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Things to do on Raro: Palm-studded white sandy beaches fringe most of the island, and there is a popular cross-island walk that connects Avatiu valley with the south side of the island. It passes the Te Rua Manga, the prominent needle-shaped rock visible from the air and some coastal areas. Hikes can also be taken to the Raemaru, or flat-top mountain. Other attractions include Wigmore Falls (Papua Falls) and the ancient marae, Arai te Tonga.

Popular island activities include snorkeling, scuba diving, bike riding, kite surfing, hiking, deep-sea fishing, boat tours, scenic flights, going to restaurants, dancing, seeing island shows, squash, tennis, zipping around on mopeds, and sleeping on the beach. There are many churches open for service on Sunday, with a cappella singing. The pace of life is so relaxed that at night people congregate at the sea wall that skirts the end of the airport's runway to be "jetblasted" by incoming planes.

NB: A Tapere or Sub-District is a low level of traditional land subdivision on five of the Lower Cook Islands (Rarotonga, Mangaia, Aitutaki, Atiu, and Mauke), comparable to the ahupua'a of the main Hawaiian Islands. Among the populated raised islands, only Mitiaro is not subdivided into tapere. The remaining southern Cook Islands, Manuae, Palmerston and Takutea are atolls and/or uninhabited, and therefore not subject to this type of traditional subdivision. The atolls of the northern Cook Islands are subdivided into motu (populated atoll islets), instead.
A tapere is a subdivision of a district (the major island subdivision) or puna, which is headed by a district chiefs or Pava (in the case of the Island of Mangaia). A tapere is normally headed by a mataiapo (a chief of a major lineage) or ariki (a High Chief, the titular head of a tribe). It is occupied by the matakeinanga, the local group composed of the residential core of a major lineage, plus affines and other permissive members
Most of the tapere lands are subdivided among the minor lineages, each of which was headed by a rangatira or kōmono, or by the mataiapo himself.
Below that level, there is the uanga, the extended family, the residential core of which occupied a household
Historically, taperes were almost always wedge-shaped - the boundaries beginning at defined points on the outer reef and running inland to enclose an ever narrowing strip of land until converging at a point in or near the center of the island. By this type of delineation, any one tapere included every category of soil type and land surface of the island, from the typically mountainous interior, where forest products were collected, through fertile valleys where the major food crops were grown, across the rocky coastal strip of elevated fossil coral (makatea), out to the lagoon and fringing reef.


JJ's Retreat  -  Rarotonga!



This beautifully presented property has good potential. The developers/owners have, for professional and family reasons, needed to leave Rarotonga for an unplanned overseas posting.
This property is now for sale at NZD $820,000 + refundable vat.
A delightful, lifestyle property set in the picturesque Rutaki valley, in the village of Arorangi and located 600 metres inland from the beach at the end of a quiet road with no competition in this vicinity
Set on a huge section of  4,489 sqm (well over an acre) in total with a permanent, free flowing stream on one side and the other is a quiet access road which joins the main Rarotonga  ring road  .   There is a 2-bedroom ‘open plan’ owners/manager’s house with roomy and airy covered verandas on site


* No of units                          2 self contained  + 2 bedroom owners/mgrs home

​* Swimming Pool               Yes, Above ground

 *Section Size                     4,489 sq meters                       

* Established tropical gardens              

* Asking Price                  OFFER PRESENTED - OFFER ACCEPTED 

* Rental villas                   built new in 2016