Guest Book

Neil

Sunday, July 31, 2016

78 days, 2 hours, 08 mins and 42 Seconds and counting!!! Bring on Raro, its gonna be a super awesome time :)

Tom OGorman

Saturday, July 23, 2016

On our way to a special wedding . Great site

Annette Coombes

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Can't wait for your special day with the girls love you both mummy commbesxx

Annette Coombes mummy

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Wonderful website I am very excited at coming to your fabulous days

Colleen van der Riet Jacobs

Friday, January 22, 2016

Congrats xx

Trevor Beckett

Friday, January 22, 2016

Hi Steve & Jax,wow what a nice way to organise a wedding,hope we can come over.

Ash Day

Friday, January 22, 2016

Fantastic website guys!!! Doing my best to see if I can make it! xxx

Siobahn and Nick

Friday, January 22, 2016

Jackie and Steve this is the most sweetest idea yet!! thank you so much for the helpful info informing us of all the attractions and itinerary. It will be fantastic and enjoyed by all!!

Wishing you both everything of the best:)

lots of love from

Nick, Siobahn, Keagan and Riley

Ian firth

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Looking forward to the big day.

Tom and Marion O'Gorman

Friday, December 25, 2015

Well done and cant wait no more

Coombesy

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Fantastic website - well done soon not to be JVDR!

Can't wait to see Raymondo in a hula skirt...wooooop!

Gayle

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

What a Fabulous website/Book!

So exciting! :)

Dave, Gayle and Lorin

Friday, December 4, 2015

This looks awesome guys, Looking forward to it

SUE

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Great website Jax and Steve!

Hope we will be able to join you. xx

Karen Lohner

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Hey Jax and Steve, so happy you guys have found each other. Things happen for a reason and Jen and Tristan and I wish you all the very best for your life together.

We are so there, can't wait.

Jan Vaughan-Davies

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Love this book!! My whole year ahead is revolving around your special day. Can't wait to share it with you xxx

Terry-Anne Pickard

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Congratulations! I love all the detail that has gone into your wedsite. You've not left a single thing out.Exciting times ahead!!

donna

Saturday, November 28, 2015

I just love this book what a wonderful way to display what is happening. Will keep up with your wedding plans.

Ria & Willy Smith

Friday, November 27, 2015

Wow, it's going to be amazing, can't wait

BEN WILSON

Friday, November 27, 2015

its a pleasure to be part of jackie and steves big day let your hearts become one love let your love enter your soul and be together for ever kiaora ka toa

Ray Van Der Riet

Friday, November 27, 2015

Fantastic information for those of us that have never been there, congrats with Guest Book

Taryn

Friday, November 27, 2015

Eeeek, am so thrilled you invited me! Thanks guys, I will definitely do my best to share in your amazing day xxx

Harold & Kristen Hofmann

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Looking forward to this .

wedsite.com

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Congratulations on your wedsite! We are honored to be a part of your special day. Thank you for choosing wedsite.com to share your wedding plans and experiences with your friends and family.

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Language

Cook Islands Maori is the local language but everyone also speaks English. Here are a few local words you might like to try during your visit:

Kia Orana - Hello

Aere ra - Goodbye

Meitaki - Thank you

ae - yes

kare - no

tane - man

vaine - woman

manea - pretty/handsome

mataora - happy

kai - food

teia ra - today

apopo - tomorrow

ra - sun

marama - moon

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Climate & Island Dress Code

Climate

The Cook Islands enjoy a pleasantly warm and sunny climate all year round. June to August are the cooler months, whilst November to March marks the warmer season, with occasional tropical showers expected. The drier months from April to November have an average temperature of about 26 degrees, whilst the warmer more humid and damp season runs from December to March. During this season the temperature ranges between 22 degrees (min)and 31 degrees (max). Severe weather is rare and infrequent.

October 26 degrees (max) and 20 degrees (min) with approximately 185 sunshine hours (the most in the year)!

Island Dress Code

Although the dress code is informal, it is advised that brief attire not be worn when visiting town or villages. Nude or topless sunbathing will cause offence. A light sweater may come in handy for the cooler evenings.

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Getting Around

Driving - Hire, Law & Advice

www.polynesianhire.co.ck

+682 29 227
6 convenient locations

Polynesian Hire - email: reservations@polynesianhire.co.ck

Vehicles

Vehicles are driven on the left hand side of the road. The maximum road speed limit is 40kmph in the town and villages and 50kmph outside of populated areas.

Scooter (we highly recommend this)

The motor scooter speed limit is 40kmph if not wearing a safety helmet.

