Cook Islands

The considerably longer-distance Tahiti – Rarotonga flight was operated on a typical Tahiti Air ATR prop plane, so we cruised just above the clouds for some three hours until we arrived in the Cook Islands. We touched down in Rarotonga, capital and largest island of the Cook Islands, in the afternoon. We had a booking … More Cook Islands

French Polynesia

The time had finally come for us to arrive in one of the destinations we’d been most looking forward to for our entire trip: French Polynesia. We left New Zealand on the morning of Ian’s 30th birthday, March 22nd, and as the product of yet another crossing of the date line, we arrived in Papeete, … More French Polynesia

New Zealand

North Island The flight from Fiji to Auckland was quite challenging, as there was some fairly extreme weather happening in New Zealand at the time. The flight was fraught with quite serious turbulence, but we eventually landed safely. Customs on the New Zealand side was quite strict as well, and our hiking boots and tent … More New Zealand

Fiji

Nadi We eventually touched down on a stretch of land in the azure seas, some three hours after we left Samoa. The land was not what one thinks of when one thinks of Fiji, as much it was industrialized and paved over with tarmac. This was Nadi, on the largest island of Fiji, Viti Levu, … More Fiji