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I am not going to "sugarcoat" this hike. By way of background info I am in my mid sixties, live in... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Salt Lake City, Utah
Great few hours.

We did this after rain and it was slippery underfoot. You need trail shoes at least - some people... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Wellington, New Zealand
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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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Reviewed 5 days ago

I am not going to "sugarcoat" this hike. By way of background info I am in my mid sixties, live in the Rocky Mountains in the US, am a very experienced trial hiker and still hike about 20 miles a week (35k) with a 20lb...More

Thank Kathyey1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did this after rain and it was slippery underfoot. You need trail shoes at least - some people were doing it in sandals, and that didn't seem like a good idea. Wonderful views from the top. Challenging in places (think tree roots for ladder...More

Thank DeeJay316
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We did the Needle and across mountain hike with Pa's Mountain Hike . Bruce our guide was great , very knowledgeable of the local history and the various plants/trees in the rain forest . An very patient and helpful with people in our group that...More

Thank Danny S
Reviewed 17 August 2017

We did one of Pa's Walks over the Needle, with Bruce. Bruce was excellent - very professional, helpful, informative and fun. We were in a group of about 20, which is more than I like walking in. It was a bit of a huff up...More

Thank Rainedeer
Reviewed 9 August 2017

We're retired, but fit and found the walk was 'easy'. Don't do it if you aren't used to bush walking and the occasional scramble. We went with Pa's, but it would be ok to do it yourself. The Whale Center still sells a booklet about...More

1  Thank WaihiBeachSue
Reviewed 6 August 2017

Third trip to Rarotonga and finally did the across island walk. They ascent certainly requires a good level of fitness. It is mainly uphill and no set path for 30 - 40 mins. My heart was certainly racing at times and I had to stop...More

Thank Jo C
Reviewed 27 July 2017

A beautiful walk up to Te Rua Manga. Certainly a level of fitness is required for the climb up and down the other side. The track is rugged and natural, but adequately marked with little orange arrows to direct you on the right path. Path...More

Thank Urbanweta
Reviewed 20 July 2017

This was a great hike but you want to take your time so would recommend going earlier in the day, take a water bottle per person and be physically fit and prepared for a relatively vertical climb for about an hour. The roots of the...More

Thank MDRams
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

We had decided to complete the cross island walk from the reviews. We actually completed it twice over two weeks. We are reasonably fit 50 year olds who walk every day at home and complete a bush walk maybe once a fortnight in NZ. We...More

1  Thank VicnJen67
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

We deliberated over doing the cross island walk by ourselves or guided. Do it by yourself it's very easy. The walk itself is tough but worth it. It can be muddy so don't go straight after the rain.

1  Thank Emily C
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Hayley G
28 April 2017|
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Response from Ngaio M | Reviewed this property |
You could... There are a few places where we used both hands to climb and it was slippery on the way down... Depends a bit if you are doing it alone or with another who could arrest a slip. I probably wouldn't do it alone... More
25 April 2017|
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Response from Ian S | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Might be too late to answer this one for you, I've been away and busy so apologies. My advice would be take it easy with this walk, leave early in the morning and make sure you have plenty of water with you. It's tough... More
6 March 2017|
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Response from DTG59 | Reviewed this property |
I suggest you check out the availability of a guided tour - lonely planet recommends this - check with the tourist office - it is also recommended that you walk north - south as you likely to get lost walking north from... More