Driver Licence Requirements

Drivers of all vehicles are required to have a current Cook Island Drivers Licence, which can be obtained from the Police Station in Avarua at a cost of NZ$20 on presentation of your own licence.

If you would like to hire a motor scooter, there is an additional charge of NZ$5 for the compulsory practical test. Your rental provider will advise you of the regulations.

There are many different options on rental providers on the island, however, we recommend Polynesian Rental Cars & Bikes. They have 6 branches located around the island. Most convenient ones are next door to the Police Station, at the International Airport, as well as at The Edgewater Resport & Spa.

Local Bus Service

Cooks Buses operate a round-the-island public bus service passing by the airport every 30 minutes. The bus stop at the airport for the Anticlockwise bus is by the small tree near Air New Zealand office. The Clockwise bus does not stop at the airport itself but it does stop at the RSA Club across the road from the airport car park, a short 70 meter walk from arrivals. Schedules and further information are available at the International Airport.

For the bus timetable click here.

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Places to Eat

Trader Jacks

www.traderjackscookislands.com

+682 25 464
Ara Tapu, Avarua District

Trader Jacks is one of Rarotonga’s iconic watering holes, and panoramic sea views and good food also make it a great place to eat. The front bar has top notch pizzas, while the restaurant is more stylish and classy with meals including excellent sashimi and smoked marlin salad. There’s usually a live band on Friday and Saturday nights.

Steve's endorsement: The best ribs EVA!

Wilson's Beach Bar

www.castawayvillas.com

+682 21 546

Wilson’s Beach Bar is ideally located right on the beach.Unwind and relax, soak up the sun whilst lazing on the beach or swimming in the lagoon. Sit and watch a spectacular sunset drinking one of your favourite cocktails or beverages. Open 7 days a week from 3:00pm – 9:00pm with Happy Hour from 3:00pm -6:00pm.

Click here for more.

The Mooring Fish Cafe

www.facebook.com/The-Mooring-Fish-Cafe-292444140776946/#_=_

(=682) 25553
off Main Road, Avana

Tuck into tuna and mahi-mahi fish sandwiches on grilled Turkish bread at this funky blue shipping container on the edge of Avana Lagoon. Variations include Tijuana Tuna or Cajun Spiced, and other goodies include Rustys marinated chicken pieces with pawpaw salsa. Refresh with on of Raro’s best fruit smoothies (NZ$7), and donate any mortally wounded flip-flops to the ‘Dead Chandles” hall of fame.

The Mooring is handily open on Sunday afternoons noon till 4pm Mon-Fri 9.30am-3.30pm.

Le Bon Vivant Cafe & Bakery

Pop in for a coffee and a croissant and stock up on artisan breads, deli produce and other picnic friendly goodies. Brunch and lunch is also available. And there’s a similar offering at the associated Deli Foods in Muri Beach.

Waffle Shack

Life’s pretty simple really. Some days all you need is good coffee and a freshly made waffle crammed with tropical fruit.

Harbour views and simple outdoor tables seal the deal. On Saturday mornings, the Waffle Shack relocates to Avarua’s Punanga Nui Market.

Grocery Shopping

CITC Supermarket

Closed Sundays. Halfway to the airport from Avarua, the huge CITC Supermarket is great for tinned and packaged produce. There’s also a liquor store attached.

Wigmore’s Superstore

6am-9pm. The south coast’s only proper grocery store is more expensive than Avarua’s supermarkets. It’s the only large supermarket that trades on Sunday though and it has a small liquor store. Drop in on Sunday afternoon for lots of still warm freshly baked produce.

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Things to Do

Te Vara Nui Village

www.tevaranui.co.ck

+682 24006
Muri Beach

(We highly recommend doing this at the beginning of your holiday)

Operates every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 5.00pm to 7.00pm

Te Vara Nui Village is Rarotonga’s leading cultural attraction and stunning entertainment located in Muri Beach of Rarotonga.

The Cook Islands greeting Kia Orana, “may you live on” reflects the beauty not only of our islands but also of our Cook Islands people.

At Te Vara Nui Village you will meet local Maori people who will share their stories, knowledge and heritage with you during the Cultural Village Tour.

Finish with Rarotonga’s finest dancers and musicians as they perform by flaming torchlight on the floating and fixed stages of our waterfall garden while enjoying our delicious buffet.

This stunning Over Water Night Show reflects the experience of our Village delivering an electric and authentic cultural performance like no other on the island!

Te Vara Nui Village has something for everyone; inspiring fun, authentic entertainment, activity and wonder. It is your Cook Islands Number One experience and not to be missed!

