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The Cook Islands With ANZ & AC (pics) Part 3 Of 3

Sun Aug 24, 2014 5:54 pm

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Good day fellow A.nutters (I say it with love)

The third part of my report should've been done two years ago. Unfortunately I have been so busy and always kept putting it off. I do apologize for that, but better late than never. In case you have not read my previous reports you can see them here:

Part 1 of 3
The Cook Islands W. AC ANZ & RAR - Part 1 Of 3 (pi (by vio Jun 29 2012 in Trip Reports)

Part 2 of 3
Cook Islands 2of3 (RAR-AIT W. Air Raro) Pix (by vio Jun 30 2012 in Trip Reports)

To recap the two previous reports, my wife and I, after getting married on June 9 2012 we flew the very next day from Canada to The Cook Islands for our two week honeymoon. We departed June 10th from Windsor,Ontario, Canada and flew with Air Canada Jazz, Air Canada and Air New Zealand on the YQG-YYZ-LAX-RAR route (see part 1 of 3). We also spent some day on the island of Aitutaki flying with the one and only Air Rarotonga (See part 2 of 3). Part 3 of 3 focuses back on the main island of Rarotonga where we spent most of our time having fun at the beach, eating good food, partying, flying and just enjoying our time together as newlyweds.

After returning from Aitutaki we went back to our Rarotonga Backpackers cabin and settled right back in. We still had another week to enjoy the Cook Islands and we planned to do a few specific things; one of them being a hike up the inner island mountains. We made it to the base of the island before it started pouring like crazy. It's not that we minded the rain, because it was really warm, but we were worried about the condition of the trails. We decided to abandon our quest and postpone it for another day. We ended up spending the 20th of June hanging out on the patios with our newfound Swiss friends and at night we rented movie and watched it in our cabin while outside it rained relentlessly.


The main port in Avarua, Rarotonga
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A little coffee shop became our temporary shelter from the torrential rain
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The following morning we woke up to a beautiful sunny day. This was exactly what I was hoping for because that day I planned to visit Air Rarotonga and rent their (only) C-172 to fly around the island. I got in contact with one of the managers / pilots and I arranged this trip a few days beforehand. Gabriela and I rode our rented scooter to the airport and we were welcomed by David. He gave us a nice tour of their facilities and must say the hangar of Air Rarotonga has one of the best scenic views I've ever seen. David would also be the instructor pilot. Originally, I wanted to rent the plane and fly it solo, but I only hold a Canadian license and to fly Cook Island registered planes, I need a New Zealand pilot license. I could've applied for a temporary PPL from the NZ Authority, but it wasn't worth it for a one time flight.

Driving by one of the satellite dishes near the telecom headquarters. The COM link to Rarotonga.
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Air Rarotonga's Cessna 172
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Doing a quick walk around:
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The control tower in Rarotonga:
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Taxiing to the active:
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We took off runway 08 and flew over Avarua and headed out to open ocean then ended up circling the island in a clockwise direction. Rarotonga has a circumference of about 35 - 40 kms so it's not terribly big. It looks very remote with endless ocean around it.
Avarua:

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Notice the port in Avarua (above I posted a picture of a ship anchored there)
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The airport seen from the North side:
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More picture from the air:
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The South side of the island near Muri Beach:
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Gabriela enjoying the ride from the back seat.
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Basic panel. Note the absence of the heading indicator:
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Threshold of runway 08
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Coming back to the airport:
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Left downwind runway 08:
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Landing runway 08
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Final runway 08:
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The flight was great. I've always dreamed of flying around the South Pacific and landing on a tropical island. I can say I've achieved that dream. Now only if Air Rarotonga would hire me  http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa275/vludusan/DSC_4088.jpg

Before saying good-bye to David and Air Rarotonga we got another quick tour of their Embraer 120. Nice little aircraft that serves their operation quite well.
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A few more pictures from around the island:

Partying at the local "mini-golf & pub"  I wonder what sport is playing on the telly...  http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa275/vludusan/IMG_3523.jpg

