Ariki Holidays

Ariki Holidays


Gutted not to be in Rarotonga right now for the 2021 Cook Islands Triathlon Association festival 😢

Reports are that there will be a multisport Raro challenge added to the annual calendar later in the year 👊

Hoping to get back there ASAP as the locals have been working hard whilst visitors have been away.

Ariki Adventures
Ariki Bungalows
Ariki Holidays
Flying Turtle Cafe
Te Ara O Te Onu
The Edgewater Resort & Spa - Cook Islands
Apparently we are Superhosts! Lets drink to that!
MEITAKI MA'ATA to our 2019 SPONSORS and GENEROUS COMMUNITY for supporting us throughout THIS JOURNEY!

Bluesky Cook Islands (Lahaina Kiely, Kathy Papatua, Theresa N Gordon & team)
Bank of the Cook Islands (Vaine Nooana-Arioka, Ronald Patia, Ina Davies & team)

Rongohiva LED & Rongohiva Watersports

Te Marae Ora - Cook Islands Ministry of Health (Dr Josephine Herman, Daphne Ringi, Howard Tangimetua & team)
CIPS Image & Copy Centre (Colin Burn & Tatiana Burn)
Cook Islands Family and Welfare Association (Rongo File)
Cook Islands Trading Corporation (Gaye Whitta, George George & team)
Captain Tama's Lagoon Cruizes (Tama & Lynn Tuavera)
Tokerau Jim Images
Peramedia Peramedia
Akau Film (Johnny Beasley & Ioana Turia Puna)
Kia Orana Values (Metuar Tevaiimene & team)

Kuki Tag Adventures (Mene Koteka-Heather & W***y Heather)
Palm Grove, Rarotonga (Betsy Eisler)
Rehab Rarotonga (Scott Arlander & Jane Ben Mitchell)
Island Craft Ltd (Tangata Fletcher Melvin & Vaea Melvin)
Turamatuitui Bakery (Macan Munokoa)
ARIKI Holidays (Kave & Julie Tamaariki)

Kitesup Cook Islands Water Sports Centre (Troy & Brynn Acheson-Nooroa)
The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium (Tata Crocombe)
COCOPUTT COOK ISLANDS (Tokerau Turia & Meegan Jennings)
RaroXpo (Jessie Katherine Sword & Sid Toa)
Cook Islands Red Cross Society (Fine Tu'itupou-Arnold & Patience Vainerere - Maoate)
Cook Islands Building Supplies (Arama Wichman)
Ministry of Cultural Development Cook Islands (Anthony Turua Turua)

Netball Cook Islands (Mii Maui, Kopu Anguna, PJ Hockin, Ngere Puia, Roana Silatolu, and Andrea Rongokea)
Cook Islands Rugby Union (Sean T Smith, Nikki Pulley, Ben Koteka, William Taripo)
Cook Islands Ministry of Education (Dani Cochrane)

Kia Orana tatou katoatoa i te aro’a ma’ata o te Atua!

Kia Orana Mama Tinomana Ariki!

Kia Orana kia koe Papa Tauturu Orometua...Papa John!

Kia Orana to our distinguished guests from our Government Ministries, Cook Islands Sports & National Olympic Committee, Netball Cook Islands and Cook Islands Rugby Union.

And special guests, PSP Coordinators from New Zealand….Ms Jodi Brown & one of our very own Mrs Margaret Matenga, who were former New Zealand Silver Ferns netball players!

Kia Orana to our many generous Sponsors who have made the Bluesky Rising Stars Championship for Netball & Rugby possible! A special acknowledgement to our Platinum Sponsors, Bluesky Cook Islands and Bank of the Cook Islands.

And most importantly…..Kia Orana to our children and your coaches and managers!

All of us standing here today is a testament that DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE!

And this dream wasn’t just the dream of one person…..this was a collective dream of many……of those who came before us……those who paved the way so we could be where we are today…..and it’s like a jigsaw puzzle coming together to form the most beautiful picture, which is you children standing here today ready to play your hearts out for your schools!

