Stew DownUnder


Stew DownUnder

This profile will include personal travel commentary, recommendations, and a few snapshots while on tour overseas or inter-state (within Australia) from 2018 onwards. Enjoy and feel free to comment. Cheers Stew (Adelaide, Australia)

Oceania » Cook Islands » Aitutaki July 25th 2018

Stewdate: 25-07-18 After checking out of the Rarotonga Pacific Resort, I was transferred by mini-coach to the Rarotonga Domestic Airport and connected with Air Rarotonga GZ614 (on a Saab 340 turbo-prop) for a mid-morning 40-minute flight to the second largest Cook Island of Aitutaki. On arrival, I had a short 10-minute transfer to the Henry-family owned "Tamanu Beach Resort " on the west coast of the island for a 5-night stay in a 1-bedroom bungalow. The hospitality at the resort was evident with being greeted on arrival at reception with a fruit juice and being shown to the bungalow before noon!. This is a lovely place for just relaxing / walking on the beach / snorkelling on the reef. Enjoyed a relaxing evening meal (lamb rack) and Lion Red beer at the Tamanu Restaurant & Bar. ... read more
Stew - Aitutaki Lagoon
Maina Superstore (Arutanga)
Aitutaki's highest point (Maunga-pu)

Oceania » Cook Islands » Rarotonga July 24th 2018

Stewdate: 22-07-18 So I finally arrived in Rarotonga (Avarua), the largest of the Cook Islands after a 4 hour flight from Auckland with Air New Zealand, on a warm cloudy afternoon and realised it's still Sunday (the day I departed Adelaide!) after crossing the international dateline! A trip to Hawaii in 2011 was the only other time I had experienced this sensation, and I am still yet to fly right across the Pacific! The 20-minute transfer from Avarua gave me the opportunity to view about half (the eastern side) the island, with tropical forests and cloud-shrouded peaks inland (to the right-side of the road) and coastal views (to the left-side of the road), before arriving for a 3-night stay at the "Pacific Resort Rarotonga" on Muri Beach. Although I was contemplating a retirement decision, I enjoyed ... read more
John - Island Discovery Tour Guide
Stew - Captain Tama's Lagoon Cruise
Captain Tama's Lagoon Cruise

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