Bicycle Touring Experiences from Tonga


On this page we attempt to make available the experience of individual bicycle tourists who travel to Tonga (you can share your experiences here).

Bike Rental -- Rarotonga (Cook Islands)

[Jim tells a delightful story about the island and his tour on the rented bike. I'm sorry I don't have room for it all here --GF]

The interior of Rarotonga consists of steep, forested mountains and deep, green valleys. Offshore, a reef encircles most of this small atoll, forming a shallow blue lagoon. A well-paved asphalt road follows the entire perimeter of the 19-mile coast around the island.

I decided to rent a bike at Tev-A-Na Rentals located near my motel in the village of Arorangi. ... The owner of the rental store was Naku Tamaariki, a short grey-haired Maori gentleman in his late fifties.

Undoubtedly, the Tev-A-Na Rentals was a family business run in true Cook Islands style: informal, slow-paced, and very friendly. [$8.00 Cook Island dollars for the day]

Jim Hendrickson, October 05, 1997

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