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Te Rua Manga (The Needle)

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100% worth it!!!

I recently completed the hike with a friend (north to south) and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
mdvne
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Brisbane, Australia
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OMG OMG what a experience- glad I did it

From one side of the island to the other. Wicked and very sore but worth it. Really enjoyed the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
peraandy
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Wellington, New Zealand
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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.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good29%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“tree roots” (43 reviews)
“great walk” (17 reviews)
“cross island” (23 reviews)
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"tree roots"
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"great walk"
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"cross island"
in 23 reviews
"challenging hike"
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"reasonable level of fitness"
in 7 reviews
"hiking boots"
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"worth the effort"
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"hands and knees"
in 4 reviews
"slippery rocks"
in 4 reviews
"both sides"
in 6 reviews
"stream crossings"
in 7 reviews
"parked our car"
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"take your time"
in 8 reviews
"walk up"
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"coming down"
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"north side"
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I recently completed the hike with a friend (north to south) and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! While neither of us are particularly fit, we managed to scrambled up and down the path with no major dramas in five hours (we stopped frequently). The markers were...More

Thank mdvne
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Reviewed 6 days ago

From one side of the island to the other. Wicked and very sore but worth it. Really enjoyed the experience. Bit scary though especially once you get to the top but enjoyed the challenge. My self and my partner did it in 1.5 hours... beautiful...More

Thank peraandy
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went from south to north, parked our rental at waterfall car park. Pay your $5 as you come in off the main road, it was worth it because they gave us a lift back up to our car when we got off the bus from...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hiked the cross island trek on May 9. A kind staffer at our lodging (Te Vaka Roa in Muri) drove the four of us in our rental car to the suggested starting point on the north side of the island. The trek took us between...More

Thank AustinTexan
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Reviewed May 17, 2018

Yes! You have to endure a pretty treacherous climb up through the jungle using the roots for handholds but that only made it more of an adventure. When you get to the base of The Needle, you need to use a chain bolted to the...More

Thank James L
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Reviewed April 29, 2018

The hike to the Needle was absolutely incredible- with stunning views at the top point. Be prepared for a bit of hard work and some mud! The rope climb to the highest point of the Needle itself is challenging and requires a bit of balance,...More

2  Thank Stephanie J
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Reviewed April 24, 2018 via mobile

Nice hike , with a bit of a climb up ropes to the needle. Then a long walk down crossing streams back and forward. You end up with a nice waterfall to swim at. We had a hard time finding the start but after that...More

1  Thank Nick R
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Reviewed April 20, 2018

Seeing the Needle is the midpoint of the Cross-island hike which is strenuous but worth it for the views and jungle scenery.

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Reviewed April 9, 2018

As others have mentioned, be prepared, let people know when you go, and have fun. Slippery, challenging and strenuous workout. This is not a walk in the park for just everyone, it will challenge you and if the trail is soaked be on your toes...More

1  Thank Joaquin G
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Reviewed March 21, 2018

After looking for things to do in Rarotonga I saw the cross-island trek. Reviews were mixed, but none had stated how HARD it really was. I should have know when the locals tried to discourage me that it was a bad idea. I am a...More

6  Thank Kylie D
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da1danikakate
June 21, 2018|
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Response from mdvne | Reviewed this property |
I took the bus, getting off as close as I could to the entrance to the trail, then caught it again on the other side.
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Ste_Orms
May 8, 2018|
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Response from Nick R | Reviewed this property |
They should be fine if they're reasonably fit. I saw plenty of teenagers up there. the walk isn't that far. Just a hassle at times
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Nick R
April 13, 2018|
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Response from ahooky | Reviewed this property |
If you have good footwear it shouldn't be a problem. I would suggest returning same way just for ease of transport and communications. The cell tower burned down when I was there lol making it hard to be in touch with others... More
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