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Great Hike!

We loved the hike to the needle! We parked our scooter at the bottom and made our way up. The track... read more

Reviewed yesterday
EliseH9
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Sydney, Australia
Not a bad hike!

I started from the waterfall... got the bus to Wigmores and walked through the road which was about... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
DaisyN91
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Devon, United Kingdom
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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 yesterday

We loved the hike to the needle! We parked our scooter at the bottom and made our way up. The track is not clearly marked, but if you have a good sense of direction, you will be fine (you can also do it with guides)....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank EliseH9
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I started from the waterfall... got the bus to Wigmores and walked through the road which was about 15-20 minute walk. The waterfall was non existent... and they was doing construction too. The hike was relatively easy but you do need to be fit ish!...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank DaisyN91
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Today is the last day of my holiday. The weather is cool in the morning, so I decided to hike the NEEDLE, thats a 1.8 km hike up a steep incline of NEEDLE in forest hills and many trees with huge roots. You really need...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Did the hike 29 Nov and it was very nice, total hiking time 3 hours from Ara Metua and Uruau Dr crossing where the hike info post is to the derelict Sheraton. If you drive the road bit to car park you reduce maybe 30...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Anybody visiting Rarotonga should do the cross island walk if they have a good level of fitness! Highly recommend

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank 763hollyc
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We walked across the island - well from the start to the finish of the track anyway! We started on the town side - the track starts off wide and easy. As you climb the track becomes a bit narrower and steep - but still...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank rjwagener
Reviewed 2 November 2018

Excellent day hike, reaching the needle on the Cross Island Walk! One of our Rarotonga highlights! We weren't sure we'd be okay without a guide after reading other reviews but it's totally fine if you're a confident walker. The path is clearly labelled and even...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Claire D
Reviewed 30 October 2018

My wife and I climbed to the needle. Wonderful view and even though it is steep and a fair distance, it was not too hard. The view is great. Had a little trouble finding the start from the street maps.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 23 September 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank LindaC6753
Reviewed 23 September 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank RichieKC
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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 nickr524 | 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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nickr524
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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