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Cook Islands Cultural Village Tour at Muri Beach

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Ara Tapu, Cook Islands

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Get a window into Polynesian culture during this 2-hour cultural village tour in Muri Beach. Follow the chiefs through the village, learning about the legends, costumes, fishing techniques, local medicines, and navigation of the Cook Island people.
  • 2-hour cultural experience at Te Vara Nui Village on Rarotonga's Muri Beach
  • Learn about Polynesian culture in the Cook Islands
  • Evening tour time
  • Experience Cook Island music, medicine, navigation, and history
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Informative and interactive fun tour
Easy walk through a Rarotongan village - sensible footwear recommended
Local guide
Tour escort/host
Hotel pickup and drop-off not included in the price (must be booked direct with Te Vara Nui office)

Departure Point

Te Vara Nui, Ara Tapu, Cook Islands

Departure Time

4:45 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to the Te Vara Nui Village on Rarotonga's Muri Beach at 5pm. You'll meet your guides and get a turou welcome introduction call into the village gates. 

Visit the History Hut, where you'll learn about the Polynesian people's legends, navigation techniques, cannibalism, warrior weapons, and other aspects of history. See where the High Chiefs of the tribe meet in the Marae hut, then visit the Witchdoctors Hut to learn about traditional Maori medicine. In the Fishing Hut, learn about the ancestral fishing methods, tools, and talk about pearl farming. 

Walk through the botanical gardens to the Costume Hut to see traditional Polynesian costumes and learn about weaving and Tapa-making. In the Caving Hug, see the ancient carving tools and get an opportunity to drum the pate's, the traditional Cook Islands drum. Try some dance steps to accommodate the warriors' drumming. Your last stop is the Conconut Hut, where you can see all the various uses for the utilitarian island fruit, the coconut.
Stop At:  
Te Vara Nui Village
Your village tour starts with a "Turou" welcome introduction call into the village gates, where you will be escorted by the knowledgeable guides and the beating sounds from the “Calling Hut”. Your first visit is to the "History Hut" which talks about ancient warrior weapons, cannibalism, missionaries, the seven canoe migration, traditional navigation techniques, legends, first governance and more.  Next is the "Marae", a sacred place where High Chiefs of the village meet for ceremonies and any issues surrounding the village and its people. You'll visit "Witchdoctors Hut" where the traditional Maori medicines are revealed and explained. Following this is the “Fishing Hut” which talks about ancestral fishing techniques and tools, pearls and local pearl farming with tattoo tools and demonstration. The final three sites are the “Costume Hut”, “Carving Hut” and the "Coconut Hut" where you will learn about our rich culture!!
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Availability for shows cannot be checked without making a booking. Credit cards will only be charged upon confirmation of show availability
  • If you require a hotel transfer, please contact Te Vara Nui before the day of your tour to book your transfer. Additional transfer charges do apply.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Te Vara Nui Ltd

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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What is the maximum group size during Cook Islands Cultural Village Tour at Muri Beach?
This activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers.

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Coming from NZ, this felt like a...
Anitha N
, Jan 2017
Coming from NZ, this felt like a repeat of what you get to see in Rotorua - and to top it off the Service was VERY POOR. We waited over an hour for our pickup who apparently drove by our resort without picking us up 15 mins earlier than the time provided! This was mentioned as a mix up and not even an apology upon arrival. It was a waste of time and money. Would not recommend at all..

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