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Takitumu Conservation Area

Cook Islands
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Ranked #19 of 27 Attractions in Rarotonga
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Traveler Description: The Takitumu Conservation Area, also referred to as TCA is located in the hinterland of Turoa and Akapuao localities, Titikaveka.  Some 30 years ago... more »
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 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 saw lots of fish, crayfish and tuna in the streams, bats across the valley and... More

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Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
43 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 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 interested if someone could tell us where to make contact.

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Waimea, Hawaii
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 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 inhabitants. We had many sightings of the rare Rarotongan flycatcher/kakerori. We also saw koura, longfin... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Because of my interest in learning when I travel, this was my favourite attraction on Rarotonga. Nine of us got 4 hours of guide Tom's undivided attention. We were able to ask him all sorts of questions about the traditional use of the island's natural resources and he gave considered answers on a huge variety of topics, and demonstrated a... More

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Sydney, Australia
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122 reviews 122 reviews
27 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

You may not get to see the birds you are after but we did get a reasonable glimpse. It was an interesting walk with one of the volunteers and a different aspect. Some good information at their offices.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

I'm a keen birdwatcher and a visit to Rarotonga wouldn't be complete without a trip to see the Rarotongan Flycatcher. As soon as I had dates confirmed I emailed the Takitumu people to arrange a convenient time and was asked to email back closer to the time. I did this and was asked to phone Tom on my arrival on... More

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Victoria, Canada
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78 reviews 78 reviews
28 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Tom, our 80 year guide was very knowledgeable. Easy walk in the forest, looking for young flycatchers and learning about plants.

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Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Great walk with very knowledgable guide. Saw the little flycatchers - so cute!! Tom is extremely personable and lovely. This walk is suitable for all ages and abilities

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Reno, Nevada
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Tom is a very entertaining guide and can tell you something interesting or useful about almost any plant in the jungle. He said the best time to see the Flycatchers is January but we were able to locate a couple of them. Bring plenty of bug spray and your camera. The hike is fairly easy but does involve climbing over... More

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Whakatane, New Zealand
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

We had a VERY enjoyable day with Tom our guide [who is almost 80] we saw heaps of wildlife you will be lucky to see elsewhere on the island,The walk was easy and the view at the top was awesome. Toms knowledge on all things was great and if he didnt know about something he wasnt afraid to admit it.... More

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