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“Pa's Walk's” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Te Rua Manga (The Needle)

Te Rua Manga (The Needle)
Cook Islands
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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.
Te Awamutu, New Zealand
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6 reviews
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“Pa's Walk's”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

We went to Rarotonga having heard about the "across the island" track. We went on the Jungle track with a very knowledgeable guide named 'Pa'. He was just brilliant. He has his own hospital in town that the locals visit - he says he is a herbalist. Other than being a little quirky he was an excellent guide. He could see that I was suffering from the steep 400m ascent in the heat. (He does recommend a reasonable level of fitness - I was substantially slower going uphill than the rest of the group and not overly fit). He recommended a break - water, vitamin c etc. before continuing. He provided lots of knowledge about the local plants and their uses. As nutrients, insect repellants, shampoo etc. When we took a break near Rua Manga (the needle) Pa was happy to take lots of photo's of the group. Often when tramping/hiking - you can be quite rushed - Pa allows plenty of time for you to hike at your own pace and take your photo's at leisure. It rained on the descent from the needle which made it quite slippery. I would probably recommend tramping/hiking boots but we were quite comfortable in sneakers and others within our guided group wore sports-sandals ie. teva's and sandshoes (although the latter had less grip and weren't overly practical once it rained). As the highest points are sometimes in cloud - rain is always a possibility. A beautiful waterfall at the end of the track, nice lunch, and fruit to snack on mid-way. All we really needed to take was a big bottle of water and a camera. Pa has a fairly substantial first-aid kit, but use your common-sense and take whatever you think you may need. My husband and I would say that this track was the highlight of our trip and recommend "Pa's Walk's" to anyone visiting Rarotonga. Having a guide was well worth the money (we tramp in NZ and would not usually have a guide). But he provides a great service - he picks you up from anywhere on the island and drops you home again (or town if you wish). He knows the track, and although the track is marked, it is not as well marked as you would expect in NZ, especially at a few of the water crossings. Great trip with loads of local flavour!!!!!!!

Visited February 2013
5 Thank Wreckie
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Awesome view and well worth the effort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Not for the faint-hearted or those without much agility. You need to walk up through the roots of the trees and you go up really fast. Must bring water with you and some food for energy but the views are your reward. Much of the walk is undercover so you dont get too much sun either. Watch out for the roosters at the top - they are pretty cheeky!

Visited September 2012
7 Thank naturoll
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Phew what a trek!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

I understand why they say you need a guide to climb this track!

Bring plenty of water and snacks as it takes a while and some parts are tricky so watch your step! Beautiful location but make sure you are of moderate to high fitness as the climbs and slopes are tricky and you will need to be fairly agile.
Totally worth the clim though as absolutely amazing and the waterfall is stunning.

Visited October 2012
Thank Steffy78
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Freemans Bay, Auckland
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“Hard work but worth it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

A great walk. My friend and I decided against hiring a guide as we were advised by locals that the track was well-marked and that you can't get lost. We did it North to South and it took exactly three hours start to finish. A lot of it is almost vertical and you need to pull yourself up with tree roots and branches and it seems steeper on the way down but there are ropes for descending the harder parts. There are a few river crossings on the way down (South side) so wear shoes that can take it or be prepared to take them off - the river rocks are super slippery. I forgot to have breakfast prior but ate a Whittakers Peanut Slab near the beginning which gave me a real boost! Would definitely do this walk again and it's inspired me to walk more at home in New Zealand.

Visited October 2012
5 Thank Suzannah72
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“Deffiently wroth it!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Do it!! you will be very greatful you did, If you do it in winter, jumping in the waterful at the end was incredible. take plenty of water.

Visited June 2012
Thank TarataFishaway
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