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Sports and Recreation

For horseback riding it's Aroa Pony Trek. They meet at the Receiving Station on the Ara Metua, directly inland from Kaena Restaurant near the Rarotongan Beach Resort. Weekdays at 1000 and 1500 it offers two-hour rides to Papua Waterfall, returning along the beach. Book ahead as the number of participants is limited.

Try your swing at the nine-hole Rarotonga Golf Club (closed Sun.), under the radio towers near the end of the airstrip. If you hit a mast, wire, or stay during your round, there's a compulsory replay; balls have been known to bounce back at players. Visitors are welcome Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 0800-1400; other times are for members only. Buggy and clubs hire is available and the greens fees are very reasonable. The club has a very pleasant colonial-style bar, perfect for a cold beer (visitors are always welcome).

The bar at the Rarotonga Bowling Club on Moss Road, Avarua, opens at 1600 weekdays, at 1000 on Saturday. If you've never tried lawn bowling before, do so— greens fees plus bowls hire are cheap (a white outfit is required on Saturday).

The Rarotonga Squash Club (daily 0900-2145) is directly behind the Catholic cathedral in Avarua.

Both the Edgewater Resort and Rarotongan Beach Resort have tennis courts open to the public at an hourly rate. You must bring your own raquets.

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