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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 was a tough climb, you need decent shoes, suggest you start from E to W - so worth it. Island interior vegetation is jungle!

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 23, 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

It was a tough climb, you need decent shoes, suggest you start from E to W - so worth it. Island interior vegetation is jungle!

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Upper Hutt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Went on island safari tour up to needle. Great tour thanks capt v and great to see needle Good views

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Melbourne, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

You definitely need a reasonable level of fitness before attempting this walk (be sure to take sturdy shoes, water, a jacket in case the weather turns, and snacks). The trail itself takes about 2.5 hours non-stop, but the total travel time is much closer to 4 to 5 hours once you take time out to take photos, appreciate the views,... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

My husband and I are pretty active and really enjoyed this walk. We went with a local who showed us the different plants and what they were used for which was really interesting. The walk is straight up in parts climbing over the tree roots so you have to be fairly fit. The views from the top are amazing. The... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Agree with ZenTourist - tough but worth it. A steep climb to the top and not easy coming down either. A challenging walk. Advisable to do it on a cool, cloudy day if possible - although you are under cover of the trees and "jungle" alot so not often exposed to the intense heat from the sun. Three adults did... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

I did this walk with Pa. I thought I was quite fit but it really challenged me. Scrambling (sometimes vertically, on all fours) over tree roots never really allowed you to get any real rhythm. Pa's philosophy is to go at your own pace - there's no prize for speed. The views from the Needle are worth all the efforts.... More 

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Waikanae
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Worth the visit and if you can take the hike with Pa - local legend and identity - go for it - makes it all the more entertaining and less arduous

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

I consider myself in good physical condition. This hike is a doozy. The view at the top is amazing if you can just keep going. We walked down a long road that turned into a path and then turned into a steep tree lined incline. It felt like it was straight up. Great to balance out vacation indulgences. On the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Fascinating hike across the island. Would be a little nervous to hike on own for not well marked at beginning of trail. This is an arduous hike and especially difficult when the trail is muddy and wet after a rain. Well worth the money doing the hike with Pa. He is a hiker, athlete, diplomat, activist, monk and herbal healer.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

This is a tough walk up the hill, but the views are rewarding. The track is reasonably well marked, the hardest part about it is the tree roots that cover the path throughout (pics attached). We parked our car at the base and walked to the top and back in about 2.5 hours.

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