two main groceries on the island. There are 3-4 small stores
inside the gas stations, the hardware, etc.
Available from Rino's, Swiss Rental, Tom's Rental and Aitutaki
Safari Tours. Generally NZ$ 7 per day. Discounted to
NZ$5 for long stays. Aitutaki Safari Tours delivered for
free, most others charged $5. Island pretty flat with a
few hills on back roads.
Available from Rino's, Swiss Rental, Tom's Rental and Ranginui's
Retreat. Most about NZ$ 20 per day.
Only at Ranginui's Retreat. Cost NZ $80 per day plus
gas. He only has one and it was rented most day during the
several weeks I stayed there.
Rinos has cars for rent.
Boats: Ranginui's (see below
under Things to Do)
are no internet cafe's on Aitutaki. The local hotels that
are connected pay NZ$54 per hour for access!
your hotel. The owner at Ranginui's did a bag for me for free
because I was a long term hotel guest.
- The scenery
- The lagoon
cruises are good value at NZ$50 for 6 hours with lunch.
- The book
exchange at Samade Bar. Trade in a book and pay NZ$ .50 for a
|WHAT'S NOT SO GOOD:
and other flying insects, especially near sunrise & sunset
|WHAT TO DO:
- Lagoon tour.
All the cruises go Monday to Saturday (rain or shine). All
include mask, fins, snorkel, towels, and BBQ lunch. Some
hotels like Pearl Beach add $15 for their commission. Book direct to
get the $50 rate.
- Island Night
around the restaurants on the island. The one I saw at
Samade featured a umo (food put over hot rocks and then covered
with blankets and sand until everything is cooked) a group of
local dancers and later a live band until late. Cost was
NZ$ 25 for dinner & entertainment. Drinks were not
best near the airport
gave this area a try and quit after 30-40 minutes.
Visibility 6-10 feet even close to the barrier reef.
Very little live coral, small fish and water depth 3-6 feet.
in most of the lagoon isn't good, especially on windy days when
it drops to 5-6 feet. Best I saw was about 30 feet in the
pass near one foot island where there was a 2-3 mph current.
Scuba 31-103 fax 31-310
- Rent a motor
- NZ$ 10
-- one hour
- NZ$ 15
-- half day (4 hours)
- NZ$ 20
-- whole day