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Te Rua Manga (The Needle)

Cook Islands
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Ranked #5 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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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86 reviews 86 reviews
12 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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 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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Calgary, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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