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RARO SAFARI TOURS

Raro Safari Tours offers an exciting half day adventure into the interior of the island of Rarotonga and visiting some of the islands ‘hard to get to’ places. This is a must do tour towards the beginning of your stay on Rarotonga and is a great way to really get a feel for the lay of the land.
The tour starts as soon as you are picked up from your accommodation. Your experienced tour guide will give you a brief overview of the island and what the tour entails, and from there, you will be taken on the main coastal road to pickup other guests and then head inland to discover the lush tropical interior of the island. You will visit the green valleys of Avatiu along a paved road that takes you close to the centre of the island. Along the way, you will see taro plantations. The taro plant is an important food crop throughout the Pacific. You will learn of its history and how it came to the Cook Islands. You will also learn about traditional land laws that govern the use of land and how it is passed on from generation to generation.
Ara Metua – Most of the tour is conducted along the ancient Ara Metua -an inland road system that lies a mile or so inland from the coast and built by the warrior chief Toi, approximately 1000 years ago. The Ara Metua winds along its original course through areas that are intensively cultivated and pass colourful gardens and plantations. This part of the tour presentsthe island form a very different perspective than the coastal road. Ara
Tapu is 31 kilometre coastal highway that runs parallel to the white sand beaches of the island. This road takes the tour pass old limestone churches, through the main township of Avarua where the islands main shopping area is located, through pawpaw plantations, resorts and village shops.
Birds Eye View – The tour also takes you to some of the heights of Rarotonga’s more accessible mountains offering spectacular views of the coastline and lagoon.
Throughout the tour, your tour guide will offer commentary on the history and traditions of the island as well a notes on the many uses of the local flora and fauna in traditional medicine making. You will visit our ancient marae (ceremonial site) where our ancestors performed human sacrifices, investitures of chiefs and important meetings.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Access to Maraes and other Sacred Sites
Gain access to some of Rarotonga’s sacred sites like Arai Te Tonga Marae. This ancient site is located on private land and normally closed to the public. Here, you will learn of ancient rituals and human sacrifices.
Avatiu Valley
The interior of the beautiful green Avatiu Valley is the first stage of the Cross Island Trek. Raro Safari Tour takes you to the end of the paved track. Here you will see the volcanic pinnacle of the Needle.
Spectacular Sightseeing
You will see the lush rainforest interior of the beautiful green Avatiu Valley, sensational mountain top views, ocean views and with amountain climb of 300 metres above sea level – this is EXCLUSIVELY to the clients of Raro Safari Tours
Knowledgeable Guides
Your experienced guides will explain the history of the island and the culture and traditions of the people that live here. You will learn of traditional medicine making and the plants we use, the preparation of popular food items and the many folklore of this special place.

Lunch with your friendly local tour guide as
they share with you the purpose of your stay
here in the Cook Islands. They will entertain
you with local Cook Islands songs whilst you
enjoy your BBQ lunch.

This picturesque site is located at the end
of a long drive towards the centre of the
island. Wigmores Waterfall is the final stop
on the Cross Island Trek. The area at the
top of the waterfall is the natural catchment for the supply of freshwater to residents on the Western and Southern side
of the island.

Capture views 300 meters high from The Avatiu
Mountains.

TOUR DETAILS

DAYS OF OPERATION TIME & TOUR DURATION VEHICLE INFORMATION SEATING ARRANGEMENTS ACCESS FOR DISABLE
MONDAY - FRIDAY
+ SUNDAY AFTERNOON
AM TOUR: 9AM - 1PM
PM TOUR: 1PM - 4PM
SUNDAY SAFARI TOUR:
12.30PM - 3.30PM
ALL TOURS ARE APPROXIMATELY 3 - 3.5
HOURS DURATION
4 X 4 WHEEL DRIVE JEEP
4 X 10 SEATER
4 X 12 SEATER
YES ACCESS IS AVAILABLE
INCLUSIONS TOILET STOPS TRANSALATORS WHAT TO BRING/WEAR PAX REQUIREMENTS
MORNING SAFARI TOUR:
TASTY BBQ CHICKEN LUNCH,
TOUR AND RETURN TRANSFERS

AFTERNOON SAFARI TOUR:
TOUR AND RETURN TRANSFERS

SUNDAY SAFARI TOUR: TOUR
AND RETURN TRANSFERS

PRIVATE SAFARI TOUR: TASTY
BBQ CHICKEN LUNCH, TOUR AND RETURN TRANSFERS
AVAILABLE DURING THE TOUR
AT ADDITIONAL COST
TRANSLATOR GUIDES
AVAILABLE : GERMAN
~ FRENCH ~ ITALIAN ~
JAPANESE. AVAILABLE
FOR GROUP BOOKINGS
ONLY. POA
- CAMERA
- COMFORTABLE FOOTWEAR
- BOTTLED WATER
- INSECT REPELLENT
MINIMUM 6 PAX REQUIRED FOR
TOUR TO OPERATE

MAXIMUM 10 - 12 PAX PER
TRUCK

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