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Aitutaki Punarei Culture Day Tour
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An experience not to be missed

The enthusiasm observed during the whole tour was amazing.Traditional knowledge of a great cultural... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ngaruaine
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Don't mist this on Aitutaki

I was surprised an believes that Aitutaki was just a beautiful lagoon. I was not advise this tour... read more

Reviewed October 12, 2018
paokiora
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Southern Cook Islands, Cook Islands
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The enthusiasm observed during the whole tour was amazing.Traditional knowledge of a great cultural perspective depicted the passion and uniqueness of our guide. The tour caters for all ages and is an enrichment of the way of life ancestors dwell on.
Fantastic tour not to be missed.

Thank Ngaruaine
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Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

I was surprised an believes that Aitutaki was just a beautiful lagoon. I was not advise this tour existed on Aitutaki, love the culture traditional food umu it's the best meal on the islands.our guide got a wealth of experience in her culture. it's a must do on Aitutaki if you mist it that means we haven't taste the traditional food of Aitutaki.

Thank paokiora
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Reviewed October 4, 2018

On the wonderful island of Aitutaki Mi'i collects you in her Land Rover and takes you on an enthralling tour of the "off the beaten tracks" and sights. Explaining the traditional status of men and women in the Cook Islands was a real eye opener. We were taken to an oft overlooked Marae religious site which had become very overgrown but is being gradually reinstated by Mi'i in recognition of their historical significance prior to the arrival of missionaries. Late morning we were taken to the top of a hill in the centre of the island and taught how to prepare an "umu" to cook a sumptuous lunch of bread fruit and chicken.
A very worthy trip and very interesting led by a very passionate lady.
Prepare well for mossies.

Thank Edmund N
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Reviewed August 29, 2018 via mobile

This was excellent. Mi'i is a warm, knowledgeable guide who makes pre-contact life come alive. We had four kids on our tour and she kept them as well as the adults engaged and happy. There are hands on activities, and the tour culminates in a delicious shared umukai lunch. Highly recommended!

Thank Janet B
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Reviewed August 29, 2018 via mobile

We were collected from the hotel and spent a delightful four hours with Mi'i and her Land Rover, learning about the traditional uses of local trees and plants, some traditional weaving, a superb umukai lunch and having a look at a marae. Well worth it!

Thank JNCC
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Reviewed August 21, 2018

We spent a lovely day touring the sights of the island that explained the history of the culture of the island. We learnt how to make plates out of palm leaves, cook a delicious meal in the ground using ancient methods. Our host also explained how the different plants on the island were used instead of the tradional medicines of today.

Thank taranacre
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Reviewed March 12, 2018

We booked a tour with Ngaa before leaving the UK and confirmed it on arrival through our hotel.

We were picked up promptly and together with a late edition, had a fascinating day with Ngaa and his grandson. The day was centred around preparing and using the Umu ( fire pit) to cook an island lunch but it went far deeper into why and how things developed as Ngaa is clearly passionate about sharing the knowledge he has gained of the island before the Europeans came to Aituaki

Once the food was prepared, he showed us how the Umu was loaded up, we wove coconut leaf plates and then had a walk around the plot where he grew much of what was being cooked. The discussion continued all of the time. We also piled back into the trusty landrover and went on a drive to the archeological site further down the island. This was fascinating and worth asking for. On our return, lunch was ready. We ate well with a fresh coconut to wash it down, cut open as we waited so it couldn't be fresher having been picked from the garden plot that morning

So all in all, a day full of insight and great discussion that can definitely be recommended if you want to see beyond the superficial impression of the island you get from the hotel cultural nights, enjoyable as they were.

2  Thank amfarnham
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ngaakitai, Manager at Aitutaki Punarei Culture Day Tour, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2018

Kia orana My Dear friend, thank you so much for visiting your Family in Aitutaki once you step on Aitutaki you became Aitutaki not a tourist which part of our ancient culture practice lives on. will see you soon back home.


Kia Manuia Best Regards.

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Reviewed March 11, 2018

We did a private couples tour with Ngaa which was a great half day. He picked us up at our hotel and took us to his property where we worked together to prepare lunch as the islanders once did over the fire pit....with delicious results. We made our bowls and spoons, prepared bread with coconut water and helped prepare it all over the fire. Ngaa knows a great deal about the history of Aitutaki and the Cook Island and we learned a lot. Dont' miss this if you visit the island.

3  Thank StevefromKaty
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ngaakitai, Manager at Aitutaki Punarei Culture Day Tour, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2018

Thank you so much Steve, yes i love every moment expressing our culture private tour give you the depth of culture on Aitutaki which everything you wanted to know About Aitutaki, Thank you for visiting us on Aitutaki will see you soon.

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Reviewed December 26, 2017

This is a visit that you should not miss while on Aitutaki. In a critical, humorous and educational way Ngaa and his family will give you an inside into aspects of polynesian traditions and todays way of live. Ngaa is a very knowledgeable expert of the ancient culture and knows well to explain matters in an understandable way. An event for all the family so do not hesitate to bring your kids along. You might be able to enjoy a delicious earth oven meal as well.

Thank MiBri53
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Reviewed September 15, 2017

We were picked up in a beaten-up old Landrover, driven by a local lady full of character from the off. There seemed to be some confusion to start as, it seemed, that my wife and I were not expected that day, despite having booked in advance over the internet and having received email confirmation. Fortunately, there were two other guests picked up from our hotel, otherwise I suspect we would not have been picked up. We had booked this in advance over the internet, so my advice is get the hotel to confirm it again with the operator once you get there. It was also fortunate that my wife and I being “extras” pushed the number of tour guests to six… which is the operator’s lowest number for running an “Umu” for lunch. As it turned out we only ended up with five, as one guest from another hotel was a no-show, but by this time the guide had decided to go ahead with the Umu and had dropped into their base-camp site, en route to pick up the final (and, as it turned out, M.I.A.) guest, to get the Umu started. We drove around the island for a while, picking up hibiscus leaves and other things needed for the Umu. All the way, the guide (who we later learned is called “Mee”) was telling us about the local customs, plants and history. They we went back to the base-camp inland but on top of a hill commanding a sensational view of the lagoon, where we made our Umo (fire pit) covers from the hibiscus leaves and made our own plates from bananas leaves. We were then instructed on how to lay the various layers of banana stalks, leaves etc. on to the hot rocks, then laid on the food (chicken, pumpkin, banana) and covered it all over. Then off for another hour or so tour around the island. After that, back to the fabulously-located basecamp to unveil the cooked food on the Umu and sit down for a great lunch (the cooked food, plus local fruit and coconut water straight from the coconut). Great lunch, fun day!

2  Thank Andy J
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