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Taking Food to Rarotonga

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Taking Food to Rarotonga

Hi,

Can we take things like commercially sealed yogurt, cream cheese?

Also can we take our favourite bread packed as it normally comes at the supermarket here in NZ?

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1. Re: Taking Food to Rarotonga

Yes, the only things you can't bring are fresh fruits and vegetables.

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2. Re: Taking Food to Rarotonga

Ms Vancouva pretty much sums it up.

Nearly every traveller to the Cooks feels obliged to bring something. Mainly because they can...

It's really amusing when they start asking how much of the unconsumed food can they take back to NZ

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3. Re: Taking Food to Rarotonga

can we bring 2 bottles wine and pasta sauce into the Cooks from Sydney?

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4. Re: Taking Food to Rarotonga

Adult passengers can bring in 2 litres of wine/spirits or a combination of these into the Cook Islands - cookislandsairports.com/customs-immigration/

Pasta sauce is OK if it's commercially prepared showing label of contents. If it's in a glass container and exceeds 100 ml liquid limit, don't carry it onboard in a cabin-bag, pack it into your checked luggage. Except if it's in a fragile container e.g. glass, I wouldn't risk it. The grocery shops on Raro sell a range of pasta sauces including Leggos and Dolmio.

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6. Re: Taking Food to Rarotonga

Tobywonder if you are flying to the Cook Islands via Auckland - even if you are just staying in transit - your carry on board wine will be confiscated due to the liquid rules - this also applies to duty free goods purchased after passing security in Sydney so you have to pack it into you carry on or buy some wine in the Auckland duty free shops or at Raro when you arrive. Not sure what the selection is.

Pakou I agree it is crazy that people want to bring items of food with them - but from what I know the tourist dollar is critically important to the Cook Islands and if the perception by some tourists is that this will lower some costs surely it is better to have tourists with maybe some more cash to spend on tourist activities than no tourists at all?

Rarobound0311 the local bread - especially that found at the Saturday market is fantastic and the yogurt and cream cheese I believe is from NZ so no need to carry it

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7. Re: Taking Food to Rarotonga

I am heading to Cooks in Sept and don't really plan on bringing much in terms of food with me but are there things that are hard to come by or really exepnsive that I should try to bring. Some of the things my wife and I like and I am considering are nice cheeses and cured meats, coffee, crackers, ect. We are staying in a self catering place and will more than likely have most breakfast and lunchs in out hotel and eat dinners out.

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Part of going on holiday to another country is eating local. If you have to take specialist food with you on holiday for medical reasons, fair enough. But other than that there is no need - especially when you travel from NZ to a country that imports virtually all it's food from NZ anyway! If you must have that brand of margarine and are not interested in trying anything different then why go on holiday? As far as taking bread abroad with you I have never heard of anything more ridiculous.

In response to Suzi: "if the perception by some tourists is that this will lower some costs surely it is better to have tourists with maybe some more cash to spend on tourist activities than no tourists at all" - That makes perfect sense, however that's not what is happening. I have friends with restaurants and activities all of which are suffering with a lack of people spending money. Tourists like Sportskid are not the problem and are welcome, but we have a growing trend now of seeing more and more tourists who literally bring all their own food and grog to the island. It's like they are going camping! Once here they are not doing any activity that's not free and BBQ their own food each night.

In recent months I've heard amazing stories about Tourists even trying to sell excess food to locals and in one case trying to sell canned beans to a shop. Plus rows at the airports when they are trying to fly with half eaten produce.

Gone are the days when only essential food items (KFC) were smelt in the arrival hall ;o)

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10. Re: Taking Food to Rarotonga

There is a really good selection of just about everything! Some things are a little more expensive but on the other hand, somethings are actually cheaper here! We don't have the huge overheads to deal with. The only things that are really expensive are things like "Fresh" milk which is flown in and therefore more expensive to cover the cost of the air frieght.

I always chuckle at these questions because we are not some backward African village in the middle of nowhere, we have flights daily and ships that arrive every two weeks that brings in whatever we order. The CITC Supermarket is exactly that - a Super Market, it's huge and has 8 check out lines, lots of trolly's (some almost new!), a parking lot and it has a huge liquor store in front. The selection of wines and such is excellent at both the CITC one and the Bond (Bond has a larger choice). There are fancy cheeses and lots of choice of crackers. (Granted you they don't have the 400 varieties that you can find in the US, but there is a pretty good choice. The meat here is just as good as New Zealand and the fish is considerably cheaper. Our main economy depends on tourism and we bring things in to suit that market. If you really feel the need to cart along your favorite cheese or brand of peanut butter, go ahead, but seriously, it really isn't necessary.

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