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Tremendous view makes it worth the effort

We did the cross island trek from north to south in about 4 hours which included a short snack... read more

Reviewed 17 July 2017
Derek W
Burnaby, Canada
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Beautiful view - hard hike

The hike is difficult but worth the view. We did Pa's Trek. The path was well marked and could... read more

Reviewed 5 July 2017
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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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Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

We did the cross island trek from north to south in about 4 hours which included a short snack while we were up at the needle and a 15 minute swim while at the waterfall near the bottom on the south side. The climb up...More

Thank Derek W
Reviewed 5 July 2017

The hike is difficult but worth the view. We did Pa's Trek. The path was well marked and could easily be done without the guide. I would have preferred to be without the tour group because they went faster than I was comfortable going. The...More

Thank legallyred
Reviewed 3 July 2017

Did this many years ago, the first time guided and this time on our own. The track is reasonably marked with orange markers. Would not do it if recent rain as the Wigmore Falls side is slippery. Allow a couple of hours and overall quite...More

Thank GastroGaz
Reviewed 2 July 2017

Its a 3-4 hr hike at semi-leisure pace. Wear good pair of hiking shoes instead of normal running shoes. Orange arrows were generally clear. Whenever you reach a cross-junction do not rush into any clear path, look out for the orange arrows.

Thank Benjamin T
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

The walk does require med+ level of fitness. It is in the jungle and not much sir flow! First hour is straight up requiring 4 points of contact half the time. Track is VERY slippery and at times hard to see, especially if take the...More

1  Thank melzmail26
Reviewed 13 June 2017

I took Pas X island tour ,we were warned that it would be strenuous ,exhausting is the word only reasonably fit people should attempted it,the view from the top is wrhorth it Frank Arndt

Thank Frank A
Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

The hike up this very steep mountain requires physical fitness. The climb is very steep but the view at the top of the mountain is beautiful. It is not really ideal to go up on rainy days because it can also be very slippery.

Thank Marcel T
Reviewed 5 June 2017

We went up Te Rua Manga via the Avarua side (Uruau Drive) a day after it rained. We got dropped off by the start sign and followed strictly to the track. We were lucky to catch a local tour guide on the route and heard...More

Thank Pleayo T
Reviewed 3 June 2017

We took a scooter to the base of Te Rua Manga where others are able to park their cars and scooters before hiking up. It took us 45 minutes going up and 45 minutes to come down. We took occasional breaks and hiked up at...More

Thank Natsukashii
Reviewed 27 May 2017

My husband and I did an 'out and back walk from Wigmore Waterfalls to the top of the needle and back (parked our car at Wigmore Falls). It is recommended to do the walk in the opposite direction and we realised why - the majority...More

Thank Katrina M
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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