Rarotonga is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Cook Islands and is home to the International Airport and parliament buildings. Rarotonga is also the most populous of the Cook Islands with 13,095 out of the 17,794 national population. Rarotonga is 32km in circumference and has a total land area of 67.19 square kilometres. Avarua is the capital of the Cook Islands and is located on the north coast of Rarotonga. Te Manga is Rarotonga's highest peak, measuring 658m above sea level. The island is most popular for its breathtaking scenery, swimming, amazing snorkelling and scuba diving, boating, bicycling, horse riding, hiking, fishing, scenic flights, culture and relaxed beach lifestyle.
As the capital of the Cook Islands, Rarotonga offers a diverse range of accommodation options ranging from comfortable basic hotels to 5 star luxury and everything in between. Enjoying enviable beachfront locations surrounded by lush tropical gardens and the famous Rarotonga lagoon, the range of Rarotonga accommodation offers a variety of rooms to suit all travellers, a convenient range of amenities and excellent onsite facilities including swimming pools, spas, bars, restaurants, tour desks, activities programs and more.
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Rarotonga is divided into three primary tribes or vaka, Te Au O Tonga on the northern side, Takitumt on the eastern and southern sides and Puaikura on the weastern side. Rarotonga is surrounded by a single main road known as the Ara Tapu, which follows the coast. Approximately 30km in length, the road was built in the 11th Century from large stone slabs. Rarotonga only has two bus routes, Clockwise and Anti-Clockwise. There are no actual bus stops on the island, with buses picking up and setting down anywhere along the route. A 1965 study for solar eclipse saw 5 sounding rockets launched from the island of Rarotonga.