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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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The cross Island walk is a must do for the fit and adventurous. I would class it as moderate with a few tough areas, especially if it's been wet. You do have uneven surfaces... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
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Port Macquarie, Australia
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Port Macquarie, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The cross Island walk is a must do for the fit and adventurous. I would class it as moderate with a few tough areas, especially if it's been wet. You do have uneven surfaces , lots of tree roots, creeks to cross and steep inclines with a rope to help you , so if this sounds a bit extreme maybe... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We took this walk with a guide and we were glad that we did. Both my husband and I are quite fit and we do a lot of walking in NZ but still found this a challenge. We ended the walk at Wigmore Falls and found that coming down the track to Wigmore Falls was really hard, muddy and slippery.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Bring lots of water, go when it hasn't rained in days. It is steep both ways. The trail is marked with orange triangles. It ends at Papua Rd, so when you get to the top, take the sign that leads to the left. It will take you to Wigmore's waterfall.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I had been informed that the hike was pretty easy, so I ended up wearing sandals to hike the Needle (the guide was barefoot). After almost falling off the side of the slippery mountain several times, I went barefoot which actually turned out to be a better option. The views from the top were absolutely gorgeous of the mountains and... More 

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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

My partner and I decided to embark on the cross island trek through the rarotongan mountain ranges a few weeks back and were surprised to find the trek a lot harder than anticipated. We both keep active and are pretty fit and although we don't trek a lot- we have done a few Including the Everest Basecamp. We started off... More 

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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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
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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Address: Cook Islands
Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga

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