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Takitumu Conservation Area

#42 of 67 things to do in Rarotonga Features Animals
Cook Islands
+682 29 906
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Beautiful walk

We were taken on a beautiful walk through the Conservation Area with Ian. The walk up the hill was... read more

Reviewed 8 April 2016
Karen K
,
Calgary, Canada
One of a kind: Ecotourism & Conservation.

A real asset to the island, set in a beautiful SE valley, Takitimu Conservation Area is both a... read more

Reviewed 26 February 2016
AaronNz
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Auckland
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This reserve is a tropical forest that has been set aside primarily to conserve the Kakerori bird, Rarotonga's endangered flycatcher. Additionally, the area contains several rare plants and is home to a number of other bird species.
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  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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Reviewed 8 April 2016

We were taken on a beautiful walk through the Conservation Area with Ian. The walk up the hill was great and we enjoyed the views. On the way back down he gave us an opportunity it walk on a more adventurous path and it was...More

1  Thank Karen K
Reviewed 26 February 2016 via mobile

A real asset to the island, set in a beautiful SE valley, Takitimu Conservation Area is both a bastion of what can be done, and an opportunity for setting a model example in ecotourism. Nature lovers will find plenty to keep you excited. This place...More

3  Thank AaronNz
Reviewed 9 February 2016

This is a genuine conservation area rather than a tourist attraction and so is really something that would appeal to genuine bird lovers as the area contains the only kakerori birds in the world which are very endangered and were only saved by the dedication...More

1  Thank cookieabroad
Reviewed 30 January 2016

This is a beautiful inland location to go to. We attended a wedding on this site and it was truly beautiful.

Thank jtrogers
Reviewed 24 October 2015

I had the privilege of spending an afternoon with Ian Karika, one of the driving forces behind conservation in Rarotonga, and one of the owners of the Takitumu Reserve. Ian knew exactly where to look for the various endemics, each of which we saw, with...More

2  Thank ID576207
Reviewed 16 October 2015

An interesting stop on our travels around the island. Was impressed with the coins which are left on the plaques,

Thank cerita1
Reviewed 27 January 2015

We took a 3 hour tour with Tom and had an excellent tour. You have to make reservations ahead of time but it is well worth it. Tom was very friendly and brought us bananas to start the tour. He was very knowledgable and made...More

1  Thank tiki1952
Reviewed 24 September 2013

Our guide was very knowledgable about the flora and fauna - he had the unfortunate situation of a handful of DoC staff in his party who wanted to know everything, and largely, he did. The streams are lovely and the buttress trees are big. We...More

1  Thank Xena874
Reviewed 15 September 2013

We saw the sign - drove up the road - came across two empty buildings that we thought may have been the offices but no one around only a sign staying you were not allowed in the area without prior arrangement. We would have been...More

1  Thank mariposaw
Reviewed 8 September 2013

Visiting the Takitumu Conservation Area was easily my favourite activity of a full week in Rarotonga that included diving, snorkeling and the Cross-Island Trek. The guided walk is not difficult and the pace is slow/steady with many stops for discussion of the forest and the...More

10  Thank lonealbatross
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