Family Photographer + Raro Escape

Kia Orana {Hello} literally means “may you live long” … My family and I recently took a much-needed family vacation to the Cook Islands.

Just a quick 4-hour flight from Auckland, New Zealand and we found ourselves standing in paradise.

As soon as we stepped off of the plane, we were greeted with clear blue skies above us, sunshine on our faces, the sound of a ukulele being played, and the beautiful fragrance of the Frangipani, I just knew we had done the right thing.

And with this … for the first time in a very long time, I turned off my phone for 7 days and disconnected myself from the world of constant demands – completely taking the time to embrace my surroundings.  The climate was truly more than perfect, the people the biggest of smiles, and provided us with the warmest of welcomes.

The Island of Rarotonga and the Cook Island people stole our hearts.  Here is just little snippet of what ‘paradise’ looked like to us.

I am honoured to be a part of the wonderful Moments that Matter blog circle, follow the links to enjoy some fabulous work. Starting with the brilliant Justine in Australia.

A shout out to Amelia from the Flight Centre, Cambridge for booking our Raro Escape on such short notice and the staff at Edgewater Resort for being so accommodating.

Cook Island Facts:

Population 17,791 (2011 Census information)

There are 15 islands that make up the Cook Islands

Rarotonga being the most popular tourist stop

The volcanic island of Rarotonga stands over 14,750 feet (4,500 meters) above the ocean floor.

Rarotonga is 32km and takes 45 minutes to drive around it, there is only 2 ways you can go – left or right