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Luxury holiday in Rarotonga while supporting NZ Motor Industry owners

Luxury holiday in Rarotonga while supporting NZ Motor Industry owners

Posted on 4th June 2021 by Russell Phillips

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Many employees in the New Zealand motor industry deferred holidays to “hold the fort.” That leave has accumulated and now needs to be used.

Covid-19 has been a stressful time for us all. Whether you were busy or not, there were challenges for us all. Now we have moved into the new normal for a few months there is some light on the horizon that we may just be approaching the tail end of the global pandemic.

When choosing a holiday spot, supporting New Zealand business is top of mind for many of us. We head away on leave to the ski resort locations of Queenstown or other winter holiday spots in New Zealand. While we do not wish to underplay the importance of supporting all of New Zealand, let’s not forget New Zealanders own businesses in locations like Rarotonga; a country in free association with NZ that uses NZ currency.

Try supporting kiwis while enjoying warmth, sunshine, clear blue skies, warm aqua blue water at a magnificent tropical resort.

The owners of Manuia Beach Resort are not only New Zealanders; they are prominent New Zealand motor industry professionals. This is not just any resort. It is Manuia Beach Resort, one of Rarotonga’s exclusive resorts.

Imagine having a business that had no customers for 14 months while the international and NZ borders were closed. The Vinsens had the decency to keep all their staff employed during this period. Those staff have were redeployed to refurbish the resort to maintain impeccable standards.

Is this the type of company that deserves your hard-earned holiday budget? Of course, they are! The Vinsens are legends for the support they provided their workers and family.

The four Vinsen Brothers, Richard, David, Mike, and Ian are known in New Zealand for their involvement in Mike Vinsen Suzuki and Mike Vinsen Motors for some 40 years. David Vinsen is Chief Executive Officer of the Vehicle Importers Association and former Chair of Intelligent Transports Systems NZ.

You can now travel to Rarotonga and back quarantine free:

Manuia Beach Resort will put together a preferential package for those in the motor industry tailor made to your budget. Just mention the Automotive Employment NZ article when your booking. Email or book online to contact the Manuia Beach Resort Manager. Please use PROMO CODE (Automotive Employment)

You can also talk to the team at Automotive Employment NZ who can organise a direct line to the Vinsens on Rarotonga so you can further discuss your visit. Email and we will arrange a more personal introduction.

This absolute beach front resort overlooks a sparkling azure blue lagoon:

Rest at the pool edge with clear blue skies in temperatures ranging from 25 to 30 degrees all year round and soak in the views across the beach, through the lagoon and onwards to the waves crashing on the barrier reef beyond. From mid-June (early July) onwards Hump backed whales visit Rarotonga and can be viewed breaching right in front of you outside the lagoon. This magnificent sight is complimented in the evenings by spectacular purple and red sunsets on the island.

No luxury resort is complete without an infinity pool, and this box is also ticked in a significant way.


Sip a refreshing tropical cocktail delivered to you from the On the Beach Restaurant and Bar, while lying on your recliner on the beach, or enjoy gourmet Polynesian inspired meals in the restaurant while you trail your toes through the sandy floor at Manuia Beach. Kayaks and snorkeling gear are all available for your use at the resort.

Manuia Beach Resort has activities and entertainment everyday often producing entertainment that delights and surprises guests.

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Accommodation options


There are 6 beach front units, 18 premium garden units, a luxury 2-bedroom bungalow and a 5-bedroom beachfront family bungalow.

  • Accommodation options range from the VIP beachfront suites, VIP Premium Garden Suites, Beachfront Suits, 2-bedroom apartments and premium garden suits. The luxury 2 bedroom apartment is a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom upstairs apartment with its own fully equipped kitchen, TV and spacious outside deck; ideal for an adult family or two couples“



  • The resort is adults only, meaning 16 years and over.


  • In virtually every review we have observed Manuia Beach Resort ranks highly with an average ranking review of 4.5 out of 5.The resort was also selected by the Cook Island Tourist Board as the official venue for welcoming function when “bubble” opened on 17 March perhaps further underlining how well is captures the true luxury resort feel that is Manuia Beach Resort.


Mention you are employed in the motor industry or have read this article and qualify for the following special offer

  • A $150 food and beverage credit to be used at Manuia award wining restaurant

  • 3 days vehicle hire free

  • Applies for all booking 6 days or longer

  • Terms and conditions apply

​Please use PROMO CODE (Automotive Employment)

Other services and activities


Vehicle Rental

In keeping with their motoring roots, the Vinsen family also run a vehicle rental and scooter rental business. Picks ups from the airport to the resort make arrivals easy, and even easier when you can rent your vehicle for the duration of your stay directly from the resort.


Rarotonga Game Fishing Charters


If you enjoy fishing, the Vinsen family will show you the next level and have a family-owned game fishing charter operation. Just ask when you book.

Yellow Fin Tuna, Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, Sailfish and Marlin are here in Rarotonga in natural abundance. The island is surrounded by a lagoon, which often extends more than a hundred meters to the reef, then slopes steeply to deep water. Rarotonga's drop-off's offer ideal conditions as the water depth surrounding the island lies between 1000 and 4000m