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Feel the Burn

We were expecting the trek to be alot of uphill climbing but this was something else. Slippery... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Wellington, New Zealand
Great View

So this is an excellent walk. It takes 30 to 45 minutes up a steep ridge through forest to the... read more

Reviewed 2 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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Cook Islands
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were expecting the trek to be alot of uphill climbing but this was something else. Slippery muddy tracks, cliffs, rope pulls, traversing tree roots, trees, rocks it was something I have never done before and I have to say - I really enjoyed the...More

Thank Lsas26
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So this is an excellent walk. It takes 30 to 45 minutes up a steep ridge through forest to the needle. The needle itself is not for those who have a rational fear of heights. Chains are there to assist on the rock face. The...More

Thank lex_loci_david
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Don't do this walk if you want a paved walk. Track is a narrow path, covered with roots, steep in sections & slippery mud when wet. Be prepared to scramble, use hands to hold on to roots or slide on your bottom to get down...More

Thank 1Jen13
Reviewed 15 October 2017

We did the cross island walk via the Needle in October 2017. We were expecting a bit of a challenge based on what we'd heard and other reviews, but the entire crossing from the car-park on the northern side to our cabin on the beach...More

Thank riverstyx816
Reviewed 8 October 2017

Visited this as part of the 'Crossing' walk, it's a reasonably challenging track and in need of some serious repairs. The needle has amazing views Nd worth the effort.

Thank Horoeka
Reviewed 25 September 2017

When my teacher told me we were going om a 4hr hike, I did not expect the walk. I thought I was going to quit halfway through like I usually do, but I did it and the view at the top was great and so...More

Thank Rawinia T
Reviewed 18 September 2017

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 27 August 2017

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 20 August 2017 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
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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
24 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