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Rarotonga Cross Island Walk

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The Needle Rarotonga - Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa blog

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If you like to be active on your holidays then Rarotonga has a fantastic selection of outdoor activities. One of the main on-land activities we recommend to guests is the Cross Island walk that takes you from the town (Avarua) side of Rarotonga to the South coast or vice-versa.

Cross Island Walk Rarotonga - Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa blog

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The walk takes 2-3 hours depending on your level of fitness, with some parts an easy walk through bush and a few areas of climbing up over tree roots and rocks. With the reward being the awesome views looking across the Island from the ‘Needle’, which is the highest point on Rarotonga.

To get to the track you can either park at the start point of one end and walk up and back to your car, or you can catch a bus to return you to your car or start point. Some hikers choose to walk from town, starting in Avarua you walk 3km (a bit less than 2 miles) to the Avatiu Valley following the signs to the water intake which marks the start of the walk. From here you follow the path to the left of the houses until you reach the forest and you will see a path fork off to the right. From here it is about a 45min-1 hr walk to the top.  At the top you will see a path to the Needle on the right hand side, this is the spot to get the best views.

View From Needle in Rarotonga

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You can then either head back the way you came or continue following the track across the Island to the southern coast and Papua Waterfall. The walk to the waterfall is covered in lush rainforest and features some giant ferns and the Papua stream. Once you reach the waterfall (also known as Wigmore’s Waterfall) you can follow the gravel road out to the main Island road, past the Sheraton Hotel ruins.

If you would prefer a guided walk then there are a couple of companies who offer this, with the most famous being Pa’s Treks. Pa is a local personality who specialises in traditional medicine and who knows much about Cook Island and Polynesian history and legends.

For more information about the walk ask at our reception or browse through some of the many Rarotonga tourist brochures and maps we have available. We can organise guided tours and assist with bus timetables and pick up areas.