No fireworks to welcome the New Year

Saturday December 29, 2018 Written by Published in Local

Fireworks are off the menu at celebrations to welcome the 2019 New Year at Muri beach tonight.


However, Rehab nightclub in Avarua will present a special laser light show for the countdown at midnight for New Year’s Eve.

Dress up in white and gold and enter Rehab before 10pm to gain free entry.

There will also be spot prizes on throughout the night for the best dressed.

The iconic Trader Jacks is open on New Year’s Day from 9am to 9pm, but it is best to make a booking as they are always crowded with diners on this special day. Traders is closed on Wednesday.

If you want to spend the day in a pool this New Year’s day, the Nautilus Restaurant in Muri have a special ‘Chill Out Poolside Recovery Session’ from 12noon to 3pm with DJ GEE, and prices for adults are $39pp and children $18pp.

For those who are responsible and would like to use public transport the Cooks buses will continue to run today and there will be a special midnight departure (12.15am) from Cooks Corner going clockwise.

Please take note, there are no buses running on New Year’s Day so it’s best to make alternative arrangements or book a taxi and enjoy a safe start to 2019.

On Wednesday the Clockwise bus departs Cooks Corner on the hour every hour from 8am to 12pm, then from 2pm to 4pm.

The night bus departs from Cooks corner on the hour every hour from 6pm to 11pm going clockwise; there is no Anti Clockwise bus Day or Night on this day.

Following is a list of nightclubs and restaurants opening hours on New Year’s Eve /Day.

Sails Restaurant and Bar in Muri are open on New Year’s Eve (NYE) with a special menu, you can also celebrate 2019 as they close at 1am.

Rehab nightclub - New Year’s Eve (NYE) 9pm to 2am with a themed White and Gold Party (spot prizes to be won) and free entry before 10pm, there is a laser light show for the countdown; New Year’s Day (NYD) – closed.

Trader Jacks - NYE usual hours, NYD open 9am to 9pm, closed Wednesday 2nd; The New Place - NYE usual hours, NYD open from 9am to mid-afternoon; On the Rocks – NYE open 12noon to midnight, NYD – closed; Luna Bar – NYE open to 2am, NYD closed; Hula Bar -  NYE open till 2am, NYD open normal hours; Coco Putt Ale House – NYE closed, NYD closed and also Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd; Vaiana’s Bar and Bistro – NYE open normal hours, NYD closed; Arorangi Club house – NYD Live band Tani & Rose with a floor show, bar opens at 6pm; Rarotonga Golf Club – NYE open 8.30am to 6pm, NYD open from 1pm, Wednesday 2nd open from 1pm; Rarotonga Bowling Club – NYE open, NYD closed; Cook Islands Game Fishing Club -  NYE open from 1pm, NYD closed, Wednesday 2nd open from 1pm.

The main church services are as follows: all the Cook Islands Christian Church’s on the island start the New Year’s Day services at 10am, the Ngatangiia CICC will have their New Year’s Eve mass at 8pm.

The Avarua Catholic Cathedral start the New Year’s Eve mass at 8pm, with the New Year’s Day service beginning at 9am.

The roadside garbage disposal contractors will not be working on New Year’s Day, however the boys will be back on the on the road on Wednesday to collect the Tuesday (NYD) and Wednesday collection. Please be a good example and make an effort to sort out your rubbish before you place them on the roadside.

Have a blessed, safe and tidy New Year.

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