Te Rua Manga (The Needle), 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. Put Te Rua Manga (The Needle) at the forefront of your travel plans using our Rarotonga route planner .
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  • 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 w...  more »
  • 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 prepare...  more »
  • We were expecting the trek to be alot of uphill climbing but this was something else. Slippery muddy tracks, cliffs, rope pulls, traversing tree roots, trees, rocks it was something I have never done ...  more »
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  • A stunning view. The track is a bit rough and steep and you need to take a lot of care if wet but we'll worth the climb. Climbing the chain to the very top is not for the faint hearted but there is a breath taking view for those that brave it. Still unsure how the roosters made it up there.
  • Was a challenge getting to the top you need a high level of fitness and I wouldn't go up after it has been raining or is raining it would be too dangerous you could slip and it's pretty high up its 413m at its highest point. Takes about 1hr 40min up and down.

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