Te Vara Nui Village, Muri

Explore one of Rarotonga's finest cultural attractions at Te Vara Nui Village, which caters to tourists and offers three activities in one visit. Take a village tour and learn about the natives' history and beliefs. Watch or join demonstrations explaining fishing, navigation, cooking, and the process of creating traditional dance costumes. In the evening, check out the over-water show that tells legendary stories performed by the village's best dancers and musicians. The last part of your great Cooks Island experience is a multicultural buffet dining experience on floating stages. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Muri holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Te Vara Nui Village and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • I've been to a lot of "authentic" Cook Island cultural performances in my time and this was definitely NOT one of them. For a show and buffet meal I thought $120 was over the top some motels do the sa...  more »
  • Really enjoyed this experience. The tour of the village was very informative and the buffet was super yummy. The show was spectacular in every way. We all had an awesome time.  more »
  • This show is to be congratulated for its professionalism. Fabulous meal as well. As the other reviewers have said everything ran very well. They all made themselves available to the crowd afterwards a...  more »
  • Great place to learn the culture of the Cook Islands and experience the culture in front of you. The music and dancing is awesome, don't hesitate to get your groove going.
  • The show was very good. Great dansing and powerful drumming.It was hubby's birthday and they got all the birthday people up to do a little dance with the performers. Fun! The buffet was disappointing. The food was very average and quite bland. I guess the churn the show out just about every so the performers get better but the food is over produced. (If that makes sence) On the way home I hear another couple talk about this place and they also rated the food as not as good as expected.
  • A great experience learning about Cook Islands culture during the village tour. Food was excellent and the dancers in the show are very talented. Definitely worth checking out.
  • The buffet could be nice if the waiter didn’t try to take our plates off so quickly after we finish the first round. Show is nice but not too long and the village is not really interesting to see.
  • My second time to see the show. The food is still incredible but the host was in such a rush, she was not engaged with the audience and rattled off her lines like a tortured school kid. A shame. The staff eager to close up as soon as the show finished, pretty much pulling our glasses from our hands. What was once a great experience is now all about the money.
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