Avarua Town, North Rarotonga
Avarua Town on the north coast, minutes from the international airport, is the administration centre of the Cook Islands. Most people end up in town for a shopping trip or part of a bus trip around and it's a nice place to spend a few hours, especially on Saturday morning when the open air market takes place. You'll find everything from brightly coloured sarongs (wrap around dresses), to flower garlands, fresh fish and tropical fruits. The town is very small though with only a few supermarkets, two banks both with ATM machines, several restaurants / cafes, internet booths and several good boutique shops specialising in the sale of black pearls and fine handicrafts. There are a few budget places to stay in town but without a beach and mostly located in the hills it's not a great option.
Club Raro Resort, Rarotonga
NZ$ 185 - 250 per couple
Club Raro Resort is conveniently located only 5mins from the main town of Avaru along the east coast. Club Raro offers 55 air-conditioned rooms overlooking the Pacific Ocean and offers excellent value for money with a lively atmosphere and plenty of activities throughout the day.