Our friends Tim and Tina are getting married
Its been a busy few weeks, selling, moving and now finally at the airport, sitting in the Koru Lounge.
Champagne and Croissants, at the ready. It feels good.
The flight was painless, a little Champagne pre flight.
Good to know someone in the business, one gets a little preferential treatment...so we settled in.
Once again Air NZ do it well. Breakfast was tasty.
I read and slept
Finally here we are at Rarotonga Airport
Jake Umanga, Kathy’s (our lovely hostess from our last 3 stays up here) Dad, once again welcomed us on his ukulele
He has been doing this at Raro airport for about 40 years.
Hows that for staying power?
Once through, our meet and greets had arrived, John, Tim and Tina, with transport for us, which was fantastic
There was a ton of luggage but not quite as bad as our arrival with Lana and The Heinzies 2 years ago.
So the first calamity was a quick unbalanced step, carrying luggage, from Mr Dale
Trying to get up to our Villa
He’s OK but the Uke is stuffed.
Had the used of Tim’s car for an hour or two and went to get some supplies
Went to Wigmores, our local last year. Oops wrong!
What was around the corner virtually then, is now about 8 kms
Oh well, but the bonus was I bumped into Barbara Allpress
Came home and had a wee wine outside
That saved a phone call Dan and Helen were off on Hen and Stag night,
so Dale Sophia, Joseph and I went to dinner at Albertos
Nice food Simple and tasty
Home to watch a DVD with the kids “License to Wed” a rather silly movie with Robin Williams but it did the trick
My usual early wake up. To the Island Anthem “The Cock's Crow”
You really know you are here, when you hear that. Lovely.
Mary Heinz this is for you Bloody Mynah Birds
Above the shop
So down to the beach I went, for a quick viewing. It’s lovely
Took a shot of the Sunset Resort from the beach
On our first stay here in Raro, way back mid 80’s we stayed there
It had just been built and was a small Motel run by a New Zealand ex Farmer, called Nigel from The Naki.
Wonder what happened to him?
The sand was all lumpy and corally and hard to find a swimming hole to lie in amongst the rocks
It is now a full blown resort. Looking very nice, the beach has been raked and there looks like a nice water hole to dip in
So, So far so Good. Off to refill my coffee cup with another Nespresso.