Smaller islands

Cook Islands

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Smaller islands

Putting aside Rarotonga, on all the other islands there is only basic supply... However, each has its own individual crafts and arts which can make each of them an exciting shopping spree! Remember, though, that most shops are closed on Sundays. A top tip: at Mike Tavioni’s sculpture gallery on Atupa, you will often catch this talented man at work whose sculptures are displayed at the Punanga Nui marketplace and National Cultural Centre.


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!