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Rarotonga is perfect for a few days stopover on your way to or from New Zealand as there is pretty good connection by the airlines. If you like to stay longer visit Aitutaki for at least three days and/or go to some more of the 15 islands (Atiu, Manghia...).
Rarotonga gives you everything you need to relax. There are good beaches with easy access from the road, restaurants and food takeaway, car and bike hire, little shops all around the island. The little township of Avarua offers 24 hour phone service, supermarkets, two banks and restaurants/bars.
There are a couple choices getting around:
Accommodation ranges from very basic to luxurious - both without air conditioning.
Bring lots of powerful sunscreen and you snorkel gear!
The Cook Islands are affordable and you get good value for your money. If you thought about going to French Polynesia - forget it! - Tahiti is crab, there are no beaches (I am not kidding) and everything is ridiculous expensive. The true south pacific feeling you get on the Cook Islands.
The following link gets you all the information you need to plan your trip (map, accommodation listing with prices, facilities, phone numbers and locations:
The pictures have been taken on beautiful Rarotonga in November 2002: