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Cook Island Christian Church (CICC)

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Address: Avarua, Cook Islands
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Sunday services are filled with hymns sung in the Maori language at this...

Sunday services are filled with hymns sung in the Maori language at this island church which dates back to 1853. The local graveyard is noted for some famous inhabitants including American author Robert Dean Frisbie.

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An uplifting and remarkable experience

Musically astounding and uplifting . Demonstrated the welcoming and generous character of the Cook islanders. We were welcomed at both service and the morning tea afterwards with... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Musically astounding and uplifting . Demonstrated the welcoming and generous character of the Cook islanders. We were welcomed at both service and the morning tea afterwards with open arms . The congregation were friendly, colourful and interesting to chat to. 2 hours of a cultural and spiritual treat for the mind and the senses.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is such a lovely experience - the singing is wonderful the people obviously love it and put their heart and soul into the music and it shows. It is a privilege to be able to be a part of it. Note do take a fan even with the fans going it is hot,

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Thank Glenda I
Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a beautiful experience, not only to enjoy the amazing singing but to see the locals dressed up in their beautiful hats and clothing, which is how it should be. We were made to feel very welcome and thoroughly enjoyed going to the Community hall next door for morning tea. What a great spread. You did yourselves proud Rarotonga.

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1 Thank Donna L
Waihi Beach, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must do on a Sunday in Rarotonga! The people are just so friendly and welcoming. Their generosity with a beautiful morning tea afterwards us not to be missed either

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Thank Mary R
Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We attended the Easter Sunday service. For me the highlight was the singing. The Lords Prayer was so moving and beautiful and songs of praise lifted the roof as the congregation sang, chanted, and harmonised skilfully to create a uniquely Cook Islands experience. The service is conducted primarily in Cook Islands Maori which for me enhanced the experience - knowing... More 

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Thank Sarah T
Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2017

Even if you don't have a religious bone in your body you can not miss an island church service. Went to the Easter Sunday one which was great and they extend at invitation to attend refreshments afterwards. Wonderful and so passionate.

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Thank Sandy R
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2017

I went to church with a group of friends. We were very impressed with the sermon (mostly in Maori, but parts in English). Afterwards we were invited to a buffet with delicious, home-prepared food. Some of the nicest that we had whilst in Rarotonga.

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Thank Philip O
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

We went here because we were told that the people of the Cook Islands have adapted the songs we know at church and made them really special with harmonies etc. They were not wrong! The first hymn they sang brought tears to my eyes. There was a lot of great manners toward visitors, with things being said in both Cook... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Yes, the singing of the women, children and men is really lovely. However, we tourists should be aware that the singing is in a Church and that the local people take their Sunday services very seriously. They dress up and expect other attendees to show respect. I heard an elder indignantly ask a young man in thongs, shorts and singlet... More 

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Lafayette, Colorado
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Reviewed 2 April 2017

We went to their 10am Sunday morning service. Service was not in English, but the frequent singing (men and women sing different parts) sounded beautiful. The church offers light snacks and drinks after the service on the porch of their building next door. Someone explains a little of the history of the church, very pleasant.

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