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Ngatangiia
Travel Guide

Wade in warm tropical waters and lounge on the beach for long, peaceful days on Rarotonga’s south coast. See the starting point of an ancient voyage.

Ngatangiia is a southeastern district on Rarotonga, the most popular of the Cook Islands. Relax in a waterfront bungalow, snorkel or scuba dive in the blue-green lagoon and explore Rarotonga’s attractions.

Avana Pass is the point of departure for ancient paddlers in wakas, sea-going canoes, on their way to New Zealand, a 1,200 nautical mile (2,200-kilometer) voyage. See a plaque honoring these explorers across from the Ngatangiia Cook Island Christian Church, a pristine building made from the island’s natural white coral. Explore the lovely waters of Ngatangiia Harbour.

Stay in a thatched-roof bungalow and awake steps away from the lagoon. Sail, windsurf, canoe or kayak over the waters. Scuba dive or snorkel on the reef to discover tropical marine life and living coral. Surfers can take their boards to Avana and Muri Beach. Join a fishing tour or charter a boat to catch barracuda, yellowfin tuna, snapper or mahi mahi.

Tropical rainforests cover the center of the island, providing a number of scenic short and long hikes. Join Pa’s Treks for a guided climb up the challenging mountain Te Rua Manga, nicknamed the Needle. Walk through Takitumu Conservation Area’s protected rainforest to see native tropical birds, plants and animals. Goats roam inland forests, turtles nest on the shore and numerous birds fly overhead. Look for the endemic Cook Islands fruit dove, Atiu swiftlet and Rarotonga monarch.

Explore many attractions around Rarotonga. See contemporary and traditional art at the Beachcomber Gallery and Pearl Market and shop for souvenirs and tropical foods at Punanga Nui Cultural Market, both located in Avarua. The historic Avarua Cook Islands Christian Church is on the main road.

Ngatangiia is a 15-minute drive from the Rarotonga International Airport. Get around Rarotonga easily using the local bus service that makes regular 45-minute trips around the island. Rent a car, scooter or bicycle to see the sights at your own leisure.

Where to stay in Ngatangiia

Top Hotels in Ngatangiia

Pacific Resort Rarotonga
Pacific Resort Rarotonga
4 out of 5
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
The price is $448 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28

Nestled on the beach, this Takitumu District hotel is just steps from Muri Lagoon and Muri Beach. Te Vara Nui Village and Muri Night Markets are also within ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (211 reviews)

"We loved this resort! The staff and amenities were amazing! We were able to SUP every morning in the gorgeous lagoon, then eat a fabulous continental style breakfast, kayak out to the island and snorkel until the afternoon! So much fun! The food at the resort restaurant is really good! Breakfast ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

Pacific Resort Rarotonga
Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa
Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa
5 out of 5
Avarua, PO Box 790 , Rarotonga
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Nestled on the beach, this Tapere of Titikaveka villa is just steps from Tikioki Beach and Muri Beach. Muri Lagoon and Matutu Brewing Company are also within ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (34 reviews)
Favorite place on Rarotonga!

"Everything about Te Manava is AMAZING! The villas are spacious, equipped with everything you could possibly need, private, and CLEAN. Staying at Te Manava was one of my favorite parts of the whole trip and having Jane there to help with ALL my questions made it that much better. Bonuses: - Laundy ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa
Muri Beachcomber
Muri Beachcomber
3.5 out of 5
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
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Nestled on the beach, this Takitumu District resort is just steps from Muri Lagoon and Muri Beach. Te Vara Nui Village and Tikioki Marine Sanctuary are also ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (283 reviews)
Beautiful Views!

"Fun and clean beach cottages! Beautiful views! Comfortable:) Nice little kitchenette:) Used the complimentary kayaks, SUP's and snorkel equipment:). Great value for cost. We would return!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020

Muri Beachcomber
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Ngatangiia

Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa
Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa
5 out of 5
Avarua, PO Box 790 , Rarotonga

Nestled on the beach, this Tapere of Titikaveka villa is just steps from Tikioki Beach and Muri Beach. Muri Lagoon and Matutu Brewing Company are also within ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (34 reviews)
Favorite place on Rarotonga!

"Everything about Te Manava is AMAZING! The villas are spacious, equipped with everything you could possibly need, private, and CLEAN. Staying at Te Manava was one of my favorite parts of the whole trip and having Jane there to help with ALL my questions made it that much better. Bonuses: - Laundy ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa
Muri Lagoon View Bungalows
Muri Lagoon View Bungalows
3.5 out of 5
Aroko Drive, Hillside, Rarotonga
The price is $113 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Located in Takitumu District, this cottage is steps from Muri Lagoon and Muri Beach. Avana Lagoon and Te Vara Nui Village are also within 10 minutes.

4/5Very Good! (45 reviews)
Will stay again definately

"I loved staying here, the beds were so comfy and the place was spotless clean! Plus location was fantastic very close to Muri and muri night markets. Absolute value for your money. I highly recommend this place. Oh and you can use Muri beach hotel pools when you eat or purchase drinks there. This ..."…"

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

Muri Lagoon View Bungalows
Crystal Blue Lagoon Villas
Crystal Blue Lagoon Villas
5 out of 5
Muri, Rarotonga

Offering direct access to the beach, this Takitumu District villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Te Vara Nui Village and Tikioki Marine Sanctuary.

5/5Exceptional! (30 reviews)
Beyond amazing!

"Not only was the Villa beyond what I could have ever dreamed of, the view was absolutely breathtaking. Thank you so much"…"

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2020

Crystal Blue Lagoon Villas
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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