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Te Rua Manga (The Needle)

Cook Islands
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Ranked #6 of 26 attractions in Rarotonga
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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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
12 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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
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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
28 helpful votes 28 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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Calgary, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Strenuous, but rewarding! Can be done by those with some fitness without a guide. Hiking boots recommended!

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Adelaide, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

We went with Pa, who is a bit eccentric but a good guide if you don't know the way and it was fantastic! Take mosquito repellent and plenty to drink, its a long way!

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Styria
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

The view from up there is worth the hike. The trail is well marked and maintained. But you will need good shoes if the trail is not bone dry.

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New Zealand
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35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

We looked at doing the 3 1/2 hour trek with Pa but after reading the bad reviews we decided to try this ourselves. You need a certain level of fitness as it's very steep in places, we were on hands and knees holding on to tree roots. Do not try this when it's raining - would be dangerous. Doing this... More

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Take insect repellent. Loads of it. Also wear old clothes as the dirt/clay stains your clothes. There are parts where you semi-abseil using rope. We went without a guide and managed fine, but there was one spot in particular where we went the wrong way for a while and had to double back. Awesome feeling of achievement and there is... More

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Dubbo
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

A challenging walk across the island. I recommend doing this walk on a guided tour with Pa. His knowledge of the island & the healing properties of plants is amazing. He has wonderful stories to share & a deep spirituality. Also, it is easy to take a wrong turn & Pa had to guide a few people onto the correct... More

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Orewa, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Went went with friends a great walk through natural bush, great view, was difficult inn places and requires moderate level of fitness. Even though challenging in places was well worth it.

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