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Address: Taufa`ahau rd | Tofoa, Tongatapu Island, Tonga
Phone Number: +676 25-334
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The Tonga National Cultural Centre is the only place in the Kingdom where...

The Tonga National Cultural Centre is the only place in the Kingdom where you can experience TRUE TONGA. We let you experience Tongan Life in it's past, present and future. We offer/specialize in the following: Royal Day Experience - Cultural tours and demonstrations; Experience the Traditional Taumafa Kava Ceremony, watch natives demonstrate the arts of dancing, mat weaving, tapa making and traditional attires. Watch the coconut tree climbing, coconut husking, and participate in preparing ‘Umu (underground oven) and cooking traditional foods. See & feed Kingdom turtles. Experience ancient Tongan Life in the Kingdom of Tonga. Then Enjoy the relaxing breeze by the lagoon, along the sandy shores whilst you taste the foods & flavors of the Kingdom, fit for a Royal feast & watch the breathe taking performances of the ancient people of Tonga. Royal Evening Experience: The native people of Tonga will arrive and commence with the Traditional “Taumafa” Kava Ceremony (Welcoming kava ceremony), as our traditions and cultures are told at such rituals. Throughout the evening we portray the authenticity and excitement of traditional, royal feastings in ancient times, with tasteful, organic meals featuring the crispy, suckling roast pork. Throughout the evening native women tell you legendary stories of God’s with their graceful hand motion’s and movement. The masculine men on the other hand tell stories of their bravery and pride at war.Then enjoy the rest of your evening listening and dancing to music composed by famous Tongan Artists such as the late Queen Salote, Tu’imala Kaho and many more.Catering serves: We cater for weddings, birthdays, cocktails or for any function.

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Nice array of local crafts.

Interesting. Beautiful basket ware and carvings. NIce jewellery. Easy to find in the heart of town cLose to cafes.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 August 2015
Dawn Fergie F
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Umina Beach, Australia
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Kiama
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016

This Museum has now been closed due to lack of funding and the artifacts transferred to the Museum at Tupou College at Toloa. The Museum there is well worth a visit so call the College Office.

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Umina Beach, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015

Interesting. Beautiful basket ware and carvings. NIce jewellery. Easy to find in the heart of town cLose to cafes.

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Thank Dawn Fergie F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015

Great experience and it's worth every minute of it. I enjoyed my visit there in Kingdom of Tonga. The people are great very friendly,food was awesome it's so fresh and healthy.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2014

Had high hops for a little cultural experience and learning about the Tongan people. But the centre was rundown and felt abandoned. No one was even there to tell us it was shut down and even the restaurant was completely unoccupied.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2014

Despite the website this place built with Japanese money in 1988 is now an empty shell. We went on spec perhaps we should have prebooked but we were the only visitors and were guided round by a lovely Tongan chap. He demonstrated basket weaving and coconut braiding and showed us the old photos kept there. He also has a tame... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

This is a great little museum and a good place to spend an afternoon learning about Tongan culture. It is $3 entry and $15 if you want to see the cultural dance and see the demonstrations of tapa making and cooking the Tongan way. The museum is rather small but there are a couple of notable exhibits. One is Tu'i... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2014

Interesting tour of this facility and wonderfully spontaneous outgoing local who a very proud of their homeland. Worth visit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2014

This place has great friendly service, very entertaining cultural performances and a delicious yummy islander feast..

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2 Thank Crystal D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2013

Four of us went last Friday to experience the meal and show. It is a very attractive location, and a great set-up. The whole place has a white sand floor and comfortable wooden bench seats. As we arrived you could watch the food being prepared, and listen to the band play, whilst we relaxed with a cold beer. The kava... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2013

Despite posters claiming the centre was open weekdays there was nothing going on, the gate was closed and the place abandoned.

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Travellorrrr, Director of Sales at Tonga National Cultural Centre, responded to this review

Hi and thank you for visiting the Tonga National Cultural Centre. We apologize the gates were locked when you visited us. I am assuming you might have came to the wrong gates for entrance, or visited us after working hours, but either situation we are deeply sorry for this unfortunate experience on your visit to the centre. For your information... More 

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