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.