5) Chan­nel your in­ner plane-spot­ter

Manawatu Standard - - TRAVEL -

One of the fun and free things to do is to get to the end of the air­port’s run­way when the big jets are land­ing or tak­ing off.

Run­way 08 (that’s the west­ern end) is a good spot when the jets are com­ing in to land – when you stand at a sea wall, it re­ally does feel as if the plane is go­ing to land on top of you.

You can get even closer at the end of Run­way 26 (the eastern end). Things get re­ally dra­matic on those oc­ca­sions when the jets are tak­ing off from that end.

If you are close to the perime­ter fence you’ll get hit by the rush of air from the en­gines as the air­craft pow­ers up to be­gin its take­off – you be­gin to feel you might get blown into a nearby taro patch.

6) Go to the night mar­ket

You can bet that the lo­cal restau­ra­teurs are moan­ing about this. Down in Muri there’s a night mar­ket, which is es­sen­tially a whole lot of tres­tle ta­bles and chairs sur­rounded by stalls that serve in­ex­pen­sive and de­li­cious food.

Ini­tially it was held just on Thursday nights – but it has proved so pop­u­lar that it now op­er­ates four nights a week.

All sorts of dishes are cooked up at the Muri night mar­kets, and they cost no more than $15.

Our choices? A seafood curry, fol­lowed by a huge crepe filled with sliced ba­nanas and whipped cream and cov­ered with Bai­leys, and a great big piece of cake that we took back to base to en­joy with a cuppa.

7) Take to the high ground

What’s known as the Cross Is­land Walk is a stren­u­ous trek that, if you are head­ing east-west, starts at the main town of Avarua, heads up through the jun­gle to the peak known as Te Rua Maunga.

It then goes down through the jun­gle again to the other side of Raro­tonga, emerg­ing along­side that ed­i­fice, which is a cross be­tween a unique tourism

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