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

Location of Avatura (star)

Districts and tapere of Rarotonga
Country Cook Islands
Island Rarotonga
Population (2006)
  Total 5,445
Time zone CKT (UTC−10:00)
Area code(s) +682
Climate Af

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:

  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. http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/ojs/index.php/cjlg/article/viewFile/766/755
  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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