Group Tour: Pa’s Trek- Cross Island Hike
Experience the thrill of this two-mile walk through tree-covered jungle on the island of Rarotonga. Your walk begins with a 400-meter climb, parts of which are like climbing a ladder, and you need to on to tree roots to pull yourself up. When you reach the base of the Needle, or Te Rua Manga, a tall, rocky pinnacle, take in the breathtaking views that extend from one side of the island to the other. Stop at Wigmore’s waterfall, also known as Papua, the only waterfall on the island. Your guide offers insights into the history, flora and fauna of the area. (Duration: Half Day; Shared Activity & Transfer; Meal included: Picnic lunch; Fitness Level: Advanced; This walk is suitable for adults of all ages who have average fitness or better. Children over 4 yrs can also complete the hike if they are good walkers.)
Group Tour of Rarotonga Island
Explore the history and culture of scenic Rarotonga on this shared, guided tour. This volcanic island is the most populous of the Cook Islands and is surrounded by a beautiful lagoon. The culture of the islands is a mix of Polynesian and European influences, reflecting the varied communities who have inhabited them over centuries. Travel in a modern air conditioned coach as you follow roads and paths used by ancient Cook Islanders going back to 1100 AD. Visit a sacred marae, an ancient gathering place for royal ceremonies, at least one of which dates back to the 13th century. Discover historical sites formerly inhabited by Islanders and learn the locations of the best snorkelling spots on Rarotonga. Enjoy a world without traffic lights and no buildings taller than a coconut tree, known locally as the Tree of Life. Watch a coconut husking demonstration and enjoy a refreshing drink of coconut water. (Duration: Half Day; Shared Activity & Transfers; Group size: Min 15 & Max 30)
Group Tour of Te Vara Nui Cultural Village
Discover the rich cultural heritage of the renowned erstwhile maritime community of the legendary Cook Islands on this informative tour of the local village of Te Vara Nui. Learn about the celebrated navigational techniques of the island’s venerated ancestors, as well as their rich traditions of local medicine, folk arts, oral history, myths and legends. Try your hand at emulating the ancient fishing techniques of Polynesia. Visit the village workshops to see how local artisans painstakingly weave, carve and create the ceremonial dance costumes of the islands. Interact with local villagers to discover the distinctive Maori culture of the community. Listen to their powerful stories and legends, and watch them prepare a traditional meal using fresh local produce. Visit the local Marae or the sacred enclosure for the village community’s religious ceremonies and traditional rituals. Get an intimate view of the island way of life, before returning to your hotel. (Evening Tour; Shared Activity; Fitness level: Easy; Please wear comfortable walking shoes).
Overwater Night Show and Dinner
Enjoy ‘The Legend of Tongaiti’ performed by some of Rarotonga’s finest dancers and musicians on floating as well as fixed stages at a rock waterfall garden, lit by flaming torchlight. This is the biggest Over-Water Island Night Show on Rarotonga and provides an authentic and electric cultural experience. The performance is accompanied by a delicious Island/Western fusion buffet, prepared by local and international chefs. The legend tells the story of a warrior named Tongaiti who set out in search of beautiful ‘floating islands’ to call home, along with his wife Ari and his family. When they found these islands, they discovered the inhabitants were hostile to newcomers. Tired and hungry, Tongaiti asked his beautiful daughter to dance for the island’s Chief. Captivated by her beauty, the Chief fell in love with her and welcomed the family, celebrating the event with dancing and a feast. Today, this settlement is known as ‘Tangata Enua.’ (Evening Activity; Shared Activity & No Transfers; Meal included: Dinner)