5) Channel your inner plane-spotter
One of the fun and free things to do is to get to the end of the airport’s runway when the big jets are landing or taking off.
Runway 08 (that’s the western end) is a good spot when the jets are coming in to land – when you stand at a sea wall, it really does feel as if the plane is going to land on top of you.
You can get even closer at the end of Runway 26 (the eastern end). Things get really dramatic on those occasions when the jets are taking off from that end.
If you are close to the perimeter fence you’ll get hit by the rush of air from the engines as the aircraft powers up to begin its takeoff – you begin to feel you might get blown into a nearby taro patch.
6) Go to the night market
You can bet that the local restaurateurs are moaning about this. Down in Muri there’s a night market, which is essentially a whole lot of trestle tables and chairs surrounded by stalls that serve inexpensive and delicious food.
Initially it was held just on Thursday nights – but it has proved so popular that it now operates four nights a week.
All sorts of dishes are cooked up at the Muri night markets, and they cost no more than $15.
Our choices? A seafood curry, followed by a huge crepe filled with sliced bananas and whipped cream and covered with Baileys, and a great big piece of cake that we took back to base to enjoy with a cuppa.
7) Take to the high ground
What’s known as the Cross Island Walk is a strenuous trek that, if you are heading east-west, starts at the main town of Avarua, heads up through the jungle to the peak known as Te Rua Maunga.
It then goes down through the jungle again to the other side of Rarotonga, emerging alongside that edifice, which is a cross between a unique tourism