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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 Arorangi route planner.
Te Rua Manga (The Needle) reviews
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.
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. more »
A great trail to explore if your keen to see the almighty ‘needle’ up close and personal. We completed this cross island hike North to South as most recommended - and definitely think this is the...
A great trail to explore if your keen to see the almighty ‘needle’ up close and personal. We completed this cross island hike North to South as most recommended - and definitely think this is the... more »
A fun hike, sign posting could be better for the summit as the signs are barely visible. Make sure to go in the morning as you dont want to hike here when it gets dark
It's a great walk up to the Needle, the views at the top are amazing. You will need to have a good level of fitness, wear good shoes, take plenty of water. Best to start from the township side of the track and you can either complete the whole walk and end up coming out by the abandoned Sheraton hotel, or just visit the top then come down the same way. Best to walk this track when its dry, very challenging and slippery if it's been raining. They have a tour guide that takes daily tours up the needle and he is very knowledgeable.
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