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  • Day3

    Golf and more

    October 14, 2019 in Cook Islands ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    On Monday evening we strolled along the beach to Charlies a lively beach bar and had junk food burgers, chips beer and wine, lovely. Good atmosphere looking out over the sea and listening to the music.
    Tuesday I’d decided that I must take the opportunity to play at Rarotonga golf club which is close to the airport. So myself and caddy (Jane) took a taxi for the 15 minute ride. Unsurprisingly the course was fairly quiet. I had brought my shoes and glove but rented clubs - not the best but hey! It is a nine hole course with the main obstacles being the pylons scattered around. It was an interesting course, not likely to feature on either the PGA or European tour any time soon but I enjoyed it, though my caddy gave up after 5 holes!
    Went back to the hotel hopped on the bikes again to go to the Mooring cafe for their legendary fish sandwiches which were superb and in a lovely setting.
    Spent the remainder of the afternoon on the beach swimming and snorkelling.
    In the evening we had booked dinner at the OTB restaurant who collected us from the hotel and delivered us back. We went with a couple from NZ who were good fun giving us a few tips for when we are in NZ. There was of course a bit of banter on the potential for England v All Blacks in the rugby World Cup and England beating NZ in the cricket. Tomorrow, Wednesday, we leave Rarotonga and take a 45 minute flight to another of the Cook Islands where we are staying for three nights.
    Rarotonga is beautiful just as would imagine an island in the South Pacific to be, blue skies, amazing colour of the sea which is crystal clear. There are neither snakes or spiders on the island but dozens of churches for whom the congregations are dwindling.
    Talking to our taxi driver yesterday they are being affected by global warming. For many years on New Years Day a horse race would be held on Muri beach and six lanes would be created; now there is barely room for one. This happened over the past 50 years.
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    Tom Scott

    No doubt years of negotiating the trees at Copthorne stood you in good stead to tackle the pylons!

    John Townley

    We said we would love to go back there but it is a very long way. Delighted you found the golf interesting and the fish sandwiches at Moorings delicious. Enjoy your next step!

  • Day5

    The Great Migration departure point

    August 10 in Cook Islands ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Departure point for the Great Migration circa 1350CE to NZ. Seven vaka, "canoes", sailed out through this inlet as the local Māori set forth in the search for new lands, likely not on the same day as each "canoe" may have been a flotilla of many actual double hulled boats. The vaka Aotea landed in Auckland. Takitumu at East Cape, Mataatua in Whakatane, Arava in Maketu, Tainui eventually landed at Kawhia, Tokomaru vaka at Whangaparaoa and Kuraaupo near North Cape. The Rarotonga legends vary a bit from NZ Māori versions but it's clear a large migration did leave from here for NZ around 1350.Read more

  • Day127

    Rarotonga - Tag 4

    February 3, 2019 in Cook Islands ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

    Es regnet und ich bin mehr oder weniger an meine Unterkunft gebunden. Schade, da ich mir ein wenig das Inselinnere, sprich die Berge von Rarotonga ansehen wollte. Stattdessen kümmere ich mich nun um meine Reiseplanung für Neuseelands Südinsel, die ich in 2 Tagen erreichen werde. Vielleicht gar nicht so verkehrt.

    Um 14:00 Uhr nutze ich das regenfreie Fenster und mache mich mit meinem Roller auf den Weg zum Muri Beach. Ein kleiner Strandspaziergang, um mir noch ein wenig die Beine zu vertreten. Kaum dort angekommen und die ersten Meter gelaufen, hatte ich auch schon eine rotbraune vierbeinige Begleiterin für die nächste Stunde. 😄

    Zurück in meiner Unterkunft lernte ich wenig später Frauken und Volker, ein nettes deutsches Ehepaar aus Vancouver (Kanada) kennen. Sie sind heute angekommen, beide Mitte 70, viel auf Reisen und jetzt für 1 Monat auf Rarotonga. Sie laden mich zum Kaffee in Ihr Stelzenhäuschen gegenüber ein und wir plauschen eine ganze Weile.
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  • Day36


    January 19, 2018 in Cook Islands ⋅ ☁️ 84 °F

    We were to land on the island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands today, but high winds and rough seas made docking impossible. We circumnavigated the island so that we could all get photographs, then we set about celebrating Glenda's birthday.

    Glenda is very confused about crossing the International Date Line tomorrow. She writes:
    Today is a sea day so I am spending time trying to figure out how tomorrow(Sunday) is gone and Monday will be tomorrow all because of an imaginary line called the international date line. Where will tomorrow(Sunday)go and can I get it back and if my birthday were tomorrow(Sunday)would I not become a year older and if I owed a bill due tomorrow( Sunday) would I have to pay it?????? Who invented this stuff? Anyway, see you Monday cause tomorrow will never come 😱😱I am so confused but the sea is beautiful and life is lovely.

    Chef Mathur prepared an exquisite birthday cake for her. We celebrated with Kathy and Gil Dickson, and also Bill and Jo Mellor at Manfredi's for supper.
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  • Day84

    Ariki Bungalows

    June 2, 2016 in Cook Islands ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Am Flughafen gab es eine Blumenkette, wie ihr auf Bild 2 sehen könnt. Das Appartement ist ganz schön und hat Kühlschrank, Küche und alles was man braucht, umsichtig selbst zu versorgen. Klima kostet extra, also vertraue ich dem Ventilator. Zumindest von meiner Terrasse kann ich das Meer sehen 😆. Jules und Kave meine Vermieter sind super nett und hilfsbereit.Read more

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