The Avarua harbor again:
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Gabriela enjoying a drink at one of the local bars:
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A little kitty enjoying our company (and part of our lunch)
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Some plane / people spotting:
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Air Tahiti ATR inbound from Papeete, French Plynesia:
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Air Rarotonga's only Saab 340 lining up 08, departing to Aitutaki
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Air Tahiti starting its return leg to French Polynesia
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People fishing on the edge of the reef.
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While others gather to watch planes : "Rush our" Rarotonga style
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There she is... straight from Auckland, New Zealand:
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The airport terminal seen from the South side of the runway
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My scooter:
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Air Rarotonga's hangar:
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Firehall at Rarotonga Airport:
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The Control Tower:
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Hanging out on our cabin porch:


Hiking on the island (we finally made it)
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Air Rarotonga EMB-120 landing
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Our porch:


Our cabin (not bad for around $70 Canadian Dollars / night)
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My wife cooking:


Coconut water:
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This right here is my dream... Sailing the Pacific on a catamaran:
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Rarotonga Market:
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Pretty important storage:
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The parlament?
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My last tour around the island before we left:
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My fav. place  

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Our flight from Rarotonga to Los Angeles was late at night on Saturday. The evening of, we had a chance to eat some great pizza and have a few drinks before heading to the airport:
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Saturday, June 23, 2012
Air New Zealand # 18

Rarotonga (RAR) to Los Angeles International (LAX)
Departure (RAR): June 23, 11:15 PM CKT (evening)
Arrival (LAX): June 24, 11:45 AM PDT (morning)
Class: Economy
Aircraft Boeing 767


Once at the airport we checked in and had to pay the "departure tax" (This is the only think I did not like about the Cooks Islands). Why not pay it when you enter? The entire time we had to remember to save the $55 or so. Not a big deal, but a bit annoying
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Pretty famous guy:
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Our aircraft arrived from Auckland, NZ.
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Boarding:
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Saying goodbye to the Cook Islands:
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Unlike the flight from LAX to RAR, this one was packed:
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Not much to see outside:


Our route:
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Airplane Dinner. I can't say it was anything out of the ordinary, but that's because we have eaten already just 4 hours prior to boarding:
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Pretty long flight, but I was able to sleep for a large portion of it. Gabriela wasn't so lucky:


My breakfast:
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Gabriela's breakfast:
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Air Tahiti Nui - A340 most likely on the PPT - LAX route:
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Reaching the coast of United States:
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Arrival into LAX:
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Flightdeck of the Boeing 767:
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The 767 that brought us all the way from RAR to LAX:
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No denying where we are:
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Our layover in LAX was just a little over 3 hours. Once passing through US Customs we headed over to the Air Canada gates and boarded our flight to Calgary, AB.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Air New Zealand # 4764 Operated by: AIR CANADA -- AC 573 -

Los Angeles International (LAX) to Calgary International (YYC)
Departure (LAX): June 24, 3:00 PM PDT (afternoon)
Arrival (YYC): June 24, 6:54 PM MDT (evening)
Class: Economy Seat: 31C
Embraer 190


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RE: The Cook Islands With ANZ & AC (pics) Part 3 Of 3

Sun Aug 24, 2014 5:58 pm

Continued:

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We took off toward the West, once again flying over the Pacific, but this time only for a few minutes until the AC pilots turned our Embraer toward the NE, en route to Calgary. The flight was non-eventful and both of us slept for a good portion of it.
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Arrival into Calgary:
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We even did a missed approach:
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Once we passed through Canadian Customs, I decided to have another beer.... why not? My vacation wasn't over just yet:
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Gabriela's out:
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Sunday, June 24, 2012
Air Canada # 8342 Operated by: AIR CANADA EXPRESS - JAZZ

Calgary International (YYC) to Winnipeg (YWG)
Departure (YYC): June 24, 8:25 PM MDT (evening)
Arrival (YWG): June 24, 11:14 PM CDT (evening)

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After less than an hour and a half in Calgary, we boarded our final flight to Winnipeg. The flight itself was nothing special. It was fairly open, so we had plenty of room to "strech out" and try to get some rest. http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa275/vludusan/61.jpg



