Rarotonga Shopping
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Rarotonga Shopping Cook Islands
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Island-styled clothes
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Arts and Crafts
Exploring the many shops, craft outlets and markets is a great way to immerse yourself in the community. Rarotonga's main shopping area is downtown Avarua, where visitors will discover unique black pearls, quality handicrafts, colourful clothing and electrical goods.

A variety of shops are located all around the island but the largest concentration of shops stetches from Avatiu Harbour to the Portofino Restaurant. Duty-free traders are mainly centred in Avarua, with a few shops in resorts and at the airport. They offer an array of competitively-priced goods ranging from cameras, watches and stereos to fine china and designer perfume.

The dozen or so clothing outlets offer everything from island-style clothing and made-to-measure garments to exclusive imports. One of the first things a visitor should buy is a brightly coloured pareu (sarong). This all purpose wrap-around is easily worn by both men and women, and is ideal for the hot climate. Dresses, skirts, blouses and shirts in the vibrant island-style fabrics are also popular and prices will vary.

Food Shopping
For food and liquor supplies, there are several larger supermarkets featuring a delicatessen bar and a range of fresh and imported goods catering for all needs. Much of the food comes from New Zealand. Most shops in Avarua are closed on Sundays but village shops are open from 6am-9am, and 5pm-9pm.

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