While chatting to those who’ve done such missions before, there was a general rule: the more east you got, the easier it got. Niue was the easternmost country we visited, and probably my favourite.
Earlier trips made by others to Niue were done when there was only a single weekly flight to the island. We were warned that we may have to stay the week because of this, which I was not too keen at first. But there must’ve been a change to that, as there were at least three flights a week when we went.
The first flight was to Auckland, to spend the night so that we can catch a morning flight to Niue. I woke up the day we left with a sore throat, which didn’t bode well. At around 11 days or so, this was to be our longest mission.