Low vs High Season, Rarotonga Holiday Advice

Travelling to Europe in winter experiencing the extreme cold and snow compares to the heat wave extremes packed with tourists in summer. While Rarotonga also features different experiences in high and low (winter and summer) season they are mild in comparison to countries located further from the Equator, especially in terms of weather conditions.

Ultimately, you will have a wonderful experience and holiday in Rarotonga at any time of year with year round warm weather, fantastic resorts, dining and of course the vibrant locals are always here!

Here is breakdown of High and Low season to help you decide depending on the type of Rarotongan holiday experience you are looking for.

Low Season

Time of Year:  1 November to 31 March

Weather: Low Season falls in Rarotonga’s Summer months, this is also the wet season. Although this is the wet season, the rainfall is typical of a tropical location which means that it generally comes and goes quickly, and overall it rains only a little more than the dry season. It also stays warm during rainy periods. Temperatures typically range between a High of 29°C and a Low of 22°C. Summer in Rarotonga is often known as uncomfortable hot and wet, which is a myth. In reality, the weather differences between summer and winter are minimal with only slight variations in both temperature and rainfall.

Other Seasonal Factors: Flights around Christmas can be hard to come by as many Cook Islanders who live abroad, particularly in New Zealand, are flying home to spend the holidays with their families. Accommodation shouldn’t be a problem as they will typically stay with their families. During the rest of the low season you may find flights and accommodation cheaper due to less demand, you may also find the island busier with locals rather than tourists with less visitors, and more locals returning home which is a fantastic atmosphere! Another highlight of visiting during the low season it the tropical delights from the local vegetation including fruits and stunning flowers including the beautiful traditional island flower, the frangipani. As an added bonus there are more daylight hours during the low season as it is summer, providing you additional beach and sunshine hours and you will often get to experience the beauty of a tropical island sunset.

High Season

Time of Year: 1 April to 31 October

Weather: Rarotonga's high season falls in the middle of a tropical winter, which is also the dry season. Temperatures range from typical Highs of 25°C to Lows of 19°C. Nights can get cool during this season, so it is a good ideal to pack a few warmer winter garments for evenings. Rarotonga’s high season is mildly cooler and drier than the summer low season.. Weather will not necessarily be the dictating factor for your Rarotongan holiday due to it’s stability. In terms of weather, any time of year is going to provide beachy temperatures for a relaxing or adventurous island holiday!

Other Seasonal Factors: As with high season in any country, expect to pay more for flights and accommodation as it is in high demand. Rarotonga will be buzzing with many tourists also on their holiday as many Kiwis and Australians will be taking a mid year break escaping their local midwinter weather. A beautiful sight that you may be blessed with when visiting in the Rarotongan winter is the migration of humpback whales passing by just beyond the coral reefs.

So to wrap this up and answer that all important question, any time is a good time to visit Rarotonga! While there is no guarantee with weather (anywhere, anytime!), you will experience the brilliance that Rarotonga has to offer with seasonal variety and stunning tropical weather all year round.

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