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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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NOT FOR THE WEAK!!

This is a trek not to be underestimated!! Just because you THINK you can do it.. BE PREPARED!! Its hard... its tough... especially in the pouring rain!! But with good smarts... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a trek not to be underestimated!! Just because you THINK you can do it.. BE PREPARED!! Its hard... its tough... especially in the pouring rain!! But with good smarts it can be done. You have to be in good physical shape, as you climb, crawl, stretch, slip, jump, etc. The path can be slippery and narrow... good shoes... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They recommend taking this with a guide but its well marked. It is very steep and after any rain, you spend a lot of time on your hands and knees or pulling yourself up on ropes. Its a fantastic walk, and one of the must do activities on the rock. Just when you feel you've over indulged on food and... More 

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hike is no joke. It will make you sweat, get you wet and wear you out. But the exercise and views and sense of accomplishment are well worth it. Be sure to stop by the little beachside hot dog stand at the Southern end of the trail to have a fresh coconut to quench your thirst.

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Thank mfk7
Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I were looking for a good half-day activity and we decided on doing the needle hike. It was advertised as a "family friendly hike", which yes some parts were but not the entire hike. Some parts you are scaling slippery rocks and others you are jumping over the streams, which is good if you are on the... More 

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Thank Kyle U
Port Macquarie, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did this trek as part of Pa's Treks with Bruce as our guide. Personally I wouldn't do this trek unguided, although a lot of people do. Even though we had read about it and were prepared, we were still quite surprised at just how hard some parts of the trek are. From pulling yourself up and using the tree... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent work, hard at times but worth every sweat 💦. Most amazing view on Rarotonga 🙌🏾 Take water, sunscreen and bug repellent. Easy to follow the tracks to the top and vines are strong to support your body when you need extra support. We loved it

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Thank Sami K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed our walk up to the needle- apart from getting a little lost. We had a scooter so we decided to start at the waterfall and walk up and then back so we could have a swim at the end. We did already know the markers go in the other direction so were looking behind us to check we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 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 31 December 2016

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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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

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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