Group from New Zealand fascinated by Pacific vibe

By Anina Kazaz ,

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ENJOYING THE PACIFIC ATMOSPHERE: Phillip Lee, George Hoffman, Raylene Lee, Gillon Muirhod, Kirsty Muirhod, Robyn Hoffman, Georgia Tippett and Tomy Tippet in town.

ENJOYING THE PACIFIC ATMOSPHERE: Phillip Lee, George Hoffman, Raylene Lee, Gillon Muirhod, Kirsty Muirhod, Robyn Hoffman, Georgia Tippett and Tomy Tippet in town. (Photo: Anina Kazaz)

A group of eight from New Zealand loves their island getaway in Samoa.

It is the first time for the lot to visit Samoa and they arrived on Sunday. However, some of them have been to some Pacific Islands before. 

 “It seems to be more commercialised than Rarotonga. We did not have a lot of time to explore, but from what we saw so far it’s perfect,” Kirsty Murihod said. 

 “In Samoa there are bigger and higher buildings and a lot of greenery in town. We will be going around more to explore the island.”

The Dear Tourist team met the group walking along the streets of Apia.

 “We are here for a quiet holiday and relax. It seems to be a good place for that,” Phillip Lee said.

Meeting locals is an important part of their experience.  

 “The people we’ve met here have been really friendly. It’s interesting to have a conversation with them,” Phillip said. 

 “They told us how it is in the villages, which is fascinating.” 

The group plans to visit a village before they leave next week Monday. 

 “We are planning to go to a culture evening, the fiafia night,” Kirsty shared. 

 “We haven’t had the opportunity yet to try the local food, so we definitely are going to have some.”

They all agreed that Samoa could do with some street signs improvement. 

 “There have been no street signs anywhere. Despite that, the service we had was really good.”

Tropical fruits, people, nature and climate have been some of the highlights of their trip so far. 

 “I will definitely go home and recommend Samoa as a holiday destination and maybe come back again or even go to another Pacific Island,” Kirsty said.

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