Te Rua Manga (The Needle), Rarotonga

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#4 of 11 in Parks in Rarotonga
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Challenge yourself to a climb up Te Rua Manga (The Needle), a tall rock formation jutting from a large hill. Easily visible from many spots on the island, this needle-like rock offers unbeatable views of the surrounding area. Make this trek on a well-marked walking trail to the base of the spire. Skill adventurers can choose to continue climbing up the spire, but rock-climbing equipment is needed and highly recommended. Take plenty of water, sunscreen, and mosquito repellant, and be mindfull of slippery paths, especially after heavy rainfall. Use our Rarotonga tour planner to add Te Rua Manga (The Needle) and other attractions to your Rarotonga vacation plans.
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  • We're retired, but fit and found the walk was 'easy'. Don't do it if you aren't used to bush walking and the occasional scramble. We went with Pa's, but it would be ok to do it yourself. The Whale Cen...  more »
  • Third trip to Rarotonga and finally did the across island walk. They ascent certainly requires a good level of fitness. It is mainly uphill and no set path for 30 - 40 mins. My heart was certainly rac...  more »
  • A beautiful walk up to Te Rua Manga. Certainly a level of fitness is required for the climb up and down the other side. The track is rugged and natural, but adequately marked with little orange arrows...  more »

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