|>>> Photos from Rarotonga island >>>||
(last updated 27th March 2006)
|Rarotonga is a very beautiful island that has so much to offer. We would love to
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|As all photographers have their view, we show you a few photos provided by Archi.
He worked on Rarotonga for 12 months. Let´s see what kind of photos he has taken ...
|>>> A late afternoon swim at Kavera beach / Rarotonga © Archi|
|Kia orana (means hello, may you live long) - may I be allowed to show you a few photos how
I see Rarotonga today ? The picture above is a bit typical, everyone on the island swims in
the lagoon and there is always a lot more palms then people in the photos. That´s how it is ;-)
Rarotonga is the most beautiful green rock I have ever seen and most of the people living on
As an author in webcommunication I am also engaged in tourism, but this time it is not about
"Tangaroa" for example (see photo underneath). He is someone you´ll meet everywhere. Not
|>>> Tangaroa with shell © Archi||>>> Beach, lagoon, sky © Archi|
Beach, sand, water, lagoon, Pacific Ocean, clouds and sky - the typical view on Rarotonga.
On an island with only 32 km circumference, this amazing view will dominate all your days.
See how magic the colours melt into each other. Sandy brown, turquoise and all kinds of blue.
Any idea how many colours you can see on the beach during sunset ? I could not count them.
|>>> Moon above Avarua city © Archi|
|Avarua city. The capital of the Cook Islands is a harbour city. There you´ll find National Police
High Court, Parliament, Te Atekura/legislation and most of the countrys administration offices.
But for sure you´ll also find shops, the market, cafe´s, telecom, bars and restaurants in town.
|>>> The Rarotongan Resort at twilight © Susanne B.|
|There is a few nice resorts on the island. Usually these comfortable luxury accommodations
include a restaurant and a bar. I like to go there for taking part in an island night that features
dancers, singing and drums. Or to take out a lady for dinner in a decent, tropical atmosphere.
I like the Rarotongan Resort for its sunset beach, the kids like it for the swimming pool. Their
|>>> Rainbow, clouds, moon © Archi||>>> Kura smiles © Archi|
The skys on Rarotonga are amazing. Looking to the sea gives you a wide angle view and the
big cloud-ships are sailing above your head with no sound. As they get stopped from time to
time by the mountains, they have to lose weight and you´ll get a nice rainbow a day for free.
|>>> The green mountains of Rarotonga seen from Matavera © Archi|
|Rarotonga used to be one massive volcanic cone. An eruption and millions of years of erosion
shaped today´s very dramatic mountain landscape. The green mountains dominate the huge and uninhabited centre of Rarotonga. Down here there is only 2 sides, mountain side or beach side.
|>>> View into Avarua high street onto BCI © Archi|
|Avarua high street comprises buildings and shops on one side and the ocean on the other.
On this two kilometre stretch you´ll find souvenir shops, cafés, travel agents, hairdressers, art galleries, the Visitor Centre a.k.a. tourist information, ANZ bank, Internet cafes, pearl shops, the big CITC Shopping Centre, Avis rent a car, National Police Headquarters (which is currently under construction), BCI bank, more cafés, the Foodland supermarket, Westpac bank, Island Craft, Dive Shop, an optometrist, Ice Cream Company, more souvenir shops, more travel agents, Western Union, Vonnias general store, Gold Mine Jewellery, Raviz Indian Restaurant, Budget Rentals main outlet, Jewellery shop, South Seas store, Furniture centre, Kenwall gallery, Hop Sings chinese restaurant, Bond liquor store, Souvenir shop, another liquor store, Island car and bike hire, Raromart warehouse, Raro Cars and Rentals, souvenirs, Garden Centre, Coco Bar, Snowbird Laundry, Tile shop, Raro Fried Chicken, Plumbing shop, CITC Building Centre, Pearls shop, Pacific Electronics, CITC Foodcentre, Bottle store, Turtles fashion shop, Electrical store. (last update 28th March 2006)
|>>> Cloud ship © Archi||>>> CICC church Matavera © Archi|
Sunday is church day. - The Cook Islands are a Christian country by heart. There is many
churches on the island. Whatever your Christian denomination is, you´ll find your church here.
The photo above right shows the renovated Cook Islands Christian Church in Matavera Village.
Cook Islanders love to go to church and their singing is fantastic. Especially their hymns, where
Some of the churches serve refreshments for visitors just after the main Sunday service.
|>>> view from Garden centre towards Avatiu harbour © Archi|
|Avatiu harbour is a trade and business harbour. This is the place where the big freight ships
from overseas are unloaded. Containers, cargo, cars and whatever has been purchased. For
sure there is also fishing boats, yachts and the navy vessel Te Kukupa based is this harbour.
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