beach
Ootu, Aitutaki Lagoon
. 7 rooms
Bungalows
$ 130 - 170 get hotels best rate quote