Back To The Future

Trip Start Nov 03, 2009
Trip End Jul 15, 2010

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Flag of Cook Islands  , Southern Cook Islands,
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

We had a quick overnight visit to Rarotonga before flying to Aitutaki the next day. Flying out from Auckland was slightly stressful as we realise that our max weight was just 20 kg- not 25 kg, we had a bit over 20kg each plus a cooler-bag full with food as we been told that it was food shortage on Aitutaki after the cyclone. Sure we should have done our shopping in Rarotonga but we were too organised and picked up all bits and pieces in Auckland! Cue $120 excess baggage fee!

After a hefty pay-out to Air NZ we were on the move to Rarotonga! When we arrived it was raining heavily, but we had a pickup that took us to our hostel/hotel 30 sec away from the airport! At least we didn't get wet as it was thrashing down - best 10 bucks we ever spent.
At Aquarius we met a Canadian couple that we had dinner with. As we were sitting scratching our heads not knowing what to do with our extra 15kg flying out to Aitutaki the day after, Matt & Steph offered to look after some of our belongings then store it at Aquarius for the rest of the time until we got back to Rarotonga in 3 weeks time. So big thank you to Mat & Steph!

James and I decided to go for the cheap option and stay in the dorm. Not that we are a big fan of them but a double room was just silly money, and as it was just one night before going to our beach hut paradise we thought 'what ever'...The funny thing was that it was just me and James in our 25 bed dorm!! After a rainy night we went for a stroll to "town" before flying out to Aitutaki in order to get a few rare souvenirs/postcards for friends and family. That was literally it though before we caught our afternoon flight.

So just 4 passengers on our little propeller flight! And we got away with being a few kilos over, The trip took us 45 minutes and we landed on a cloudy day sadly but caught amazing views of the lagoon from the plane as we landed - photos to come in our next entry.

One more funny thing that happened when we actually got to Aitutaki was the bottles of booze in a bag we had so carefully nurtured all the way from Auckland Duty Free were so laden with fruit & veg, that when James stepped off the plane and onto the tarmac the handles gave way and a 1 litre bottle of gin was sadly no more! the Rum survived but the gin didn't! I wasn't happy but the Rum was nice!

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