Fishing In Rarotonga

The fishing in Rarotonga is typical of the tropical Pacific and a range of reef and pelagic species are on offer for anglers. A number of FADs (fish aggregation devices) around the island are a frequent destination for the local charter fleet, and they attract a full range of species from tiny baitfish through to larger pelagics like yellowfin tuna, wahoo and marlin. Different species are more prevalent at different times of the year.

The FADs are anchored in depths of a few hundred metres to 1500m and at distances ranging from about 1km to 3km from shore. The local charter fleet caters well for anyone who wants a day or two on the water. The size of Rarotonga means that relatively sheltered fishing is possible in most winds provided the charter boats can leave the harbor safely at Avarua.

The Cook Islands Game Fishing club at Tupapa, east from Avarua, is a top spot to catch up with a few local fishermen and enjoy a cold ale or two.

Best times and species

Marlin

The marlin in Rarotonga are mainly smaller blues averaging slightly under 100kg. If you’re lucky you may encounter the occasional stripey over the winter. The main marlin season is November to March/April.

Mahimahi

While mahimahi are caught all year round, they are more common in the August to February period. They are generally smaller in winter (8 -12kg), however in summer, mahimahi up to 15 kg are common. Their spectacular aerials and jumps make for some exciting fishing and they’re great to target on light tackle. Mahimahi are schooling fish and as they travel in packs, if you hook one, there’ll be others with it so multiple strikes are common. They tend to bite better when there’s a bit of wind and surface chop.

Wahoo

The wahoo season is June to October/November. They get big in Rarotonga and have been caught up to 50kg however the average is probably a lot closer to 15-20kg. Wahoo are among the speedsters of our oceans and a good one will pull some serious string in moments. Like mahimahi, they’re school fish and multiple strikes are common. A popular way to target them in Rarotonga is a chin-weighted dead flying fish rigged as a swimbait or without a chin weight rigged as a skipbait and this technique works a treat. The main wahoo season is June through to October which is also the same period the humpback whales are close to the island – seeing the whales at play is an added bonus when you’re out trolling for a day.

Yellowfin Tuna

Small yellowfin are often found at the FAD’s right throughout the year with larger specimens being more prevalent from May/June through to September.

Sailfish

Sailfish can be caught all year round, however they’re not a frequent visitor to the weighstation.

They tend to be found out wide in the summer season and as much of the fishing is in close to the island, that likely has an influence on the low catch rate.

Giant Trevally

The reef area right round the island provides some reasonable GT fishing options. Check your charter boat actually provides the gear to target them with poppers and stickbaits and generally you’ll need to take your own gear. Watch the new baggage rules on Air NZ if you’re taking a rod tube as it’s an extra bag and cheaper if you pre-book.

Dogtooth Tuna

Dogtooth tuna can be targeted in close to the drop offs and for the area, while a trophy would be up around the 50-60kg mark, the average is in the 10-15kg range.

Where to go

While it’s quite possible to flick some small poppers or softbaits around the coast or maybe go for a reef-walk at low tide (only with a local guide however as the reefs can be dangerous if you are not experienced), take a local charter to get the best of the fishing in the region.

What gear to take

The local charter fleet are well equipped with good quality gamefishing gear so, if you’re booking a charter, it’s generally not necessary to take any gear. Check with your charter operator before you go.

Popping and Surface fishing:

Not a technique that’s commonly used in Rarotonga and few if any operators provide surface fishing gear or tackle.

Trolling:

You’ll likely encounter small tuna (yellowfin, albacore and skipjack), mahimahi and in the winter months, wahoo which arrive with the humpback whales usually sometime in July.

Jigging:

A good option at the FAD’s and on any of the drop-offs.

Charters

There are a number of charter operators in Rarotonga. The main operators are:

Akura Fishing Charters: Ph: +682 54355 E: fish@akura.co.ck or click here for more

Black Watch Charters Ph: +682 54470 or 24470

E: hookem@blackwatchcharters.co.ck or click here for more

Captain Moko’s Ph: +682 73083 or 20385

E: fishingrarotonga@gmail.com or click here for more

Marlin Queen Fishing Charters Ph: +682 55202 or 00682 20683 E: fishing@marlinqueen.co.ck or click here for more

Seafari: Ph: +682 25099 or +682 55096 E: Kevin@seafari.co.ck or click here for more

Wahoo Fishing Charters: Ph +682 73731 E: wahoo@oyster.net.nz or click here for more

As is common in many Pacific Island destinations, the boat generally will take a share of catch and that helps subsidise the operation. Just check with the charter when you book so you know what the arrangements are.

