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MAUNGA TOURS - Cross Island Trek

Your experienced tour guide Bruce Goldsworthy, born and raised on Rarotonga developed a deep passion for the outdoors and natural environment at a young age. Bruce is an experienced local mountaineer and tour guide who also spent over 6 years guiding for Pa’s Cross Island Trek, learning from the ‘legend’ Pa and growing his knowledge in conservation, native and introduced plant species, and eco-tourism. Bruce knows his way around the islands interior well, and while he enjoys guiding and sharing his knowledge gained with others the safety of his guests is paramount, so be assured that you are in good hands while you explore and appreciate all that the Rarotongas lush interior has to offer.
The Cross Island Trek is considered the best hike on Rarotonga and is a must-do for those who love a little eco-challenge. The tour boasts magnificent scenic views coupled with a unique learning experience as you venture from North to South on a 3—3.5 hour (2-mile) trek over rugged and uneven terrain.
The starting point of the trek is deep within Avatiu Valley and begins with a walk through Rarotonga’s jungle, steadily increasing to an inclined hike up to the base of Te Rua Manga ’The Needle’ – a vertical cylinder-like rock with an elevation of 413 meters above sea level. From here, you continue on through the mountain range, over ridges, under canopies of native florae, and across cool fresh water streams. Bruce will along the way share the history of warriors and maidens that once walked the trek and introduce you to native plants and their traditional uses as you come to them. The completion of your trek has you exiting at Papua Waterfall where you can rinse off your muddy shoes and enjoy a refreshing swim. Your tour ends with light lunch before you are picked up and transferred back to your place of accommodation.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Unspoilt Landscape and unique experience
Rarotongas interior is a natural playground for eco-lovers and for those who enjoy a mind and body challenging experience. The rugged volcanic cliffs, the deep valleys and hidden river beds give trekkers a sense of peace and serenity. Secluded water falls, river beds and volcanic boulders offer interesting additions to the 3+ hour trek. You will pass ancient maraes and sacred sites along the way and learn of their history as well as learn about the flora and fauna of Rarotonga and its uses. An experience that will bring you closer in appreciation for nature and the environment.

TOUR DETAILS

DAYS OF OPERATION TIME & TOUR DURATION VEHICLE INFORMATION
MONDAY, WEDNESDAY &
FRIDAY
APPROX. 3—3.5 HOUR TOUR
VAN IS USED FOR TRANSFERS
INCLUSIONS TOILET STOPS WHAT TO BRING/WEAR
RETURN TRANSFERS, LIGHT
LUNCH AND TOUR GUIDE
GUESTS NEED TO USE THE BATHROOMS
BEFORE THEY DO THE
HIKE AS THERE IS NO TOILET FACILITY
AVAILABLE DURING THE
TOUR
CAMERA, BOTTLED WATER,
INSECT REPELLENT, STURDY
HIKING SHOES, SUNSCREEN
PAX REQUIREMENTS CHILD POLICY IMPORTANT NOTES
MINIMUM 1 PAX
MAXIMUM 12 PAX

GROUPS OF 10+ PAX ON
REQUEST
NO CHILDREN 0-4 YEARS. CHILDREN 6
YEARS & OVER PERMITTED
PROVIDED THAT THEY ARE
GOOD WALKERS AND CAN
CLIMB UP BANKS AND ACROSS
STREAMS.
CROSS ISLAND TREK REQUIRES
STRENGTH AND STAMINA - A
GOOD LEVEL OF FITNESS IS
REQUIRED DUE TO THE UNEVEN
NATURE OF THE TRAIL. NOT
SUITABLE FOR THE ELDERLY,
PREGNANT WOMEN OR THOSE
WITH WALKING DIFFICULTIES.

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