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Title: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Ianab 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
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/IMG_1512s.JPG)
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: thecfarm 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??
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Ianab 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
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Okrafarmer 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. . .
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Ianab 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
(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/IMG_1381.JPG)

Ian
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Okrafarmer on May 25, 2014, 08:59:06 PM
Yep. One of these days!
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Ianab 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 (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.

Ian
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: buzywoodliff 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!!
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Ianab 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.  ::)
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: buzywoodliff 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!!
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: JustinW_NZ 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!

Cheers
Justin
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: LIL 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.

LIL
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Ianab on August 11, 2015, 02:21:51 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR11ywPIoVE
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: gspren 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?
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Ianab 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. 
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Ianab on August 24, 2015, 08:53:58 PM
Not sure if I've posted this one, but it's good for a laugh.

Official Cook Islands tourism commercial
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB9ITxKA7r8
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Ianab 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

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/2684086.jpg)
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: SLawyer Dave 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
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Ianab 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)
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Magicman on September 24, 2015, 07:32:39 AM
I'll bet the entire family is pumped and ready to go!!   smiley_thumbsup
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Ianab on September 26, 2015, 06:39:26 AM
Probably last post before Rarotonga. Be there in ~24 hours.

Bed time here, with the shift to daylight saving time in the morning. Then an early start and about 4 hour drive to Auckland airport. Get the car parked, us dropped off at the terminal and checked in. Then 4 hour flight to Raro, crossing the date line back to Saturday and a couple of time zones. Then find rental car and house. Then we wake up in Raro and it's some random time on Sunday morning again....

Then I don't have to worry what time it is for about 2 weeks  8)
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: sandhills on September 26, 2015, 12:09:34 PM
Have a great trip!
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Ianab on September 26, 2015, 02:25:32 PM
Quick check in while we eat breakfast.

Just on sunrise on a beautiful spring day here. Not a cloud in the sky. Outside temp reads 3C

This morning in Avarua, 23C

Right, off to pack up the car.  :D
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Magicman on September 26, 2015, 10:28:39 PM
Enjoy,   8)
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Ianab on September 26, 2015, 10:34:42 PM
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Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Ianab on September 27, 2015, 01:23:22 PM
Very nice topical sunset from the plane on the way over :)

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/IMG_2742.JPG)

Got in at a more sociable 9pm local time. Means there is someone at the rental car desk. On the 1am flight, they just leave a car in the carpark with your name taped in the window and the key under the mat. :D

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/IMG_2759.JPG)

Just waiting for everyone else to wake up. Sun is coming out, and I'm sure the kids will want to go paddling in the sea as soon as they wake up.
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Magicman on September 27, 2015, 01:36:38 PM
 surfer-smiley
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Ianab on September 29, 2015, 08:12:57 PM
Local wildlife. This is in the lagoon in front of the house. Not a prime dive spot, but actually a fair number of fish to see.

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/DSCF4774s.JPG)

Panorama shot from the lagoon

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/DSCF4802s.JPG)
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: tule peak timber on September 29, 2015, 08:19:21 PM
WOW, stunning. I dove for most of my life and sometimes I miss it !
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: LeeB on September 30, 2015, 08:48:21 AM
Nice. makes me all the more exited for Lindy and I's trip to Belize at the end of Oct. Not going to the coast though but it's only 1 1/2 hour drive away. Belize is a pretty small country.
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Ianab on September 30, 2015, 02:24:11 PM
 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/IMG_2995.JPG)

Taylor is starting to look like a blond local  :D
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Ianab on September 30, 2015, 02:37:40 PM
Dinner and show last night with local music and dancing.

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/IMG_3085.JPG)

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/IMG_3119.JPG)
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Magicman on September 30, 2015, 02:42:17 PM
You are having too much fun Ian.   8)
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: LeeB on September 30, 2015, 02:47:42 PM
Only if it kills him.  :D
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: thecfarm on September 30, 2015, 06:24:18 PM
Looks good!!
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Ianab on October 02, 2015, 04:31:05 AM
View from the deck tonight.

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/IMG_3283.JPG)
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Ianab on October 03, 2015, 06:09:05 AM
Paddling around in waist deep water in front of the house this afternoon.

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/DSCF5278.JPG)

I count 9 fish in the picture. I was just sitting there for maybe 5 minutes until they started to ignore me and swim around normally.
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: LeeB on October 03, 2015, 10:35:07 AM
I see nine of them too. Didn't take me five minutes to count them though.  :D
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Ianab on October 10, 2015, 05:45:47 AM
Well it's almost midnight here. All packed and the house tidied up. Got to be gone by 6am to catch the plane home. :(

Lots mre pics to post but wiĺl do that after we get home. Have the time and bandwidth again.
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: LeeB on October 10, 2015, 07:04:07 AM
Vacations are nice and we are always sad when they end but there's no place like home.
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Ianab on October 12, 2015, 06:22:13 PM
All unpacked, and still missing the warmth  :D

Going through and backing up all the camera memory cards, sorting and editing pics etc.

Watching the sunset with Lil at Blackrock.
 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/IMG_3809edit.JPG)

Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Ianab on October 12, 2015, 08:14:35 PM
Lil making out like she is a craft beer expert.

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/DSCF5654.JPG)

Enjoying some of their product at Sails Restaurant looking out over Muri beach.

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/DSCF7269.JPG)

Seafood platter for 2. Curried Octopus, grilled mussels, scallops, prawns, seared marlin steaks, ika mata (raw yellowfin tuna marinated in lemon and coconut cream) and some assorted stuff to fill in the gaps.

 (http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10460/DSCF7281.JPG)
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Magicman on October 13, 2015, 08:55:23 PM
That platter would have confused me.   :o   :D
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: sandhills on October 14, 2015, 10:33:36 PM
Me too MM, but I'd still love to eat it!  :)
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Ianab on October 20, 2015, 06:45:11 AM
Still sorting through pictures.

But this is a little video clip from snorkelling in the lagoon in front of the house. Had to go out maybe 100m towards the reef where there was live coral in the lagoon. But no shortage of fish.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNB5X9h23c4
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Carson-saws on May 24, 2016, 09:40:30 AM
Ianab...spent 3 weeks in NZ. Fantastic Country.  Loved Christchurch, Rotorua and the boiling mud pit cooked dinners. 
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Ianab on May 24, 2016, 07:08:21 PM
Cook Islands is technically another country, but it feels like a warmer and much more laid back version of NZ.  :D

Our next trip, which we have just booked is a Road Trip around the South Island. Pretty much all of it, in 3 weeks, over Christmas and New Year. I'll start a new thread when we hit the road for that one is it should have some pretty amazing pictures. Scenery around the South Island is some of the best in the world.

Sneak preview - this place it on your itinerary.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMGSrS_2R6I
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Magicman on May 26, 2016, 09:31:10 AM
 :o  Amazing !!!
Title: Re: Planning next trip - Rorotonga (again)
Post by: Carson-saws on May 26, 2016, 09:21:07 PM
Forgot to mention the "D B Dark"  good stuff.