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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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Cross island walk

My husband, two kids (just had turned 10 and 8) and I did the walk from the Wigmores waterfall end. It was such a great walk to do, people thought we were ambitious/crazy doing it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Saffron C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband, two kids (just had turned 10 and 8) and I did the walk from the Wigmores waterfall end. It was such a great walk to do, people thought we were ambitious/crazy doing it with kids but they both handled it really well. Only my husband did the actual needle though. We all loved the walk and it's something... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spectacular views are available if you either hike over the mountain or take a 4 wheel drive tour. Access to the higher lookouts is on private property so it is inadvisable to attempt your own 4 wheel drive excursion to the heights.

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Thank DTG59
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went as part of Pa's tour with a number of other of various ages. It took us nearly 5 hours instead of 3-4 but we did stop on the way to listen to Pa talking about herbal medicine and history of the island. We also had a couple of people on our tour who we not very fit so... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

3 of our group decided to tackle the Cross Island Walk whilst on our last visit to Rarotonga. We decided to "go it alone" as most of the reviews we read said it was achievable without a guide. We started on Avarua side, there is a car park at the end of the road and we arranged to be dropped... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

We decided to walk up to the needle and back down rather than the full cross island walk. It was a matter of logistics, we had a car and didn't know how we'd make it back to the car at the start point. In hindsight, the logistics aren't that hard (bus goes to either end) and we wished we went... More 

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1 Thank Jess1ca1210
Richmond, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Our accommodation had bikes so we rode up past the power station and chained then at the start of the trail. It took 1 hour to get to the Needle and another 1.5 hours to get to the other side... Then bus back around into town, and walked back to collect the bikes. The track is easy to follow and... More 

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1 Thank Nathan_Hill
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

This is a proper bush hike. Tree roots, river beds, ropes and rocks. I fell and injured myself on the way down. It took us over two hours for me to crawl, slide, and limp my way out. That being said, the views are wonderful and the bush is beautiful. Feeling adventurous? Give it a go. Safer when it is... More 

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1 Thank luvhugin
Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

A group of us decided to do this walk as a great outdoor activity. It is recommended to do this from north to south. Firstly, let me say I enjoyed the walk and the boost to my fitness it gave me on a lazy relaxed break. Fitness is important for this walk, and take plenty of water and snacks. The... More 

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Thank Ian S
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

OK, I'm 58 and half fit, after the first 20 minutes I was reduced to 10 steps and a rest! The main obstacle is a steep ridge covered in tree roots that act like a winding staircase. Then there are the ropes and chains to assist you with the ascent to the side of the Needle. Take it easy and... More 

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Gisborne, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

I'd read all the reviews and thought it would take me at least 3 hours but we were done in just over 2hours. Take plenty of water. The walk up is very steep and you'll need to replace the moisture you loose.

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