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Te Rua Manga (The Needle)

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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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Fantastic hike to one of the highest points on Rarotonga with great views

This is the highest point on the Cross Island walk which will take about four hours from one side of the island to the other ending in a call swim at the waterfall. The views from... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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brisbane australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is the highest point on the Cross Island walk which will take about four hours from one side of the island to the other ending in a call swim at the waterfall. The views from the top of the mountain are spectacular.

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Salt Lake City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Man up and do the cross island trek that takes you over ridges, across streams through lush forests.

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Thank MissMarySaltLakeCity
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Recommend to walk the track from north to south. Reasonable level of fitness required with sturdy shoes. Could be quite slippery after rain. Track is very steep in places. Lots of clambering over roots etc and stream crossings on the south side. Stunning views from the top. Well worth the effort.

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Thank JudithDouche
Port Alberni, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not for the faint of heart or anyone who has any kind of balancing issues. You need to be in fairly good shape to do the hike across the island and do some planning around how to get to the start and back again. Take water with you! A must - if you can is to climb the ropes and... More 

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Brisbane Region, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I hiked to The Needle and it was well worth the sweat and pain! The first 40 mins are pretty much uphill the whole way but once you get to the needle your breath will be taken away. It's a bit scary climbing using just chains and ropes but so worth it!

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Lanark, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We caught a bus into Avarua and walked up the road leading to the start of this trek. The climb up to the Needle is not easy especially in the humid heat so take plenty of water. The views from the lookout points and the needle itself make it worthwhile. The descent to the southern side is just as difficult... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is no walk in the park, so think about leaving granny and the smaller kids back at the pool. Start on the Northern side of the walk, don't do it the otherway. First half is a scramble up tree roots with both hands and feet, The route down the other side has a few river crossings. Don't wear jandals... More 

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Thank Kamkya
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Due to the heat we started our hike at 7 am. A good level of fitness is required; views at the top were amazing; a great experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Definitely a must-do for anyone visiting Rarotonga. The view when you make it to the needle is amazing. It's a tough walk especially on a hot day- much of the path is very steep and covered with tree roots and easy to fall when on the way back down. I did it without a guide and found it well-signposted but... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2016

We did this with Pa's Mountain Hike but you can do alone although Bruce our guide was excellent and the extra knowledge we gained was fabulous. Starts out gentle but quickly goes to intense and in some places we scrabbled up/down using tree roots in some places to keep upright. Some stream (small) crossings - did it in trainers. Hard... More 

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