Get Inspired / Pacific Islands / Cook Islands Sunshine & Serenity in Rarotonga Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Pacific Islands / Cook Islands Sunshine & Serenity in Rarotonga story by: Inspire Magazine LOOKING TO SLIP INTO A STATE OF TOTAL BLISS? RAROTONGA IS WAITING TO WOO YOU, WITH KIDS IN TOW. There’s something quite magical about island life, where time seems to go a little slower and the people are just a touch friendlier. Rarotonga embodies all that is great about holidaying in the South Pacific, from its laid back, casual vibe to its abundance of family-friendly activities. Let’s start with its size, shall well? Rarotonga’s 32km circumference makes for easy transits, where walking and cycling are king and hire cars and buses are always available to help you out if your legs get tired. If you do rent a car, check out CocoTots for hiring car seats, along with cots and buggies – one less thing to lug to the airport! While small in size, this island is big on families, which is why you’ll find interconnecting rooms and kids’ clubs in many of the resorts. Look to the Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa for one of the best kids’ club options in the South Pacific, complete with interactive educational experiences and of course, plenty of playtime. It’s open year-round and boasts free snacks and drinks along with movie nights. Other clubs can be found at the likes of The Edgewater Resort & Spa, where the kids can create island style costumes, decorate coconuts and hunt down crabs, just to name a few. And the Pacific Resort Rarotonga will keep their faces beaming with beach activities on Muri Beach. OUT AND ABOUT Explore the island with 4WD safari tours or lagoon cruises, or engage the crew in some good old fashioned mini putt. Be taken back by Raro’s cultural nights, either beach front at Te Vara Nui Village or up in the hills at Highland Paradise, where you’ll learn about the island’s heritage, be entertained by music, dance and drumming while chowing down traditional food. Of course, there’s no shortage of picture-perfect beaches to discover here, so you’re more than welcome to spend your days lazing by the lagoon. The School Holidays are the peak times for travel to Rarotonga and travel packages to this stunning part of the world get snapped up quickly. So don’t beat around the bush – paradise is waiting. Keen for some R&R in Rarotonga? Give us a call on 0800 838 747, visit houseoftravel.co.nz or come instore today. Click here for all Family Favourites articles Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* 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 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 CBD: 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 Insiders Guide to the Cook Islands Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Views to wake up to Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.