This tournament is also about healthy living….being Sugar Free and Smoke Free…..about a healthy environment & being GREEN by reducing waste, especially plastic bottles that you drink from one time and throw away. Did everyone leave their ju**ie foods at home and bring their water bottle to refill? GOOD! If not, you have by next week to get it right!

One of the most important things about the BLUESKY RISING STARS CHAMPIONSHIP is that it aims to bring our communities together. This has been the UNDERLYING VISION since Rising Stars began in 2016! And look around! Isn’t this a GREAT START? This Championship provides an opportunity for us to connect and bond…to get to know each other, learn from each other, and help each other. And who knows? Maybe one day you’ll be playing together on the Cook Islands National Team against the Silver Ferns or the All Blacks! Anything is possible because DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE if you BELIEVE!

E te anau, I want to introduce you to our Rising Stars Executive Committee and Competition Team who have been working hard behind-the-scenes with host school, Apii Nikao and Principal Mrs Elizabeth Kapi, and all the school representatives to make this Championship happen.

Aunty Gloria Rarere-Tinirau & Aunty Itinga Nicholas who are part of our administration team.

Aunty Mii Maui who is our Tournament Coordinator & Technical Officials Manager.
And Aunty Kopu Anguna, Competition Manager.

Uncle Ben Koteka who is Tournament Coordinator & Competition Manager.
And Uncle William Taripo, Technical Officials Manager.

And lastly you have Uncle Teina and me, Aunty Jackie, and we round out the Rising Stars Executive Committee & Competition team!

Children, you will also see heaps of Aunties, Uncles, Mamas and Papas and your own parents helping out around our beautiful venue of Raemaru Park, so please be kind and respectful to them as they are giving their time to help you.

And please let’s all be thankful for our SPONSORS who have given us so much!

Pōkarakara mai tatou no teau sponsors!

Play hard…play fair…play safe…and have a WONDERFUL tournament!

Kia Manuia and God Bless!

Bluesky Cook Islands

Rongohiva LED
Rongohiva Watersports

Te Marae Ora - Cook Islands Ministry of Health
CIPS Image & Copy Centre
Cook Islands Family Welfare Association
Cook Islands Trading Corporation
Captain Tama's Lagoon Cruizes
Tokerau Jim Images
Peramedia Peramedia
Akau Film
Kia Orana Values - Cook Islands Tourism

Kuki Tag Adventures
Palm Grove, Rarotonga
Rehab Rarotonga
Island Craft Ltd
Turamatuitui Bakery
ARIKI Holidays

Kitesup Cook Islands Water Sports Centre
The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium
Cook Islands Red Cross Society
Cook Islands Building Supplies
Ministry of Cultural Development Cook Islands
What an Amazing and Fun afternoon held at the Rarotonga Golf Club on Friday. From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank all the people who came out to support my final fundraiser in preparation for Miss World 2017 in China and very importantly, the sponsors who made my fundraiser possible.
A Big Meitaki Maata to Taniera Fisher and Rima Moekaa who are part of my fundraising committee for a successful fundraising effort, my Matenga Family for the yummy food stalls and help and my TeamAlanna crew for your continued support. Meitaki Ranuinui to Mr. Wahoo and Elizabeth Pitomaki for the awesome tunes, to the Golf President Jimmy for facilitating the golf points count and EmCeeing and the Rarotonga Golf Club for a fun golf event.
It was for me such a great opportunity to be out and about on the green ⛳️catching up with everyone and it was a nice break away from all the Miss World preparation and trainings.
I am so grateful for all your support and appreciate everything, it’s not long to go now... let the countdown begin 😊

Thank you so much to my sponsors
Air Rarotonga Limited
Aitutaki Escape - Luxury Villas
Pacific Resort Hotel Group
Nautilus Resort Rarotonga
Highland Paradise, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
ARIKI Holidays
Koka Lagoon Cruises, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Crown Beach Resort & Spa
The Bond Store
Kuki Tag Adventures
Coconut Tours
Raro Reef Sub
Kitesup Cook Islands
Akura Fishing Charters Rarotonga
Bluesky Cook Islands
Rehab Rarotonga
Fave Designs
Charlie's Cafe
The Mooring Fish Cafe
The stars were truly shining brightly at the BSA on Saturday for the Rising Stars Netball Championship Grand Finals!