Captain Tamas Lagoon Cruises

http://www.captaintamas.com/

+682 27 350
Muri, Cook Islands

Captain Tama's World Famous Muri Lagoon Cruises

The world famous Captain Tama’s boys know how to have a good time and they wanna show you.

Since 1992, Captain Tama's have been offering their award winning Muri Lagoon cruise and sharing their tropical island playground with visitors to Muri Beach Rarotonga in the Cook Islands.

On Captain Tama's Muri Lagoon Cook Islands cruise, you will experience Rarotonga's Muri Lagoon and snorkel with thousands of colourful reef fish.

Visit a marine reserve for a snorkel before heading to a small island (Motu) in the lagoon to enjoy a fresh fish open fire BBQ "island style". It's the thing to do in Rarotonga!

CLICK HERE to read more about our Muri Lagoon cruise!

Trips depart Daily at 11:00am and return at 3:15pm

Bookings are essential - please click here

Punanga Nui Market (Saturday 8am - 12pm)

Head here for fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and seafood, barbecued snacks, and stalls selling fresh bread and traditional Polynesian food. Foodie stalls to discover include Waffle Shack, and the stand selling freshly prepared crepes crammed with smoked marlin or rukau (steamed taro leaves). Don’t miss trying the homemade ginger lemonade either.

Diving & Snorkelling

Diving is fantastic outside the reef, especially around the passages along the island’s southern side. There are canyons, caves and tunnels to explore, and outside the lagoon the island drops off to around 4000m, although most diving is between 3m and 30m. Rorotonga has several well preserved shipwrecks, including SS Maitai off the northern shore. Other well-known diving spots include Black Rock in the north; Sand-river and Matavera Wall on the islands east side; and the Avaavaroa, Papua and Rutaki passages in the south. Rarotonga has five accredited diving operators, all offering twice-daily boat trips. Single tank dives cost around NZ $95 and two-tank dives are about $145 including gear. Introductory dives are available and four-day open-water courses cost aroum NZ $450. Dive trips are also offered by Adventure Cook Islands. Rarotonga’s spectacular lagoon is fantastic for snorkelling and swimming. The water is crystal clear, warm and packed with technicolour fish and coral. The beaches along the island’s southern and western sides are all good for swimming, but the northern and eastern sides are not so good. The best snorkelling is around Muri Lagoon, Aro’a Beach, Titikaveka and Tikioki (fruits of Rarotonga) in the south of the island, and Black Rock in the northwest. Many of these areas are protected by Ra’ui (traditional convocation areas). Snorkelling gear is available from the islands diving operators, and most accommodation also provide free gear for guests use. For night snorkelling in Muri Lagoon see Pacific Divers.

Pa's Mountain Walk

http://www.pastreks.com

(+682) 21079

(This is something we hope to do when we go back)

Pa offers two walks:

A guided hike which leads up the valley and across the island under a canopy of native trees to a steep 400m ascent of the Needle or;

A nature walk which is more gentle but extremely informative and entertaining.

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Accommodation

Edgewater Resort & Spa

www.edgewater.co.ck

(+682) 254 35
PO Box 121 Avarua Rarotonga Cook Islands

We have chosen this property based on it's location, prices and facilities - it is an excellent choice for couples and families with varying room types, apartments and villas available.

Having everyone staying at the same resort will minimise travelling between properties and guests will all get to know one another well before the big day!

We will be working with our travel agent in the New Year to secure a discounted group booking for this resort.

Club Raro

www.clubraro.co.ck

+682 22415

We suggest Club Raro if you would like a smaller Resort closer to town.

Holiday Homes / Backpackers

Another great option is to rent a holiday home. Click on the various links below for more:

www.rarohomes4rent.com

www.bookabach.co.nz

www.holidayhomes.co.nz

Rarotonga Backpackers - Beachfront and Garden locations are near the Edgewater and looks like a nice cheaper alternative to the Hotels.

