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Nice hike

The hike was challenging not because of its degree of difficulty, but because of the condition of... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
177suzannef
great hike but good level fitness and shoes needed

This was a gem from our trip, we went the back end (non waterfall) due to the waterfall being... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
lind1tob
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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 coming down stream crossings average fitness north side running shoes great views from the top wear good shoes southern end highest point
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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
Thank 177suzannef
Reviewed 6 days ago

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
Thank lind1tob
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago 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
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
Thank 757jannet
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Anybody visiting Rarotonga should do the cross island walk if they have a good level of fitness! Highly recommend

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank 763hollyc
Reviewed November 5, 2018

We walked across the island - well from the start to the finish of the track anyway! We started on the town side - the track starts off wide and easy. As you climb the track becomes a bit narrower and steep - but still...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank rjwagener
Reviewed November 2, 2018

Excellent day hike, reaching the needle on the Cross Island Walk! One of our Rarotonga highlights! We weren't sure we'd be okay without a guide after reading other reviews but it's totally fine if you're a confident walker. The path is clearly labelled and even...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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da1danikakate
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.
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Ste_Orms
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
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nickr524
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!!
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