We had an amazing time at Highland Paradise and can thoroughly recommend it. The dancing was authentic and natural compared to other shows we saw. The show is informative of Rarotonga's history and a great learning experience. The location amongst an old Rarotongan Maori village high in the mountains (over 1200 years old) is stunning. I would recommend also coming back and doing the day tour because actually witnessing the sacrificial stone, and the navigation stone (which navigators used to help them learn the constellations for voyages to Aotearoa) is amazing.
The evening with the meal was a lot of fun and, though the food wasn't the best we had had on the island, the whole experience was right there at the top, and it did give a chance to sample traditional dishes cooked in an umu. Well worth it, and our bus driver and guide George was just BRILLIANT - absolute highlight.
A great way to immerse yourself in Cook Island culture.
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