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Getting There
How to come to the most beautiful place in the world? With all the beauty of the lagoon and the big fishes in mind, as a European, I have to say Aitutaki is really far away. Flying overseas is peanuts, compared to this. Almost 50 hours of travel time, 23.000 km of distance to travel and 12 hours of time difference. If you now ask me if it was worth to do. Definitely yes, it was. I'm even honest that I did such a extreme journey. Whatever comes after will be just a piece of 11

How to get there? Flying to the Cooks (Rarotonga) you have not many options. You need to take a flight from Los Angeles (10 hours) or from Auckland (5,5 hours) directly. The daily flights are operated by Air New Zealand and they are a great airline with an excellent service. Funny to say that the Air New Zealand flight crew is different to the ones we know from Europe. While we have here almost only young and thin stewardesses the ones there are variegated, young, old, thin, chubby and also men. Be the first on the Air New Zealand gate. With a bit of luck you might get a present. We had the absolute luckiness to be upgraded to a skycouch at the Air New Zealand gate at the London Heathrow airport. You know what that means? You can convert a 3 seat row into a full equivalent bed for sleep. For me, with my 171cm of length, this means I was able to sleep there fully outstretched. Even two persons at the same time are able to lay there. This is a huge benefit when flying 25 hours from London to Aukland. While others suffered with their travel neck pillows fully uncomfortable, we were able to sleep the half of the flight time. Dear Air New Zealand gate agent, if you can read this, you are my hero!!! We got it for free but the extra fee for such a couch would have been worth the money.

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