En­joy par­adise on a bud­get

Rain, rain go away... sandy beaches and bright sun­shine are just a four-hour flight away, writes Rob Maetzig.

The Timaru Herald - - TRAVEL -

Right now it seems that ev­ery sec­ond New Zealan­der is hol­i­day­ing in Raro­tonga. And why not? What must rate as the most laid-back is­land in the South Pa­cific is a short trip to some much ap­pre­ci­ated sun and warmth.

The Cook Is­lands’ cur­rency is the New Zealand dol­lar, and this helps make Raro­tonga an af­ford­able hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion. Even bet­ter, there are plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties that are su­per cheap or free. Here’s a list of 10 of the most in­ex­pen­sive ac­tiv­i­ties on Raro­tonga. at­trac­tion and a na­tional em­bar­rass­ment – the un­fin­ished and now di­lap­i­dated and graf­fi­tistrewn Sher­a­ton re­sort.

If you’re not rea­son­ably fit, don’t at­tempt this walk. And lo­cals strongly ad­vise against try­ing it when it is rain­ing, be­cause the track be­comes very slip­pery.

But the as­cent and de­scent, which is aided by the pres­ence of plenty of tree roots that can be used as grab han­dles, is re­warded not only with mag­nif­i­cent views at the top, but the prospect of a cold beer at the bot­tom – just turn right when you reach the road, walk to the nearby Raro­ton­gan Re­sort, and or­der one.

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