We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cook Island Christian Church (CICC)

Travelers' Choice award winner
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Avarua, Cook Islands
Website
Description: 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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 123 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 86
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Perfect for a Sunday

Was so glad to go to church. The singing is fantastic, the worship is real. We also got treated like royalty, and were so welcome. Amazing to be on the Sunday that was a 3 monthly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
626lisa123
,
Invercargill, New Zealand
Add Photo Write a Review

123 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Invercargill, New Zealand
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Was so glad to go to church. The singing is fantastic, the worship is real. We also got treated like royalty, and were so welcome. Amazing to be on the Sunday that was a 3 monthly rotation of Sunday school kids, a real celebration. Great to mix with locals

Was this review helpful? Yes
Whangarei, New Zealand
Top Contributor
150 reviews 150 reviews
76 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I've been to both churches and they are both worth while going to. The Church in Avarua has many people and the singing and chanting is perhaps better than in Ngatangiia there is also a uniqueness and something very special more simple little church. We decided on Ngatangiia as it was only a 5 minute drive on our scooters from... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Woy Woy
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

I am so glad we were able to do this - the locals were so friendly (some of the ladies wished me Happy Mothers Day), the singing just glorious and the minister so welcoming of us. A wonderful start to our stay in Raro. We attended the CICC in Avarua but there are a few churches around the island so... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Vancouver
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

So friendly and wonderful to hear the singing in Maori. A great experience. Masses of flowers with a heavy scent.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Canberra, Australia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Warm, welcoming congregation that did their best to overcome the sound of a torrential downpour on the tin roof of the church with their singing. I think they won. The singing is spine-tingling, with males and females singing different parts as if in a conversation. Stirring stuff. And all followed up by an insistence that we join them for an... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
11 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

The congregation is very welcoming of tourists and strangers. It's unusual, at least for us, to be in a church and hear singing and religious services with the dull roar of the surf in the background, and warm tropical breezes wafting through the pews. The church structure itself is adorned with a lot of nautical objects, and there is lots... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Lovely people with beautiful voices that rocked the church, They were very hospitable with an amazing morning tea.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ancaster, Canada
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Came to the CICC in town on a Sunday. I think the service started at 10 or 10:30AM. The church was packed. Local women dressed to the nines in their Sunday best white dresses and those white straw hats on(Tiro(spelling?) Some local gents had 3 piece suites on. Others had floral shirts on. This is March and it is hot.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Brisbane, Australia
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We visited one of the churches on Rarotonga on a Sunday. The singing was quite amazing! It's a good experience, though we were not able to stay for the whole service.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Oak Park, California
Top Contributor
146 reviews 146 reviews
53 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Alas, we only had a wee tour but it was wonderful. Even without parishioners there, we felt the warmth of the place! If we'd been there on Sunday, we would have attended their service.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Cook Island Christian Church (CICC) also viewed

 
Avarua, Rarotonga
Rarotonga, Southern Cook Islands
 

Been to Cook Island Christian Church (CICC)? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Cook Island Christian Church (CICC) and other visitors
5 questions
Ask a question
Pomona, Australia
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
4 months ago

See all questions (5)

Questions? Get answers from Cook Island Christian Church (CICC) staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?