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Tips for Travel

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Tips for Travel

We are back from our lovely week long holiday in September. Most things have been covered somewhere in this forum but here are a few tips:

Car Hire- We used Island Car Rental. Car waiting by hedge (with key under back mat) at airport as arranged. We hopped in and made our way to resort whilst others waited for transfers etc. We hired a scooter too. Good fun. The drivers licence thing took about 5 minutes in town.

Money - most places take credit cards but smaller places like cash. ATM's in Muri and Avarua.

Supermarkets - Two in Avarua. We only went to Foodland but saw CITC later which looked like a NZ one. We found prices a little dearer than home but ok. (big bag of chips $4.00ish).

Swimming - We took our own reef shoes (aqua shoes from warehouse nz). Perfect and certainly saved cut feet not to mention possible stonefish.

Saturday/Sunday - Avarua shuts down at 2pm on Saturday and doesn't open again until Monday.

Plan your cruises/trips etc on these days as there is nothing else to do.

Captain Tama's - a definite must. A great day with good snorkelling, entertainment and good food.

Highland Paradise Cultural - recommend. Very interesting and good food.

Resorts - Recommend Pacific Resort Muri. Perfect location, service, accommodation. There were maybe 10 other people in the lagoon at any one time - so crowded (actually probably more dogs than people sometimes)

Weather - yes it does rain but it is still very warm. Most resorts have umbrellas. Enjoy it anyway cos you are going to get wet anyway!

Beach towels - you can hire them at resorts but if you are going tiki touring it would pay to pack your own

Souvenir shopping - best around town. Airport not brilliant. Treasure Chest chain of stores great.

Markets - worth a visit. Pearl necklaces cheaper than in town. Salt and pepper coconut YUM.

Sunscreen - don't forget it and mosquito repellant (we had no problems but some people do). I also always take hand sanitiser.

Service - absolutely no problems with service anywhere. Actually the only 'poorer' example of service was from 'non' locals.

We are going back next year - no teenagers this time and will do Aitutaki.

Sorry about the lengthy report but DO GO TO RARO - IT IS WELL WORTH IT.

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1. Re: Tips for Travel

Thankyou for posting your trip report, Kiwis from Upper Hutt. Some very good tips within your report which I'm sure others will find useful when planning their trip to Rarotonga.

Pleased to hear that you are planning next year's return already, and visiting Aitutaki as well next time. If you enjoyed swimming and snorkelling in Rarotonga's lagoons you'll love Aitutaki for these reasons. Plan to take some food items with you to support your stay on that beautiful island. If you found a sufficient range of products in local stores around Raro, including several stores open on Sunday's, Aitutaki has less facilities. But it truly is paradise for its scenic attractions and less emphasis on commercialism.

Hope all is well at home, and the shake early this morning didn't cause damage around the capital.

Kia manuia.

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What a wonderful report. My number 1 tip is pick up a car at the Airport as you will be at your resort or property before the bus has left the airport. But you may want a shuttle if it is your first time in Rarotonga and you are arriving on one of the late night flights as some of the rental houses could be a little hard to find in the dark.

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