Rarotonga Hike Photo Gallery
Written by Cathy Siegismund
Drew, Vernita, Ken and I set out on a cross-island hike. First we followed a
well tended road past homes and small farms with livestock and taro. The weather
was perfect for hiking, sunny without being too hot and a nice breeze.
Rarotongan home set in the lovely tropical landscape
Well-fed Rarotongan cow checking us out on our Sunday hike
Once we reached the trail, we had about 45 minutes of some steep hiking along
a trail to the Needle. The trail however, was very well maintained with signs
and steps built in when the tree roots failed to offer secure footing.
We had great views of both sides of the island from the needle, where we
selected a nice area to have lunch
After we left The Needle, we followed a trail which was supposed to take us
on a longer but more gradual path to the other side of the island where we
planned to catch a bus back to the boats. We followed this trail for a while,
but under the fearless leadership of some other cruisers, we missed a turn and
were soon bushwhacking along a little used trail along a PVC power line. This
included some vertical climbs up and down tree roots and along very narrow
We finally emerged from the trail on the other side of the island among local
farms and about 20 minutes after the last bus.
Rich farming and grazing land
We managed to hitchhike home with little trouble. We got a ride about halfway
home with one of the dive shop operators and the rest of the way with a local