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“Hard work but worth it!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Te Rua Manga (The Needle)

Te Rua Manga (The Needle)
Cook Islands
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Ranked #5 of 26 attractions in Rarotonga
Type: Mountains
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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.
Freemans Bay, Auckland
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“Hard work but worth it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

A great walk. My friend and I decided against hiring a guide as we were advised by locals that the track was well-marked and that you can't get lost. We did it North to South and it took exactly three hours start to finish. A lot of it is almost vertical and you need to pull yourself up with tree roots and branches and it seems steeper on the way down but there are ropes for descending the harder parts. There are a few river crossings on the way down (South side) so wear shoes that can take it or be prepared to take them off - the river rocks are super slippery. I forgot to have breakfast prior but ate a Whittakers Peanut Slab near the beginning which gave me a real boost! Would definitely do this walk again and it's inspired me to walk more at home in New Zealand.

Visited October 2012
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Taihape
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“Deffiently wroth it!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Do it!! you will be very greatful you did, If you do it in winter, jumping in the waterful at the end was incredible. take plenty of water.

Visited June 2012
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Wellington
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“Great walk. Do it.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

Do this walk north to south. The terrain is challenging, and you need to be quite fit and agile to complete it. Some parts are very steep and you use the tree roots like a ladder, or steps, to climb up.

The needle has a great view, and there was a rooster at the top when were there. It begs for bits of food by pecking your shoe until you feed it.

The descent to the south side of the island is longer and further than the way up and other tracks join it, hence why you should go north to south (you can take the wrong track if you come the other way).

Took us about 3 and a half hours, but we were moving quite quickly.

Visited August 2012
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Manyana, NSW Australia
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“Loved it! So beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

Wear good shoes and prepare yourself. It took us just under an hour to reach the Needle and man was it worth it! A rooster even followed us to the top. Def one of the best walks we have been on

Visited July 2012
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“A great walk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

We did this two years ago and the signs were a bit patchy but friends in our group did it on our recent visit and found it much improved.

Make sure you do the walk North to South.

There are guided walks but you don't really need to do it, although I'm sure some of the added "commentary" enhances the experience.

Visited July 2012
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