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Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
« on: May 23, 2014, 09:25:23 am »
Still early stages yet, but looking at places to stay etc.

Winter is just starting to set in. Tropical Island starts sounding like a good idea etc.  ;)

This is starting to look pretty good
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Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2014, 10:13:43 am »
That looks good any time of year.  ;D  Is that where you got married? Was it last year??
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Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2014, 06:51:21 pm »
Yup, same place

We hadn't even gotten home from the wedding and we were discussing the next trip  :D
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Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2014, 10:00:25 pm »
Oh, I'd love to go! I want to visit every inhabited island group in the Pacific before I die. So far-- only been to one. . .
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Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2014, 11:22:22 pm »
Oh, I'd love to go! I want to visit every inhabited island group in the Pacific before I die. So far-- only been to one. . .

Rarotonga is nice. Only has ~13,000 residents. No big developments or businesses. But it's big enough to have all the basic amenities, and tourism is the main industry, It's pretty tourist and family friendly there.

This is the main road and local store across the road from where we stayed last time. They sell pretty much everything. Groceries, Icecreams, burgers, petrol, beer  :D


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Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2014, 08:59:06 pm »
Yep. One of these days!
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Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2014, 06:38:36 am »
OK, rental house is booked, but it's not till later next year.  Got to get through 2 winters first.  ::)

Place looks nice Sth coast beach front AND a pool was a bit more than our budget, but we can handle no pool if you have the lagoon in front of the house.

http://www.holidayhomes.co.nz/pacific-islands/titikaveka/listing/6121.html

Knowing the island now, and the agent that's renting the place, we are happy that it will be nice. It will have ants, hermit crab and lizards of course, and a stray dog, but that's what you expect.   :D

Just got to save some $ now.

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Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2015, 05:16:45 pm »
That looks awesome!!   Now I've gotta look up Rarotonga..... About every February I have to go south for my dose of Vitamin Sea!!

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Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2015, 06:11:04 pm »
I think there are some Air New Zealand flights from LA to Rarotonga now. Before that you had to fly through NZ, and then backtrack 4 hours.  ::)
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Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2015, 06:29:46 pm »
I'll bet flights there are a little pricey, but definitely a candidate for the ole bucket list!!  Warm, beach, and not many people... Just what I like!!

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Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2015, 03:00:59 am »
Lucky Ian!

Nice place, my wife was born on the island funnily enough!

We got married there as well, good place for it!

We were much the same, we thinking of the things to do next time on the flight home!

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Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2015, 06:32:54 am »
Only four months (give or take) to go and we will be hanging out here :D

https://www.holidayhouses.co.nz/properties/56208.asp

With the temperatures getting down to cooler than I like, we're really looking forward to it :)

Justin, even with being twice already, there are still things we haven't done, like the sub and going to the museum - these are on the list for this time round.  Me, I'd be quite happy to hire a scooter and do laps of the Island with my sister.

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Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2015, 02:21:51 am »
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Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2015, 06:46:26 pm »
  The island looks nice, really nice, are there good months or is it good weather year around? What would the cost average in US Dollars?
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Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2015, 07:29:43 pm »
  The island looks nice, really nice, are there good months or is it good weather year around? What would the cost average in US Dollars?

Just had a look on the Air NZ web page, cost about $1,000 US per person for LA to Rarotonga return if you book well in advance. Make sure you choose the days that have the direct flight, otherwise it's fly to Auckland and then double back to the Cook Islands. Accommodation and food varies. Backpackers to ~4 star, priced accordingly. We rent a nice little private house on the beach, get food at the supermarket, and hire a car so the costs while we are there are pretty reasonable.

It's "Winter" there now, which means the temp might dip below 20C at night. Means you might want to take a sweatshirt, and a raincoat.   :D

45 days till we go, so it should be warming up a bit. T-shirt weather, and warm enough that you don't worry when it rains on you.

What I liked about the clip was being able to ID the actual spots where it was taken. Lil watched and said "that's were we took those pics in my wedding dress".  :D The boats with people swimming around them are Capt Tama's glass bottom lagoon tours that we have been on etc. So it's not some phony tourist commercial, that's what the place does actually look like. 
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« Reply #15 on: August 24, 2015, 08:53:58 pm »
Not sure if I've posted this one, but it's good for a laugh.

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Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
« Reply #16 on: September 18, 2015, 07:18:53 am »
This is house we are renting.
Colour might have been boosted a little, but distance to the beach is about right.  ;D

 
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« Reply #17 on: September 18, 2015, 11:51:10 pm »
Looks beautiful.  Only problem is that apparently they also drive on the wrong side of the road.   ;D

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Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
« Reply #18 on: September 24, 2015, 06:38:07 am »
2 more sleeps...

Got my sandals, board shorts, couple of T-shirts, snorkel gear, underwater camera(s). So pretty much good to go.  8)
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« Reply #19 on: September 24, 2015, 07:32:39 am »
I'll bet the entire family is pumped and ready to go!!   smiley_thumbsup
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