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“A great walk”

Ranked #9 of 67 things to do in Rarotonga
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Owner description: 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.
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A great walk”
Reviewed July 15, 2012

We did this two years ago and the signs were a bit patchy but friends in our group did it on our recent visit and found it much improved.

Make sure you do the walk North to South.

There are guided walks but you don't really need to do it, although I'm sure some of the added "commentary" enhances the experience.

Visited July 2012
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NSW, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Worth the walk”
Reviewed July 9, 2012

We did the Cross Island track without a guide and found it easy to follow. The trip up is much easier than the trip down due to the steep decent, the roots and mud. Start from the harbour side and end up at Wigmore falls.

Visited June 2012
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“It was 2005”
Reviewed June 23, 2012

We went to Raratonga without any plans what so ever. We just wanted to get away for a fortnight. What a great destinaton. We went on the Jungle track with a fabulously nowledgeable guide named 'Pa'. He was just brilliant. He covered me with his own concuction of mosquito repellant that actually worked. When we took a break near Rua Manga (the needle) i could not resist myself and set about climbing the needle. I got a part way up taking a video on the way, one hand filming, the other grabbing hold for safety's sakes. I stopped when I got to that old ladder a part way up. It just looked to me that it was about to disintigrate. The view from up there was fabulous, soaring above the eagles down in the valley is just invigarating. When I returned to the group Pa was not impressed, asking to me please use my common sense. He was just brilliant.

If you are lucky enough to visit these beautiful Islands and its people, you have to do this walk.
Ed & Helen

Visited July 2011
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Los Angeles, California
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great hike, though a bit scary”
Reviewed June 2, 2012

This is a great hike! It's a pretty tough one, but it is doable. Some areas can be a bit slippery and it was windy when we got to the needle, which made it scary. I'm not good with heights to say the least and being up there was quite frightening. Once up there, the view is amazing.

We brought a compass with us and that proved to be useful as we took a wrong turn at one point early in our hike. It's also a good idea to pack lots of water and to wear insect repellent. You should also wear something that you wouldn't mind getting dirty since you're likely to get dirt on it and on yourself. We just wore our workout clothes. Later, we went to the beach and jumped in the water to get clean!

P.S. The date of my visit isn't accurate. I wasn't able to choose the correct date. I don't know if the date really matters though, except I wouldn't go when it has recently rained. It'd just be muddier and more slippery.

Visited July 2011
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New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“nice mountain trek”
Reviewed May 23, 2012

We started from the Avatiu track, it took us about 1hr30min. The trail is fairly well marked, and easy to follow. It had rained hard the night before and some parts of the trail are steep so we had to take it slow. Make sure to bring mozzie repellent, water and maybe a little snack. The view from the needle is unobstructed and overwhelming. If you want to climb up the actual needle there is a chain and further up rope with knots on it. Climbing up is fairly easy but you can easily slip off the rocks if your not careful. Climbing back down is much harder so if your not sure about going up don't try it.

Visited May 2012
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