Where to Host Your Corporate Event, Function or Conference in the Cook Islands
Give your delegates an event they’ll never forget with a seminar, workshop, business meeting or conference in the Cook Islands. From a convenient set-up nearby the airport to elaborate venues on a private island or beach, there’s an array of conference venues across Rarotonga and Aitutaki to suit a range of vibes and needs. Full audio-visual technology, podium set-ups and a range of catering options are at the ready; all these conference venues in the Cook Islands need is your event.
1. Crown Beach Resort & Spa
A favourite go-to for conferences and corporate functions in Rarotonga and the Cook Islands, Crown Beach Resort & Spa offers excellent conference facilities and accommodation less than a 10-minute drive from Rarotonga Airport. Their conference room caters to between 10 to 150 delegates with the venue spilling out onto a central courtyard and break-out rooms offering plenty of room for workshops and networking during lunch breaks (where catering, too, can be arranged). The air-conditioned conference room is secluded from the rest of the adults-only resort and a short walk from the car park, whilst offering a full-size LCD projector, surround-sound PA system, dimmer lighting, and toilets separate from the main conference room. An electronic whiteboard, flip charts and WiFi can also be arranged if required.
2. Edgewater Resort & Spa
The largest resort in Rarotonga, Edgewater Resort & Spa offers the most comprehensive list of services and venues for corporate events. Choose from either the Are Vananga Conference Centre which can seat up to 120 delegates with its own self-contained “Conference Administration Office”, the Te Kou Board Room for up to 12 people, the Umu Hut as an open-air alternative or Marae Tai, their sand deck by the sea. There is also an array of catering options, from finger foods to buffet dinners, while audio-visual equipment, WiFi, additional rooms, event managers, free parking, pre-function venues and more are also available.
3. Te Vara Nui Village
A venue for island shows by night and a unique conference venue by day, Te Vara Nui Village is well worth considering for a corporate event. Located in the tourist hub of Muri nearby a significant portion of Rarotonga‘s accommodation, the conference venue offers a generous package of a venue hire of one of their “‘are” (traditional-style bungalow restaurant) surrounded by tropical water gardens with catering complete with wait staff to serve all your food and beverage, full furniture set-up, PA system with a microphone and stand, and a speaker’s water station. Optional extras are additional ‘are venues (there are three available), data projector and screen, WiFi, black and white printing and additional microphones.
4. Coastal Kitchen
A stellar and truly “local” conference venue on Rarotonga, Coastal Kitchen offers idyllic spaces for intimate corporate meetings and events. Either organise a marquee boardroom with all the audio-visual tools and whiteboard in place or have something more intimate on the deck of the Coastal Kitchen crew’s beachfront house with the home kitchen spilling onto the deck. With fabulous local food and hospitality, Coastal Kitchen is worth considering for a unique conference experience in Tupapa, Rarotonga.
5. The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium
An impressive upstairs venue at The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium, the Treetops Verandah Function Room boasts fantastic views of the coconut trees, the beach and the ocean beyond. The versatile conference venue can be transformed into a conference or seminar space complete with a podium and microphone, whiteboard and projector, TV and more. There’s plenty of space for tea/coffee breaks, break-out meetings and/or a business lunch.
6. Highland Paradise
An alternative Rarotongan inland venue, Highland Paradise caters from 10 to 250 delegates at their venue nestled among rainforest, gardens, cultural and historical sites, as well as manicured lawns. Choose from an undercover venue that can be minimised for smaller groups or expanded with a marquee, torchlight dining or cocktail spaces for larger groups. Venue hire includes wait staff preparing and serving food and drinks throughout the event, a full venue set-up with audio-visual equipment and exclusive use between 9am and 5pm. Additional extras include a projector and screen, WiFi, black and white printing and additional microphones.
7. Nautilus Resort
A luxury resort on Muri Beach, Nautilus Resort is a worthy consideration for intimate seminars with their 20-pax boardroom set-up or a conference with up to 50 seats in a theatre-style set-up. Anything larger can be arranged at the resort’s poolside marquee. Most conferences, however, take place in their private functions room, which leads onto a beachfront terrace and is equipped with top-of-the-line audio-visual tools.
8. Tamarind House
Primarily a fine dining restaurant in Tupapa, on the outskirts of Rarotonga‘s capital, Avarua, Tamarind House offers a fabulous beachfront venue in a colonial building. There are two venues to choose from: the main restaurant holding a maximum of 75 guests or the Summer House for up to 45 guests. Higher numbers can be catered to with an outdoor marquee. Needless to say, Tamarind House is a good choice if catering is one of your key focuses for your business meeting or event on Rarotonga.
9. Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort
Specialising in tailored events, including workshops, seminars, meetings and conferences, Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort offers a unique location on a private island just off the mainland of Aitutaki and a short drive from the airport. There’s an indoor conference room, a restaurant and outdoor spaces available to make a memorable tropical private island experience.
10. Tamanu Beach Resort
One of the largest resorts on the mainland of Aitutaki, Tamanu Beach Resort offers several indoor, outdoor and semi-outdoor spaces for all sorts of functions and events. They are a popular resort for yoga retreats, but the resort caters to most types of functions, including business meetings in their fully-enclosed conference room, while there are options for island buffets, cultural dancing and venues on the beach to make for a more memorable meeting.
More About Events and Conference Venues in Rarotonga and the Cook Islands
Now that you know some of the best events, functions and conference venues in Rarotonga, Aitutaki and the Cook Islands, here are more tips to help plan the perfect event:
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