With an opening prayer by Papa Tauturu Orometua of Nikao and National Anthem sung by Konini Rongo, the 3rd vs 4th place games kicked off. In the Future Stars 12U grade, Titikaveka Pearls outclassed the Tupapa-Maraerenga Panthers 22 - 13, while the Rising Stars 15U was won by the Avatiu Dragonflies over the Panthers 29 - 20.

In the 1st vs 2nd place matches, Future Stars 12U undefeated Ngatangiia-Matavera SeaGalz easily glided to victory 15 – 6 over the Avatiu Dragonflies, who had given them much trouble with a draw in the 1st round and only a one-point victory in the 2nd round. The SeaGals secured themselves the top prize of a Rehab party bus day trip around the island with multiple stops, including fun on Rongohiva Watersports waterpark inflatables in town, a total prize value of $925. The runners-up received a laser tag session sponsored by Kuki Tag Adventures. The Future Stars 12U Most Inspiring Team award was won by Tupapa-Maraerenga Panthers whose team consisted of mainly 8U & 10U players. Despite winning very few games in this tournament, they never failed to turn up to training in numbers and with positive attitudes absolutely loving the game of netball. Their team prize was a session on Rongohiva Waterpark.

In the Shooting Stars 20+ finals between Titikaveka Pearls and Avatiu Dragonflies, a Rehab Rarotonga Party bus trip with 4 x drink cards worth $900 was on the line. Unfortunately, the Dragonflies who were undefeated throughout the entire tournament couldn’t keep par with the loss of two of their key players, defender Luciana Nicholas and attacker Marjorie Toru, to National Squad trials in New Zealand which overlapped the Grand Finals. The Pearls were also in top form with former National Squad rep GD Natalia Asinata Simahite Short along with GK Claire Wilson dominating their circle with numerous intercepts. Titikaveka’s attacking sisters Karalaini N James & Ani Matenga were a creative team with sharp shooting action, and Ani’s 4th quarter buzzer be**er from outside range was perhaps the shot of the day and sealed the win 67 – 37! The runner-up Dragonflies won a day or night paddleboard and glassbottom kayaking with ARIKI Holidays.

The Rising Stars 15U 1st place match was a battle for $2,500 cash prize between Titikaveka Pearls and Arorangi Flames (U17 champions in 2016). The Flames burned brightly in the first half, keeping pace with the Pearls. Nevertheless, the Pearls, coached by Natalia Short and receiving tips from ex-Silverfern Margharet Matenga, put the heat on the Flames and rolled away to victory 32 – 24.

The main match in the Rising Stars 19U grade between Arorangi Flames (U21 champions in 2016) and Tupapa-Maraerenga Panthers was a much anticipated fight for the grand prize of $3,500 cash. The Panthers came out with a roaring start, pushing the Flames tit for tat to hold a 13 – 11 edge by the end of the 1st quarter. The Panthers were ecstatic with the return of Anania Pauleen Piri, an outstanding attacker and key player for the team, from National Squad camp in New Zealand a mere hour or two before the start of the finals. Piri was a late addition to camp as a spot opened from the withdrawal of another local squad member due to extraneous circumstances, and a concession was requested and subsequently granted by the Squad coach so that Piri could honour her commitment to club and team. Flying high with flare and complementing the outstanding play of the other half of the Tupapa dynamic duo, Rianna Nicholas Pepe, combined with the outstanding defense of Norma Pepe and Tetiniariki Tapoki Tararo saw the Panthers retain a one-point lead at the half 25 – 24.

