Explore the cultural heart of the Cook Islands with this 5-night family trip to Rarotonga. Staying in villa accommodation you will have plenty of your own space and, with three culturally-rich tours included, it's guaranteed to keep the whole family amused. You'll take a storyteller bicycle tour around the island learning about traditional folklore, head into the lush highlands and enjoy an evening cultural show complete with a Polynesian feast. Don’t worry though, there's still heaps of free time to kick back and relax on the beach!
This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements, so please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.
On arrival at Rarotonga Airport you will be greeted by a local representative and taken to your hotel to check in. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Today we have included a half day ‘storyteller eco-cycle tour’. You will be collected from your accommodation in the morning and returned after lunch. During the tour, you’ll discover a rich cultural heritage as you cycle along the Ancient Coral Road – Ara Metua. Along with your family, you’ll meander along lanes, soaking up the tranquil pace of local village life. On route, you’ll make plenty of stops to take in the magnificent mountain scenery and hear stories that will bring a deeper meaning to your surroundings. The ride is comfortable and covers a distance of around 8 – 12 kilometres on mainly sealed roads. You’ll ride on and off for a leisurely 3 hours with several stops for storytelling, finishing up with a delicious local lunch and the opportunity to swim at a beautiful secluded beach.
You have all day to relax today, so you can enjoy some time at the beach before getting ready for your evening entertainment. Set in luscious rock waterfall garden features this ‘Island Night’ show is performed over water and showcases a beautiful story entitled ‘The Legend of Tongaiti’. You’ll enjoy a delicious fusion of island/western buffet feast as you watch some of Rarotonga’s finest dancers and musicians perform by torchlight before being returned to your hotel.
Today we have included a Highland Paradise Cultural tour that will take you high up into the rugged mountains of Rarotonga. Here, you’ll visit an open-air museum where you will see evidence of a historical lost village and learn about the survival of the Polynesian people. This tour allows you to experience authentic Polynesian life, including demonstrations of coconut husking and traditional cooking. You will be dropped off at your hotel at the end of the tour.
You have a free day now to relax and explore. Why not hire a car or some bikes and head off around the island? There’s only one route, so you definitely can’t get lost! Alternatively, speak to your consultant about arranging a day trip to the nearby island of Aitutaki, only a 45-minute flight away and home to the famous Aitutaki lagoon.
You will be collected from your accommodation today and taken to the airport by shared transfer to connect with your onward flight.
The Cook Islands make a great year-round destination, with temperatures ranging between 18c and 28c in the winter (October to May) and 21c to 29c in the summer (November to April). The Cooks have a pleasantly even climate with no real weather excesses, although it can rain often thanks to its high inland mountains. The best time of year to visit is around September/October, when you will find warm temperatures and low humidity. Alternatively, the weather is generally fine and sunny in March/April.
If you'd like to get a feel for this trip, read our blog post ‘Stumbling into paradise: visiting the Cook Islands with kids’ - written by one of our consultants who's been there.
This Cook Islands family trip is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.
5 nights in 3.5* standard villa accommodation.
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