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Ngatangiia

Travel Guide
Ngatangiia

Wade in warm tropical waters and lounge on the beach for long, peaceful days on Rarotonga’s south coast. See the starting point of an ancient voyage.

Ngatangiia is a southeastern district on Rarotonga, the most popular of the Cook Islands. Relax in a waterfront bungalow, snorkel or scuba dive in the blue-green lagoon and explore Rarotonga’s attractions.

Avana Pass is the point of departure for ancient paddlers in wakas, sea-going canoes, on their way to New Zealand, a 1,200 nautical mile (2,200-kilometer) voyage. See a plaque honoring these explorers across from the Ngatangiia Cook Island Christian Church, a pristine building made from the island’s natural white coral. Explore the lovely waters of Ngatangiia Harbour.

Stay in a thatched-roof bungalow and awake steps away from the lagoon. Sail, windsurf, canoe or kayak over the waters. Scuba dive or snorkel on the reef to discover tropical marine life and living coral. Surfers can take their boards to Avana and Muri Beach. Join a fishing tour or charter a boat to catch barracuda, yellowfin tuna, snapper or mahi mahi.

Tropical rainforests cover the center of the island, providing a number of scenic short and long hikes. Join Pa’s Treks for a guided climb up the challenging mountain Te Rua Manga, nicknamed the Needle. Walk through Takitumu Conservation Area’s protected rainforest to see native tropical birds, plants and animals. Goats roam inland forests, turtles nest on the shore and numerous birds fly overhead. Look for the endemic Cook Islands fruit dove, Atiu swiftlet and Rarotonga monarch.

Explore many attractions around Rarotonga. See contemporary and traditional art at the Beachcomber Gallery and Pearl Market and shop for souvenirs and tropical foods at Punanga Nui Cultural Market, both located in Avarua. The historic Avarua Cook Islands Christian Church is on the main road.

Ngatangiia is a 15-minute drive from the Rarotonga International Airport. Get around Rarotonga easily using the local bus service that makes regular 45-minute trips around the island. Rent a car, scooter or bicycle to see the sights at your own leisure.

Muri Beach Club
Muri Beach Club
4 out of 5
Muri Beach Point, Rarotonga
Nestled on the beach, this Takitumu District resort is just steps away from Avana Lagoon and Muri Beach. Muri Lagoon and Koromiri are also within 5 minutes.
4.5/5Wonderful! (263 reviews)
"Adults only so was a nice calm environment perfect way to end our holiday, the service was amazing, they knew our names so it felt personal. Just a relaxing atmosphere and great spot on Muri - we had a beachfront room which had a fabulous view. Would absolutely recommend if you want to relax!"

Reviewed on 1 Jul. 2021

Muri Beach Club
The Passage Villas
The Passage Villas
3.5 out of 5
Main Road, Ngatangiia – Muri, Rarotonga
Nestled on the beach, this Takitumu District aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Avana Lagoon and Muri Beach. Muri Lagoon and Koromiri are also within 1 ...
The Passage Villas
Avana Waterfront Apartments
Avana Waterfront Apartments
3 out of 5
Kaireva Drive, Ngatangiia, Rarotonga
Located in Takitumu District, this beachfront apartment building is in the historical district and within a 10-minute walk of Avana Lagoon and Muri Beach. Muri ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (57 reviews)
"Very homely, bachy feel..super helpful and caring onsite manager. The pool is pretty small, but the set up around it is fun bright colours, nice BBQ area and a bonfire site. We probably won't book again because the location is right on one of the 7 channels, which are sometimes dangerous depending ..."

Reviewed on 25 Jul. 2021

Avana Waterfront Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Muri Lagoon View Bungalows
Muri Lagoon View Bungalows
3.5 out of 5
Aroko Drive, Hillside, Rarotonga
The price is NZ$163 per night from 9 Aug. to 9 Aug.
Located in Takitumu District, this cottage is steps away from Avana Lagoon and Muri Beach. Muri Lagoon and Te Vara Nui Village are also within 10 minutes.
4/5Very Good! (43 reviews)
"The property was OK but nothing special. It was far away from the beach and you had to walk down a dirt road. It was made to look much closer on the promotion. We had trouble with the hot water supply and it can do with better kitchen ware and cooking utensils. Sara, who looked after us was lovely ..."

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2021

Muri Lagoon View Bungalows
The Passage Villas
The Passage Villas
3.5 out of 5
Main Road, Ngatangiia – Muri, Rarotonga
Nestled on the beach, this Takitumu District aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Avana Lagoon and Muri Beach. Muri Lagoon and Koromiri are also within 1 ...
The Passage Villas
Avana Waterfront Apartments
Avana Waterfront Apartments
3 out of 5
Kaireva Drive, Ngatangiia, Rarotonga
Located in Takitumu District, this beachfront apartment building is in the historical district and within a 10-minute walk of Avana Lagoon and Muri Beach. Muri ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (57 reviews)
"Very homely, bachy feel..super helpful and caring onsite manager. The pool is pretty small, but the set up around it is fun bright colours, nice BBQ area and a bonfire site. We probably won't book again because the location is right on one of the 7 channels, which are sometimes dangerous depending ..."

Reviewed on 25 Jul. 2021

Avana Waterfront Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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