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“A Rarotongan Gem”

Ranked #22 of 37 Tours in Rarotonga
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

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.

3  Thank Mihi M
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

The staff where we were staying recommended the trip and were delighted with it. Picked up by buss and safely delivered to the top of the hill where the show was. We're were greeted by a most delightful host who told us all about the history of the area. We then were invited into he venue where we were entertained by music played by such talented people. The meal was outstanding!!
My plate was so full once I reached the other end of the smorgasbord there were so many tastes I couldn't bear not to try. Without a doubt this was the most stunning display of island dance music and singing. I was so sad to find it was going home time. But no as we left we were thanked for coming and sent away with a feeling of happiness and understanding. Thank you all involved.

2  Thank Robin F
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

I have seen many cultural shows through lots of country's , this one is the best of the best . Bus pick up on time , very well organized , great dinner , brilliant show absolutely professionally done. A credit to them. Nothing comes close to this show on Rarotonga as i have seen them all.

2  Thank Trevor366
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

This is a must see during your visit to Raro. They have done an incredible job of bringing to life the island past. You could spend days here just wandering the beautiful grounds and taking in the magnificent views. The lunch was one of the best meals we had on our trip.

1  Thank 2happybeachbums
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

If you've never been to a cultural show it can be really agonizing to select one that is authentic (if that is even possible!). We went out on a limb and chose this one, going away from the other highly-marketed options closer to our accommodations at Muri Beach. We were not disappointed and left feeling we got something more authentic than the in-resort experiences. Practical notes if helpful: they will pick you up from your accommodation if you book early enough (we booked 3 days in advance). Mosquitoes can be bad. Some repellant was provided when we arrived, but bring your own if you prefer. There is a pre-dinner cultural tour where guides talk about the site, share the history of the area and Cook Islands culture. It requires a little bit of walking on easy nature trails. This part of the experience is particularly informative if you know little of Pacific Islander history. Be aware the elder male members of your party may be asked to participate through special roles throughout the night. All good if they're extroverts. Slightly terrifying if they're not! So know what to expect. Guides will inform you of any cultural protocols, are very entertaining and make for an animated version of history, right from when you hop on the bus through when they drop you back home. The dinner is alright, a buffet of different local dishes interspersed with other options if you've had your fill of starches. The entertainment during dinner is good as well. And the cultural show after dinner is very good. The show weaves in a good mix of information about the history of the Islands, evolution of dance and local instruments. The caliber of talent is fabulous, and very high-energy with a good mixing of generations. We left the experience feeling we were able to enjoy a good show for a reasonable cost, and contribute to helping locals have an economically viable way to retain and disseminate their culture.

3  Thank ShawnaMcKinley
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