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“You can feel the history”

Highland Paradise Drums of our Forefathers Sunset Culture Show
Ranked #7 of 38 Tours in Rarotonga
Certificate of Excellence
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Atlanta, GA
Level 6 Contributor
186 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“You can feel the history”
Reviewed August 25, 2010

By going to a location where an actual tribe lived you get the feel of the people. The history tour was great, the food was plentiful and the show was amazing. A must if you go just to learn about the islands. Plus you can't beat the pickup and dropoff at where you are staying.

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Los Angeles, California
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“Best Attraction in Rarotonga”
Reviewed June 5, 2010

If you only do one activity whilst in Rarotonga, you MUST go see Drums of Our ForeFathers a.k.a. "Island Night." It is held at the Highland Cultural Center on the west side of the island. I don't want to provide all the details, but, suffice it to say the money spent on the evening was worth every penny.

From the pick up at the local hotel to the drop off (included in price), everything is done so professionally.

The show is not only fun, but it is culturally informative. I almost felt at the end of the night that I knew all of the participants personally-- from the man "chief" to the founder's daughter, everyone was awesome and so friendly. It was truly my treat to be able to share in this part of the Rarotongan's culture.

It would be a shame to come all the way to Rarotonga and the Cook Islands and not have witnessed this part of Rarotonga -- you will be doing yourself a disservice if you miss this. Everyone I talked to in the cafes and at the hotel were right -- THIS was the Island Night to see.

The main show consisted of music, dancing, storytelling, and my favorite part-- the drumming! The drummers are amazing ! The Cook Islanders have a beautiful history of their peoples including life before the Christian missionaries.

The "feast" that is served that night -- you will not leave hungry! Lots of great food and dessert. Make sure to wash down all that good food with plenty of rum drinks (purchased extra at bar)!!

I could go on and on, but believe me, if you are in Rarotonga on Wednesday night, do NOT miss this beauty.

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10 Thank voodoo-d
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cambridge,New Zealand
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“A Rarotongan Jewel.”
Reviewed May 10, 2010

As there were 8 in our family I booked on line well ahead with Highland Paradise so we could celebrate 3 birthdays at the feast.Excellent people to deal with and we had our own happy birthday table-thank you Tutu!.All of us enjoyed the welcome to their Marae,the dinner was wonderful-I recommend the taro in coconut cream,excellent show.This is a very professional attraction and the top tourism award they won for 2009 was obviously well deserved.Do not miss this feast at Highland Paradise!

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Te Awamutu
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55 reviews
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“Isalnd Night”
Reviewed May 29, 2009

Wonderful night, great Cook Island food mixed with European food, colourful entertainers and lots of history of the island and culture.

Started out with being picked up in the bus outside our accommodation, which became our Vaka (boat). We were then taken to Tumumu's to pay and have a quick drink, then up the mountain we went with a tour guide explaining what would happen on the way.

We were welcomed onto the site in a traditional mannor, then taken in to sit and have tea then we were entertained.

We were then delivered back to our accommodation

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“Authentic, entertaining and professional”
Reviewed May 19, 2009

Great show and food. Definitely better than the other show we went to.

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