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