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Best Hiking Trails in Cook Islands


The Cook Islands are made up of 15 islands scattered over a vast expanse of the Pacific.  Mountain hiking is found on the main island of Rarotonga, where you can embark on hikes such as the Cross Island Track, Te Rue Manga, Raemaru Trek and Arore Trek.  The best months to hike in the Cook Islands are June to November.  Read on for more details on where and when to go hiking in the Cook Islands. 

Capital: Avarua

When To Hike in Cook Islands?

June – November: Dry season
December – May: Too rainy; risk of cyclones in some of those months

Climate: Tropical – hot and humid throughout the year, wet and dry seasons; no big variations in temperatures, but coolest during driest period


Cook Islands Climate, Weather By Month, Average Temperature (Cook Islands) – Weather Spark

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium: Where there are trails, most should be undertaken with a guide

Most popular hikes in Cook Islands

Rarotonga is the main island to hike in the Cook Islands. It is the largest island in the group, home to the capital. It’s a tiny island with a mountainous interior. Highest Mountain: Te Manga (652 m) on Rarotonga.

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  • Cross-Island Track – most popular trail 
  • Te Rue Manga
  • Ikurangi – smaller peak overlooking capital
  • Te Kou Summit Track
  • Raemaru Trek
  • Arore Trek

Long Distance Trails of Cook Islands

Cook Islands's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Cook Islands Hiking Books: 

  • Rarotonga’s Mountain Tracks and Plants, by Gerald McCormack & Judith Künzlé, 1995, Cook Islands Natural Heritage Project – https://amzn.to/3Vqp32E
  • Lonely Planet Rarotonga, Samoa & Tonga, by Brett Atkinson & Charles Rawlings-Way, 2016, Lonely Planet Global Limitedhttps://amzn.to/3TLH8qI


Best Hikes in Cook Islands:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from the official hiking website, as well as trail maps/apps and other websites:

  • Cross Island Trek
  • Te Rue Manga (can do with Cross Island Trek)
  • Te Kou Summit Track
  • Raemaru Trek
  • Arore Trek
  • Ikurangi

Easy Hikes in Cook Islands:

  • Hospital Hill
  • Maungatea Bluff Track


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What Else To Do

  • Water sports

Other Important Points

  • Have a close relationship with New Zealand