Te Rua Manga (The Needle), Rarotonga

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#2 of 6 in Nature in Cook Islands
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 Avarua route planner .
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  • Hiked the cross island trek on May 9. A kind staffer at our lodging (Te Vaka Roa in Muri) drove the four of us in our rental car to the suggested starting point on the north side of the island. The tr...  more »
  • Yes! You have to endure a pretty treacherous climb up through the jungle using the roots for handholds but that only made it more of an adventure. When you get to the base of The Needle, you need to u...  more »
  • The hike to the Needle was absolutely incredible- with stunning views at the top point. Be prepared for a bit of hard work and some mud! The rope climb to the highest point of the Needle itself is cha...  more »
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  • Coming down on the south side is harder than we thought., it's slippery, plus a bit confusing.
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