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Te Rua Manga, if you like to hike and are fit.

As others have mentioned, be prepared, let people know when you go, and have fun. Slippery... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Joaquin G
Don't do it

After looking for things to do in Rarotonga I saw the cross-island trek. Reviews were mixed, but... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Kylie D
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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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“tree roots” (43 reviews)
“great walk” (17 reviews)
“cross island” (22 reviews)
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Cook Islands
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"tree roots"
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"great walk"
in 17 reviews
"cross island"
in 22 reviews
"challenging hike"
in 8 reviews
"hiking boots"
in 9 reviews
"reasonable level of fitness"
in 7 reviews
"well worth the effort"
in 10 reviews
"hands and knees"
in 4 reviews
"slippery rocks"
in 4 reviews
"both sides"
in 6 reviews
"stream crossings"
in 7 reviews
"parked our car"
in 3 reviews
"take your time"
in 8 reviews
"walk up"
in 7 reviews
"coming down"
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"running shoes"
in 4 reviews
"north side"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As others have mentioned, be prepared, let people know when you go, and have fun. Slippery, challenging and strenuous workout. This is not a walk in the park for just everyone, it will challenge you and if the trail is soaked be on your toes...More

Thank Joaquin G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After looking for things to do in Rarotonga I saw the cross-island trek. Reviews were mixed, but none had stated how HARD it really was. I should have know when the locals tried to discourage me that it was a bad idea. I am a...More

3  Thank Kylie D
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

This was a great hike. Took us four hours. The view from the needle is exceptional. Track is well marked although we did bump into a woman who had been lost for two hours. Wear your hiking boots- cross the stream many times. We went...More

1  Thank VivBru
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

A great walk where you cannot get lost, from sea level up thru streams and bush to get a fantastic view. Just watch out for the roosters.

Thank Grant5050
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Reviewed 12 February 2018 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
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Reviewed 30 January 2018

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

2  Thank Donna P
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Reviewed 24 January 2018

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
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

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

3  Thank DavidG3900
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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

1  Thank Cooksta
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Reviewed 4 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
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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
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legallyred
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
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