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Leaving Calgary behind:
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Finally, we arrived in Winnipeg.
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We were quite exhausted but relived to be back home. I must say that this was by far the best vacation I've ever had. If anyone wants to visit the Cook Islands, I highly recommend it. My wife and I can't wait to go back there and we promised we'll be there for our 5 year wedding anniversary. That will be in June 2017 and I have a feeling we'll be two + (at least one). Our (first) baby is due Sept. 23, 2014 and she'll definitely come with us. You can expect another Trip Report from me at that time   Until then, please leave a comment and keep an eye out for future trip reports that I will add here in the near future.

Regards

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RE: The Cook Islands With ANZ & AC (pics) Part 3 Of 3

Sun Aug 24, 2014 6:41 pm

Hi Vio

First of all congratulations on your becoming parents, I hope it all goes well!

And thanks for the interesting report, those are some really nice pictures you took. The two of you look like you're really enjoying your vacation, which makes the report fun to read. And it's hardly surprising, it really is such a stunningly beautiful corner of the word.

Air New Zealand look pretty good in Economy, even offering two full meals.

In any case, I look forward to reading your next trip report of the South Pacific - Flying to Cook Island with a toddler, or something like that...

Cheers,
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RE: The Cook Islands With ANZ & AC (pics) Part 3 Of 3

Sun Aug 24, 2014 9:38 pm

Thanks for the fantastic trip report! Good luck on your bundle of joy!
 
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RE: The Cook Islands With ANZ & AC (pics) Part 3 Of 3

Mon Aug 25, 2014 5:55 am

Nice report. I had no idea that ANZ served RAR with a 777. Btw, that california coast is a little island called Catalina. It's a Nice little getaway. Great view of it though
 
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RE: The Cook Islands With ANZ & AC (pics) Part 3 Of 3

Mon Aug 25, 2014 11:11 pm

So I assume it's worth visiting if you plan to return.

I apologise for my stupid question but my laptop travelling is slow and I missed a chunk of your report.

I heard Aitutaki is nice. But is the ocean swimming nice on the bigger main island?

[Edited 2014-08-25 16:15:11]
 
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RE: The Cook Islands With ANZ & AC (pics) Part 3 Of 3

Tue Aug 26, 2014 2:54 am

Quoting 29erUSA187 (Reply 4):
I had no idea that ANZ served RAR with a 777

Depending on time of year it goes from daily to 5 weekly with an 777 from Auckland, using an mix of 777-200/300ERs
 
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RE: The Cook Islands With ANZ & AC (pics) Part 3 Of 3

Tue Aug 26, 2014 9:13 pm

Hi Vio,

Stunning report with amazing pictures of an area rarely covered! i like very much the pic where people are waiting for the NZ aircraft to land, clearly planespotting is a worldwide activity   .

Quoting vio (Reply 1):
That will be in June 2017 and I have a feeling we'll be two + (at least one). Our (first) baby is due Sept. 23, 2014 and she'll definitely come with us.

Congratulations for this great news and all the best of luck !

Thanks for sharing
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RE: The Cook Islands With ANZ & AC (pics) Part 3 Of 3

Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:28 pm

The Cook Islands is a wonderful Place. Lovely People ! Been there twice ... A long ride from Norway ...

Thanx for this TR. Always Nice to see uppdates from that island nation  
 
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RE: The Cook Islands With ANZ & AC (pics) Part 3 Of 3

Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:01 am

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 7):
Stunning report with amazing pictures of an area rarely covered! i like very much the pic where people are waiting for the NZ aircraft to land, clearly planespotting is a worldwide activity .

Every time I've been to RAR, its like the whole Island Stops for the Daily NZ arrivals from AKL!
 
