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Highland Paradise Drums of our Forefathers Sunset Culture Show
Ranked #10 of 37 Tours in Rarotonga
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

On arrival, the scenery was set with cane oil lights glowing in the high top of the mountain. There was approximately 1 hour of day light.
Then matua Danny greeted us & had photo's with him.
They had available at reception insect spray for any bugs wanting to eat us.

Then we were instructed on the protocols of the events they lay ahead.
Then calling of the island tongue proceeded into the wonderful manicured forest of activities.
Here we were shown various things that were used in 'days of their forefathers', then a history tour leading finally another area for 'kai' food.

Then we were called into dinning area where the service was wonderful & a complimentary beverage was waiting on entry.
The variety of food was delicious!!
They had traditional food that is so similar to a hangi.
Wonderful ranges of meat & chicken prepared in umu.
I can't tell you what we liked.. so many wonderful tastes...
Dessert, well again I am an ice cream girl & they can't please everyone so I had a lovely chocolate mud cake & fruit salad with cream.. There were a few other dishes.. which I didn't eat.. Still yummy!!

The entertainment was very well orchestrated.
Danny is liken Billy T James.. Billy was a Maori entertainer.. Funny man!
Then the dancers, they were fantastic & lots of hype & energy!!

I have to say thank you to a young lady Salu,one of Highland Paradise staff. Salu's initiative brought us to this awesome venue.

If you like history, natural elements with high energy entertainment, we certainly recommend this place as a must do!!

Pricing is very reasonable & drinks typical costs.

I look forward to bringing my family here when I return in 2014!!

Tu Meke!!

Thank Deniece K
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

This was part of our stay package but worth doing. The drive up there is interesting and the walk around the 'marae' just showed the difference in the Maori culture and the Cook Island Maori culture. The show as very good.

Thank mariposaw
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

We very much enjoyed the show and it was very informative about the culture of the natives. The dancing was very good and we really enjoyed when they brought out the children learning to dance. So cute ! The meal was fantastic ( buffet style and you could get seconds ) and they serve one free drink. Any more and you have to buy. I do think they should offer water for free considering the cost. You can see much of the dancing for free at the Market on Saturday, however, you won't get the wonderful meal. A bit too high priced, but what isn't in the Cook Islands ???

Thank Trish H
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

really liked the way they did the show.
It starts with a quick tour of the adjoining abandoned village (think large grassy area). There are some great views over the west side of the island to be had.

The buffet is yummy and there is loads of food.

The dancers are great and the show tells the story of how the dancing evolved over the years from back then to now. We took our little one with us and he was mesmerised as well

1  Thank Ralph W
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Highland_Paradise, Owner at Highland Paradise Drums of our Forefathers Sunset Culture Show, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2013

Kia Orana,

We at Highland Paradise appreciate the time you have taken to not only visit us but to provide your feedback.

We have sheared your positive feed back with all of our staff guides, waitstaff, cultural dance team (descendants of the Tinomana Tribe).

Please let your family and friends know about the authentic and unique Highland Paradise Cultural Centre, and we hope to see you back here again.

Kia Manuia

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Reviewed August 23, 2013

We really enjoyed our Highland Paradise. Everything, starting with being picked up by our driver was a great experience.

We particularly enjoyed hearing about the history of the island and the drum/dancing show. Food was good, but the highlight was definitely the show.

Thank KTraveler17
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Highland_Paradise, Owner at Highland Paradise Drums of our Forefathers Sunset Culture Show, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2013

Kia Orana,

Thank you for your positive feed back, which we have shared with all of our staff, our guides, waitstaff, cultural dance team (descendants of the Tinomana Tribe) and our bus drivers.

Please feel free to check out our photo's on Facebook and "Like us"

Your comments are valuable to the continuation and survival of this tribal site.

Kia Manuia

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