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Big trek!

We trekked from the Pāpua waterfall up to the needle and back. Quite a challenging but beautiful... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Newcastle, Australia
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Insane View!

Te Rua Manga is a definite must when visiting Rarotonga! This decent ascent requires a moderate... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Christchurch, 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.
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All reviews tree roots cross island great walk challenging hike well worth the effort hiking boots both sides take your time coast to coast coming down stream crossings average fitness north side running shoes scared of heights great views from the top wear good shoes
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We trekked from the Pāpua waterfall up to the needle and back. Quite a challenging but beautiful walk. Extremely slippery in some sections and I did slip over a couple of times going down hill. Stunning stream trickling for most of the walk. Give yourself...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Te Rua Manga is a definite must when visiting Rarotonga! This decent ascent requires a moderate level of fitness but the reward of reaching the Needle is worth the ache of those calves let me tell yah!! 🎋

Date of experience: June 2018
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

2 friends and I did this walk. We started from the north just out of the Avarua township, I would recommend having someone drive you to the start of the walk as it is more than 2 km if you walk from the sign. It...More

Date of experience: December 2018
4  Thank Brittany L
Reviewed December 11, 2018

The hike was challenging not because of its degree of difficulty, but because of the condition of the trail. Truly natural. Well worth it though for a good view of the island from the top.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank 177suzannef
Reviewed December 11, 2018

This was a gem from our trip, we went the back end (non waterfall) due to the waterfall being closed, what a hike, scaling up the hill pulling ourselves up on tree roots and tree ending up at the needle with the most amazing views,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank lind1tob
Reviewed December 10, 2018

The hike, the view, everything was amazing! This hike was outstanding and climbing to the top of the needle (although scary) was so much fun! I wouldn't do it without a tour guide tho.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank kaylesha
Reviewed December 9, 2018

We loved the hike to the needle! We parked our scooter at the bottom and made our way up. The track is not clearly marked, but if you have a good sense of direction, you will be fine (you can also do it with guides)....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank EliseH9
Reviewed December 8, 2018 via mobile

I started from the waterfall... got the bus to Wigmores and walked through the road which was about 15-20 minute walk. The waterfall was non existent... and they was doing construction too. The hike was relatively easy but you do need to be fit ish!...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank DaisyN91
Reviewed November 30, 2018 via mobile

Today is the last day of my holiday. The weather is cool in the morning, so I decided to hike the NEEDLE, thats a 1.8 km hike up a steep incline of NEEDLE in forest hills and many trees with huge roots. You really need...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank X9477ZRkarenm
Reviewed November 29, 2018 via mobile

Did the hike 29 Nov and it was very nice, total hiking time 3 hours from Ara Metua and Uruau Dr crossing where the hike info post is to the derelict Sheraton. If you drive the road bit to car park you reduce maybe 30...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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June 21, 2018|
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Response from Kylie D | Reviewed this property |
We caught the bus and walked from the drop off at start of the trek. Same on way back.
May 8, 2018|
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Response from nickr524 | 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
April 13, 2018|
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Response from Kylie D | Reviewed this property |
I would not go if it has been raining. Very treacherous and slippery!!