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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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The voices of Heaven

It was so beautiful to "hear the people sing". The voices were something to behold. The local people are so friendly, relaxed, helpful and generous. The Night Market and the Day... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Terry77271138
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was so beautiful to "hear the people sing". The voices were something to behold. The local people are so friendly, relaxed, helpful and generous. The Night Market and the Day Market are both so enjoyable and social.

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Vacy, Australia
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12 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perfect morning - loved the singing - and the beautiful hats the the women wore - we sat up stairs - well worth the time to go

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Thank Janelle1966
Delta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We, my wife and I have visited the Cook Islands now for the fifth time! In general we spent usually 6 weeks each time. One of the highlight of our holiday in the Cook Islands is, a visit at the CICC at Ngatangia Church at Muri Beach. Friends recommend it to us: “Please go and be part of a Church... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I joined the congregation as a residual church-schooled Anglican. The service was heartfelt and the singing like nothing I had heard before. Apparently a congregational fundraising tour of Oz and NZ a few years ago helped pay for the restoration of this beautiful building by displaying their traditional hymn singing skills. I can understand why this would work! Parishioners were... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to a sunday service, the singing was really amazing and the church was packed. We are Catholics, but were made more than welcome, and they were extremely friendly after the service. Nice to see how other live with their culture

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Thank WOW2010
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After church in Avarua, where we were mesmerised by the choir singing, we were invited for refreshments in the church hall and given an informative talk about the history of the Cook Island Christian Church in Rarotonga. The ladies all wore beautiful Rito hats, so I bought myself one in the markets the following Saturday($200NZD- but worth it.) I wore... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

what an amazing experience. We attended on Christmas day 2015. They do speak mostly in Cook Island Maori, so do not be disappointed when you cannot understand everything. They do have slides indicating what is happening and the pastor does speak in English as well for everyone to understand the message. This day - Christmas day - they had four... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

We were picked up from our resort and taken to the church. The congregation were very accepting and welcoming of tourists. After church they put on a free morning tea for everyone, (more like lunch) The service and singing was in English and cook island Maori.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

We attended the CCIC on the Sunday of our visit to the Cook islands. We were warmly welcomed and enjoyed the service and the wonderful singing.

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Thank jcatex
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Beautiful service beautiful church very warm and welcoming signing was amazing a must do an see when in rarotonga

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