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Before Cyclone Pat visited us, we had two guests staying at Gina’s Garden Lodges – Bernhard and Christa Dziuba, a couple from Austria.

They stayed through the cyclone and the days after without a complaint about the lack of electricity, or the environmental damage.

They took it all in their stride as a unique and educational experience – an opportunity to see a part of island life that few have witnessed.

They had a wonderful lagoon tour with Te King, and damaged as we are, still enjoyed exploring the island on their motorbike.

This lovely couple donned their working clothes, took up bush knives and chainsaw (a Stihl made in Austria!) and helped us clean up our garden.

I wish we could have some more guests like these!

In fact, over the years we have had quite a few.

It shows that we do have a great attraction for eco-tourists and adventurous interactive travellers.

They leave tomorrow with happy memories of their visit to our beautiful island, and I’m sure will return one day.

Cheers and Happy Chainsawing. – DJ (Des) Clarke, Gina’s Aitutaki

Visit us at Gina’s Garden Lodges in Aitutaki.