7 Things to See and Do in the Cook Islands


5. Take a Brewery Tour

Matutu is the Cook Island’s only locally-brewed beer and it is well worth taking a brewery tour with co-owner Eric Newnham. Newnham explains the step-by-step process of making the beers, as well as explains what goes into the effort of creating all the incredible flavors. The tours are cheap and include plenty of tastings along the way. This small micro-brewery produces about 60,000 liters of beer each year and is always in hot demand. Operating for about eight years, the brewery produces a lager and pale ale regularly, as well as a number of seasonal brews. If you have ever wondered what it would be like to run a brewery in the Cook Islands, now is your chance to find out.

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4. Visit Avarua

Situated on the north coast of Rarotonga, Avarua is the capital of the Cook Islands and thus for that reason and many others, deserves a visit. This charming small town offers visitors a variety of shops, restaurants and a handful of tourist attractions. Don’t miss checking out Cook Islands Christian Church which dates back to 1853 and is made out of coral. Some of the islands most famous people are buried in its graveyard including the first prime minister of the Cook Islands. The Punanga Nui Outdoor Market is also housed on the town’s waterfront, and here you can find mountains of mangoes, passionfruit and pineapple, as well as clothes and crafts. Also worth checking out is the Perfume Factory just south of town where perfumes and colognes are made with aromatic local flowers.

Avarua Church cook islands
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