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Tonga National Cultural Centre

Address: Taufa`ahau rd | Tofoa, Tongatapu Island, Tonga
Phone Number: (676) 25334
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Type: Visitor centers, Traveler Resources
Owner description: The Tonga National Cultural Centre is the only place in the Kingdom where you can experience TRUE...
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Type: Visitor centers, Traveler Resources
Owner description: The Tonga National Cultural Centre is the only place in the Kingdom where you can experience TRUE TONGA. We let you experience Tongan Life in it's past, present and future. We offer/specialize in the following: Royal Day Experience - Cultural tours and demonstrations; Experience the Traditional Taumafa Kava Ceremony, watch natives demonstrate the arts of dancing, mat weaving, tapa making and traditional attires. Watch the coconut tree climbing, coconut husking, and participate in preparing ‘Umu (underground oven) and cooking traditional foods. See & feed Kingdom turtles. Experience ancient Tongan Life in the Kingdom of Tonga. Then Enjoy the relaxing breeze by the lagoon, along the sandy shores whilst you taste the foods & flavors of the Kingdom, fit for a Royal feast & watch the breathe taking performances of the ancient people of Tonga. Royal Evening Experience: The native people of Tonga will arrive and commence with the Traditional “Taumafa” Kava Ceremony (Welcoming kava ceremony), as our traditions and cultures are told at such rituals. Throughout the evening we portray the authenticity and excitement of traditional, royal feastings in ancient times, with tasteful, organic meals featuring the crispy, suckling roast pork. Throughout the evening native women tell you legendary stories of God’s with their graceful hand motion’s and movement. The masculine men on the other hand tell stories of their bravery and pride at war.Then enjoy the rest of your evening listening and dancing to music composed by famous Tongan Artists such as the late Queen Salote, Tu’imala Kaho and many more.Catering serves: We cater for weddings, birthdays, cocktails or for any function.
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Had high hops for a little cultural experience and learning about the Tongan people. But the centre was rundown and felt abandoned. No one was even there to tell us it was shut down and even the restaurant was completely unoccupied.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Despite the website this place built with Japanese money in 1988 is now an empty shell. We went on spec perhaps we should have prebooked but we were the only visitors and were guided round by a lovely Tongan chap. He demonstrated basket weaving and coconut braiding and showed us the old photos kept there. He also has a tame... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This is a great little museum and a good place to spend an afternoon learning about Tongan culture. It is $3 entry and $15 if you want to see the cultural dance and see the demonstrations of tapa making and cooking the Tongan way. The museum is rather small but there are a couple of notable exhibits. One is Tu'i... More 

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Camberwell, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Interesting tour of this facility and wonderfully spontaneous outgoing local who a very proud of their homeland. Worth visit

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Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

This place has great friendly service, very entertaining cultural performances and a delicious yummy islander feast..

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

Four of us went last Friday to experience the meal and show. It is a very attractive location, and a great set-up. The whole place has a white sand floor and comfortable wooden bench seats. As we arrived you could watch the food being prepared, and listen to the band play, whilst we relaxed with a cold beer. The kava... More 

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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Despite posters claiming the centre was open weekdays there was nothing going on, the gate was closed and the place abandoned.

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Travellorrrr, Director of Sales at Tonga National Cultural Centre, responded to this review

Hi and thank you for visiting the Tonga National Cultural Centre. We apologize the gates were locked when you visited us. I am assuming you might have came to the wrong gates for entrance, or visited us after working hours, but either situation we are deeply sorry for this unfortunate experience on your visit to the centre. For your information... More 

Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

This is a must see attraction if you want to understand more of the Tongan culture and is an experience you will always remember. We went to a fantastic day experience where we could take part in learning about and preparing our own Tongan dish to cook in the underground Umu which was added to a delicious Tongan feast including... More 

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Travellorrrr, Director of Sales at Tonga National Cultural Centre, responded to this review

Hi Ruth & Osborn family, we are happy you guys enjoyed your experience with us and again thank you for visiting us. We are hoping your family will visit us again soon and once again congrats on the new grand child. Ofa atu from the Management and staff of the Tonga National Cultural Centre More 

12 reviews 12 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

The few (fascinating) photo exhibits are almost bio-degrading in front of your eyes (....hope they have managed to keep some negatives) but the real treat here is the 'café': open 0800 - 1800 (in theory) and to actually 'eat in' would be a pretty bleak experience although the 'staff' are lovely but the food.....they try to do it properly. Fresh... More 

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Warwick, Queensland
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Unfortunately the Cultural Centre has been privatised and now there is really just the Museum to look at. It contains some interesting photos, information and artifacts and the man who was on duty there was keen to answer questions but it's not an extensive display yet.

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