Ngatangiia

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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.

Pacific Resort Rarotonga
Pacific Resort Rarotonga
4.5 out of 5
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
The price is NZ$700 per night from 31 Oct. to 31 Oct.
Nestled on the beach, this Takitumu District hotel is just steps away from Muri Beach and Muri Lagoon. Te Vara Nui Village and Muri Night Markets are also within ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (213 reviews)
Amazing holiday spot.
"Amazing stay. The resort is such a relaxing place. Combine that with its beach in a lagoon and the stay was really good. The restaurant and bar are also great complements."

Reviewed on 16 Jun. 2021

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Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa
Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa
5 out of 5
Avarua, PO Box 790 , Rarotonga
Nestled on the beach, this Tapere of Titikaveka villa is just steps away from Tikioki Beach and Muri Beach. Muri Lagoon and Matutu Brewing Company are also within ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (35 reviews)
"Very good location, the villa was amazing very clean and spacious. No wifi, we had to pay for internet and the coffee, given that we stayed for 7 nights there were only 4 pods of coffee and we had to purchase the rest. The kitchen had everything we needed for a long stay but not the best value for ..."

Reviewed on 22 Jul. 2021

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Muri Beach Club
Muri Beach Club
4 out of 5
Muri Beach Point, Rarotonga
Nestled on the beach, this Takitumu District resort is steps away from Avana Lagoon, Muri Beach and Koromiri. Muri Lagoon and Te Vara Nui Village are also within ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (265 reviews)
"Nice hotel , excellent service"

Reviewed on 5 Aug. 2021

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Muri Beach Club
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Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa
Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa
5 out of 5
Avarua, PO Box 790 , Rarotonga
Nestled on the beach, this Tapere of Titikaveka villa is just steps away from Tikioki Beach and Muri Beach. Muri Lagoon and Matutu Brewing Company are also within ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (35 reviews)
"Very good location, the villa was amazing very clean and spacious. No wifi, we had to pay for internet and the coffee, given that we stayed for 7 nights there were only 4 pods of coffee and we had to purchase the rest. The kitchen had everything we needed for a long stay but not the best value for ..."

Reviewed on 22 Jul. 2021

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Crystal Blue Lagoon Villas
Crystal Blue Lagoon Villas
5 out of 5
Muri, Rarotonga
Offering direct access to the beach, this Takitumu District villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Te Vara Nui Village and Tikioki Marine Sanctuary.
5/5 Exceptional! (30 reviews)
Beyond amazing!
"Not only was the Villa beyond what I could have ever dreamed of, the view was absolutely breathtaking. Thank you so much"

Reviewed on 26 Mar. 2020

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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 5-minute walk of Avana Lagoon and Muri Lagoon. Muri ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (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
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