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Located on the northern coast of Rarotonga Island, Avarua is the capital of the Cook Islands and seat of the Islands? parliament. It is the only urban centre of any significance on the island and while being credited as the capital of the Cook Islands, Avarua is basically a small village and doesn?t take long to look around. However, Avarua is the economic and commercial hub of Rarotonga with banks, shops, restaurants, supermarkets, police headquarters and hospital all being located in or around the town. The International Airport is also located just outside Avarua.
There isn?t a huge amount to see and do in Avarua itself (apart from the National Museum and CICC chuch) but you will find yourself in Avarua several times during your trip for banking and shopping. The biggest concentration of tourist shops and handicrafts stores is in Avarua and there is also a weekly market every Saturday in the town. It?s a pleasant enough place to stroll around and there are a few nice spots to grab a bite to eat and shop but with such abundant natural beauty on show elsewhere on the island, your best memories of Rarotonga are unlikely to be of Avarua ;)

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  • Written Mar 6, 2011
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