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“Beautiful singing and friendly locals” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cook Island Christian Church (CICC)

Ranked #1 of 21 things to do in Avarua
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Owner description: 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.
Hamilton, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Beautiful singing and friendly locals”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2014

We went to the local church service at a beautiful old church. There were about 80 parishioners present. The choir stood in pews to one side at the front of the church, comprised of local men and women, who sang their hearts out. The harmonisations were lovely. The service was explained in English but spoken a and sung in Cook Island Maori. Some of the women wore beautiful locally made white hats and Island style dresses. afterwards we were invited to a lovely plentiful morning tea with many local fruits and delicacies with the welcoming locals who shared lots of information and hopes about the future of their church with us.

Visited March 2014
Thank Maryrose W
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Lethbridge, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Very welcoming”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2014

Loved this experience. The singing was amazing, at times, almost bringing tears to my eyes. When we arrived we were ushered to a seat. The service was in Maori and the song lyrics projected on the wall in case we wanted to sing along. After the service, we were invited to eat lunch provided at the Sunday School next door. A church bus will do pickups around the area for a small fee of $5. No charge for the service or lunch. Awesome people. Thank you.

Visited March 2014
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“Great experience, not to be missed!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2014

Visiting CICC was on our list of must dos and didn't disappoint! We attended the Arongi church, the first one built on the island in the 1800's. The singing as we approached ran shivers up ones' spine. We were directed to the 'tourist' area for seating, graciously front and center. The blending of male and female voices was incredible to hear, and the joy and emotion displayed by the singers and congregation was moving.

Although the singing was in Maori the words were projected on the wall and were fairly easy to manage to sing along, hard not to!

The sermon was also in Maori and Rev. Thierry Teiva Tapu certain got you attention at times throughout even without understanding what was said!

The service was close to two hours but we enjoyed every minute of it and considered ourselves fortunate to have had this experience.

We enjoyed seeing the ladies in their Sunday best complete with fine straw hats. Saw two older ladies chatting in the parking area before mounting their scooters to return home, not something we'd see at home!

We enjoyed the luncheon supplied by the gracious parishioners in the Sunday School after the service, just wish the congregation had mingled and joined us there.

Visited March 2014
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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“A highlight of our visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2014

Having looked at the reviews, I knew I wanted us to attend the Sunday morning service. I have never before enjoyed a church service as much as this one. The singing is wonderful..it made me feel quite emotional. It was just great to see the joy the congregation have in singing and worshiping in this lovely church. If our U.K. Churches were as joyous to visit as this church our churches wouldn't be so empty! visitors are welcome to join in the refreshments that are served after the service. Before leaving Rarotonga I bought a C.D. Of church choir singing....on rainy days I play this and I am instantly transported back to that lovely Sunday service.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank Milly333
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“Beautiful singing.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2014

Definitely worth attending while in Rarotonga. Amazing harmony of male and female singers in turn. Friendly and welcoming. Hymns are projected onto a screen and they appreciate all efforts to sing along in Cook Island Maori, as well as English.

Visited January 2014
Thank booboo1964
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