Our tour started even before we went up the mountain. Our bus driver/ tour guide showed us where the Queen of the people in Arorangi lives, where the well known King of Arorangi is buried, he also showed us the pathway that the locals used to travel by canoe to Aitutaki back in the day. Once we got to the Highlands Paradise up the mountain there was a brief tour of how the locals lived hundreds of years ago, they do a sacred ceremony on the marae which is over 600 years old and the guides explain everything in detail. The food was amazing!! The best raw fish I've ever, ever had, the way they do the potato salad is the best. My plate was packed with food and the guides were telling all of us to get seconds, I was so full I couldn't fit anymore food in. The desserts were light cakes and local fruits, so good. The dance show was really good because they use their dance to tell the history of the people, it was a really clever way of going through the different stages of their history. They also provide a day tour where you go through the entire ancient village but our tour was at night so we only saw part of the village. Far better than Te Vara Nui.
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