Island Discovery Tour Avarua Rarotonga

Explore Rarotonga from the comfort of an air-conditioned coach as our experienced, local guides take you on an approximate 3 hour tour of the island. This is a great way to orientate and familiarise yourself with the local surroundings before you venture out on your own to explore Rarotonga.

Your tour starts as soon as you are picked up from your accommodation. You will visit a number of historical cultural sites including one of the first built limestone churches, the site of the 7 Canoes at Avana Passage, venture inland where you will see one of the many maraes and pass by plantations of locally grown foods and fauna. Enjoy a light refreshment and convenience stop where you will have the opportunity to purchase locally crafted gifts & souvenirs. Here your guide will demonstrate and explain the Cook Islands Tree of Life.

Make the Island Discovery Tour your first tour on Rarotonga!

Tour Highlights...
Arai Te Tonga & Pa's Marae. Gain access to some of Rarotonga's sacred sites like Arai Te Tonga Marae and Pa Ariki' Marae in the Takitumu district. These ancient sites are located on private land and normally closed to the public. Here, you will learn of ancient usage and its significance in today's modern society.

Site of the 7 Canoes. The departure of the flotilla of canoes from Avana passage on their epic voyage to New Zealand at the turn of the 15th century marked the end of Polynesian migrations using their doubled hulled canoes. The site is now marked by 7 Rocks in commemoration of this epic voyage.

Cook Island Christian Church. Rarotonga has many limestone churches built by the London missionary society. Some of these churches are over 100 years old. The most famous of these churches is the one in Avarua where the bronze bust of the first Premier of the Cook Islands can be found.

Inland Villages and Plantations. This part of the tour always offers a more intimate look at the island. You will visit remote inland plantations where locals still use an agriculture system that dates back to pre missionary times.

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