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Location: Te Vara Nui Village, Ara Tapu | Ara Tapu
Immersion into the Maori culture of the Cook Islands
Interactive activities for a memorable hands-on experience
Local artisans show you how to carve, weave & fish
Chance to learn about Polynesian history, legends & beliefs
Vist to a Marae, a sacred place for religious ceremonies
Guided tour of Te Vara Nui Cultural Village
Traditional Maori activities
An interactive and engaging tour like no other—this hands-on adventure ensures a multi-dimensional immersion into Maori culture. Engage every sense—not just your mind—while you taste, try-on, create, and craft the day away at the Te Vara Nui Cultural Village.
Enjoy a hotel pickup, and upon arrival, you're escorted through the village gates to the drumming of a “Turou” introduction. Your guide leads you first to the History Hut. Here, have a seat and tune in to centuries-old weaponry techniques, navigation tricks, and cultural legends.
Next, swing by the sacred Marae, where High Chiefs of the village once discussed pressing community matters. Proceed to the Witchdoctor's Hut, which features traditional Maori medicine and remedies sure to curb any ache or pain. Then take off for the Fishing Hut, to learn the ancient methods that promised a surefire catch.
Pass through the botanical gardens and appease that love for apparel with a stop by the Costume Hut, or tap into your inner craftsperson via a weaving or wood carving project at the Carving Hut.
The last stop takes you to the Coconut Hut. Learn about the importance of this fruit with a lively show featuring coconut climbing and husking before a final drum beat is sounded, signaling the end of your fascinating cultural Maori experience.
Cancellation Policy: 72 hours
Know before you book:
Children 5 and younger are complimentary.
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