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Budget for food, drinks and Activities

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Budget for food, drinks and Activities

Hi,

First off this is my first post but I have watched the forums here for a while. Shully and Lord, you guys have some excelent info!

Our plan is to stay at Etu Moana for 4 nights and then fly to fiji and stay at Matamoana for 6 nights. We wanted to do 5 and 5 but that won't work with the flights between Fiji and the Cooks.

Anyway, I've budget an extra 450 NZ a day for Dinner, Lunch, and other extra's. I figured we would do a very nice dinner each day, I wanted to go fishing one day and i'm sure my fiance will want a couple spa treatments. When I look at it this seems like too much but I want to make sure we are prepared. We both drink and plan to have our share of cocktails. This is our honeymoon so we don't want to have to worry about money but with the numbers i've figured, it looks like we might be stretching a bit.

What have you spent while you were there? Could you give me some idea of what it really costs?

Thanks!

Steve

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1. Re: Budget for food, drinks and Activities

That is more (way more) than enough.

Dinner at a nice restaurant will run about $25-$35 NZD or so for the main course. A dinner salad might cost $7.50 NZD. Desert another $10 NZD and mixed drink maybe another $10 NZD. These are all per person costs. So total for dinner in a really nice place will run maybe $50-$60 NZD per person. Lunch can be had for easily half that.

Here's a few links to a few restaurants. None of these are for Aitutaki locations but they should be fairly similar:

Tamarind House - generally considered the best on Raro (very pricey by Cook Islands standards):

http://www.tamarind.co.ck/menu.htm

Sails Restaurant - another upscale place on Raro:

http://www.sailsrestaurant.co.ck/alacarte.htm

Flame Tree Restaurant - Yet another nice place. Specific menu link is long so navigate there from this main page:

http://www.flametreerestaurant.com/

Trader Jacks - extremely popular place on the Avarua waterfront on Raro. Decent food, slowwwwwwwwwwwwww service (even by South Pacific standards):

www.traderjackscookislands.com/restaurant.htm

And finally, restaurant reviews for the Cooks:

http://chefmoz.org/Cook_Islands/

Take a look and see what you money will buy foodwise to get a real idea of how much to budget.

Ken

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2. Re: Budget for food, drinks and Activities

Great! Thanks for the advise. We can't wait to get there!

Are there any activities that you recomend?

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3. Re: Budget for food, drinks and Activities

Well, the obvious choice on Aitutaki is one of he lagoon cruises. These range from slow, easy tours on a large covered catamaran boat with lunch grilled on the boat while you snorkel - to smaller speedboat type excursions that will taken you to more locations (different motus) in the lagoon. Which one is right depends on how "adventure" you want verses how much "comfort".

I also generally recommend taking in a Polynesian dance show. and drive/ride around the island a bit just exploring. Finally, if you are up to an easy hike, take trail across from Paradise Cove up to the highest point on the island and look out over the lagoon.

Besides swiming and snorkeling at your hotel, those are the main things to do in the island. It'a small place, and really there's not a lot of different activities to choose from (that's part of it's charm - it's got a remote, South Pacific feel to it).

Ken

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4. Re: Budget for food, drinks and Activities

Thanks again. The south pacific feel is what we want.

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