Just back from another fabulous rest in Raro. 2 weeks in a private rental house at Aavaroa which was great. Weather a bit of everything including a nuisance wind and a fair bit of rain, neither of which interfered with snorkelling, whale watching and scootering around!
Just thought I would make a comment as I am a coeliac and had wondered what there might be in Raro in the way of gluten free foods. Not much at all. The CITC in Avarua had a small stand with some packets of GF pizza mix, some cookies, flour and a few other bits but really that was all and as expected the prices were very high indeed. I had already contacted both bakeries, neither of which made any GF breads. The new Muri deli and its cafe outlet in Avarua had a little iced polenta cake and that was the entire sum of GF fresh baking to be had in Rarotonga. Luckily I was fairly prepared and took 3 loaves of frozen GF bread, pancake mix, some dried pasta. I also took rice bran oil, GF soy sauce, mayonnaise, jam and crackers, GF muesli (CITC did have the large corn crackers). As my husband and I love fish we had that a lot of the time bbq'd with green salads and/or rice salads. The broadbill is fabulous, as is the albacore tuna steaks and the tuna - and at very reasonable prices compared to fish in NZ. A kilo of fresh that day broadbill was averaging $18-$20. The GF is a problem with eating out - unless its fresh fish pan fried or a steak - with the usual salad on the side, but it isnt cheap and I would recommend any coeliac to get themselves a good chilly bag, freeze what you can and take minimal clothing as on the new baggage system you are only allowed 20kg TOTAL checked in. We got around this by my husband who travels light anyway having a chilly bag that was the allowed 7kgs, and packing in his checked bag the packeted and dried stuff. As always write out a clear list of everything foodwise you have with you, take the red queue when you arrive and let them check the list. We have never had a problem with this, and they rarely even check in the bag but it pays to be up front. The fresh tomatoes, salad greens and the always wonderful pawpaws and bananas are still cheap and a great way to supplement a somewhat restricted diet.
Departure tax from Raro is now $55 per head, so factor that in, the liquor is still cheaper on arrival at Raro Duty Free than ChCh, and the lagoon and fish just as wonderful! Happy to offer any advice I can on the GF front.