Dear Editor, glad to read that the two persons who got lost up in the highlands did indeed get out safely the next day and without too much drama for the Police, and Search and Rescue.
Way back in the early days of the RRRR (Round Rarotonga Road Race), Hash House Harriers, and one of its spinoff events, the Annual Nutters Run (a unique race across the island from the Vaima Restaurant to Avatiu Harbour), a number of us involved would go across the Island a few days beforehand, and mark critical areas with Red or Green markers, as well as laminated Hash House Harrier arrows. I believe this helped, but we still managed to lose people from time to time anyway. I believe the legendary Pa also had some areas of his organised guided walking tours marked with his own code.
understand that Tourism Cook Islands, as well as other interested bodies such
as Boy Scouts have also put out markers, ropes, etc., in certain areas from
time to time – significant help for those hikers/walkers to stay on the main
I am not a great fan of “over-the-top” signage, may I suggest that it may be
time to actually put in place some serious
(but nonetheless discreet/environmentally friendly) markers/signs at
critical junctions along the route/s, so that walkers/trampers have a much
clearer idea of where they are, and indeed where they are going at any given
would not be great, but it will give a much higher level of guidance,
protection and safety … the Cross Island Needle walk is, after all, an iconic
best advice I can give however would be to engage a local guide, like Junior
Goldsworthy, who knows the mountains intimately, has expert knowledge of the
flora and fauna, and will guarantee not only your safety but that you also get
to see and experience out of the way walks and tracks that others are unlikely
to ever see … unless they get lost!
– A little known fact is that the race record for the Nutters Run stands at 45
minutes! And the holder of that record lives in Rarotonga)
passionate about the Cook Islands having visited multiple times but horrified
that I can get packages from the UK to Tahiti, or Bali for a lot less than a
flight via NZ to Raro. And these destinations are your competition. Many more
European visitors have relatives in Australia than NZ so won’t consider the
islands for a stopover if there is no Sydney flight and travel agents won’t
lack of a route via LA also means it’s now a long expensive journey and Tahiti
is a terrible place to route through. I guess you don’t want European or US
problem is Air New Zealand has stopped its once a week direct flight from Los
Angeles to Rarotonga. I’m going to Aitutaki in September. I now have to fly
from Los Angeles to Auckland have a stopover before flying to Rarotonga another
stopover before flying to Aitutaki.
the flight from LA to Rarotonga took 10 hours, it is now going to take 18 hours
plus a hefty jump in the price. You won’t get many Americans coming to the Cooks
I’m afraid. I also have a 13-hour flight from the UK to LA.