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RE: The Cook Islands With ANZ & AC (pics) Part 3 Of 3

Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:07 am

Thank you for the fun trip report you shared with us. Definitely a long way home but I am sure it is all worth it.
Having been to NAN flying ANZ Biz Premier and Economy, I really like Air NZ! Friendly and warm spirit throughout the flight.
Can't wait to travel to the Cook Islands with my +1. What an experience for you two over there!!
Congratulation on the baby!!
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Tue Sep 09, 2014 3:02 pm

Thanks everyone for the kind words and wishes on the new one. We're two weeks away from the official expected day.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 2):
And thanks for the interesting report, those are some really nice pictures you took. The two of you look like you're really enjoying your vacation, which makes the report fun to read. And it's hardly surprising, it really is such a stunningly beautiful corner of the word.

It's hard not to have a great time in such a beautiful part of the world. It was also just after our wedding so things were extra special. We had a fantastic time.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 2):
Air New Zealand look pretty good in Economy, even offering two full meals.

Yeah. Air New Zealand really impressed us, not necessary by the product they offered but the kindness of the crew. They were simply amazing (and I don't use that word loosely)

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 2):
In any case, I look forward to reading your next trip report of the South Pacific - Flying to Cook Island with a toddler, or something like that...

Yup. I'll def. put it up. Cheers  
Quoting fly2yyz (Reply 3):
Thanks for the fantastic trip report! Good luck on your bundle of joy!

Thanks a lot EH?  
Quoting 29erUSA187 (Reply 4):
Nice report. I had no idea that ANZ served RAR with a 777. Btw, that california coast is a little island called Catalina. It's a Nice little getaway. Great view of it though

Yeah, I didn't know either. I did see pictures of ANZ landing in RAR. An interesting fact, Canada 3000 used to fly there on their A330. I was blown away when I saw the picture. Thanks for the info on Catalina Island. I've been to LA quite a few times, but never made it to Catalina.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 5):
I heard Aitutaki is nice. But is the ocean swimming nice on the bigger main island?

Well we didn't swim in the "ocean" on either island. Both islands have lagoons and the swimming is amazing there. Both have a huge amount of fish and snorkelling is phenomenal.

Quoting zkncj (Reply 6):
Depending on time of year it goes from daily to 5 weekly with an 777 from Auckland, using an mix of 777-200/300ERs

Do they end up going to LA, or right back to Auckland?

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 7):
Stunning report with amazing pictures of an area rarely covered! i like very much the pic where people are waiting for the NZ aircraft to land, clearly plane spotting is a worldwide activity

Thanks! Indeed, every day you'd find people there waiting for the daily flights. I would've really liked to fly from RAR to French Polynesia.... maybe next time  
Quoting Mortyman (Reply 8):
Lovely People ! Been there twice ... A long ride from Norway

That's awesome. So like us, you really loved it there since you "bothered" to get there all the way from Norway. I'm curios, how did you get there? Did you fly via LA, or did you go via New Zealand?

Quoting zkncj (Reply 9):
Every time I've been to RAR, its like the whole Island Stops for the Daily NZ arrivals from AKL!

You guys are luck to live "so close" to the Cook Islands. I'd probably go there at least once a year.

Quoting nethkt (Reply 10):
Having been to NAN flying ANZ Biz Premier and Economy, I really like Air NZ! Friendly and warm spirit throughout the flight.
Can't wait to travel to the Cook Islands with my +1

How was NAN? It'd be nice to see a TR from there. Enjoy the Cooks... you'll love it.
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Tue Sep 09, 2014 9:11 pm

Quoting vio (Thread starter):
My wife cooking
Quoting vio (Thread starter):
Hanging out on our cabin porch

Good thing most of a.net is gay otherwise I can't imagine your wife being too happy about her legs and butt being shown.
 
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RE: The Cook Islands With ANZ & AC (pics) Part 3 Of 3

Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:09 am

Quoting YVRtoYYZ (Reply 12):
Good thing most of a.net is gay otherwise I can't imagine your wife being too happy about her legs and butt being shown.

That's funny. I hadn't even noticed. Kind of a dead giveaway I guess.

About swimming at Rarotonga and Aitutaki:

The lagoon swimming is much nicer at Aitutaki. Not that Raro is terrible, but the lagoons aren't as protected there. The blue color of the water at Aitutaki is astounding.
 
