South Rarotonga Accommodation
The south coast is the quietest stretch on Rarotonga and has lovely beaches and stunning mountain views. There are several tracks inland including the walk to Popoara Waterfall which continues through the rainforest past The Needle and crossing Rarotonga to Avarua Town. The village of Titikaveka has a prominent white church and there's a lovely botanical garden and cafe. The beach along Titikaveka is excellent and stretches for almost 2 miles. At the eastern end, towards Muri Beach, is the Fruits of Rarotonga where you can buy local produce and a little further on, the Maire Botanical Gardens to enjoy landscaped walks. The snorkelling in the lagoon between these two points is the best in Rarotonga.
There are several lovely small collections of beach bungalows around Takitumu, a good size local supermarket at Wigmore, plus a couple of great restaurants including the beachfront Vaima Restaurant and the Yellow Hibiscus at Palm Grove.
Moana Beachfront Villas, Rarotonga
NZ$ 700 per couple
Moana Beachfront Villas offer modern units with elegant furnishings and fully equipped kitchens directly on the quiet sands of Southern Rarotonga. Great snorkelling, a gorgeous beach and a tranquil outlook make this a great spot for relaxing in comfort Close to supermarket and two great restaurants.
Little Polynesian, Rarotonga
NZ$ 630 - 1,070 per couple
Little Polynesian is a stylish boutique resort with beautifully appointed bungalows, contemporary restaurant and pool. This small luxury hideaway overlooks a gorgeous white sandy swimming beach with excellent snorkelling offshore. A no child policy makes this ideal for romantic breaks.
Sea Change Villas, Rarotonga
NZ$ 535 - 850 per couple
Sea Change Villas features eight luxuriously appointed villas straddling the south coast road of Rarotonga, each with full kitchens including a dishwasher, separate air-conditioned bedrooms, large living areas and are fully serviced daily except Sundays. Kayaks, snorkelling gear & VIP transfers all included in rate.
Rarotonga Beach Bungalows
NZ$ 535 - 585 per couple
Rarotonga Beach Bungalows is a small, intimate property with 3 beachfront and 2 lagoon view self-contained bungalows, each with a tropical garden shower. This boutique-style, Polynesian designed accommodation sits on a pretty beach front adjacent to a marine protected area with great snorkelling .
Royale Takitumu Villas
NZ$ 530 - 630 per couple
Located on a lovely stretch of beach on the secluded south side of Rarotonga, Royale Takitumu offers spacious well appointed Polynesian style villas with a slightly old fashioned ambience making this a better choice for mature couples. There's a small swimming pool and several good restaurants a short walk away.
Moana Sands Hotel, Rarotonga
NZ$ 350 - 440 per couple
Moana Sands Hotel is a small beachfront hotel overlooking the peaceful white sands of South Rarotonga. Hotel rooms are over three floors, all with balconies overlooking the beach. The lagoon has good swimming, excellent snorkelling and kayaks are available for guest use. Small restaurant on site.
Palm Grove, Rarotonga
NZ$ 225 - 345 per couple
Palm Grove is set in the enchanting area of Vaima'anga enjoying the peace and tranquillity of one of the best beach locations in the Cook Islands. Twelve spacious garden bungalows set amongst hibiscus and tipani flowers on the mountain side of the coastal road are complemented with eight beachfront bungalows