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Te Rua Manga (The Needle)

Cook Islands
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Ranked #8 of 27 Attractions in Rarotonga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains
Description: 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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Masterton, Wellington, New Zealand
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
97 helpful votes 97 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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Hamilton, New Zealand
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This is a great walk/hike and as previous reviewers state - good walking shoes recommended. Started our walk on Avarua side, saw banana palms, little piglets and roosters prior to the bush track. Steady steepish incline, lots of tree roots (good to grip on to) Have average fitness so stopped for a couple of breathers, kept on going and so... More

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Siem Reap, Cambodia
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Was very slippery because of rain. Need good level of fitness good shoes and no dodgy knees!! Lovely walk tho.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
20 reviews 20 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

If you like tramping/bush walks this is not to be missed. The walk is on a track rather than a path and there are parts where you are climbing quite steeply but the tree roots are amazing and there is always an easy foothold and handgrip. It is best to start on the Avarua side and this side is very... More

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New Zealand
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

This was a good little walk to get the heart pumping and a few challenges swinging down the ropes. We did it by ourselves and got picked up at the waterfall. Something a bit different after the relaxing time we have had.

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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54 reviews 54 reviews
9 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Excellent work out!!! It is not for the faint hearted at all. You need good walking or tramping shoes/boots with decent tread for grip. The first decent ascent is really vertical clambering up tree roots and you do need a reasonable amount of strength and agility. The track is well marked and visible from the Avarua side, it is very... More

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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87 reviews 87 reviews
12 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Walked to the needle and then across the whole island. Took 2.5 hours. Was taken by some locals who made it look like a stroll but it's tough and I am reasonably fit. Walking shoes would be better than trainers and it's easy to trip due to the exposed tree roots. Going down is as hard as going up (sometimes... More

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Brisbane, Australia
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Brilliant and a great way to get away from the main road and all the other tourists. I say remember to follow the signs because my boof head brother and I got a little lost the first attempt. I suggest those wanting to do it and your on your scooter or have a car. Park it on the south side... More

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

You need a decent level of fitness to do this - it's a lot of uphill on uneven ground and climbing and its very hot! Views are worth it - very beautiful. Go on a guided Trek with Pa if you want the best experience and want to understand the cultural significance of the place and the bush!

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