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Wedding Party & Guest Travel Plans

Jackie & Steve

Air NZ - NZ46

Mon 17 Oct Akl to Raro Dep 9.30am Arr 2.20pm (arr Sun 16 Oct)

Air NZ - NZ45

Thur 27 Oct Raro to Akl Dep 3.40pm Arr 7.15pm (arr Fri 28 Oct)

Booking ref: MBCTJH

Edgewater Resort & Spa / 2 x nights at Pacific Resort (20th & 21st)

Ray & Dora Van Der Riet

Dora

Air NZ - NZ46

Mon 17 Oct Akl to Raro Dep 9.30am Arr 2.20pm (arr Sun 16 Oct)

Air NZ - NZ45

Sun 23 Oct Raro to Akl Dep 3.40pm Arr 7.15pm (arr Mon 24 Oct)

Booking Ref:8QAS4H

Ray

Air NZ - NZ46

Thurs 20 Oct Akl to Raro Dep 9.30am Arr 2.20pm (arr Wed 19 Oct)

Air NZ - NZ45

Sun 23 Oct Raro to Akl Dep 3.40pm Arr 7.15pm (arr Mon 24 Oct)

Booking ref: FFT5DH

(Jackie & Steve to arrange transfers)

Edgwater Resort - Villa

Harold & Kristen Hofmann, Manaia Acott

Air NZ - NZ46

Mon 17 Oct Akl to Raro Dep 9.30am Arr 2.20pm (arr Sun 16 Oct)

Air NZ - NZ45

Sun 23 Oct Raro to Akl Dep 3.40pm Arr 7.15pm (arr Mon 24 Oct)

Booking Ref:8QAS4H (Manaia)

(Jackie & Steve to arrange transfers)

Edgewater Resort - Villa

Tadahiro, Joanna, Ben & Amy Tsukada

Virgin Australia - VA0173

Wed 19 Oct Akl to Raro Dep 4.30pm Arr 9.20pm(arr Tues 18 Oct)

Vigin Australia - VA0712

Sun 23 Oct Raro to Akl Dep 10.10pm Arr 1.50am (arr Tues 25 Oct)

(Transfers arranged)

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Joe, Melissa, Waka & Jolissa George

Virgin Australia - VA0173

Wed 19 Oct Akl to Raro Dep 4.30pm Arr 9.20pm(arr Tues 18 Oct)

Vigin Australia - VA0712

Sun 23 Oct Raro to Akl Dep 10.10pm Arr 1.50am (arr Tues 25 Oct)

(Jackie & Steve to arrange transfers)

Edgewater Resort

Christine & Hamish Beaston

Virgin Australia - VA0173

Wed 19 Oct Akl to Raro Dep 4.30pm Arr 9.20pm(arr Tues 18 Oct)

Vigin Australia - VA0712

Tues 25 Oct Raro to Akl Dep 10.10pm Arr 1.50am (arr Thurs 27 Oct)

Edgewater Resort

Rodney & Tracey Goodrick

Virgin Australia - VA0173

Wed 19 Oct Akl to Raro Dep 4.30pm Arr 9.20pm(arr Tues 18 Oct)

Virgin Australia - VA0712

Sun 23 Oct Raro to Akl Dep 10.10pm Arr 1.50am (arr Tues 25 Oct)

Muri Beach Club Motel

Jan Vaughan Davies

Air NZ - NZ19

Sun 16 Oct LA to Raro Dep 11.59pm Arr 7.00am (arr Mon 17 Oct)

Air NZ - NZ19

Mon 24 Oct Raro to Akl Dep 8.30am Arr 12.05pm (arr Tues 25 Oct)

(Jackie & Steve to arrange transfers)

Edgewater Resort

Ian Firth

Air NZ5252/NZ46

Wed 19 Oct Nelson to Akl Dep 6.40am Arr 8.05am

Wed 19 Oct Akl to Raro Dep 9.30am Arr 2.20pm (arr Tues 18 Oct)

Air NZ19/NZ5251

Mon 24 Oct Raro to Akl Dep 8.30am Arr 12.05pm (arr Tues 25 Oct)

Tues 25 Oct Akl to Nelson Dep 2.40pm Arr 4.05pm

Sunrise Beach Bungalows

John Lau

Air NZ - NZ46

Fri 21 Oct Akl to Raro Dep 9.30am Arr 2.20pm (arr Thur 20 Oct)

Air NZ - NZ45

Sun 23 Oct Raro to Akl Dep 3.40pm Arr 7.15pm (arr Mon 24 Oct)

(Jackie & Steve to arrange transfer)

Sunset Resort

Cari Snyman

Air NZ - NZ61

Sat 15 Oct Akl to Raro Dep 9.35am Arr 2.30pm (arr Fri 14 Oct)

Air NZ - NZ45

Sun 23 Oct Raro to Akl Dep 3.40pm Arr 7.15pm (arr Mon 24 Oct)

Rarotonga Backpackers - 14th & 15th

Edgewater Resort Villa - 16th to 22nd

Cameron Van Der Riet & Olivia Cooper

Air NZ - NZ46

Mon 17 Oct Akl to Raro Dep 9.30am Arr 2.20pm (arr Sun 16 Oct)

