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Food costs for 9 days in Rarotonga

Food is usually the 3rd highest cost of a holiday so if you're wanting to be careful with your spending in this area you should set yourself a total amount you want to spend and break it down to an each day cost.

 

We set our food budget to $400 per person on our recent trip to Rarotonga. Being the tropics, we tend to eat only fruit for breakfast so only the cost of  lunch and dinner was needed to be covered each day and we thought a maximum of $20 per meal would be a good average.

 

Our visit was a total of 9 days so I allowed $40per person per day + a little for the times spent at airports if needed. Hoping we didn’t need that much we thought we might afford a few cocktails during our stay with this amount each set aside.

 

Not wanting to be too frugal this trip we decided to source some cheaper eating places as research for the blog ;) as well as a couple of restaurant meals to see if it was still possible to spend less than our allocated $40 per person, per day.

 

On return from our visit, I added up our food costs and was shocked to find we only spent $265 each on eating out. This did afford us a few cocktails while here and with our duty free bottle of bourbon when arrived kept alcohol costs down. Food wasn’t needed at airports in transit as Virgin provided food during all flights and we only spent a total of $20 buying fruit and UHT milk for coffee in our accommodation.

Roadside stall, roadside stall Rarotonga, buy local, support the locals in Rarotonga,
Roadside Stall, Titikaveka, Rarotonga

FOOD COSTS FROM OUR 2019 TRIP

Total amount spent was $600 for 2 people over 9 days.

 

MONDAY

REEFSIDE RAROTONGA

2 x Coffee  $10

THE MOORING FISH CAFE

2 x Fish Sandwich  $30

1 x Fruit smoothie  $7.50

CHARLIE’S CAFE

Vegetable Panini shared  $18

TOTAL COST  $65.50nz

 

TUESDAY

LBV

2 x Coffee  $10

DELI-LICIOUS CAFÉ

2 x Breakfast special  $20

1 x OJ shared  $5

(dinner at Island dancing show)

TOTAL COST$35.00nz

 

WEDNESDAY

DELI-LICIOUS CAFÉ

2 x Breakfast special  $20

1 x Coffee  $5

ROADSIDE STALL

Coconut water (Nu)  $5

MURI NIGHT MARKET

1 x Lamb curry & rice  $16

1 x Chicken & rice  $16

TOTAL COST  $62.00nz

 

THURSDAY

Fruit for breakfast

REEFSIDE RAROTONGA

2 x Coffee  $10

CHARLIE’S CAFÉ

1 x Fish sandwich shared  $14

PALACE  TAKEAWAY

2 x Chicken Burger $16

TOTAL COST  $40.00nz

 

FRIDAY

Fruit for breakfast

REEFSIDE RAROTONGA

2 x Coffee  $10

THE MOORING FISH CAFÉ

1 x Fish sandwich shared  $15

SPAGHETTI HOUSE

2 x Chicken Fettuccini $46

TOTAL COST $71.00nz

 

SATURDAY

PUNANGA NUI MARKET

2 x Egg & Bacon Roll  $14

2 x Smoothie  $10

COCONUT CRAB  CAFÉ

1 x Tuna Sammie  $6

1 x Chicken Roti Wrap  $6

2 x Coffee  $10

Made own tea in accom.

TOTAL COST  $46.00nz

 

SUNDAY

REEFSIDE RAROTONGA

2 x Coffee  $10

THE MOORING FISH CAFÉ

2 x Fish sandwich  $30

MURI NIGHT MARKET

1 x Pizza shared  $20

TOTAL COST $60.00nz

 

 

MONDAY

Breakfast provided at Club Raro

THE MOORING FISH CAFÉ

2 x Fish sandwich $30

SPAGHETTI HOUSE

1 x Vegetable Fettuccini $17.50

1 x Chicken Calzone $18

TOTAL COST $65.50nz

 

TUESDAY

Breakfast provided at Club Raro

REEFSIDE RAROTONGA

2 x Coffee  $10

THE MOORING

FISH CAFÉ

2 x Fish Sandwich  $30

VAIANA’S

1 x Chicken skewers w/salad  $15

1 x Fish & Chips  $15

TOTAL COST $70.00nz

 

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DUTY FREE

Alcohol  $25

GROCERIES

Fruit & UHT milk  $20

DRINKS PURCHASED

4 Cocktails  $40

TOTAL COST EXTRAS $85.00nz

 

TOTAL HOLIDAY FOOD  COSTS  $600 nzd

Breakfast special, $10 brakfast Rarotonga, Eat cheap in Rarotonga, Deli-licious Cafe,
Deli-Licious Cafe Breakfast Special $10. A perfect brunch on a budget.

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