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self catering in Raro and Aitutaki

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self catering in Raro and Aitutaki

we are going to spend 2 weeks in Aitutaki(self contained)and 1 week in Rarotonga(resort-just room),so wander how to organise food.Is it worth it and am I allowed to bring something like packed goods(coffee, tea...)from Australia,stop over in Auckland?

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1. Re: self catering in Raro and Aitutaki

Kia Orana Ursula, There have been several threads about bring food with you. You might want to scroll through and take a look at some of them. The only problem you will have with bring in food is with fresh fruits and vegetables - not allowed. Everything else is pretty much OK. However, it's not necessary as the stores in Raro are well stocked. Aitutaki not quite as much but there is still plenty here. Unless there is some food item you absolutely can't do without - travel light.

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2. Re: self catering in Raro and Aitutaki

HELLO Puapii-teacher

thank you for respond.

The reason why I asked about food is that we are on pretty tight budget,and heard that product in CI are expensive,as everything is imported. otherwise we could leave without favourite staff,holiday is about exploring, not only country but also food, culture etc.

will look through earlier posts

thanks again

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3. Re: self catering in Raro and Aitutaki

Ursula, I would pack a few of your favourite items that you can't do without, make sure they are all sealed packaged items. We always carry a packet of those pre-mix coffees, other people might buy their fav coffee or tea brew, cereal, crackers or biscuits, let the customs know you have some sealed packaged grocery items they usually don't mind.

Supermarkets on Rarotonga, are well stocked with familiar NZ & Australian foods. Prices are sligthly more expensive than here or Brisbane but certainly not too bad even on a budget. Mixers like lemonade and coke are expensive though!

I hope that helps.

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7. Re: self catering in Raro and Aitutaki

Hi Ursula

Really depends on your order of travel. Are you going to Aitutaki first or Rarotonga first. You really do need to take some food to Aitutaki as it can be limited especially if a ship has not been in for a while. If you are in Rarotonga first I would do all your shopping there. I seriously did not find it much more expensive when compared to what I pay in Australia and also you are paying in $NZ so get better value.

If you are flying through NZ do not buy your duty free in Australia as it will be confiscated in NZ even though you are in transit. Buy any duty free in NZ or in the Cook Islands on arrival

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8. Re: self catering in Raro and Aitutaki

I agree with previous posters. Prices in the Cooks are similar to Australia so only take what you really must from home. There's much more on offer in Raro than Aitutaki but if you go to Aitutaki second you can stock up in Raro.

Note however that the Aussie dollar has dropped recently against the NZD and with conversion fees etc it's pretty much 1 for 1 at the moment.

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