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Highland Paradise Drums of our Forefathers Sunset Culture Show

Rarotonga, Cook Islands | Arorangi Village, Cook Islands
682 219 24
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Ranked #14 of 40 Activities in Rarotonga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
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Nelson
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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

This was a great evening in Rarotonga, where we learned a lot about the culture and history of the tribes on the Island. It is quite dramatic going up to the site of the show, as you climb up quite a steep road in the bus to the complex, from which you have a commanding view looking down to the... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

To the team at Highland Paradise- thank you! In addition to closing for the night to cater to our wedding party of 100 so we had the whole place to ourselves, the team really went above and beyond to ensure we had a very special family union ceremony (our actual wedding was the night before) before our guests enjoyed the... More

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rarotonga
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

We live on Rarotonga and when we have special visitors, we ensure they take a trip to Highland Paradise island night. The music, the dancing and drumming keeps everyone (especially the little ones!) entertained and they always come home raving about the food. The thing that I think makes this show stand out from the rest is the real authentic... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I enjoyed the whole evening. The history told in an unusual way through the compere, but it really kicked in with the dancing and music

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

Kia Orana and thank you for your review. At Highland Paradise, we work hard to combine sharing complex traditional concepts with our visitors with engaging entertainment. Danny, our host manages this balance we feel, telling jokes, singing and keeping our history light hearted. We're pleased you enjoyed our resident dance troupe, and look forward to future visits. Kia Manuia, Tutu,... More

San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Show was great! I'm fun of Danny for the rest of my life, he was super fun! Dinner was delicious and performance itself was superb. We left Rarotonga couple days ago, but their music is already on my laptop! I would recommend this show as something you MUST do while on Rarotonga.

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

Thank you for your great review! We're glad you had a memorable experience with us at Highland Paradise. Make sure you check out our Facebook page for the latest songs and dances by our resident dance troupe and band! More

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We had a great night at Highland Paradise. We learned a lot about the maori culture and really enjoyed the dance performance during dinner.

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

A big meitaki maata (thank you) for choosing Highland Paradise to learn about the history and culture of the Cook Islands, We look forward to your next visit in the not too distant future. More

New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We really enjoyed the evening. Good to get a good history of Rarotonga from Danny. It rained heavily that night, but we were picked up from our resort and dropped back safely so that was a real bonus. The dinner was delicious, especially the wild pork, but the fish in Rarotonga is superb here as it was everywhere we went.... More

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

Meitaki maata for visiting our island night and for taking the time to write a review on your experience. We are very proud to be able to offer world class entertainment courtesy of our resident dance troupe and band a well as traditional umukai (underground oven feast) with a modern twist that caters to all walks of life. We're so... More

Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

From the time we were picked up in the bus to the moment we left the mountain, we were entertained and educated at the same time. The short tour and ceremony before the show was very well done and the show itself was tells the story from early cannibalism days to the present. This was done through dance, drumming and... More

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit our mountain village of Maungaroa and experiencing how life used to be for our people. We put a lot of effort and take pride in to providing world class entertainment with a truly authentic feel. Thank you for recognising this. We are at an exciting time with the development of... More

Christchurch, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

what a fabulous evening - shuttle service , proper invitation onto their " marae" , great welcome and fabulous food and evening. will go back on my next trip!!! what a great evening.

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

Thank you for choosing to experience a night of true culture and authenticity at Highland Paradise. We'll see you again soon! More

Sydney
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51 reviews 51 reviews
29 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Collected from our hotel and arrived in time for the briefing by the descendants of the landholders who explained their title to the land and some of the traditions visitors to their land would experience. We got to explore a little of the cleared 15 acres of the total 200 acres of the property. A welcoming ceremony ensued and we... More

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

Meitaki Maata for spending time with us at our mountain retreat! It's so fantastic to see our visitors enjoy learning about our history, our culture, our dance, drums and food. Congratulations on your winning team too! Must have been all the umukai (feast) ! See you next time! More

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