Paradise found in Rarotonga

Kia Orana
People say you’re either a Fiji or a Raro girl, and I wasn’t sure how this was going to pan out as my loyalty is with Fiji. However I absolutely adored Raro, for many different reasons.

Flight time with Air NZ was about four hours and Rarotonga airport is like a regional airport in NZ. You can also fly with Virgin or Air Tahiti. Like Fiji, you can take your own food with you, but make sure you declare it at Customs. The food in Rarotonga has to be imported so it’s not cheap to eat out, but on par price-wise with NZ and the meals are sensational. I had fresh tuna almost every night and you know it’s fresh if it’s not on the menu. Currency is the NZ dollar so that makes it easy.

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Why Fiji is your next travel destination



Many of you will know I just spent a week in Fiji; my home away from home. I continue to love the place more and more each time I visit.

As soon as I step off the plane (Air New Zealand, my preferred airline), the instant heat and the familiar sound of the Fijian voices singing to welcome tourists, melts my heart and I feel at peace and at home. You can fly with Fiji Airways or via Australia, Virgin, Qantas or Jetstar. The airport hasn’t changed much at all over the years but still functions well. Transport in shoddy taxis is all part of the fun taking us to one of the lovely 4-5 star resorts in Denarau; either the Wyndam, Radisson, Sheraton, Sheraton Villas, Sofitel and Hilton. Make sure you ask about room configuration at the Villas, as these are very popular and they have 2 story or 1 story villas which are great for families.

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