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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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It's HARD!!!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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San Jose, California
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San Jose, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 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 9 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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 328 helpful votes
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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Address: Cook Islands
Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga

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