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Awesome walk good level fitness required

Was my aim to do this walk. It is challenging in parts so good level fitness required the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
LindaC6753
Gorgeous view

in advance some information because here are many different opinions. I am neither well trained... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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 great walk cross island challenging hike reasonable level of fitness hiking boots well worth the effort hands and knees slippery rocks both sides take your time parked our car stream crossings coming down north side great views from the top caught the bus
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was my aim to do this walk. It is challenging in parts so good level fitness required the downhill is technical and need to watch footing carefully. Well worth the effort though awesome walk

Thank LindaC6753
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

in advance some information because here are many different opinions. I am neither well trained nor experienced in such adventures. Of course, the ascent is not a walk on the beach and with some effort, but feasible for any person who can walk without help....More

Thank Markus R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even though at the waterfall the sign said highly recommend to go north south direction, we were extremely pleased we did it from south to north. All the way up as we passed people, they stopped and talked about how slippery it was coming down....More

Thank Ali A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came on a guided hike which I was glad I did - at times the path seems to disappear and is hard to see. Going up there is a bit of scrabbling with a decent amount of holding onto tree roots to help get up....More

Thank Daniel S
Reviewed 9 September 2018

As per previous reviews, be ready for a steep climb. But the views are awesome and it's worth your efforts

1  Thank chemikills
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

Amazing walk, well worth the effort! Stunning views at the top! We did the walk from the northern end - took about 55mins with plenty of stopping, to the top of the needle (I’d say we have fairly average fitness levels). Then about 40 mins...More

1  Thank SamH4698
Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

We did the walk from the car park (at the northern end of the walk) to the Needle and return as we left our car in the car park. I can only agree with the previous reviewers that not only do you really need average...More

Thank golfinggirl30
Reviewed 21 August 2018

The notes say you have to be physically fit, but you also have to be agile and have great balance, which don't always come with fitness. Great views, nice to get the blood pumping. Wear good shoes and prepare to get your bum muddy on...More

Thank Emily N
Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

Highly recommend. Need to have a level of fitness. Recommended get dropped off one side and collected from other side. The waterfall at the end was great and if the water was clear would have had a swim. Definitely a must to really view the...More

1  Thank Compass674486
Reviewed 9 August 2018

Only way to reach The Needle is by doing the cross island track. It's at the halfway point. This is a must do if you're of at least average fitness. Do not attempt this hike if it's wet or raining. Even if it's not wet/raining...More

1  Thank 337alliep
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da1danikakate
22 June 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
8 May 2018|
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Response from Nick R | 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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Nick R
13 April 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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