we made it to Aitutaki Atol it was a strange experience for me very relax plane trip where you get called to board 5mins before departure! the flight itself was amazing only 45mins and take off and landing we got to see the islands from the sky - a free sight seeing tour! It is just stunning. We arrived in Aitutaki to be met by our accommodation manager barefoot - no flower necklesses that's only for non backpacker accommodation! Our lovely bungalow over looked the sea on the sunset side it was nice self catering but basic stuff. A bit pricy for what it was but still nice. Food wise the shops of the island where basic too as it is mainly stuff they grow there otherwise imported at cost (it seems to be mainly corned beef!). So we got back to basics cooking wise and had fish curry with local herbs and roots and cocnut! the tuna was amazing and fresh. Unfortunately our first 5 days where overcast and rainy but it gave us an excuse to be totally lazy and I caught up with my post cards and reading!!! Martin practiced guitar (not that he needs to). Then the sun came out for our last 6 days! wow the lagoon colours are out of this world we did a snorkel trip and saw 15 or so angle rays we swam over them for about 10 mins. We also stopped on 2 untouched motos (islands) in the lagoon for lunch and strolling. It is so worth going to Aitutaki just for that. We also did more cycling round the island but it was way more humid then Rartonga. We kayaked on the lagoon and did lots of snorkelling from our bungalow. Oh yes we saw some more local dancing including fire dancing good but not quiet up to Thai standards.
Though Aitutaki was gorgeous we where ready to leave after 11 nights especially as the non local bungalow manager was a bit stressy with us about a phone call we had to make (my lovely old mobile company back home have been sending debt collector letters for a closed account!! silly sods!). We had one more night in rarotonga which was great we had the best sunset of our trip to not the best fish n chips. Rartonga is such a nice place we got lifts all the time no one likes to see you struggle with bags.
Had one long night where we waited until 3.40am for our flight to Auckland and arrived very tired to Auckland and had to do the whole bio security thing they even cleaned martins walking boots and the tent! thought they did do a great job i did say maybe we should take it back but Martin didn't think that such a great idea!!!
We've been here in Auckland for almost a week love the city my mate Matt has shown us around a bit and taken to some great restaurants. We've mostly been walking round the city and sorting out our Australia visa etc for working. Tomorrow we go to the Coromadel peninsula for beaches and trekking. Then up to the bay of islands for Christmas and Pukenui for New Yrs after that we hope to do some voluntary work on an eco farm - will keep intouch!!!
HAPPY CHRISTMAS and NEW YR everyone if i don't write again before xx