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  • Average5%
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“great night”(243 reviews)
“buffet dinner”(138 reviews)
“cultural tour”(118 reviews)
Te Vara Nui Village is the Cultural Centre of the Cook Islands offering 3 amazing products: a 2.5 hour VILLAGE TOUR offering a full authentic journey into our past, a Stunning Over-Water Night Show and first class Island/Western fusion buffet...more
Muri Beach, Ngatangiia, Muri, Cook Islands
+682 24 006
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All reviews great night buffet dinner cultural tour cook islands dinner show island night fire dancers dance show sushi local dishes great buffet food was amazing well worth the money value for money muri beach salad table
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We had a fantastic time, great chance to experience some of the local cuisine and enjoy a great show!! Was very well done!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank jayme_lynn93
Reviewed 5 days ago

We had a fab night and our host (a man) was funny and informative. Was did the whole experience, we had a warrior guide who said he was very new so he had to keep referring to his notes, I guess you have to start...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Debbie W
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A group of us friends were enjoying the Te Vara Nui experience and dinner before we were subjected to rude and disrespectful comments made to us by the host and narrator Ruth about our culture and that we should read up and learn our history...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Bungi30
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The show’s host Ruth spoilt our experience. She was arrogant, culturally insensitive (in an attempt to be humourous) and had the WORST pronunciation of the Cook Island language. Rah-row-ton-ga, Tay-Vah-rah are only a couple of the words she butchered. If your looking for authenticity of...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great showcase of dance and music with a beautiful meal. Would thoroughly recommend going to this when you are in Rarotonga!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Lisa H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Food not very good, smokey poke? Price pretty expensive. 8 people in our party and everyone had something to say about the food. Lessons can be picked up from Alberto's. Show was the best show seen on the island so far and you can see...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank albertofan
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an informative tour. Island culture, history, medicine, fishing and, clothing are discussed. The evening show is one of the best that I have seen

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank W6708JVlarrys
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed the village tour a lot from a historical perspective. It is interesting to understand the Polynesian people’s migration. The dinner was great (and a lot) and the show outstanding. The dancers were to my view really professionals. I think the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank janw426
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved it, the show was professional and entertaining. Loved the buffet selection and variety. A bit pricey for $109pp but something to do at least once when visiting Rarotonga.

Date of experience: February 2019
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must do experience in the Cook Islands. From start to finish, you will be left speechless with the amazing dancing and story telling of the Polynesian history, with a local guides passing on my knowledge of Traditional lifestyle in the Cook Islands....More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Judy F
10 February 2018|
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Response from Judy F |
I've been reading more. Evidentally, there are coupons in brochures around the island for a discount on the dinner, etc. I guess you just have to look for them when you arrive.
2 August 2017|
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Response from 248petera | Reviewed this property |
Hi just looked it up as couldn't remember. Family 4 = 2 adults + 2 children (6-11 yrs) $290.00 Family 5 = 2 adults + 3 children $316.00 Children 6-11 years $49 5 and under = free of charge Adults $109.00 per person Hope... More
5 April 2017|
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Response from Nicole S | Reviewed this property |
Apparently it's busy each night it's on. We went on a Saturday night only because it was the only night we could go.