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Te Rua Manga (The Needle)

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Stunning views

I took Pas X island tour ,we were warned that it would be strenuous ,exhausting is the word only... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Frank A
Awesome place to hike up.

The hike up this very steep mountain requires physical fitness. The climb is very steep but the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Marcel T
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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.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good30%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“cross island” (18 reviews)
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I took Pas X island tour ,we were warned that it would be strenuous ,exhausting is the word only reasonably fit people should attempted it,the view from the top is wrhorth it Frank Arndt

Thank Frank A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The hike up this very steep mountain requires physical fitness. The climb is very steep but the view at the top of the mountain is beautiful. It is not really ideal to go up on rainy days because it can also be very slippery.

Thank Marcel T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went up Te Rua Manga via the Avarua side (Uruau Drive) a day after it rained. We got dropped off by the start sign and followed strictly to the track. We were lucky to catch a local tour guide on the route and heard...More

Thank Pleayo T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a scooter to the base of Te Rua Manga where others are able to park their cars and scooters before hiking up. It took us 45 minutes going up and 45 minutes to come down. We took occasional breaks and hiked up at...More

Thank Natsukashii
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I did an 'out and back walk from Wigmore Waterfalls to the top of the needle and back (parked our car at Wigmore Falls). It is recommended to do the walk in the opposite direction and we realised why - the majority...More

Thank Katrina M
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Great view, if you can make it to the top The trek there is HARD, very hard work. Insects, bushes, spiders, humidity you name it you have it in terms of harsh conditions. View from the top is amazing so it's worth it if you...More

Thank viv_ab
Reviewed 26 April 2017

I took on the cross island trek with company of two mates, in mid April 2017. it was a great day, meeting our wives at Wigmore waterfall. I purchased a book called 'A guide to Rarotonga's cross island trek'. It proved extremely insightful, and a...More

1  Thank Jacob P
Reviewed 20 April 2017

I'm 33 and not a fit person and i get anxious very easily and I don't do hikes ever but i did this one. My partner and I walked to the needle from the town side and then walked back down the same way. The...More

4  Thank Louise N
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

If you want a break from aqua activities and something with a bit of physical exertion and challenge, consider this short trek, but be warned that parts of it are poorly signed and quite precarious. You should not do this trek alone, as there are...More

2  Thank Timothy N
Reviewed 15 April 2017

The hike up is quite steep, but doesn't take too long - views from the top are good. The ropes around the needle itself are old and crumbly which is a good reason not to scale the needle bit! We parked and hiked up and...More

Thank Ngaio M
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Hayley G
Can i do the walk with a baby in a carrier?
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
My husband and I would really like to do this trek during our June trip but after reading the reviews, I am concerned with fitness levels and heat. We can both complete a 5K run but have little upper body strength. I tend to get overheated easily when it's hot outside. Do you think we would have issues? Thank you, Kimberly
25 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
Can you take the bus to get here?
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