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Te Vara Nui

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Te Vara Nui Review

This popular new attraction presents a crash course in Cook Islands cultural life. The Te Vara Nui experience has two components: a late-afternoon village tour and an evening dinner and show—these can be combined. A warrior greets guests at the village gates and escorts them to a series of huts—the coconut hut, the witchdoctor's hut, and the carving hut, to name a few—along with the marae, an open-air sacred site. Here guests learn about the Cook Islands Maori history and culture. This 2.5-hour tour is followed by a delicious dinner buffet of local and western foods and a one-hour high-energy show, arguably the best cultural performance on the island, with hula and fire dancing. The village is a short distance from the Muri resorts.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Muri Beach, Rarotonga
  • Phone: 682/24006; /
  • Cost: Cultural village tour NZ$35; night show and dinner NZ$89; combo tour NZ$109
  • Website:
  • Location: Rarotonga
Updated: 12-14-2012

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