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Great hike but hot!

We climbed up the Needle which was quite a good hike. I would recommend good footwear like cross... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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If They Tell You It's Easy, Don't Believe Them!

This hike is a great adventure! We visited in July 2017 and were told it was an 'easy 2 hour hike... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Donna P
Calgary, Canada
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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 1 week ago via mobile

We climbed up the Needle which was quite a good hike. I would recommend good footwear like cross trainers not jandals. There are many roots which stick out and make the climb a little difficult. Great view! Would recommend!!

Thank erinl541
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hike is a great adventure! We visited in July 2017 and were told it was an 'easy 2 hour hike' . ... ha! Well, we were three 50-something adults (in good shape), and it took us almost 4 hours, I believe. There was mud,...More

Thank Donna P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I first climbed Te Rua Manga 20 years ago when I was 27 and backpacking around the world. This year I’ll be taking my 12 and 15 year old kids. A great little expedition and from memory some hairy ropes to help you get up...More

Thank rebeccahG2820AB
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kia Orana! Just did this hike last week, not for the weak and timid. Avoided going up the waterfall side, since some light rain day before. Came up from town, past the power plant. Flat grassy incline lulls you into your Happy Place until you...More

Thank DavidG3900
Reviewed 5 January 2018

This is a fun and challenging hike (especially if you do not have a high fitness level). The views are not the best because of other mountains and the trees interfering. So do no go up expecting amazing views to the coast as you will...More

Thank Cooksta
Reviewed 5 January 2018

We walked in the reverse direction, so began at the waterfall end. We believe our walk was easier had we gone in the recommended direction. However, you would have Wigmores Waterfall at end of walk providing it has been raining.

Thank Heather S
Reviewed 19 December 2017

We parked our rental car on the main road near the turnoff to the falls then caught the bus and rode it around to the other side of the island. The driver let us off at the right spot and pointed us in the right...More

1  Thank Monty D
Reviewed 11 December 2017

This was quite the hike with our 7 year old, very slippery and steep sections but a must climb for those that love the rockies (Alberta)

Thank letsbehonest21
Reviewed 5 December 2017

A truly great 3-4 hour walk over the center of the island. We walked North to South from the Punanga Nui markets which adds about 45minutes, lots of people taxi to the actual track start though. You will need some decent footwear though, not sandals....More

Thank Chris10101010
Reviewed 23 November 2017

Not the trail your Mother warned you about but a hike made for those who really want to see what it was like to cross the Island 100 years ago! Back to basics is the key word and you should be prepared to deal with...More

Thank Teatuanui
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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