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how much is it going to cost us?

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how much is it going to cost us?

Hi, we are planning our honeymoon to new zealand in Mar 09 and are trying to figure out if we have enough cash for a stop over in the Cook Islands.

We are planning on spending 3 weeks in new zealand camper vanning around both islands. How much money are we likely to need for this time? We aren't planning on doing too many extreme sports, just lots of walking and a bit of sight seeing! Can anyone help us out?

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1. Re: how much is it going to cost us?

Here's just a rough idea:

Budget campervan + campsite fees - $130 per day

(please don't be tempted to try to save money by not using campsites - its really important that people campervanning use proper campsites, for your safety and to keep NZ clean & green!)

See the following websites for budget campervan options:

www.jucy.co.nz

www.spaceships.tv/new-zealand-campervan-hire/

www.escaperentals.co.nz

www.wicked-campers.co.nz

Petrol - depending on how much driving you intend to do - $50 a day

Food & drink - a main course in a reasonably nice restaurant would be average $30, fish & chips or a basic takeaway meal about $10.

You need to allow at least $50 minimum between you for food & drink per day

Then you probably want to allow a bit for entrance fees to tourist attractions.

So I reckon you need $280 a day minimum between you, which doesn't allow for any major spending on activities.

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2. Re: how much is it going to cost us?

Hello Mash08,

I live in both NZ & the Cook Islands.

AndyChef has already provided detail re NZ.

How long do you propose to spend in the Cook Islands? Air NZ & Pacific Blue (Virgin)fly from Auckland to Rarotonga - daily flights - and Air NZ also flies from Christchurch once week (seasonal). Air NZ once week service from Rarotonga to Los Angelos on Saturday evening.

Were you thinking of having a stop-over in Rarotonga (and possibly Aitutaki - where British reality TV "Shipwreck" filmed currently), after NZ?

If you can provide indication of duration in Cook Islands, I can impart fuller information.

There is also a Cook Islands TripAdvisor forum.

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3. Re: how much is it going to cost us?

Our total for our 29-day wedding/honeymoon on the North Island with a campervan, including air fare from Canada, was a hair over $8,000 last Feb/March (and we didn't penny-pinch, just did what we wanted).

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4. Re: how much is it going to cost us?

Was that $8k Canadian or NZ?

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5. Re: how much is it going to cost us?

Hi Frangipani

Thanks for your help. We were thinking of only spending a 4 days in the cook islands, so we thought it might just be easier to stay on rarotonga. We are torn because we didn't want to miss out on anything in New Zealand but at the same time wanted a break on a beach before travelling round. We were also considering doing a short stay in a nice hotel somewhere in new zealand as an alternative option.

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6. Re: how much is it going to cost us?

4 day stay on Rarotonga is plenty - island is very accessible - excellent/affordable round island bus service - range of good accommodation with hotels/motels/private rentals. Self-catering good option & lots in all beach side areas - easy walking-& safe environment - lots dining options - check Cook Islands forum ideas rental properties etc.

Aitutaki lagoon cruise/day trip well worthwhile if possible. Tour sets out 8am flight and returns 5:30pm. Lagoon cruises from Muri Beach, Rarotonga.

North Island NZ huge range camp-sites - excellent locations - scenic - affordable - weather still warm March.

Cheers.

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