Mount Maungapu
Mount Maungapu
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GRZ
Chicago, IL10,066 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Most people dont come to Aitutaki for land activities... some just even come for a single day just to check out the lagoon and leave... but I think this was the nicest land activity we have come across during out 5 days on Aitutaki and I would say it's a must for everyone who is staying for 1+ day plus on this beautiful island, and in particular if they rent a car (which I would also recommend for a single day as that way you can get to see it "all").

I am trying to leave here a lot of helpful hints via trail/error we did and my markings on the google maps as the actual roads aren't correctly marked or visible at all;

1. You don't need an SUV/AWD - we drove a small passenger car and made it perfectly fine - you will go through some steep and uneven terrain at times but nothing dangerous or hazardous - once you make it to the "final flat" terrain is where any type of car has to stop either way as from here it's a short, yet very intensively steep, walk/hike - people with mobility issues or young children are discouraged from going - we are perfectly fine couple in mid/late 30s and we were very careful as you do slip easily from the gravel/dirt, especially downhill - it's nothing extreme but definitely requires due seriousness...

2. You can do it from either east or west side of the island - we did it from the west, literally there is a sign across the street from the Paradise Cove hotel, you take that road up the hill and here is where you want to find my directions on the blue arrows - see the blank version of it vs. with my markings for the actual road difference via google maps

3. Do wear comfortable shoes, absolutely no flip flops - that last hill is slippery and steeeeeppppp - yes you can prove me wrong that you can do it with flip flops on but it's absolutely not worth the risks

4. The views are 360 and it's awesome, a great spot for a picnic, to go lunch, chill - we had it to ourselves, we havent bumped into anybody at all whether driving or walking here :)

5. Take your time going down! Lastly... take your time going down... it's very steep and slippery!

6. Like I said before you can go east to west or west to east - we went west to east and it felt almost that we were going through someone's private property (the last picture with brown road, you can see farm animals) towards the east side, the road wasn't as "official" but it's definitely less hilly/steep, yet traction isnt't as great so after the rain maybe not the best idea.

TIP: on the way here you can go to Piraki Lookout - you will ultimately merge into the same road that leads to Maunga Pu on my directions, it is a bit adventurous at times but again nothing I havent seen in the past, nor anything that would damage the car.

Written 26 November 2023
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Russell J
7 contributions
Nov 2022
We rode our hire scooter most of the way, passing two puffing trekkers walking up the steep track. Great views although the power lines interrupt panoramic shots.
Written 12 November 2022
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Jannis
7 contributions
Oct 2022
360° view on Aitutaki and the lagoon needed only a 20 min walk from the road. Might be a good place to observe the sunset (don´t forget a torch).
Written 18 October 2022
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GlasgowStephi
Crosslee, UK101 contributions
Feb 2020
Great views from the top - definitely worth the short hike. Still quite challenging in the heat as quite steep and a lot of bugs at the top!
Written 27 March 2020
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Captchris8
San Diego, CA27 contributions
Feb 2020
We did the trek to the top in between rain showers. ADVISE: Do not do it in those conditions. the last part of the hike was very steep and on slippery small gravel, like walking on marbles. Coming down was a bit on the scary side.
The view was almost a 360 degree one. Tall brush in one sector blocked the view.
Well worth the climb.
Written 16 March 2020
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flosventure
Arizona156 contributions
May 2019
I went up Mount Maungapu. It's a nice walk up there and you're up there pretty quickly since it's only like 130m in elevation. The walk up there feels a bit like walking through a jungle, lots of green. I did it on cloudy day so you could tell the humidity just hanging in the jungle. Up there, you have a really nice view and you can literally see entire Aitutaki, the airport, the lagoon, everything. It's a nice thing to do!
Written 22 January 2020
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EveNic
Auckland, New Zealand45 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
This was a nice walk and it was worth seeing the 360 view of Aitutaki. It only took us about 20 minutes to walk up, it gets a bit steep towards the end but I managed to do this in sandles (probably not the best idea though haha). Be sure to spray yourself with bug spray before you go! It is also quite hot and you feel the humidity as you get further up, take some water with you!
Written 27 November 2019
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Joyfulwanderer
5 contributions
Oct 2019
Which is really a low hill, though the road up is steep on a hot day. Nice walk, gorgeous view. Easy to find across from Paradise Cove hotel, a clearly-marked sign indicates the road.
Written 21 November 2019
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philandcandi
eurekacalifornia112 contributions
Oct 2019
Hike up here and watch an Air Rarotonga plane land or take off. This spot is the top of the island. Not as much 360 view at Piraki but more isolated feeling.
Written 5 November 2019
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rwelham
11 contributions
Oct 2019
At about 300 feet above sea level it's not a tough hike. Wear shoes or runners as the trail can be tricky and sandals won't be your best option.
Once at the top you view the entire island.
Amazing views!
Written 29 October 2019
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