Te Rua Manga (The Needle)
Te Rua Manga (The Needle)
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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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  • Julia F
    Taumarunui, New Zealand8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Views and bush worth the walk
    Did this walk ourselves, starting at Avarua and finishing at the waterfall. Took a little less than 3 hours. Walk up to Needle is quite steep & over roots & rocks, taking about an hour. Gradient down was a little easier (we took the right hand side of the loop track). Orange arrows & track are easy to follow but signage at top is worn, can barely read. Rained quite a bit a couple of days beforehand so we were prepared to turn back but it was fine, just a little slippery. Had a hire car so 2 in our group just did to the needle then headed back to car while 2 of us carried on & got picked up at waterfall. Well worth it. Lots of bush, couple of river crossings, good views from Needle.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Kiwitraveler59
    Wellington, New Zealand342 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Challenging walk
    Although not a long walk, it's challenging. The track is rough with a lot of steep up and downs and some clambering over tree roots. We did it after it had been raining, so the track was muddy and slippery. I definitely wouldn't do the walk in the rain, and whether the track is dry or wet, make sure you have decent footwear. It will take about 2 1/2 to 3 hours (car park to car park) so take plenty of water (suggest 1 litre per person) and some food. Do not do the walk alone. In case of injury (e.g. sprained ankle) you need a partner to organise help (there's no cell phone coverage). All that said, there are some beautiful views and scenic spots along the walk, and when you finish, it's an awesome sense of achievement.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 September 2023
  • NA- Australia
    Dandenong, Australia908 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was difficult- but so rewarding
    A reasonable amount of prudent enquiry would prepare one for a difficult and intense experience. It was an exhilarating walk- but you do have to watch every step, however, never was I in fear of death or serious injury ( as indicated in a previous review). In our sixties, fit and well hydrated this was difficult but by no means any harder that many other jungle and challenge walks we have done ( Kumo Komodo/ Malay central jungle / Camino) The trail markers were at times difficult but always findable. Yes it was muddy, slippery, steep, and the use of ropes ( flimsy or not) was helpful. The use of the chain was only for the last pitch which absolutely was not mandatory to climb. My enquires revealed that in fact less people have died on the needle (zero) than have drowned in the lagoon. So statistically cannot be denied that it’s safer to climb the needle.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 April 2024
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Furat
Sydney, Australia13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Excellent walk, but good fitness is a must. My brother and I did it twice a day after another using different paths. We rented a car and did it firstly from North to South as was recommended by everyone and the following day South to North, hence we’ve explored all the routes.We both agreed the walk is more enjoyable from south to north! In fact, the main advantage of doing it from the south would be taking the dip at waterfalls at the end. Not an easy walk and would not recommend if you are not fit. For solos I recommend renting a scooter and for 2 people plus I recommend renting a car for more freedom of travelling.
Written 25 April 2024
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NA- Australia
Dandenong, Australia908 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A reasonable amount of prudent enquiry would prepare one for a difficult and intense experience. It was an exhilarating walk- but you do have to watch every step, however, never was I in fear of death or serious injury ( as indicated in a previous review). In our sixties, fit and well hydrated this was difficult but by no means any harder that many other jungle and challenge walks we have done ( Kumo Komodo/ Malay central jungle / Camino) The trail markers were at times difficult but always findable. Yes it was muddy, slippery, steep, and the use of ropes ( flimsy or not) was helpful. The use of the chain was only for the last pitch which absolutely was not mandatory to climb. My enquires revealed that in fact less people have died on the needle (zero) than have drowned in the lagoon. So statistically cannot be denied that it’s safer to climb the needle.
Written 20 April 2024
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Navigate624337
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Calling this a walk is grossly misleading. It is a mountain climb. It is vertical to get up, vertical to get down. On the way up, there is death from left to right. The small, tree root ridden, slippery leafy path is your only hope to survive. Despite the small little red/orange signs to indicate you are on the right path, it’s easy to get lost. If you can’t do 45 minutes of hard interval training and not puff or sweat, forget getting up the mountain without hoping this is all a dream.

