Destination guide

The waterfront setting of Rarotonga is ready to explore

The island views and gardens provide a pleasant backdrop to your vacation home in Rarotonga. Renowned for its snorkeling, seafood restaurants and coral reefs, this city welcomes all visitors. Whether you're planning a family vacation, friends trip or romantic retreat, HomeAway has a great selection of vacation homes. Many rentals come with a full kitchen and separate dining area, perfect if you need a space for entertaining.


Activities and attractions in Rarotonga

Are you searching for top things to see and do while you're in the area? Travelers enjoy Rarotonga for its snorkeling, boating and swimming. Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Rarotonga a fun place to get away. Here are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Te Vara Nui Village (3.2 mi / 5.1 km)
  • Rarotonga Golf Club (3.5 mi / 5.6 km)
  • Black Rock (3.6 mi / 5.8 km)

Seasonal weather averages in Rarotonga

Travelers speak highly of Rarotonga for its snorkeling. If you're planning a vacation around the weather, March, February, January and April are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 85°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Rarotonga

Rarotonga is famous for its island views, spectacular coral reefs and picturesque gardens. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Rarotonga is a great place to get outside. These are a few of the area's most stunning features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Wigmore's Waterfall (1.4 mi / 2.2 km)
  • Aroa Beach (2.9 mi / 4.7 km)
  • Puaikura Beach (3.2 mi / 5.1 km)
  • Muri Beach (3.2 mi / 5.2 km)
  • Tikioki Beach (3.2 mi / 5.2 km)
  • Tikioki Marine Sanctuary (3.3 mi / 5.4 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Rarotonga

The nearest airport is in Rarotonga (RAR-Rarotonga Intl.), located 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from the city center.

Can I find a vacation rental around Rarotonga?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 221 vacation rentals near Rarotonga. From 127 Houses to 35 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Rarotonga for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Rarotonga?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Rarotonga. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • South Pacific: 775 vacation rentals
  • Arorangi District: 220 vacation rentals
  • Muri: 67 vacation rentals
  • Muri Beach: 219 vacation rentals
  • Vaimaanga Tapere: 25 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Rarotonga! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Rarotonga?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Rarotonga:

  • Arorangi District: 220 rentals
  • Avarua District: 219 rentals
  • Ngatangiia District: 219 rentals
  • Matavera District: 219 rentals
  • Takitumu District: 219 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Rarotonga?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Rarotonga. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Muri Beach: 219 rentals
  • Te Vara Nui Village: 219 rentals
  • Aroa Beach: 219 rentals
  • Tikioki Marine Sanctuary: 219 rentals
  • Cook Island Christian Church (CICC): 220 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Rarotonga listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.