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Visit in December 2012

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Visit in December 2012

We are going to Rarotonga from 17th Dec - 24th Dec for our 3rd visit as we love the place (we got married there in June 2012) and have a few questions.

1 - What is the weather like in December?

2 - We would really love to go and have dinner with a local family can anyone recommend this?

3 - We would love to look at purchasing a property in Rarotonga who would be the best person/real estate to deal with on the island?

Thanks :)

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1. Re: Visit in December 2012

Hi there, we have just got back and found it hot with fairly high humidity (hot for a kiwi anyway) The wet season officially started I think on 1st Nov. You can expect some rain and warm/hot although it's still lovely as the steam comes out once the rain clears and it has it's own beauty with the heavy showers. It never stopped us doing anything when we were there 2 new years ago.

They have a progressive dinner now on the island and you can book through http://www.cookislandstours.co.ck - really popular.

We also looked at purchasing property but was advised that you can only purchase (all leasehold land) if you have a business on the island that has been pre approved as being necessary to the business community. Frangipani will probably post to your question and let you know if I have got it right. Have a great time. We are planning for next year already

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Land is never sold in the Cook Islands even amongst locals. At best you could get a lease on some land but not to build a new private residence unless you are a Cook Islander or have permanent residency. You may be able to find an existing lease with a private house on it that is for sale. If you do decide to invest, I strongly recommend you have a good local attorney to handle all matters for you.

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Yes, you would need to invest in a local business to allow you to purchase a lease on a property. Lots of hurdles and fish-hooks so you would certainly need to good local lawyer.

Probably best to contact a company such as Rarotonga Realty. The principal, John McElhinney is a NZ Registered Valuer and Real Estate agent and will be able to give you all the information. You could either contact him before you leave or pop in and see him when you arrive.


We once thought it would be good to live on Raro. Now we just prefer to visit - up to 14th visit now!

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