Get Inspired / Pacific Islands / Cook Islands Cook Islands for Families Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Pacific Islands / Cook Islands Cook Islands for Families story by: Mike Williams People who holiday in Rarotonga all rave about the same things: the laid-back, unhurried atmosphere, friendly people, and the beautiful safe beaches and lagoon. And if they’ve got kids, top of the list is how perfect it is for family holidays. Rarotonga may not have invented the kids’ club, but they do have them down to a fine art. Your treasured offspring will be captivated for hours and days on end, so you may have to beg for a little time with them yourself. Or you could just quit while you’re ahead and use your free time wisely, by sleeping in a hammock under the nearest coconut tree. As well as the kids’ clubs, many of the resorts boast other family-friendly features like swimming pools and water sports. When you’re ready to hit the beach, you’ll wonder if you’ve stumbled onto another huge swimming pool, this one lined with blindingly white sand and warm, clear water that’s been thoughtfully stocked with colourful marine life. Throw a mask, snorkel and set of flippers at most Kiwi kids and they’ll be happily entertained until dinner time. Because it’s a relatively small island, you’ll find it’s easy to get around, whether you hire a car or jump on one of the regular buses that circumnavigate the island. It’s cheap, fun and a great way for the kids to interact with the locals, and you can try out the local eateries at the same time. Whether your children are pre-schoolers or school leavers, there’s a strong chance that they’ll be begging to come back again – with or without you. KIDS FUN • Go snorkelling – there’s a good number of calm and shallow spots around the island for kiddies to see many friendly, vibrant and tropical fishes. • Take Mum & Dad to an Island Night spectacular and show them how you can dance the ura (local dance) really fast! • The 4WD Safari Tours are great fun for the whole family and you’ll get to see the best views of the island. • Go on a glass bottom lagoon cruise, watch the fish being fed and get up close and personal with them. • Enjoy a refreshing swim at Papua (Wigmores) waterfall. Get the family to hike or drive up and see if you can find the shy freshwater prawns. • Visit the local markets – fun for all ages. You might even get to buy a souvenir here with your pocket money! • Test your skills at Coco Putt Mini Golf – there’s plenty of shaded areas & if you’re a little peckish there’s a small café there. • How about a day at the beach, swimming, hunting for crabs, building sand castles and flying a kite – cool fun! \ Enquire Now First name* Required Invalid Last name* Required Invalid Email* Required Please enter a valid email address Phone Invalid How can we help?Invalid My preferred House of Travel Store* Required Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Dreaming of Rarotonga? 4 Reasons Why You Can’t Relax Just Yet Read more Add or remove from Wishlist The coolest new things to do in Vanuatu Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.