Quad Biking Rarotonga With Raro Quad Tours: Worth It?

All you need to know about exploring Rarotonga with Raro Quad Tours. I will be giving you all the information you need to know such as costs, what to pack, and what to expect!

Imagine yourself zooming around the mountainous inland part of Rarotonga. Through the palm tree-laden forests and splashing into mud puddles as you speed by. This was exactly the adventure I was up for so doing a quad biking tour with Raro Quad Tours would be the perfect option for me.

Rarotonga in the Cook Islands is known for its beaches, culture, amazing snorkeling, and gorgeous lagoon. Though, the mountainous middle of the island is often forgotten. Lucky for me, Raro Quad Tours explores this inland terrain of Rarotonga zooming around on quad bikes. It is the perfect way to spend the morning and experience something more adventurous.

Imagine whirling around on four-wheeled vehicles, splashing in all the muddy puddles, and speeding under the dense forest overhead. You look up and see towering cliff sides covered in vegetation. This is the true Rarotonga.

Quad Biking With Raro Quad Tours In Rarotonga

quad biking around rarotonga with our guide from raro quad tours
quad biking around rarotonga with our guide from raro quad tours

Why Go Quad Biking In Rarotonga

Exploring inland Rarotonga with Raro Quad Tours is a great way to explore a new part of the island that is often forgotten. It was also the perfect mixture of adventure and learning about the culture. Plus the amazing sandwich was just the cherry on top!

Enjoy this two-and-a-half-hour journey as you learn more about the culture and history of the island. 70% of the journey is off the main circular road so you really get the opportunity to see what the real Rarotonga is like for the people who live there. I was amazed at the large community living quite inland and all the houses we drove pasts.

rain falling on quad bike handle bars in rarotonga
rain falling on my quad bike in rarotonga

Cost Of Quad Biking

The cost of the quad biking tour with Raro Quad Tours is $150.00 per person.

Be aware that this activity is a lot better when the weather is wet. I know having the sun shining is great, but the mud puddles will be all dried up!

exploring the jungle of rarotonga by quad bike
exploring the jungle of rarotonga by quad bike

Starting Our Quad Biking Tour

Zooming off the main road in Muri Beach and into The Rarotongan Hotel we dart into reception, hiding from the rain. The friendly staff greets us with a smile while we sign in for this morning’s adventure.

In our group, there are about nine people and two guides. We are shown to the quad bikes and clamber on top. Strapping on the helmets we are given a quick tutorial on how to operate these beast machines. From switching from neutral to drive and back to reverse while holding the clutch, it’s not the easiest for someone like me who doesn’t know the first thing about driving a manual anything.

Either way, I manage to surprise myself and get it perfectly on the first go. Then. just like that, we are single file driving down the driveway in our orange and yellow safety vests towards adventure.

the huge trees in the jungle of rarotonga
the huge trees in the jungle of rarotonga // one quad bike loaded and ready to go
quad bikes lined up in rarotonga
the quad bikes lined up ready for us to take them out for a ride

Adventuring Inland

Down a small dirt road, the landscape becomes more rural with a tropical farm-type vibe. Houses are slowly popping up further and further apart. Life up here belongs to the few locals and their pigs, cows, and ducks, minimally ventured into by tourists like us.

They all seem to know our guide as he waves to each person we pass. He points out the many amazing views and when to change to the other side of the path to avoid overhanging coconut trees.

The famous Rarotongan icon, the needle, looms overhead, high up in the cliff sides. The dense vegetation is home to all types of birds and, as always, the many coconut trees. We splash through puddles, get covered in rain, and dodge low-hanging branches as we ride further into Rarotonga.

driving quad bikes into inland rarotonga with raro quad tours
driving our quad bikes into inland rarotonga
dirty quad bikes lined up in the jungle
our dirty quad bikes lined up in the jungle

Mid Way Stop

In the middle of the island, we hit a dead-end in the track and jump off to take in our surroundings. The forest here is dense with trees that are hundreds of years old.

A small stream lightly trickles next to us while small little prawns pop out from their rocks. James, with the help of our guide, opens up a coconut, showing off some new skills. We throw small pieces into the stream and watch the prawns take them away for their lunch.

opening a coconut by hand in rarotonga
james learning how to open a coconut // quad bikes lined up
man wearing high vis vest in the jungle
our warm high vis jackets which were lined to keep us a little bit warm

Heading To The Coast

Heading back out and into the rain, we continue through muddy puddles and back towards the coast. Down various alleys, we speed, past the locals and various farm life. We pass the same ducks and pigs we saw on the way up as we take a similar route down.

Turning off the familiar track and towards a local boy he shouts out hi as we pass and waves his hands. The roads are no longer a mixture of loose gravel and mud, having now become paved.

