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Address: Avarua, Cook Islands
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Sunday services are filled with hymns sung in the Maori language at this...

Sunday services are filled with hymns sung in the Maori language at this island church which dates back to 1853. The local graveyard is noted for some famous inhabitants including American author Robert Dean Frisbie.

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This was a highlight for me and made my first visit to the island so special. My great great grandfather is buried just outside the church so it felt like home. The singing and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a highlight for me and made my first visit to the island so special. My great great grandfather is buried just outside the church so it felt like home. The singing and the sermon were beautiful! It made me quite emotional. The congregation are so friendly and welcoming! Don't forget to take a donation to give to the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the people were very welcoming, best to sit downstairs as when we were there it was very hot but there were plenty of fans going.... the shared luncheon was lovely ...the singing was amazing!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the CICC for Sunday service. It is a lovely bright and airy church with a beautiful display of tropical flowers. The congregation sang through out the whole service and we were made to feel most welcome.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed the church service in the in the own language, the singing was amazing, it very hot so bring a hand fan, to cool off, & you can wear bright color shirts and ladies wear hats.

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Pacific Coast Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

could not understand a word that they said lol but the music was awesome it really got the blood going, very friendly congregation. all the ladies were wearing there hats lol and all the young boys were checking out the girls so funny

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

We attended the service for our second year in Cook Islands. Lovely atmosphere with local singing and ethnic dress. Everyone is so happy that it was catching. Although very hot in the Sanctuary, everyone so enjoyed their time enjoying the event.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

My wife and I are not practising christians but having visited the CICC before we made a return visit. You are made very welcome and although part of the service is in a local dialect the singing is divine, the choir give their best and cannot be faulted for effort and voice! The minister delivers a sermon, hymns are sung... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

If you only want to experience the local culture then a trip to church is well worth your time - if you have religious commitment then that will be a bonus experience - but be aware that the service is conducted in Maori. The singing is the standout highlight with the hymns being sung in harmonies and with different members... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

The singing and sights of the locals at church is something you have to see to understand. It is a great experience and you are made to feel very welcome. The hotel we were at had transport arranged if needed, and there were a number of other visitors when we were there as well. A must do.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Very authentic experience with unique singing! Allow more time for welcoming morning tea afterwards.

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