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Pa's Mountain Walk

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Pa's Cross Island Trek

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The hike leads up the valley and across the island under a canopy of native trees to a steep 400 meter ascent of the Needle.

See ancient ceremonial stone, pictographs on the face of the Needle and hear legends of the ancient Polynesians.

Pa will explain how our different plants have been used through time for medicinal purposes.

The crossing of a narrow ridge at the top is neither for the faint hearted nor for those with any physical challenges.

As you descend the mountain, you'll cross refreshing mountain streams where you can refill your water bottles.

Your trek concludes at Wigmore's Waterfall, where you can cool off with a swim before getting back on your bus home.

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Pa's Mountain Trek or Nature Walk is a great way to see the interior of the island and learn about the many medicinal uses for the local fauna and flora. Take to the hills with Pa and enjoy the views

Join Pa as he takes a guided walking and hiking tour of the lush interior of Rarotonga. Learn about the local medicinal plants used by his ancestors. Referred to by many publications as 'the South Pacific's most famous experienced guide', Pa will recite stories of wars, famines and great migrations as passed on to him by his forefathers.

The Nature Walk is a lot less strenuous and suitable for all. Again Pa will provide a running commentary on the many uses for the local fauna and flora as well as a brief insight into the history and culture of his people.

Join him at the summit of the famous needle and enjoy the views from this vantage point, then trek down to the waterfall and journey through to the western coast. This is a great all-day excursion.

Pa's nature walk is ideal for those who can negotiate some rugged terrain. There is no climbing involved. On the Nature Walk, Pa will explain the culture of his ancestors as well as some practical applications for the many fauna and flora found along the walk.

Pa is well versed in Cook Islands culture and history and his tours are very interesting.