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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  • We walked across the island - well from the start to the finish of the track anyway! We started on the town side - the track starts off wide and easy. As you climb the track becomes a bit narrower and...  more »
  • Excellent day hike, reaching the needle on the Cross Island Walk! One of our Rarotonga highlights! We weren't sure we'd be okay without a guide after reading other reviews but it's totally fine if you...  more »
  • Coming down on the south side is harder than we thought., it's slippery, plus a bit confusing.
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