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Highland Paradise Drums of our Forefathers Sunset Culture Show

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Address: | Arorangi Village, Cook Islands
Phone Number: +682 21 924
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An amazing evening of culture and dancing!

The Highland Paradise tour came highly recommended, and did not disappoint! Danny, our guide, host and overall entertainer made us feel so welcomed into his family's heritage. We... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
lizup
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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Highland Paradise tour came highly recommended, and did not disappoint! Danny, our guide, host and overall entertainer made us feel so welcomed into his family's heritage. We really felt immersed in the islands culture. Although our tour was relatively small it just added to the intimacy of the show. The food, especially the Umu, was incredible! One of the... More 

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Thank lizup
Highland_Paradise, General Manager at Highland Paradise Drums of our Forefathers Sunset Culture Show, responded to this review

Kia Orana and thank you for taking the time to provide feedback and for sharing an evening with our tribe at Highland Paradise. Your contribution helps us continue with our efforts to restore this unique archaeological site and to ensure that our culture is safe for many generations to come. Your feedback is important to us as this helps us... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My hubby and I were recommended this particular show at Highland Paradise from our accommodation. The packaged included pick ups, drop offs, traditional umu feast buffet, a drink and an amazing cultural show - all worth it for the price. Driver who picked us up and dropped us off was very friendly and entertaining. Once we got to the place,... More 

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Highland_Paradise, Guest Relations Manager at Highland Paradise Drums of our Forefathers Sunset Culture Show, responded to this review

Kia Orana Thank you for your wonderful feedback and especially for taking time to do so. Your feedback helps us continue to improve in areas that need to and therefore keeps us on track. As you are aware Highland Paradise is the ancient settlement of our King Tinomana and our tribe. It is the oldest and regarded as one of... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Great all round experience from pickup to going home time. Was nice to get inland and a bit higher. Excellent overview of what the site was and the history associated with it. The only place you will see a Cook Island marae. Then the show was great. Plus the food as good a meal as we had in our week... More 

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Highland_Paradise, General Manager at Highland Paradise Drums of our Forefathers Sunset Culture Show, responded to this review

Kia Orana Thank you very much for taking time to provide feedback on your experience with us. We enjoyed having you here to share our history, culture and food as you say. Your contribution helps us continue with the restoration efforts of this archaeological site and ensures that our culture is safe for the future generation. Your comments help us... More 

Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Highland Paradise is set in the hills above Raratonga with a magnificant view down the hillside to the water. We were welcomed with a group of drummers and a cocktail before a walk on the property and an insight into the history and culture of the Cook Island people. The show engaged each table as part of a vaka crew... More 

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Highland_Paradise, General Manager at Highland Paradise Drums of our Forefathers Sunset Culture Show, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you for taking time to provide feedback and for sharing an evening with us, the descendants of Tinomana ariki. Your contribution helps us to continue with the on going restoration of this archaeological site and ensure that our culture is safe into the future. Your feedback ensures that we improve in areas that need to. Your comments... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

This was our 2nd trip to The Cooks and our 3rd Island nights excursion, this was by far the very best in all areas. The evening started with a cultural village tour with our very personable and knowledgeable host Danny. Danny explained the history of the families and culture of The Cooks. The tour ended with a reenactment of a... More 

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Highland_Paradise, General Manager at Highland Paradise Drums of our Forefathers Sunset Culture Show, responded to this review

Kia Orana Denise Meitaki maata for taking time to provide feedback on your experience and time shared with the us, the descendants of Chief Tinomana. We value your response as this helps us improve in areas that need to. We look forward to hosting you again on your next visit to Rarotonga. Your feedback has been relayed to management, staff... More 

Rotorua, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

We went as a family to this cultural show and meal. We really enjoyed ourselves learning about some of the history of the site and the local people. We had two children with us and they also enjoyed it. The dance group is made up of young people and they were soo good. Would definitely recommend it. Oh an 'go... More 

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Highland_Paradise, General Manager at Highland Paradise Drums of our Forefathers Sunset Culture Show, responded to this review

Kia Orana Julie Meitaki maata for taking time to provide feedback on your experience at Highland Paradise. Thank you for your contribution towards the on going restoration of this unique and special archaeological site. Maungaroa mountain where we are located is the only tribal site that is now being preserved on a large scale to ensure that our culture and... More 

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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

What a great night. Our pickup was late, but who cared. Not me. Island time rules! The Marae tour was informative, interesting and funny in places. The welcome was great. The dinner was fantastic. The best ika mata I had on the island. Lots of salad, fish, meat, plenty of choice for everyone. Save room for dessert as well, great.... More 

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Highland_Paradise, Owner at Highland Paradise Drums of our Forefathers Sunset Culture Show, responded to this review

Kia Orana Thank you very much for taking time to provide such a wonderful feedback and for such a precise review of the story being told of Tinomana and his tribe - it is indeed Cook Islands culture based on this unique tribe. We are also intrigued that you know the 'kai' the food and that you enjoyed the different... More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Great evening's entertainment, from the pickup trip with a very enthusiastic driver through to the final cultural show. The tour of the cultural site was very profound, glad I didn't get nominated as the group chief though. The traditional food cooked to perfection with enough for seconds if you needed to. The traditional drums were brilliant and the dancing amazing... More 

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Highland_Paradise, Owner at Highland Paradise Drums of our Forefathers Sunset Culture Show, responded to this review

Kia Orana Wayne Meitaki maata (Thank you) for taking time to provide such a wonderful and encouraging feedback on your recent visit to our paradise. Your feedback helps us to improve in areas that need to. Your contribution helps with our preservation efforts to ensure that we maintain and protect this site for the children - future generation and for... More 

Coffs Harbour, Australia
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10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Visited on a rainy night so didn't really get to see the outside of the village. Enjoyed the show and the history of the culture. Dinner was a bit of a mixed bag - I was expecting traditional foods but more or less it was mostly western salads and chicken etc.

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Thank KampervanKapers
Highland_Paradise, Manager at Highland Paradise Drums of our Forefathers Sunset Culture Show, responded to this review

Kia Orana Thank you very much for taking time to sent us your feedback. Agree our weather has been quite unpredictable in the last 2 months and sincerest zapologies you did not get to see much of the village and marae etc due to rain. Your feedback is very important to us and gives us an indication on how we... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

We would highly recommend this cultural evening. Highland Paradise is amazing. The history and stories from the past ( told by one very proud, passionate interesting man, who you can call Danny ) had us captivated. The location and scenery took you back to years gone by. After the tour we enjoyed a lovely meal - so many choices and... More 

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Highland_Paradise, Front Office Manager at Highland Paradise Drums of our Forefathers Sunset Culture Show, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you for your respond to trip advisor. It is an honour for us to have you in one of our Island Night. Highland Paradise will always continue sharing and telling to others our History and Culture, making sure also that we teach to our young one's our own story and culture for the next generation. Highland Paradise... More 

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