Art and Crafts

Rarotonga has a lively arts and craft community. We recommend you visit the various galleries on Rarotonga where you will find an excellent representation of local artists, some of whom are gaining international recognition. You might also find artist exhibits in hotel and resort foyers.

There are a number of local jewellers on Rarotonga offering contemporary jewellery, as well as the world famous Black Pearls, Tivaevae (hand stitched quilts) and more. For a small country the art and craft scene is a fast changing landscape with fresh ideas and opportunities constantly emerging.

Art and Craft...Guide

The Art Studio

A new and modern gallery owned by leading artists Kay and Ian George is a must see, and is located on the main road in Arorangi on the western side of the island.


Located in Avarua...Beachcomber has taken on a whole new look and now incorporates Rarotonga's infamous "The Cafe" 

Mike Tavioni

One of the Cook Island's leading carvers is located on the back road behind the airport and well worth a visit.

Black Pearls

Are sold at a number of stores in Rarotonga and it is best you ask us or your host when you get here about the best place to go.

Punanga Nui markets

A great place to mooch around for local crafts. Of course food and entertainment are also a very big part of the market atmosphere. Just remember things kick off at the markets fairly early.