Last weekend we arrived home from a ten day holiday in Rarotonga, the Cook Islands.
We flew out of Auckland at 5pm Wednesday 21st September and arrived in Rarotonga on Tuesday 20th about 11pm, its 22 hours behind New Zealand. When we arrived it was about 24c and most days it was anything between 26 to 35 c, very hot!
We chose to stay at the Edgewater Resort, one of the largest on the islands and it has a wonderful lagoon for swimming and snorkeling, an outdoor pool, two restaurants, free kids club and very friendly lovely staff.
Our room had a view of the tropical garden and was on the ground floor, a perfect spot to sit in the late afternoon, early evening to escape the heat.
Most of our dinner meals we chose to eat at the resort, including an excellent meal at the Spaghetti House, a restaurant at the end of the resort drive way. Breakfast was included in the room stay and for lunch we'd either eat out in town or visit one of the local bakeries down the road from the resort.
The cocktails were delicious, and what a gorgeous view.
Fish feeding every morning at 9am, amazing how all the fish just know to turn up, lol.
One afternoon Hannah and I were shown how to make flower garlands which we wore on Island Night.
We spent our time swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, participating in various activities run by the resort staff and exploring the island. Its very easy to get around Rarotonga, you can either hire a car or scooters or like us, just catch the bus, this runs clockwise or anticlockwise around the island throughout the day.
Beautiful flowers everywhere!
One afternoon we booked in for a safari tour and spent an enjoyable few hours crisscrossing the island in jeeps, taking in some of the local sights.
We had planned to take a trip on one of the glass bottomed boats but due to the wind that came up during our last few days these were cancelled, never mind, something to put on the do list for next time.
If you are after a totally relaxing holiday, Rarotonga is the place to go. They use NZ currency, have wonderful fresh fruit and vegetables, very friendly people and you can chose to do as much as you like or as little as you like. No hustle or bustle, just pure relaxation in paradise.
I can't wait to go again!