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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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Maybe not in a Thunderstorm

Views from the top of the island at the needle would be absolutely breathtaking - if we hadn't gone in a thunderstorm. But nethertheless, seeing the needle up close is absolutely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
kate_adams_1993
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Wellington
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Wellington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Views from the top of the island at the needle would be absolutely breathtaking - if we hadn't gone in a thunderstorm. But nethertheless, seeing the needle up close is absolutely amazing. The walk could be done in sneakers or closed toe sandals in the sun or hiking boots in the rain, - it gets crazy slippery on the way... More 

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Feilding, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A large group of 12 of us walked up to the needle out out at the waterfall. Great views along the walk of the island. We went without a guide which is fine, but the track does lack signage (especially at the start - do not take the drive to the left, go straight). Need insect repellent at the waterfall.... More 

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Thank Gaz75
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The views from the needle are breathtaking, being able to see each side of the island. A nice hike up the hill and following the stream to reach the waterfall was also a plus!

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Frankston, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited with Raro Safari tours. Worth seeing, but be prepared to have your bones rattled on the way up! Accessible by doing the cross island trek, or driving up to the parking area and walking the rest of the way.

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Thank sandysaf2016
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016

This a fairly hard walk of about 3-4 hours for the young at heart,if you take your time it is well worth the effort ,you will need good runners with a good grip on the sole and a bottle of water, if its wet you will be be on your backside at lest once but it is worth it and... More 

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Thank IanJanney
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016

The walk is really a walk and climb... I would rate it challenging for the average individual. we walked from north to south. The initial track was very easy but as you get into the bush several of the climbs go steeper than 45 degrees and certainly increase the heart rate. There are plenty of tree roots to hold on... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016 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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

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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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

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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