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Te Rua Manga (The Needle)

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Address: Cook Islands
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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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Highlight of our trip

This hike was the highlight of our trip. We started by driving our car up the road just past Wigmores and parking at the south exit of the trail. We then walked back down to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Elizabeth M
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This hike was the highlight of our trip. We started by driving our car up the road just past Wigmores and parking at the south exit of the trail. We then walked back down to the main road and took a taxi cab to the trailhead at the north entrance. This saved quite a bit of time. We were told... More 

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Thank Elizabeth M
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Chose a nice sunny day to make the cross island walk. We started at the market in Avarua. Quite a pull up there, but the views are well worth it. We went down the other side and popped out by Wigmores Falls, and the Sheraton ruin. Walked back to our accomodation in Aorangi, about 12.5 km all up

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Thank mikeandsuan
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were a group of 6 ranging in age( and fitness levels) from 19 - 58. It was challenging and muddy in spots, but there were heaps of places to pause and enjoy the spectacular views for those that needed. The trail was easy to follow and it wasn't too slippery considering the heavy rain the day before.

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Thank Kathy Z
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It took us a while to decide whether to do this walk ourselves or with a guide. Our group of 6 are quite fit, but around 60 years old, and some of the reviews here suggest you need a guide. But we eventually decided to give it a go without a guide. Unfortunately it was drizzling on the morning we... More 

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Thank Mike M
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had a enjoyable walk up to the Needle this week (North to South). We started in Avarua and walked across to the other coast. From the start of the track we walked up what was essentially a private road for about 20 mins and then entered the bush. The walk up had lots of tree roots to climb up... More 

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Perth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An easier hike up than anticipated. Great views at the base of the needle. Daren't climb the rock itself as it was way to windy. Had to do a there and back from the north side as climbed later in the afternoon on a Sunday and thus a lack of buses to get us back to the car.

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Thank olthomas44
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I definitely recommend walking from North to South, the orange markers are easy to see walking this way but almost invisible if you walk the other way. Difficulty definitely depends on the weather! The track gets very slippery after rain so is a lot easier on dry days. We had a great walk, amazing views from the top! You can... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a challenging, but rewarding day. I would recommend you are fit and not put off by heights (Hmm wish I had known that before) PLEASE use a guide as track in not always clearly marked.

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Thank Yvette A
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did this by ourselves and wasn't sure how everyone else did it. It is not the walk in the bush like NZ, more of a mountain hike and you do need to have some fitness, but you have all day and the view is worth it. We did North to South. We rode our scooter to the south end... More 

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did this on a day when it was raining off and on. It was very muddy but a really nice walk through the forest and the view at the top was well worth it! A bit of a hard slog at times but we saw lots of families with kids doing it so nothing too extreme! Would recommend to... More 

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