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Fri Sep 12, 2014 3:00 pm

Quoting vio (Reply 11):
That's awesome. So like us, you really loved it there since you "bothered" to get there all the way from Norway. I'm curios, how did you get there? Did you fly via LA, or did you go via New Zealand?

First trip:

SVG - LHR - LAX - PPT - RAR - AIT - RAR - PPT - AKL - SYD - AKL - LAX - LHR - SVG

My second trip:

SVG - LHR - LAX - PPT - RAR - AIT - RAR - AKL - APW - LAX - LHR - SVG

Quoting YVRtoYYZ (Reply 12):
Good thing most of a.net is gay otherwise I can't imagine your wife being too happy about her legs and butt being shown.

You know for a fact that most of the 175886 registered user on a.net are gay ?

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RE: The Cook Islands With ANZ & AC (pics) Part 3 Of 3

Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:13 am

Quoting YVRtoYYZ (Reply 12):
Good thing most of a.net is gay otherwise I can't imagine your wife being too happy about her legs and butt being shown.

Haha... Ah, she doesn't mind. It's her bathing suit anyway.  
Quoting aklrno (Reply 13):
he lagoon swimming is much nicer at Aitutaki. Not that Raro is terrible, but the lagoons aren't as protected there. The blue color of the water at Aitutaki is astounding.

The lagoon in Aitutaki is pretty hard to beat. The issue there is that you need a guide to snorkel (for the most part). I also found the Rarotonga lagoon to be more lively. Lots more tourists there.

Quoting Mortyman (Reply 14):
First trip:

SVG - LHR - LAX - PPT - RAR - AIT - RAR - PPT - AKL - SYD - AKL - LAX - LHR - SVG

My second trip:

SVG - LHR - LAX - PPT - RAR - AIT - RAR - AKL - APW - LAX - LHR - SVG

Wow, that's amazing! How did you get from Apia to LAX? What airline? I imagine you flew with Air Tahiti Nui from LAX to PPT and then Air Tahiti from PPT - RAR and RAR - AKL with Air new zealand?
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Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:36 pm

Quoting vio (Reply 15):
How did you get from Apia to LAX?

Air New Zealand Boeing 767-300 ER
 
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Thu Sep 18, 2014 12:56 am

Quoting Mortyman (Reply 16):
Air New Zealand Boeing 767-300 ER

That's awesome! I had no idea they flew this route.
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Sun Sep 21, 2014 1:21 pm

Hi Vio,

Quoting vio (Thread starter):
To recap the two previous reports, my wife and I, after getting married on June 9 2012 we flew the very next day from Canada to The Cook Islands for our two week honeymoon.

Congrats on your new life together!

Quoting vio (Thread starter):
Final runway 08:

Oh I do envy you!!  .

Quoting vio (Thread starter):
Our cabin (not bad for around $70 Canadian Dollars / night)

That's nice your own cabin in such exotic settings.

Quoting vio (Thread starter):
Once we passed through Canadian Customs, I decided to have another beer.... why not? My vacation wasn't over just yet:

Cheers lol!!

Quoting vio (Thread starter):
Our (first) baby is due Sept. 23, 2014 and she'll definitely come with us.

Today is Sept 21, 2014. Looking to hear your good news soon!!
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Wed Sep 24, 2014 2:55 am

Thanks for the comments flightsimboy

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 18):
Today is Sept 21, 2014. Looking to hear your good news soon!!

Well, I'm happy to announce that yesterday (Sept 22, 2014) my wife and I welcomed our little daughter into the world. Her name is Alice.   She's def. coming with us to Rarotonga.   We're planning a 5 year wedding anniversary trip, so it'll be 2017. 
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Wed Sep 24, 2014 5:31 am

Quoting vio (Reply 17):
That's awesome! I had no idea they flew this route.

Route is now gone,

They used to fly,
NAN-LAX
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PPT-LAX
 
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Wed Sep 24, 2014 6:46 pm

Oh Wow, and thank you!  
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