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Te Rua Manga (The Needle)

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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 unique geographic formation

When you reach the top of hill, the best spot to view The Needle and surroundings are just in front of you. But, the best way to go there is by 4 wheel drive. It is one of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

When you reach the top of hill, the best spot to view The Needle and surroundings are just in front of you. But, the best way to go there is by 4 wheel drive. It is one of the local tour, called : Safari Tour.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This is a lovely way to get away from all the tourists for the morning. The walk takes about an hour each way and is a little rugged in places. There is lush vegetation either side of the track with banana palms, coconuts and pawpaw in abundance. We came across a couple of goats on the way up. One was... More 

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Ohope
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Allow at least 3 hours even if you are quite fit, the track does not allow for running as it requires careful foot placement with every step. It is very steep in places but definitely one of the most fun hikes we had ever done. Although you cannot get right to the top of the needle you can get very... More 

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Claremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We visited with Pa's Mountain Treks. Too bad we couldn't climb the needle, but it was still an amazing view across the entire island!

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Awol and might not go back
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Loved this walk, am nearing 60 and pretty fit, so was reasonably confident I could do this, there are a few places where you need to climb up holding tree roots , but only took 35 mins walking and climbing to reach the top, we came back the same way, we climbed the west side from Avarua . A must... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I will start by saying Pa was in hospital when we wanted to do the walk, so we couldn't do his guided tour. I will also add everyone tells you to walk from North to South. That means you have to arrange transport or bus it back around. So we decided to park just up the road from Wigmores and... More 

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Grimsby, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We did this with friends. My husband and I are experienced Trekkers and were not prepared for the difficulty brought on by the tree roots and narrowness of the path. It should be explained to people better than we found anyway that proper footwear and I mean hiking boots with walking sticks, tropical grade insect repellant, and kits of water... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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29 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

My son and I decided to do this walk and take his friend. Challenge going up, not very well marked but we got to top, what a view it was stunning. Coming down was a different story, it is not easy and is a challenge. Some places were steep and slippery. But very scenic and well worth the 2.5 hours... More 

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Port Macquarie, Australia
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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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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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