Ara Tapu Road

Cook Islands

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Ara Tapu Road

Along the coastal Ara Tapu Road you will find loads of specialty shops for jewellery including black pearls, handicrafts and local clothing. The Cook Islands colourful stamps are a collector’s item and highly sought after by philatelists. The best place to buy stamps and Cook Island coins is the Philatelic Bureau next door to the Post Office. Moreover, if you need diving and snorkelling gear, head to Mana Court in downtown Avarua.


One of the best things about shopping in the Cook Islands is the variety of traditional arts and crafts. Passed down over generations, these are much sought over. Basketwork, Rito hats, shell jewellery, carvings and musical instruments head the list. Unfortunately, as with most other countries across the globe, cheap imports do filtrate, so be mindful!