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Coordinates: 21°12′S 159°46′W / 21.200°S 159.767°W / -21.200; -159.767

Ara Maire Nui, the main street in Avarua
Ara Maire Nui, the main street in Avarua
Location of Avatura (star)
Location of Avatura (star)
Districts and tapere of Rarotonga
Districts and tapere of Rarotonga
CountryCook Islands
Population (2006)
 • Total5,445
Time zoneUTC−10:00 (CKT)
Area code(s)+682

Avarua (meaning "Two Harbours" in Cook Islands Māori) is a town and district in the north of the island of Rarotonga, and is the national capital of the Cook Islands.

The town is served by Rarotonga International Airport (IATA Airport Code: RAR) and Avatiu Harbour.

The population of Avarua District is 5,445 (census of 2006).[1]


CICC church
Main street of Avarua looking towards the Bank of the Cook Islands (BCI) building

Avarua is subdivided into 18 tapere out of 54 for Rarotonga, listed from west to east:[citation needed]

  1. Pokoinu
  2. Nikao (seat of Cook Islands parliament)
  3. Puapuautu
  4. Areanu
  5. Kaikaveka
  6. Atupa
  7. Avatiu (commercial port)
  8. Ruatonga
  9. Tutakimoa
  10. Tauae (inward from Tutakimoa, the only Tapere without a coastline)
  11. Takuvaine (downtown Avarua, seat of Cook Islands government, with Avarua fishing harbour)
  12. Ngatipa
  13. Vaikai
  14. Tapae-I-Uta
  15. Pue
  16. Punamaia
  17. Kiikii
  18. Tupapa

Census figures are not available on the tapere level, but only for the so-called Census Districts,[2] also listed from west to east [3]

  1. Nikao-Panama 1373 (the Taperes' of Pokoinu, Nikao, Puapuautu)
  2. Avatiu-Ruatonga 951 (the Taperes' of Areanu, Kaikaveka, Atupa, Avatiu, Ruatonga)
  3. Tutakimoa-Teotue 314 (the Taperes' of Tutakimoa)
  4. Takuvaine-Parekura 786 (the Taperes' of Tauae, Takuvaine)
  5. Tupapa-Maraerenga 531 (the Taperes' of Ngatipa, Vaikai)
  6. Pue-Matavera 1490 (the Taperes' of Tapae-I-Uta, Pue, Punamaia, Kiikii, Tupapa)


  1. ^ Hassall, Graham; Tipu, Feue (28 April 2008). "Local Government in the South Pacific Islands". Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance (1): 7–29. doi:10.5130/cjlg.v1i0.766. Retrieved 2 May 2017 – via epress.lib.uts.edu.au.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-10-14. Retrieved 2008-08-29.
  3. ^ P.H. Curson: "Population Change in the Cook Islands - The 1966 Population Census". In: New Zealand Geographer, Vol. 28, 1972, pp. 51-65, map p.52

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