The ocean soon shows in the distance and we park up on a nearby side road. Jumping off we head over a viewpoint and over sharp rocks. The quiet lagoon sits peacefully on one side while the exposed ocean is a dark shade from the stormy clouds above.

quad bikes lined up on the coast of rarotonga
our quad bikes lined up as we explore the coast on foot
a rainy day in rarotonga with cloud covering the mountains behind us
a rainy day in rarotonga with clouds covering the mountains behind us

Lunch At The Mooring Fish Cafe

A short couple-minute drive down the road we pull up at the famous Mooring Fish Cafe. It is known as having the best sandwiches on the island, and trust me there is a lot of competition, I have tried!

We chill out for a little bit, enjoying watching daily life pass us by. The neighboring fisherman bringing in their catches and the local dogs making friends with the tourists. After an obligatory photo, we jump back on the quad bikes and head back to the hotel.

fish burger from the mooring fish cafe in rarotonga
our lunch from raro quad tours at the mooring fish cafe

What To Pack

There are some things it’s best to take along with you on your Raro Quad Bike Tour to make the most out of your experience:

Camera: Of course you can’t forget the camera. You will want to capture all these incredible memories! Be aware if it is raining bring a waterproof camera or a waterproof bag to store your camera in!

Covered Shoes: To keep your feet safe you will need to bring with you some covered-in shoes. Sneakers are a good option.

Sunblock: Let’s avoid looking like a lobster and bring a reef-safe sunblock along with you!

Sunglasses: It’ll definitely be worth bringing sunglasses along with you. The sun shining off the sea can be super bright so protect your eyes by bringing along a pair of sunglasses.

Where To Stay In Rarotonga

There are plenty of options when it comes to accommodation in Rarotonga. From small hostels, apartments on the beach, luxury resorts, and everything in between.

Though just be aware that even 5-star resorts in Rarotonga don’t actually look too great so adjust your expectations accordingly. This is an island with limited resources and seems to be a few years behind New Zealand, which is again, a few years behind the rest of Oceania. As a result, rooms can look quite dated, think floral prints from the ’70s, though that’s just the atheistic on the island.

kiikii inn

Kiikii Inn & Suites

Beach front location with affordable bungalows from $105.00 per night.

club raro resort

Club Raro Resort

With standard rooms from $130.00 you can enjoy life on the beach at an affordable price.

sanctuary rarotonga

Sanctuary Rarotonga Resort & Spa

Romantic adults only resort. With rooms from $230.00 per night enjoy luxury in peace.

the rarotogan resort

The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa

Set on a private beach this 4 star resort is the perfect getaway from $190.00 per night.


Things To Do While In Rarotonga

One great thing about Rarotonga is that is it basically impossible to get bored during your stay! There is such a wide variety of things to do and beautiful sights you will constantly be out exploring.

Also, for a more extensive list be sure to check out my post on the Best Things To Do In Rarotonga.

Beach Hop: Now you cannot go to Rarotonga and miss out on exploring the incredible ocean life and this can easily be done on a budget, if not for free. Basically, no matter where you are staying on the island the ocean is just a walk away. Do what I did and bring your own snorkel, or hire your own from a few dollars a day. Honestly, you could spend hours exploring the underwater life and corals (pro tip: the best snorkeling spot is Aroa Marine Reserve behind The Rarotongan beach resort or in front of Fruits of Rarotonga)

Aitutaki Day Tour: If you are looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience definitely think about booking the Aitutaki Day Tour. Though it is pricey, 100% worth it. It still has some of the best beaches I have ever seen.

Cultural Show: A more tame activity is checking out one of the evening cultural shows. These are a magnificent insight into the Cook Island culture with extremely impressive performances involving dance and fire. A buffet dinner is also included with both western and local favorites.

Across Island Hike: One of the most popular things to do is do the Across Island Hike and visit The Needle. This will take you right into the interior of the mountainous island with some amazing ocean views.Raro Buggy Tours: I have always wanted to do the buggy tour as there is such hype so I booked it in on my most recent trip. I remember saying at the start to my partner that we must swap halfway so I get some fun. Though when that time came I was enjoying it so much I was happy to stay a passenger!

Swimming With Sea Turtles: No matter what your budget is swimming with sea turtles is one activity I recommend to everyone visiting Rarotonga. This experience will have you swimming alongside these majestic beauties. I did this with Ariki Adventures and cannot recommend this enough. As an alternative, they also offer a lagoon safari which I recently did. This is suitable for all ages and is safe for those who are not the most confident swimmers.

Lagoon cruise: More of a family-friendly activity is the lagoon cruise. There are a couple of companies you can book with, though we went with Koka Lagoon Cruises. It is a perfect way to get into the Cook Island spirit. With plenty of performances, snorkeling, entertainment, and a delicious lunch it is the ideal way to spend half a day.


All you need to know about exploring Rarotonga with Raro Quad Tours. I will be giving you all the information you need to know such as costs, what to pack, and what to expect!

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. So, if you click on it and purchase something, I get a small percentage at no extra cost to you. As always all opinions are my own and your support is much appreciated.

Backpackers Wanderlust was a guest on the Combo Extravaganza Tour with Raro Quad Tours while in The Cook Islands, however, as always, all opinions are my own.

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