The Flames were not going to be extinguished without a fight, blitzing their way up and down the court with Center Simone Nicholas working both ends of the court with grace and poise, forcing crucial turnovers and sending the ball to outstanding shooters Greta Marsters Remuera and Lynn Taumatangi Mataora. Despite the loss of their key defender and U21 National Team rep Daimzel Joy-nara Rongokea to National Squad camp, the Arorangi defenders GD Romey Rauraa and GK Tina Ufamarata hassled the dynamic duo of Tupapa every which way to keep the score at a two-point difference in the 3rd at 41 – 39 to Tupapa.

The arrival of the U19 Arorangi Cowboys seemed to boost the morale of the Flames with rambunctious cheering while holding their own trophy from their rugby win, however Tupapa was not fazed by the ruckus and pushed the Flames to the limit. Center Ngapare Noovao stepped in filling the space left by Phillippa Smith who also left to NZ for National Squad camp duties, and with the assistance of wing attack Eteta Strickland in front and Tevai Tatuava at wing defense in the back, the Panthers cruised to victory and doused the Flames 54 – 49.

The awards presentation followed with winning teams receiving trophies, sponsored prizes as well as the much-coveted cash prizes for the 15U and 19U grades. The All-Tournament selections were made with 12 players in each grade, where the Rising Stars Executive Committee will support four teams to the Netball in Paradise tournament in December playing in the U13, U15, U17 and Open grades.

Growing from 2 grades last year to 4 grades this year, the Rising Stars Netball Championship would not be possible without the support of our amazing Platinum Sponsors Bank of the Cook Islands and Bluesky Cook Islands, as well as our Gold Sponsor Rongohiva, Parau Pearl Sponsors Te Marae Ora MOH, Varo Media, Hori Signs, P**i Pearl Sponsors CITC Liquor, Kuki Tag Adventures, Rehab Rarotonga, Palm Grove, CIPS Image & Copy Centre and Superstar Sponsors Matman, RaroXpo, Punanga Nui Market, Ariki Holidays, Bounty Bookshop, The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa, Cook Islands Tourism, Ministry of Cultural Development, Cocoputt, Polynesian Media Cook Islands, Captain Tama's Lagoon Cruises, Charlies Cafe & Beach Hire, KiteSUP, Turamatuitui Bakery, Island Craft, T&M Heather, Cook Islands Red Cross, CISNOC, Netball Cook Islands and Netball New Zealand's Ivan Harre who all supported in different ways. Also, a shoutout to all the coaches, umpires, supporters, parents, and players who are all a part of this big “netball jigsaw puzzle” where we are only complete when all together. Looking forward to 2018!

Future Stars 12U
1 Kubethreana Taripo (Avatiu Dragonflies)
2 Marion Ngatokorua Rani (Ngatangiia-Matavera SeaGalz)
3 Teremoana Macquarie (Avatiu Dragonflies)
4 Tara Banks Williams (Avatiu Dragonflies)
5 Yannicka Tinirau (Ngatangiia-Matavera SeaGalz) Gloria Rarere-Tinirau
6 Tapaeru Ioane (Ngatangiia-Matavera SeaGalz)
7 Teama Tearaitoa (Avatiu Dragonflies)
8 Kayla-Marama Fraser (Titikaveka Pearls) Ngere Puia
9 Tiana Will (Avatiu Dragonflies)
10 Joy Erica-Moana Rani (Ngatangiia-Matavera SeaGalz)
11 Estelle Short (Titikaveka Pearls) Cecile Marten
12 Luca Dearlove (Titikaveka Pearls) Tamsyn Dearlove Chambers

