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Soon after landing in Rarotonga you can be kayaking on the crystal-clear lagoon, sipping your first cocktail or relaxing poolside at a luxury resort. You won’t believe this South Pacific paradise is just six hours from Sydney! No matter where you are or what you want to do, the islands are yours to enjoy at your leisure.

Planning a tropical island “I do”? Whatever your budget or your dreams, a romantic getaway, wedding or honeymoon in the Cook Islands is everything you want and more. From five-star luxury to natural and simple, or somewhere in between, there’s amazing places to stay and things to do, to delight and satisfy you both. Imagine a place where the temperature rarely drops below 24°C, the water is warm and crystal clear, the beaches have soft white sand and the fragrance of frangipani is everywhere. Now imagine this as the destination for your dream wedding, honeymoon or romantic getaway. The blue skies, sparkling tropical lagoons, white sand and warm Cook Islands hospitality will capture your hearts forever.

Want to know what makes the island of Rarotonga so perfect? Its delightfully compact size. No matter where you are, the whole island is yours to enjoy. Most couples hire bikes, scooters or cars to go to town, a different resort, a restaurant or cafe or a different beach anytime they like. Others choose just to soak up Rarotonga’s relaxed pleasures, with its stunning blue lagoon surrounded by a protective coral reef, its towering mountain peaks and tropical lush valley floors. A day pottering on the beach, snorkelling, swimming, snoozing, or just admiring the scenery from your hammock, drifts away in no time. More of an active relaxer? There’s more than enough to keep you occupied for weeks! Buggy tours, mountain climbing, kitesurfing, paddle boarding, scuba diving and much more. From the bright waterfront town of Avarua to the beauty of Muri Lagoon and the vast Pacific Ocean beyond, there is much to enjoy.

ACCOMMODATION

On Rarotonga you’ll find hotels and resorts that cater to everyone – from budget-friendly two-star properties to five-star resorts. Most hotels and resorts are small to medium sized, with a variety of small boutique properties featuring luxurious individual villas and suites, ideal for couples. A selection of holiday rental homes is also available. For couples wanting time away from the kids, couples-only and 12 years+ accommodation is available. Just think of Rarotonga as one big resort, all on one island. It really doesn’t matter where you stay, because it’s so easy to get around (it takes 40 minutes to drive around the whole island and you can’t get lost either).

Heart set on an overwater bungalow? Look to the island of Aitutaki which offers a range of gorgeous hotels, holiday homes and resorts as well as these iconic over-lagoon hideaways. The accommodation in the Aitutaki resorts is generally individual bungalows featuring stylish Pacific architecture. Many are boutique properties catering exceptionally well for honeymooners — perfect for privacy and comfort. Like Rarotonga, the choices range from budget-friendly to absolute five-star deluxe, some being child-free.

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  • Beach: Surrounded by beautiful coastline and crystal-blue lagoons, finding the perfect stretch of beach for your special day is so simple. Coconut palms, white sands and a backdrop of Jurassic mountains with a tangle of green trees are sure to make your day picture-perfect! For something truly unique, why not charter a boat to your very own private island?
  • Garden: Tropical flowers surrounded by endless greenery make garden weddings a popular option for weddings in the Cook Islands. From immaculately groomed resort grounds to the Cook Islands’ very own botanical gardens, there is a patch of green for every bride and groom. At some locations it’s possible to combine the best of both worlds — say “I do” in the gardens, with views of the gorgeous lagoon.
  • Poolside: For the perfect laidback wedding, why not choose a poolside location at one of the beautiful resorts? Have your first dance against a breathtaking orange sunset, before partying the night away with your guests under a starry, starry sky to the seductive rhythms of the islands’ sensational drummers and phenomenal dancers.
  • Adventure: Escape to a secret motu (island) on a cruise across the lagoon with flower petals scattered across the sand – where you exchange vows. If the ancient Polynesian culture is the allure, marry on a sacred marae or historical site overlooking the dazzling Pacific.
  • Church: There are so many charming chapels and churches dotted around the island, which are perfect for brides and grooms who dream of walking down the aisle of a whitewashed stone church to a melodic choir of Polynesian voices. Set amongst gardens and metres from the beach, each church has a unique look and feel, ideal for couples desiring rustic, seaside vibes.

 

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