Free things to do

They say the best things in life are free so why not enjoy these free things to do while in Rarotonga. Mix them up with some affordable activities we also have listed to keep your activity costs down to enjoy more on your itinerary.



For more detailed info for each free activity,

read blog article 10 Free things to do in Rarotonga.

CICC Titikaveka Rarotonga Cook Islands Church

Attend a church service

With many churches around the Island, you will find one suitable to attend. Enjoy beautiful singing by the locals.

snorkel in Rarotonga, Snorkelling, Blue lagoon

Snorkel anywhere around

the Island

Safely swim, explore & snorkel in  the lagoon

which encircles the Island. 

Nu coconut, young coconut Rarotonga

Open a coconut

Ask a local to demonstrate how to open a coconut. There are many coconuts to be found on the ground to try it yourself. 

Papua Falls, Wigmore Falls, Rarotonga waterfall

Walk to Papua Falls 

(Wigmore Falls)

Enjoy an easy walk to the falls. Water flow will depend on recent rainfall however it is beautiful at any time.

Air New Zealand in Rarotonga, watch planes land in Rarotonga

Watch planes land & take off - Close up!

Stand at the viewing area along the main road at the end of the runway to watch planes land & take off. 

Te Rua Manga, The Needle, Rarotonga hiking, mountain climbing

Hike Te Rua Manga

(The Needle)

Climb to the top of The Needle to enjoy spectacular views. Medium fitness level required. 


Read 'Hiking Te Rua Manga' HERE

Punanga Nui Market, Rarotonga market, market Avarua

Wander around the market

(Punanga Nui Market)

Spend Saturday morning looking around the market in the main town of Avarua. Enjoy local arts, crafts and food.

Hermit crabs rarotonga

Watch Hermit crabs

Watch these little guys get around in their natural

habitat during the day or at night. 

Motu, Rarotonga Motu, Muri Beach

Explore the Motu

There are 4 small Motu (islets) which are easy to swim or kayak to and around for some exploration. 

Black Rock Rarotonga, Basalt Rock Formation in lagoon

Visit Black Rock

Visit this ancient rock of cultural importance.

Once used as a resource for tools. Catch

beautiful sunsets if here at dusk.

If you would like to mention a free activity you've experienced, please comment below.


For more detailed info for each free activity,

read blog article 10 Free things to do in Rarotonga.