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Post Office at the end of street leading off the harbour and phone booth with prepaid phone cards.

Wifi is fast in the harbour, but you have to buy the access pass in the post office or local stores. Monthly special (June 2017): 2 GB for 30NZD valid 15 days.

Banks

ANZ is located in Amuri at Mango Trading, open Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm.

Westpac is located in Arutanga and is only open Wednesday 9.30am to 3pm.

There is also an ATM located outside the Westpac Branch in Arutanga.

Laundry

Some people may help, ask the health officer.

Provisions

Several stores carry a limited supply of groceries, but provisioning is not cheap as everything is shipped in once a month from NZ.

Fresh fruit and vegetables are available here, of reasonable quality. There is a daily market right next to the harbour.

Transport & Travel

Several car, scooter and bicycle rental companies on the island. Water-taxi are available too.

Air Rarotonga has regular scheduled flights from Rarotonga up to four or five times daily (except Sundays). Standard fare (2011) was about NZ$269, however it is possible to secure fares as low as NZ$108.

Medical/Health

Public hospital on the island.

Activities

Hiking, snorkelling tours in the lagoon, deepsea fishing and scuba available.

Bishops Cruises
Aitutaki
VHF Channel 09
Professionally done lagoon tours with friendly crew.

Attractions

Marae, beautiful beaches, Bill's botanical garden.

Restaurants & Bars

Cafe Tupuna
Aitutaki
Tel:31678
Gourmet cuisine at affordable prices in a nice setting!
nahoa
nahoa says:
Nov 28, 2017 09:41 AM

Costs as of August 2017:
$57 for customs.
$65 per person for departure fee.
$25 for health inspector.
$20 for bio inspector.
Total: $232 for 2 persons plus an anchorage fee of $5/day.

nahoa
nahoa says:
Nov 28, 2017 09:28 AM

Kiteboarders, PLEASE BE AWARE: Due to the health officer, you are no longer allowed to use your dinghy once anchored inside Aitutaki to venture into the lagoon. The kiteboarding location is not accessible via land. Any cruiser wanting to kiteboard Aitutaki MUST hire the local tour operator at $35 per person per day to taxi them to the kite island. This came into effect August 25, 2017. We had planned to spend an entire month here. We left in under one week due to this new law.

Side note: If you do decide to kite this 1st class location, talk to WAHOO charters to get a group daily rate to taxi you to the kite beach. Great fellow with better service and better prices than the local kite companies.

Steve.Westwood
Steve.Westwood says:
Jul 22, 2017 03:55 AM

We tried to get into Aitutaki in June 2017 at the very top of a spring tide. We draw 1.7m and ran aground (on sand) about half way down the channel, before the shallow part marked on the chart! I dinghied in later and was told by locals that even a 1.6m draft would have been pushing it.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jul 10, 2017 08:23 PM

Also reported by stefandec:
I was anchored in the middle of the anchoring field, with two ropes going to the (only) two palmtrees on shore.
Here are our departure costs:
Departure Fee: 65NZD/pp
Customs Fee: 57NZD
Mooring Fee: 5NZD/pd

stefandec
stefandec says:
Jun 20, 2017 06:53 PM

The mooring fee in the anchorage next to the harbor is now 5 NZD/day
The health officer came on board monday morning, and left after 20 minutes. He sprayed for bugs and collected the weekday fee (25NZD) [ 40NZD on weekends ]
The customs and immigration clearing in took about 30 minutes. Very friendly people. No fees to be paid until departure. Wifi is fast in the harbour, but you have to buy the access pass in the post office or stores. Buying online does not work (certificate error). I paid for the monthly special: 2 GB for 30NZD valid 15 days

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