We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Good day walk

We did one of Pa's Walks over the Needle, with Bruce. Bruce was excellent - very professional... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
North Shore
If you're fit it's worth it!

We're retired, but fit and found the walk was 'easy'. Don't do it if you aren't used to bush... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Waihi Beach, New Zealand
Read all 201 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good30%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“tree roots” (40 reviews)
“great walk” (16 reviews)
“cross island” (20 reviews)
Cook Islands
Write a Review
Reviews (201)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 188 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

We did one of Pa's Walks over the Needle, with Bruce. Bruce was excellent - very professional, helpful, informative and fun. We were in a group of about 20, which is more than I like walking in. It was a bit of a huff up...More

Thank Rainedeer
Reviewed 1 week ago

We're retired, but fit and found the walk was 'easy'. Don't do it if you aren't used to bush walking and the occasional scramble. We went with Pa's, but it would be ok to do it yourself. The Whale Center still sells a booklet about...More

Thank WaihiBeachSue
Reviewed 1 week ago

Third trip to Rarotonga and finally did the across island walk. They ascent certainly requires a good level of fitness. It is mainly uphill and no set path for 30 - 40 mins. My heart was certainly racing at times and I had to stop...More

Thank Jo C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A beautiful walk up to Te Rua Manga. Certainly a level of fitness is required for the climb up and down the other side. The track is rugged and natural, but adequately marked with little orange arrows to direct you on the right path. Path...More

Thank Urbanweta
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a great hike but you want to take your time so would recommend going earlier in the day, take a water bottle per person and be physically fit and prepared for a relatively vertical climb for about an hour. The roots of the...More

Thank MDRams
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had decided to complete the cross island walk from the reviews. We actually completed it twice over two weeks. We are reasonably fit 50 year olds who walk every day at home and complete a bush walk maybe once a fortnight in NZ. We...More

1  Thank VicnJen67
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We deliberated over doing the cross island walk by ourselves or guided. Do it by yourself it's very easy. The walk itself is tough but worth it. It can be muddy so don't go straight after the rain.

Thank Emily C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
Nearby Restaurants
The Yellow Hibiscus
311 reviews
2.84 km away
The Waffle Shack
199 reviews
3.80 km away
794 reviews
4.36 km away
Vaima Polynesian Bar and Restaurant
1,189 reviews
2.82 km away
Nearby Attractions
Cook Island Christian Church (CICC)
255 reviews
4.05 km away
Tik-e Tours
130 reviews
4.61 km away
Titikaveka Beach
374 reviews
4.84 km away
Punanga Nui
304 reviews
3.83 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Hayley G
28 April 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
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
25 April 2017|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
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|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
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