Guided Cycle Tours, Dirt Bike Tours and Self-Guided Bike Tours in the Cook Islands
All that most tourists get to experience of Rarotonga and the Cook Islands is whatever is on or in the water. And most tourists never realise how incredible the inland adventures can be! Get on a bicycle and all of that will change. Not only will you see a more ruggedly beautiful side of Rarotonga on the inland roads, but your local guide will show you some of the more interesting cultural aspects that you would otherwise miss if you were to whiz by on a scooter! In this guide, we’ll share with you the best guided bike tours, epic dirt bike tours, as well as self-guided tours.
Before we peddle into it, be sure to open up The Ultimate Guide to Mountain Biking in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands – the bible of biking in the Cook Islands.
1. Storytellers Eco Cycle & Walking Tours
Offering the most comprehensive range of bike tours in Rarotonga and the Cook Islands, Storytellers Eco Cycle Tours not only offers a fun cycling experience but a cultural journey. They have bikes for all ages, so there’s no excuse not to join them on their “Discover” tour suited to beginner cyclists or their “Explore” tour for the more experienced. Cycle past quaint villages, learn about the history along the old Ara Metua coral road, stop for tastings of local fruit and pop into local crafting workshops discovered along the way. Whichever of the two tours you choose, your experience with conclude with a delicious local lunch. Depending on what tour you choose, they are available from Monday to Friday. Learn more about Storytellers on Viator, Tripadvisor or in the The Ultimate Guide to Mountain Biking in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands
Location: Transfers are included in this tour and morning departure times are organised with the operator.
2. Tik-ebikes & Tours
Cruise along the roads of Rarotonga with ease thanks to the e-bikes included in the Tik-ebikes & Tours private e-bike tour! Join your local knowledgeable guide for a journey across the island, tailor-made to suit your interests and fitness level. Your e-bikes have storage, so bring along your camera, sunscreen and beach towels! Water is provided and lunch is an optional extra. Tours are available for private groups of two to four people. Tik-ebikes & Tours also offer electric tuk-tuk tours, which you can learn more about in the 10 Best Tours of Rarotonga.
Location: Main Raod (Ara Tapu), Arorangi. Opposite the Crown Beach Resort & Spa, west side of Rarotonga.
3. Explore Raro
For a bike tour with a difference, swap the pushbike for an electric 2×2 motorbike to not only go further but also stay eco-friendly. Utilising UBCO electric motorbikes, you’ll race around Rarotonga completing various challenges and accumulating points to see how you do on the Explore Raro leaderboard and win prizes! There are two options: the cruisy “Discovery Expedition” and the competitive “Challenge Expedition”. Either way, you’ll get to explore Rarotonga in a uniquely interactive way and enjoy inclusions, such as lunch and an Explore Raro T-shirt.
Location: Tours depart from the Flying Turtle Cafe, Arorangi, west side of Rarotonga.
4. Raro Trail Tours
Moving onto a different kind of bike now, Raro Trail Tours takes you onto the epic inland dirt roads on a two-wheel clutch motorbike! If you’ve got an overseas motorcycle license and a sense of adventure then you have all you need for this unique off-roading tour on Rarotonga. You’ll get spectacular views of Rarotonga as you ride through deep valleys and tropical forests. All of the safety gear is provided on this 2-2h30mins tour, as well as lunch.
Location: Tours depart from Wigmore’s Superstore, Vaimaanga, south side of Rarotonga.
5. Self-Guided Bike Tour of Rarotonga
Now that we’ve exhausted the offering of guided bike tours in the Cook Islands, how about some of the self-guided options? The roads of Rarotonga are not very complicated to navigate, mainly consisting of the outer main road and the original inland main road. The inland road, Ara Metua, in particular, is amazing to explore by bike thanks to its low traffic volume and interesting landscapes and historical sites to explore. We recommend exploring the inland roads of Arorangi and Matavera, as detailed in the 5 Best Bike Trails in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands. Plus, find out where to rent a bike in Cycle Rarotonga & the Cook Islands: Where to Rent Bikes & E-Bikes.
6. Self-Guided Bike Tour of the Outer Islands
Rarotonga might steal all the limelight in the Cook Islands, but arguably, the outer islands are better to explore by bike due to their smaller size. Aitutaki has some interesting bush roads to the southern end of the main island, while the accommodations on Atiu and Mauke offer bike hire to explore the gorgeous secluded beaches and hidden cave pools that the islands have to offer. We also list some awesome bike trails for these islands in the 5 Best Bike Trails in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands. Plus, find out where to rent a bike in Cycle Rarotonga & the Cook Islands: Where to Rent Bikes & E-Bikes.
More About Bike Tours in Rarotonga and the Cook Islands
That’s it for the top bike tours in Rarotonga and the Cook Islands, but if you want more fun on two wheels, check out the following articles:
- The Ultimate Guide to Mountain Biking in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands
- The Cycling Times & Distances in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands
- 10 Best Tours in the Cook Islands
Finally, find more experiences beyond biking in the 101 Best Things to Do in the Cook Islands: The Ultimate List.