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Cook Islands Cultural Village Tour with Night Show and Buffet Dinner in Rarotonga provided by Te Vara Nui Village

Cook Islands Cultural Village Tour with Night Show and Buffet Dinner in Rarotonga

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    Te Vara Nui Village
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    Te Vara Nui Village
    Stop: 5 hours - Admission included
    This is your ultimate Cook Islands cultural experience. This tour includes a rich 2-hour pre-dinner Cultural Village Tour journey through the ancient Cook Islands Maori culture, guided by the local warriors who will teach you about local medicine, carving, tattooing, fishing, tapa making and more. Also included is a spectacular over water night show with buffet dinner, with compelling legend stories set over water, portraying the past and fast hip-shaking dances with resounding beats of drums and the rhythms of song and dance. The dedicated loyal local staff are committed to present the culture of the Cook Islands from the 2-hour cultural village tour to the extensive buffet of several cultural dishes with a western fusion to cater for the wide range of dietary requirements, international travelers and mixed aged families. 
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  • You'll end at
    Te Vara Nui Village
    Te Vara Nui, Ara Tapu, Cook Islands
    Te Vara Nui is easily found in the main road of Muri village. The guest carpark is on the opposite side of the road from Te Vara Nui Combo Extravaganza + Cultural Village tour - guests must check in between 4.30 - 4.45pm Over water Night Show & Buffet Dinner - check in is between 6.30pm - 6.45pm
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Important Information
Departure Point
Te Vara Nui Village, Te Vara Nui, Ara Tapu, Cook Islands
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Buffet dinner
  • Glass of champagne
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Live entertainment
  • Entry/Admission - Te Vara Nui Village
  • Drinks (available to purchase)
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Additional Info
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Vegetarian and gluten free options available
  • Seats are assigned by the office and will not be known in advance of the performance date
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transfers to/from Hotels must be pre-booked 24hrs beforehand.. these are to be booked directly with Te Vara Nui.. Pick up times will be given when you contact Te Vara Nui to book your transfer
  • All guests are to reconfirm their booking and accommodation details 24 hours beforehand
  • Beverages are additional
  • Some walking is included on the Cultural tour - sensible footwear is recommended. Seating is available in most display huts and the walk is flat terrain.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Please notify Te Vara Nui reception office prior to the night, if you request to be seated with specific guests. You will also need to advise the office if you intend bringing a wheelchair/baby buggy etc
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Natasha wrote a review Oct. 2020
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Incredible. First time I went i missed the tour but the 2nd time we visited we did the tour and the show at night. The drums are music to my ears, entertainment is awesome and food is even better. I think offering guests mosquito repellent would be a good idea as i got bitten
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Date of experience: November 2019
Aimee T wrote a review Mar. 2020
7 contributions
Really fun experience! Would 100% recommend this to everyone, it was a great way to get more of an idea about the local culture and history. The buffet was absolutely delicious, a really good range of food and something for everyone to enjoy. The over water display was
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Date of experience: March 2020
MauianneP wrote a review Mar. 2020
Lake Tahoe (California), California3 contributions
Our group of four attended the cultural village tour before the buffet and overwater show. I think guests would miss a lot by skipping the cultural show. Ruth and Jack alternated stations by teaching brief aspects of Rarotongan history, medicine, costumes, weaponry, voyaging
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Date of experience: February 2020
Lisa W wrote a review Mar. 2020
12 contributions1 helpful vote
We did the cultural tour, so it was the 'combo extravaganza' and had a great time. The your was interesting, the show was really enjoyable and the buffet was delicious!! I hesitated in bookin g as it was $130nzd pp, but we were glad we went!
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Date of experience: February 2020
Arizona wrote a review Feb. 2020
Vegreville, Canada10 contributions2 helpful votes
Transportation was provided to the village from our hotel. The location has a recreation of a traditional village and we were given a partial tour of the site before dinner and the show. The dinner featured traditional island foods and was followed by a show showing the
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Great experience
Awesome cultural experience thoroughly enjoyed it! The food was incredible too! My only downside was seating, we
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Such a wonderful experience
My fiance and I had this on our must do list while visiting Rarotonga, and it did not disappoint! It was great to l
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The Best Show on the Cook Islands
What can I say but super fantastic. The cultural tour and Village certainly taught you about the history and cultur
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Wonderful cultural tour, fantastic food and entertainment. Loved the guides, very knowledgeable, fun and helpful
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Well worth it
Village tour was great the hosts were funny and knowledgeable. Totally worth it the nite show is amazing the costum
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Island night
Great night out , good food ( and some local delicacies) great entertainment and a great band using local instrumen
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Cultural show
We have just returned from the Cook Islands and visited Te Ava Nui for the over water cultural show. The show was g
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Great Show and Amazing Buffet
I saw the show back in 2016 then took my wife during our honeymoon in 2019. The show is consistently great with ama
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Island dinner and show.
So awesome ! Everyone should see this ! I have seen it 4 times ! The food is great, the people are great ! Its a mu
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Over Water Night Show
Considering the size of the Cook islands this was a surprisingly big event. Great local food and a reasonable show
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This experience was amazing! Great food, Great staff, beautiful location! Highly recommend!! Will definitely be bac
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Show and buffet
Seating arrangement was terrible. Wanted family of 2 adults and a 16 month old sitting side by side on the plank be
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Love this show
Took a group of friends over who were in Raro for my wedding. We all had a great time! Fantastic show, delicious f
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Awesome night
Thoroughly enjoyed the show and the buffet dinner was delicious. Lots of choice for yummy cocktails and great serv
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Te Vara Nui is a must-do!
A great experience! The village tour was entertaining and informative, the buffet dinner was delicious and the sho
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Key Details
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English
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