Air NZ - NZ45

Sun 23 Oct Raro to Akl Dep 3.40pm Arr 7.15pm (arr Mon 24 Oct)

Booking Ref: 6ZQTNH (Cameron)

(Jackie & Steve to arrange transfers)

Edgewater Resort: Garden Room

Jessica Acott

Air NZ - NZ8740

Mon 17 Oct Rotorua to Akl Dep 7.00am Arr 7.40am

Air NZ - NZ46

Mon 17 Oct Akl to Raro Dep 9.30am Arr 2.20pm (arr Sun 16 Oct)

Air NZ - NZ19

Mon 24 Oct Raro to Akl Dep 8.30am Arr 12.05pm (arr Tue 25 Oct)

Air NZ - NZ8743

Tue 25 Oct Rotorua to Akl Dep 4.10pm Arr 4.50pm

(Jackie & Steve to arrange transfers)

Edgewater Resort & Spa

Tom, Marion & Neil O'Gorman

Virgin Australia - VA0173

Mon 17 Oct Akl to Raro Dep 4.30pm Arr 9.20pm(arr Sun 16 Oct)

Virgin Australia - VA0712

Sun 23 Oct Raro to Akl Dep 10.10pm Arr 1.50am (arr Tues 25 Oct)

(Transfers arranged)

Edgewater Resort & Spa - 2 x Garden Superior Rooms

GH/313136

Andrew, Tara, Billie & Ruby Coombes

Air NZ - NZ46

Thurs 20 Oct Akl to Raro Dep 9.30am Arr 2.20pm (arr Wed 19 Oct)

Air NZ - NZ45

Tues 25 Oct Raro to Akl Dep 3.40pm Arr 7.15pm (arr Wed 26 Oct)

Edgewater Resort & Spa

Annette Coombes

Air NZ - NZ46

Thurs 20 Oct Akl to Raro Dep 9.30am Arr 2.20pm (arr Wed 19 Oct)

Air NZ - NZ45

Tues 25 Oct Raro to Akl Dep 3.40pm Arr 7.15pm (arr Wed 26 Oct)

Edgewater Resort & Spa - Villa

Karen Lohner & Ian Murie

Air NZ - NZ46

Fri 21 Oct Akl to Raro Dep 9.30am Arr 2.20pm (arr Thur 20 Oct)

Air NZ - NZ45

Tues 25 Oct Raro to Akl Dep 3.40pm Arr 7.15pm (arr Wed 26 Oct)

(Steve & Jackie to arrange transfer)

The Edgwater Resort & Spa

Marilyn Mackintosh

Air NZ - NZ46

Thurs 20 Oct Akl to Raro Dep 9.30am Arr 2.20pm (arr Wed 19 Oct)

Air NZ - NZ45

Sun 23 Oct Raro to Akl Dep 3.40pm Arr 7.15pm (arr Mon 24 Oct)

The Edgwater Resort (Steve to collect)

Graham Acott

From Zimbabwe to New Zealand

Depart Dubai Monday 26th Sept 10.05am

Arrive Auckland Tuesday 27th Sept 11.10am

Flight EK448

Air NZ - NZ46

Mon 17 Oct Akl to Raro Dep 9.30am Arr 2.20pm (arr Sun 16 Oct)

Air NZ - NZ45

Sun 23 Oct Raro to Akl Dep 3.40pm Arr 7.15pm (arr Mon 24 Oct)

Edgewater Resort - Villa

Ben Wilson

Jetstar - JQ129

Tues 18 Oct Akl to Raro Dep 6.55pm Arr 11.55pm(arr Mon 17 Oct)

Jetstar - JQ130

Sat 22 Oct Raro to Akl Dep 7.15am Arr 10.40am (arr Sun 23 Oct)

Edgewater Resort & Spa

Chaela Vermaak

Air NZ - 748

Tues 18 Oct Akl to Raro Dep 7.30pm Arr 12.25am(arr Tues 18 Oct)

Air NZ - 45

Sun 23 Oct Raro to Akl Dep 3.40pm Arr 7.15pm (arr Mon 24 Oct)

Edgewater Resort & Spa

Bradly Rogers

Air NZ - NZ46

Mon 17 Oct Akl to Raro Dep 9.30am Arr 2.20pm (arr Sun 16 Oct)

Air NZ - NZ19

Mon 24 Oct Raro to Akl Dep 8.30am Arr 12.05pm (arr Tues 25 Oct)

Rarotonga Hotel (Kiikii Inn & Suites)

