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Cook Islands for Families

Cook Islands
Cook 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!

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