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A very fun mini-adventure. Highly recommended.

We did the cross island walk via the Needle in October 2017. We were expecting a bit of a challenge... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Wellington, New Zealand
Worth the walk

Visited this as part of the 'Crossing' walk, it's a reasonably challenging track and in need of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
New Zealand
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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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  • Very good31%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the cross island walk via the Needle in October 2017. We were expecting a bit of a challenge based on what we'd heard and other reviews, but the entire crossing from the car-park on the northern side to our cabin on the beach...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited this as part of the 'Crossing' walk, it's a reasonably challenging track and in need of some serious repairs. The needle has amazing views Nd worth the effort.

Thank Horoeka
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When my teacher told me we were going om a 4hr hike, I did not expect the walk. I thought I was going to quit halfway through like I usually do, but I did it and the view at the top was great and so...More

Thank Rawinia T
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I am not going to "sugarcoat" this hike. By way of background info I am in my mid sixties, live in the Rocky Mountains in the US, am a very experienced trial hiker and still hike about 20 miles a week (35k) with a 20lb...More

Thank Kathyey1
Reviewed 26 August 2017

We did this after rain and it was slippery underfoot. You need trail shoes at least - some people were doing it in sandals, and that didn't seem like a good idea. Wonderful views from the top. Challenging in places (think tree roots for ladder...More

Thank DeeJay316
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

We did the Needle and across mountain hike with Pa's Mountain Hike . Bruce our guide was great , very knowledgeable of the local history and the various plants/trees in the rain forest . An very patient and helpful with people in our group that...More

Thank Danny S
Reviewed 16 August 2017

We did one of Pa's Walks over the Needle, with Bruce. Bruce was excellent - very professional, helpful, informative and fun. We were in a group of about 20, which is more than I like walking in. It was a bit of a huff up...More

Thank Rainedeer
Reviewed 8 August 2017

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 Center still sells a booklet about...More

1  Thank WaihiBeachSue
Reviewed 5 August 2017

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 racing at times and I had to stop...More

1  Thank Jo C
Reviewed 26 July 2017

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 to direct you on the right path. Path...More

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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
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
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