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Grooms Party

Graham Acott

Best Man

Cam Van Der Riet

Groomsman

Manaia Acott

Ring Security

Neil O'Gorman

Master of Ceremony

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Bridal Party

Cari Snyman

Maid of Honour

Billie Coombes

Flower Girl

Ruby Coombes

Flower Girl

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Post-Wedding Day Events (RSVP)

Te Vara Nui Cultural Tour & Show (combo)

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 5:00 pm

Ara Tapu, Rarotonga

Bookings can be made online at www.tevaranui.co.ck (mention you are part of Acott Wedding group in order to be seated together)

The following people are booking in for this night:

Ray & Dora Van Der Riet (Ref: RC-33765)

Harold & Kristen Hofmann (Ref: RC-33765)

Combo Extravaganza $119 per adult

• Complimentary return transfers from & to accom.

• Free glass of bubbles on arrival

• Free shell necklace

• Pre dinner village tour about our Cook Island history etc

• Buffet dinner (excludes drinks)

• Over Water Island Show

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Wedding Day (RSVP)

Wedding Ceremony & Reception

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 3:00 pm

Pacific Resort
Muri Beach
Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Pacfic Resort is located on one of the world's most spellbinding locations. Muri beach is laden with glorious white sand, fringed by palm trees and lapped by the gentle waters of a shallow, safe lagoon.

The Pacific Resort is a leading 4 star resort set on a 5.5 acre landscaped property.

Our Ceremony will be held on the beach front.

Our Reception will follow in the garden.

Click here to view

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Pre-Wedding Day Events (RSVP)

Pacific Resort - Bridal Party Meeting

Monday, October 17, 2016 - 10:30 am

Pacific Resort

Steve, Jackie, Graham, Cari and Neil - meeting up with the Resort to go over the finer details.

Manaia's 10th Birthday Party

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 10:00 am

Edgewater Resort - Poolside Area

Come and join us wish Manaia a Happy 10th Birthday!

There will be cake.

Captain Tamas Lagoon Cruise (Adults & kids)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 1:00 pm

Prices and bookings for adults click here.

The website only lets you book for adults for this group. If you would like to book kids as well (kids & families are welcome), best to make your booking via email to:

Lynn Tuavera: capttamas@oyster.net.ck

Payment can also be made on the day!

Remember to mention that you are part of the 'Acott Wedding Group'.

Adults - NZ$65.00 pp

Children 6-11 years - NZ$30.00 pp

Children 0-5 years - Free of charge

Make sure you bring your hat, sunnies and sunscreen. A towel is also a good idea if you plan on swimming with our friendly fish and coral.

We have a special time reserved just for us.

1pm to 4.30pm

Bus transfer from the Edgewater from approx. 12pm

I have tentatively put the following names down with Cpt Tamas for the day:

Jackie Van Der Riet

Cameron Van Der Riet

Olivia Cooper

Dora Van Der Riet

Manaia Acott (age 10)

Tadahiro Tsukada

Joanna Coulam

Ben Tsukada

Amy Tsukuda

Joe George

Melissa George

Waka George

Jolissa George (aged 6)

Kristen Hofmann

Cari Snyman

Jan V-Davies

Wedding Welcome Party

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 5:00 pm

Edgewater Resort - Poolside (TBA)

Details still to be confirmed

Akura Fishing Charter

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 8:15 am

Avatiu Harbour, Rarotonga

We have booked the 'Akura' 40ft vessel which takes a max of 16 people @ $1200. Akura has a full toilet, large deck area & is suitable for large or small groups. They also have another 40 ft "Delano" that can take up to 10 people & could split the group between these two boats for $1800 if we had more than 16.

All charters include sandwiches & water for lunch and all bait/gear- Captain George will also fillet any fish caught for you to take some home & enjoy.

If we get the numbers for the charter it would cost approx. $80 per person.

The boat leaves at 8.30am (need to be at the wharf by 8.15am) returning approx. 1pm.

They accept cash or credit card on the day. Please register your interest here on our website so that I can give them an idea on numbers closer to the day.

Please RSVP here so that we can confirm numbers with the charter company closer to the time.

Click here to see their website

Wedding Rehersal - Wedding Party

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Pacific Resort

More details to follow

About Us

Our Family

Marlene

Steve's Gran

Ray & Dora

Jackie's Parents

Harold & Kristen

Steve's Step-Dad and Mum

Graham

Steve's Brother

Jess

Steve's Sister

Cam

Jackie's Son

Manaia

Steve's Son

Chelsea & Savanna

Steve's Nieces (Graham's Daughters)

About Us

Proposal

Jackie’s version:

We had been a few days into our first holiday away together – we joked that if our relationship survived after a 10 day trip around the south island in a tiny campervan in the cold we could survive ANYTHING!

