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Te Rua Manga (The Needle)

Cook Islands
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Ranked #10 of 27 Attractions in Rarotonga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains, Outdoors
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Owner 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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Orangeville, Canada
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129 reviews 129 reviews
36 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 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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London, United Kingdom
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166 reviews 166 reviews
75 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 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
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
100 helpful votes 100 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
12 helpful votes 12 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
22 helpful votes 22 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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