After finishing my road trip around America in December 2001, I spent six weeks at my dad's house in Bellingham, Washington getting ready for my trip
overseas, including making my plane reservations. I discovered that on Air New Zealand's flights to Auckland, they allowed free stopovers in Rarotonga,
a beautiful island in the Cook Islands chain in the south Pacific. I had read wonderful things about Rarotonga so I took them up on it.