It was our first night in the beautiful Queenstown and we had planned to have our one extravagant night out, drinks and a nice meal in a flash restaurant on the main Harbour/Beach front.

During dinner, Steve kept on pointing out towards the end of the beach a bench with lights around it and he wanted to go and have a look at it after our meal. I thought it was a bit strange because normally it’s me dragging Steve to something that has caught my attention.

After dinner, he again insisted that we take a stroll along the beach to this spot that he had seen. Whilst walking on the beach I kept on reminding him that it was cold and we really should be going back to the campervan. He was persistent on getting to that bench!

We’d been sitting on the beach and chatting away for a few minutes and again I begged for us to go back to the campervan I was freezing….(at the time, I didn’t realise he was trying to pluck up the courage to get on one knee)!

Before I knew what had happened he was on one knee opening up a box, proposing to me. I remember my first response was ‘For Real? Really?Are you joking?’ over and over! He had taken me totally by surprise! Honestly I couldn’t even remember if I had said yes, although I’m pretty sure I was able to get the word out. I was too happy and tearful and excited to focus.

In true Jackie style …on our walk back to the campervan I jokingly asked him ‘So, how does it feel knowing your surname is going to change to Van Der Riet?’

Steve's original version:

I asked the question and she said 'Yes'! The End.

Steve's second version:

The hardest part was plucking up the courage to ask Jackie's folks for their blessing. That was the first 'Yes'!

After being on the trip for a few days, it was very hard to find the right spot to ask the question. Finally, in Queenstown I found it.

Fast forward to the bench at the end of the beach walk....hands sweating, way out of my comfort zone I finally managed to shut her up and did something I know I would NEVER do again...'I put a ring on it!' And that was the second and most important 'Yes'!

About Us

Our Story

Originally, we both grew up in Zimbabwe. However, our paths were not meant to cross until a later date.

We were both living in Auckland, NZ and it took a mutual friend (Scott) to bring us together. Scott had recently moved to NZ and we had decided to meet up for a mini reunion in the city. This was just before the start of the Rugby World Cup 2011 in NZ.

Scott dragged Steve along with him. Not realising Steve was a huge Springbok supporter...I started the conversation with....'remember that World Cup when the Springboks poisoned the All Blacks?'

Considering our rocky start....we are very much in love today and have agreed to 'disagree'

when it comes to rugby!

After four years Steve has managed to

save up the required 'Lobola'!

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Calendar

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Welcome

About Rarotonga

Rarotonga is the Cook Island’s capital of its 15 islands. With dramatic volcanic mountain peaks and blue lagoon waters surrounding the island, it’s only a wonder why anyone would choose another destination. The currency is in NZ dollars and everyone speaks perfectly good English, with the Cook Islands Maori language as the native language.

Muri Beach on Rarotonga is far the island’s most beautiful beach with long stretches of white sands, clear blue waters and an abundance of aquatic sports for those inclined. Snorkel, paddle boarding, kitesurfing, kayaking or just swimming to name a few things you can do on most of the beaches on Rarotonga, or simply walk out to one of the uninhabited islands called ‘motus’ for a day visit.

Visiting Aitutaki on your Cook Islands holiday is also a highlight as is boasted to be one of the most beautiful remote islands with one of the most outstanding lagoons of the world.

The Cook Islands prides itself with rich cultural history and exudes island simplicity, yet there is so much to do! Hire a scooter or catch the local bus for a 32 km ride around the island.

Rarotonga has many dining options of Restaurants and Cafes to choose from, including the local Markets on Saturday mornings, and now the Night Markets in famous Muri Beach on most other days.

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News & Updates

Jackie and Steve launch wedsite!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Jackie and Steve launch their personal wedsite at acottwedding.com

Welcome

Kia Orana

Welcome to our wedsite! We created this space as a special way for friends and family to participate and celebrate with us anytime, from anywhere. Also to assist those who are travelling we have included some tips on sorting accomodation and activities in the beautiful island of Rarotonga. We hope you enjoy browsing these pages.

While you are here, please sign our guestbook!

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About Rarotonga

Calendar

About Us

Our Story

Proposal

Our Family

Our Wedding

Pre-Wedding Day Events (RSVP)

Wedding Day (RSVP)

Post-Wedding Day Events (RSVP)

Bridal Party

Grooms Party

Wedding Party & Guest Travel Plans

Accommodation

Things to Do

Places to Eat

Getting Around

Climate & Island Dress Code

Language

Guest Book

Jackie & Steve

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Until the big day

Happily married

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