On the way down you have to basically slide in parts, using the small flimsy ropes to assist you not to slide to your death. There are streams at the bottle, with eels, that you have to jump from rock to rock with nothing but a prayer you won’t fall (unlike me who did and cracked my knee).

To make this experience worse, you are so preoccupied with not dying that you don’t even get to enjoy the forest. I saw not one bird, except the brave rooster and a few hens who live up at the access to the needle point (my guess is they can’t get down, why else would they stay there).

One of my friends enjoyed this and said it was not as bad as places in central and South America. Well, I enjoy mountainous treks and climbing, only when the chance of death is small. If you enjoy near death experiences, this is for you.
Written 14 April 2024
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Kiwitraveler59
Wellington, New Zealand342 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Although not a long walk, it's challenging. The track is rough with a lot of steep up and downs and some clambering over tree roots.

We did it after it had been raining, so the track was muddy and slippery. I definitely wouldn't do the walk in the rain, and whether the track is dry or wet, make sure you have decent footwear.

It will take about 2 1/2 to 3 hours (car park to car park) so take plenty of water (suggest 1 litre per person) and some food.

Do not do the walk alone. In case of injury (e.g. sprained ankle) you need a partner to organise help (there's no cell phone coverage).

All that said, there are some beautiful views and scenic spots along the walk, and when you finish, it's an awesome sense of achievement.
Written 20 September 2023
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Lucinda J
Wellington, New Zealand1,051 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
It may be short but it will test you. Climbing up and down tree roots, stream crossings and very slippery in parts (ropes to assist are great)
Written 24 August 2023
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Julia F
Taumarunui, New Zealand8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Did this walk ourselves, starting at Avarua and finishing at the waterfall. Took a little less than 3 hours. Walk up to Needle is quite steep & over roots & rocks, taking about an hour. Gradient down was a little easier (we took the right hand side of the loop track). Orange arrows & track are easy to follow but signage at top is worn, can barely read. Rained quite a bit a couple of days beforehand so we were prepared to turn back but it was fine, just a little slippery. Had a hire car so 2 in our group just did to the needle then headed back to car while 2 of us carried on & got picked up at waterfall. Well worth it. Lots of bush, couple of river crossings, good views from Needle.
Written 15 July 2023
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pauline t
Hamilton, New Zealand32 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
My family of 4 found this walk a real challenge. Ages 14 to 43 & reasonably fit. It needs a sign to advise potentia walkers that it is steep & not easy access all the way, even to get to the needle only 2 could do that. The views were a highlight.
Written 6 June 2023
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Shaun
Hamilton, New Zealand15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Outstanding walk! Took us 30min to get to the needle from the capark on the northern side, absolutely worth it. We went after a night of rain and the track was still fine!
A must do while in Rarotonga
Written 27 April 2023
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Mike
Hamilton, New Zealand13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Quite a tough walk, or should I say climb and descent, for a good part of the track you are pulling yourself up steep inclines on tree roots, branches etc. same going down. We started at the Avarua end, the climb to the Needle takes about 1 hour, The climb down to the waterfall takes about 2 hours, crossing the stream several times. Make sure you have grippy shoes, the tree roots and rocks are quite slippery. Views from the top are great. You may meet Roger Rooster at the summit, he likes muesli bars. There are lots of ropes on the waterfall side which are a great help. The track is well marked with orange markers.
Quite a lot of mosquitos at the top, take repellant, though we never got bitten. Over all a great experience I am now in my 70's, quite fit and found it quite tiring. If you are an unfit person it may be quite exhausting. My son in law ran over it in just over 2 hours, but he is very fit. A memorable experience.

Written 23 March 2023
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Stan B
Auckland Central, New Zealand5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Take your time and bring water along as it gets hot quickly up there even though the walk is under cover most of the time.
Written 24 January 2023
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