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Awesome must do trail. It is a little tricky to follow at times, as markers a few. Having said that, it is definitely possible to follow it, and found the AllTrails map very useful to ensure we were in the right track. Done streams to cross, and done very slippery areas, so be very careful if doing it during a rain, or just after. The needle is a bit scary if you are not a hiker used to doing any kind of hairy stuff (like us). They have chains and ropes to use, but don’t feel you have to do it to make the walk. We decided the scariness of the ropes and chains was possibly not worth the increase of view....as you can get a pretty good view anyhow. Such a beautiful perspective on the Island. We went north to south. We caught a bus to the town, the driver indicated which road we needed to walk up to start the trail, and off we went. We walked back to our accommodation at the other end. Road and beach walking at either end added an extra 6kms...so be prepared for the extra if you want to do it that way. All in all, loved the walk and the streams and the slippery slopes and the views!!!

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

A mixture of walking and scrambling, but lots of tree roots to pull yourself up on .... Worth doing.

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
1 month ago

Highly recommended, a must do in Rarotonga. I would say that this trail is slightly more than moderate, and is hard in parts. It requires you going on all fours and climbing up banks using tree roots as handles and foot rests. My wife and I managed it but I think anyone with any balance or strength issues may struggle. We both had running shoes on, and something with more grip would have been ideal. However we loved it and getting to top and seeing over the trees for the first time is amazing. Then at the needle where you can see both sides of the island is amazing. Very hot and humid even at the cooler part of the year so definitely take water and bug spray.

In parts you have to pull yourself up the track using the mesh of tree roots - it's like climbing along the ridge of a Stegosaurus spine! There are wild roosters along the way! Super views from the needle and easily achieved by children aged 8 & 10yrs.

Rained quite heavily when we did it & was very slippery going down to the waterfall. We did Pa's guided walk & was pleased to have the guide help me negotiate the very steep bits where you needed to go down backwards like a ladder. Found having walking poles very helpful. The view was still lovely at the top despite the cloud & the swim in the waterfall pool at the end was heavenly!

good old scrambling fun. Well worth doing.

hiking
3 months ago

nice easy climb with fantastic views at the top.

hiking
bugs
muddy
3 months ago

Fun trail with some great views, but it's slippery after rain.

hiking
muddy
over grown
4 months ago

Amazing and hard one, hardest one I've done! Apparently locals do not share this one with tourists! it's really overgrown and not marked well, definitely recommend taking gps tracking device with the route loaded in. it's about 20 ropes total and last 45 minutes is basically climbing 13 of them. if you're inexperienced hiker then I recommend doing the Needle first including rock climbing with chains and ropes and if the was easy enough for you then do this one and you won't regret it! ropes are getting harder and harder so you can just bail any time if you feel it's too much. we have done it in June and there were no mosquitoes or any other wild animals.

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
4 months ago

I would not recommend this trail for beginner hikers, it after rain, but otherwise moderate trail.

Fun climb with lots of roots to help you up! Bit cloudy at the top the day we climbed, but view was epic nonetheless!

gorgeous

hiking
8 months ago

A tough trail that is very steep but the view at the top is worth the effort. It was a bit damp so care needed on the rock portions with ropes. The road to the start of the track is closed but at weekends no one is working so walk through with care .

No problem at all for accustumed hikers. It is kind of slippery on the way up but nothing hard. Fantastic view on the top which is reached after a easier rock climbing.

on Ikurangi Ascent

hiking
9 months ago

Easy track to trail marker but trail is completely obscured by plants.

on Te Manga

hiking
9 months ago

Construction means this track is closed

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