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Avarua on Rarotonga is the capital of the Cook Islands and has a total population of around 2,700 inhabitants. It is located in the north of Rarotonga Island. It is the main commercial centre on the islands and apart from some hotels and supermarkets it is a centre for trade and fishing. On Saturday there is a big open market where you can buy some handicrafts as well as your daily needs. The town hasn't got much more to offer, but obviously this is not the place to go when you are visiting the Cook Islands, but the international airport is located here, meaning you will find yourself in or around town for a day or so, before flying to for example Aitutaki.
Rarotonga International Airport (RAR) is 3 kilometres west of Avarua. There are only a few airlines flying to the Cook Islands and their routes are subject to change.
The bus stop is at Cooks Corner in Avarua and the starting point for the two services. One runs clockwise around the island, the other anti-clockwise.
There are no regular boat services to Avarua. Several cruise ships anchor in the Cook Islands each year, visiting Avarua.
Hiring a car in Avarua is fairly simple. There are several agencies such as Avis and Budget, but you might prefer to favour a locally owned company which have better prices. As the island is small, the better way to see it is by hiring a scooter. These are widely available in Avarua and around the island. For cars or scooters, you will require a local Cook Islands driving licence. These can be bought from the police station in the town and cost NZ$20 (2009 price).
Avarua is a small town and walking is the best option.
When in the town, park the bike and walk between the various shops and attractions.
Avarua has plenty of places to eat. Trader Jack's is set right on the water with an bar and restaurant open to the elements. Close by are The Steps bar and for evening meals only, Portifino's.
Although Avarua is the capital of the island, almost all of the accommodation is situated elsewhere on the island. Don't be misled by seeing a P.O. box address in Avarua for accommodation, as the actual location is unlikely to be in the town.
The Telepost office in the centre of Avarua has half a dozen terminals, which can be used in 15 minute time blocks. A couple of the cafes in the town have wireless wi-fi access.
See also International Telephone Calls
There are several public telephones outside the Telcom office in the centre of the town. These accept cash for local calls and credit cards for international services. International calls from these public telephones are very expensive.
The Cook Islands Post Office is just off the main street in Avarua and Telepost on the main street both sell postage stamps. Telepost is an agent for courier services.
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