Shooting Stars 20+
1 Elena Mataora (Tupapa Panthers)
2 Ani Matenga (Titikaveka Pearls)
3 Tania Kermode (Avatiu Dragonflies)
4 Nana Manuela-Emile (Avatiu Dragonflies)
5 Latisha Mataora (Tupapa Panthers)
6 April Maleynar Tini (Avatiu Dragonflies)
7 Natalia Short (Titikaveka Pearls)
8 Marjorie Toru (Avatiu Dragonflies)
9 Curly Taripo (Avatiu Dragonflies)
10 Monica Wichman (Takuvaine Red Angels)
11 Claire Wilson (Titikaveka Pearls)
12 Luciana Nicholas (Avatiu Dragonflies)

Rising Stars 15U
1 Mele Poaru (Avatiu Dragonflies)
2 Anna-Marie Henry (Arorangi Flames) Jennifer Henry
3 Bernice Trego (Titikaveka Pearls)
4 Nicole Tiaore (Avatiu Dragonflies)
5 Tarita Mamanu (Arorangi Flames)
6 Eleanor Wichman (Arorangi Flames)
7 Kaia Dearlove (Titikaveka Pearls)
8 Megan Browne (Arorangi Flames) Haimona Brown
9 Mavalea Vavia (Tupapa Panthers)
10 Natalia Viking (Tupapa Panthers)
11 Manamea Koteka (Titikaveka Pearls)
12 Evämoänä Pätäi (Avatiu Dragonflies)

Rising Stars 19U
1 Rianna Pepe (Tupapa Panthers)
2 Anania Piri (Tupapa Panthers)
3 Simone Nicholas (Arorangi Flames)
4 Phillipa Smith (Tupapa Panthers)
5 Tevaikura Tatuava (Tupapa Panthers)
6 Daimzel Rongokea (Arorangi Flames)
7 Tetini Tararo (Tupapa Panthers)
8 Greta Remuera (Arorangi Flames)
9 Kataraina Piri (Avatiu Dragonflies)
10 Rachel Tuaputa (Arorangi Flames)
11 Susan Williams (Avatiu Dragonflies)
12 Marei Nicholas (Avatiu Dragonflies)

We offer “EatStayPlay” holiday packages upto 10 people based in our
accommodation Ariki Bungalow

Ariki Holidays based in the stunning Muri Beach offers 3 self contained bungalows sleeping 2 and a 2 bedroom house sleeping 4. The complex can be booked as an entire resort for 10 people or individually. We are in a quiet location minutes from Muri Beach, we have tropical gardens and a pool with an on-site bar and BBQ area for your use. We are also owners a of Award winning Ariki Adventures, Rarot

Operating as usual

Photos from Flying Turtle Cafe's post 12/03/2023

Photos from Flying Turtle Cafe's post


Pre dinner drinks and nibbles with our lovely in house guests, Salud!Johana from Colombia!😍

Photos from Ariki Holidays's post 07/03/2023

We have moved our Socia Media to our new “Ariki Experience” pages. Check them out and follow us to be in the drawer for two FREE Turtle Sea Scooter Safaris for you or your friends. Ends March 2023 and drawn 1st April. No its not a April Fools joke. 🙂


Part of your experience when staying with us is enjoying discount at our own cafe Flying Turtle Cafe, where you can enjoy delicious Kai and maybe buy some cool gear.. here’s our FTC team rocking the Chill Cook Islands gear!

Photos from Ariki Holidays's post 22/02/2023

We are using QR codes on printed and digital media to provide more direct information to your mobile device. Check it out!


Just a short walk across to the Motu from Ariki Bungalows you can enjoy some tranquility in crystal clear water while enjoying the view.. and Miri our four legged friend loves it as you can see..😍


We have had a bit of rain this week, so the pool is a bit full, only one way to empty it a bit..
Annemarie showing us how it’s done..


Having beer on tap in our bar means no waste bottles and it’s always cold…


Celebrating an occasion while staying with us?
we can whip up a cake for that extra something special..🙂


Oh we have a little rain today.. reminder to always bring a book or two..


As we welcome in the new year here in Rarotonga we are looking forward to a year of fun adventure tourism, sharing our magical island with our travellers.
We thank our team for being part of the Ariki family in 2022 and we look ahead to a new year with new challenges and experiences.
If you think you would like to be part of our family please send us your CV we would love to hear from you!

