Best trails in Cook Islands

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Ready to check out the best trails in Cook Islands? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 5 hard trails in Cook Islands ranging from 1.9 to 5 miles and from 629 to 2,024 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Top trails (6)
#1 - Cross Island Track and The Needle
Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 34 m
NOTE: As of January 2020, the trail is closed from the needle south to the waterfall through February 2020.Show more
#2 - Raemaru Track Via Ferrata
Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 2 h 38 m
This is the easiest mountain to climb in all of Rarotonga (except for the rock cliff which requires climbing with hand and foot for about 10m of elevation). Above the cliff is the relatively flat mounShow more
#3 - Te Kou Ascent North Side
Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 3 h 15 m
Te Kou Ascent North Side is a 5 mile out and back trail located near Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hikiShow more
#4 - Te Manga
Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
Of the ascents in Rarotonga, this track the easiest to find. You want to be sure-footed as there are many potentially treacherous spots were you go along the ridge edge. There are ropes at the steepesShow more
#5 - Ikurangi Ascent
Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h 13 m
Difficult to find after turnoff from two-wheel track. Use/follow  your GPS. Once on the ridge you can not miss the track. Sure-footedness required. Requires stamina. Avoid when wet.Show more
#6 - Maungatea Bluff Track
Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 1 h 11 m
The first part of this track is like a tunnel in the undergrowth. It seems the track is only marked where it is visible anyway - when there is no visible track there seem to be no markers either. (redShow more
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