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“Awesome achievement” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Te Rua Manga (The Needle)

Te Rua Manga (The Needle)
Cook Islands
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Ranked #14 of 57 things to do in Rarotonga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
Hamilton, New Zealand
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Awesome achievement”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Take insect repellent. Loads of it. Also wear old clothes as the dirt/clay stains your clothes. There are parts where you semi-abseil using rope. We went without a guide and managed fine, but there was one spot in particular where we went the wrong way for a while and had to double back. Awesome feeling of achievement and there is a waterhole at the end. You go from one side of the island to the other. We got a ride up to the start (the road is quite long). We went January 2012.

Visited December 2012
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Dubbo
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17 reviews 17 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Walking with Pa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

A challenging walk across the island. I recommend doing this walk on a guided tour with Pa. His knowledge of the island & the healing properties of plants is amazing. He has wonderful stories to share & a deep spirituality. Also, it is easy to take a wrong turn & Pa had to guide a few people onto the correct path, even though they weren't part of his tour.

Visited October 2013
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Orewa, New Zealand
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great sense of accomplishment”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Went went with friends a great walk through natural bush, great view, was difficult inn places and requires moderate level of fitness. Even though challenging in places was well worth it.

Visited August 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Did the trek without guide.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Very hard trek but I am 55 and managed it. It's all climbing using roots of trees. Great feeling when you make it to the needle. Lovely views from the top.

Visited September 2013
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Newcastle, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great views!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Be prepared - the hike to the needle is along quite a steep narrow ridge and can be very slippery after rain but the views from the top are amazing. Make sure you take your camera and mozzie repellant.

Visited September 2013
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