Photos from Ariki Adventures's post 16/12/2022

Photos from Ariki Adventures's post


Merry Christmas from the Ariki team!

Photos from Ariki Holidays's post 11/12/2022

Looking forward to welcome our Christmas guests


And more great news..!


Woo hoo it’s a start!!


Sunsets or sunrises..? In Raro you can have both in the same day.. 😍


Job vacancy:
Spa therapist for private day spa at our accommodation in Muri.
Must be able to work unsupervised, minimum 2 years experience.
Apply e-mail only please:
[email protected]


With the weather being a tad unfriendly for water activities.. try our electric bikes!! Heaps of fun exploring the back roads and tracks of Raro!

Photos from Ariki Adventures's post 08/10/2022

Photos from Ariki Adventures's post


Sometimes you just have to slow down and take a deep breath, refocus and go for a swim, be a turtle..

Photos from Ariki Holidays's post 07/08/2022

We have a new cafe manager and a new exciting menu at the Flying Turtle Cafe
The Laksa is a spicy noodle dish popular in Southeast Asia. Just delicious. Add chicken or fish.


Great news for those of you from up north.! Opens the way to get to us without going through NZ starts once per week and builds to two flights per week:)

Photos from Ariki Holidays's post 01/08/2022

Feel like a tropical get away pre Christmas! Book direct to stay with us from 1 Dec- 24 Dec and we will take 20% off the room rate PLUS 20% off all Ariki Adventures and Explore Raro activities! What a deal.. 🙂
We have our pizza and cocktail nights, lazing by the pool, or going on and adventure..


For our guests joining us this week:)


How did Tama get there?

Photos from Flying Turtle Cafe's post 25/07/2022

Photos from Flying Turtle Cafe's post


Guest BBQs in the Smuggler’s Cove Bar.
Another tough winter’s day in Rarotonga


Seeking a Tour Operator to join our crew now. A TO is a hospitality professional who organizes tours and provides support to customers during trips to help them have positive experiences. These professionals advise customers on different tour packages based on their budget and interests. They handle all logistical aspects of a tour, such as booking tickets and arranging transportation etc.
Full training is provided to the right person. Send your CV to [email protected]


It’s a great time of the year to come see us! Come on over!


Guest BBQs at the bungalows. A great chance to meet everyone and shared stories.

Timeline photos 12/06/2022

Timeline photos

Looking to stay connected while on holiday? Grabbing a Visitor SIM Card is the perfect way to make sure your social media is kept up-to-date with your latest vay-cay posts 😉 🙌 ➡️

You can purchase this at the Airport on arrival, or at any of our Vodafone outlets around the island.

📸 (Ben Teina)


Still not decided on a Rarotonga winter holiday?
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Hi Jules and Kave
Just wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU!!! We had the most wonderful stay at Ariki Bungalows! It was exactly what we needed, it's situated in the perfect location and the facilities were fantastic 👌 You and
Kave are awesome hosts and we so enjoyed hanging out with you guys. We would love to come back and will definitely be recommending your place to everyone we know heading that way 👍


It’s with heavy hearts we say Ka Kite to our Shirlene Nool our amazing housekeeper and cook of yummy Filipino food and more.. and Jov Aleta, our Gardner, handyman and helper of cook..
we are so sad to see you go and hope NZ looks after you both.
Thank you for your loyalty and care for our business over the past 3 years ❤️

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Guest BBQs in the Smuggler’s Cove Bar.Another tough winter’s day in Rarotonga
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Ngatangiia, Rarotonga

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The Clubhouse - Ngatangiia/Matavera Clubhouse The Clubhouse - Ngatangiia/Matavera Clubhouse
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The Ngatangiia/Matavera Clubhouse hosts it's own Clubhouse Bar. The bar stocks a variety of spirits and cold beverages for your chillaxing pleasure.