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Te Rua Manga (The Needle)

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Address: Cook Islands
Description: This tall, rocky pinnacle can be spotted from several locations on the...
This tall, rocky pinnacle can be spotted from several locations on the island and is a favorite challenge for those who enjoy a good climb.
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Nice Rock

Like the waterfall, hard to rate a rock, but the trip up the mountain was quite cool. Nice Rock and quite cool to look at, but a rock is a rock. I liked the way the people show... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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90 reviews 90 reviews
8 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Like the waterfall, hard to rate a rock, but the trip up the mountain was quite cool. Nice Rock and quite cool to look at, but a rock is a rock. I liked the way the people show it with such pride and meaning.. Its just nice and shows the real depth of honest character with the people on the... More 

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Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada
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256 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The Cross Island Trek is a MUST-DO for any outdoor enthusiast that visits Raro. You can sign up to do the trek with a guide, but it isn't necessary. After heading north of Avarua, and through the Avatiu (some 3km inland), I ditched the scooter and followed the road/pathway past a few more houses, before the track appeared to end... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We thought we were pretty fit, must have been the prior big rain that added to this intrepid walk- it is a challenge. Of course we had no guide, and we started from the waterfall end, which they say is not recommended but follow the orange markers if you can find them...Don't give up though as it it so worthwhile.... More 

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Sacramento, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We went with a local, not the paid guide. I found this to be a challenging hike for my lungs but otherwise not too strenuous. We had a 7 year old with us. The only thing I would say is if you are not in good shape don't pretend you are and try it. It took us 2 hours and... More 

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Orangeville, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We enjoyed our cross-island hike which included the option of climbing the needle. It is generally an easy hike to follow independently IF up you do a little research in advance. It is a good climb ont he way up and a lot of downhill on the other side so you should be in decent shape and wear proper shoes.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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178 helpful votes 178 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Recommended as the only self-guided walk in Raro. We'd agree with that: walking North to South there are orange (and occasionally yellow) arrows all along the route and it's therefore difficult to get lost. Walking in the other direction would be trickier, though still do-able as, for most of the way, the most well-worn path is pretty obvious anyway. That... More 

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Coming from New Zealand, I was interested in seeing if the "bush" in Raro would be significantly different. Down on the flats there are Bananas and Taro, but once you enter the bush proper, it feels just like home. The climb is steep, it too us an hour from the Northern carpark to reach the Needle, and doen in 30... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We did the walk unguided as Pa was out of the country, and we had no trouble at all following the track, when the track was 'unvisible' there were always orange markets on the trees keep you on the way. If you have done any walks/tramps in New Zealand then you will have no trouble. As recommended by everyone must... More 

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Masterton, Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Went with our family group from the Avarua end. Group aged 7 to 65 and all made it easily. It is a lung stretching climb up and a leg jarring climb down the other side. Great views. The track is fairly well marked with orange triangular markers. Good sneakers or boots needed and I would imagine it would be very... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

My fiance and I aren't "trampers" but we are fit, practical kiwis. We decided to do the Cross the Island walk. We were advised it required a 'good' level of fitness (check!) and that we should start from the Avarua side rather than the Wigmores Waterfall side. We soon came to speculate that walking was NOT a regular past time... More 

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