Akaiami Island located approximately 13 kilimetres from mainland Aitutaki, is the historical site where the flying boats landed which were operated by TEAL, Tasman Empire Airlines now known as Air New Zealand.


Passengers would disembark at the jetty on Akaiami and then travel by boat to Rarotonga Island. You can still view the old jetty that was used.


The Teal Retreat has been rebuilt where the original terminal stood. The Resort consists of a 1 bedroom lodge constructed out of Mango, Pine, Mahogany, Coconut, and Micro Kapa. The master bedroom features a double bed with mosquito netting. The overisized lounge features a dining table and chairs with ceiling fan and also a double bed and single bed. The bathroom features a flush toilet and shower.


The fully equipped kitchen features fridge/freezer, cook top, coffee plunger, and toaster. There is solar power with hot water. Newly constructed are two beachfront studio bungalows. They should be ready for occupancy approximately December 2003.


Transfers to the island are provided by wooden boat. There is a caretaker on the property to look after your needs. Akaiami Paradise Lodge can accommodate up to 8 persons in the lodge. Free use of Kayaks. Children Welcome.

Property Type
Extra Person
Child (5-12)
Infant (under 2)
Lodge (min 3 nights/sleeps max 8)