Because we had a fast and stable internet connection while being in Adelaide, Marcel did some research for our next destinations. Until now, we had flights and campervans booked until June when we are in New Zealand.
While we are “close by”, Marcel was thinking for a while, whether we should go to Fiji or to the Cook Islands. Christiane had never heard about the Cook Islands before, but that’s what Youtube is for, right? And this is probaby one of the funniest tourism videos ever:
After some back and forth we decided to travel to the largest of the 15 Cook Islands: Rarotonga. It is also the main island. As you can see in the picture above, we fly on 12.06. from Auckland to Rarotonga and on that flight we will cross the date line. That means we leave Auckland on 12th of June in the afternoon and arrive at Rarotonga on 11th of June in the evening. Thus, we arrive even BEFORE we departed. Back to the Future says Hi. This also means that Christiane can celebrate her birthday twice this year. Well, cheers to that 🥂!
Australia Part 2: Roadtrip Cairns to Brisbane
Our visa allows to visit Australia as often as we want, but we cannot stay here longer than 3 months in a row. On the 23.06. it literally goes “back to the future” or back across the date line to Australia. So when we fly back to Australia, the “extra day” is taken away again, because we skip the 24th of June and arrive on the 25th of June. As there is no direct flight that goes from Rarotonga to Cairns, we make a stopover in Auckland and Brisbane. In Cairns we will rent a campervan again and drive along the east coast (with the Great Barrier Reef) to Brisbane.