Rarotongan Cultural Shows

Culture...Te Vara Nui Village – Muri

Village Tour - Includes

  • Complimentary return transfers from your accommodation (from 3.45pm)
  • Light Refreshments
  • Cultural Village Tour (2 hours)
  • Village gates open and tour starts at 5.00pm  


Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

NZ$39.00 per adult and NZ$19.00 per child

Te Vara Nui's "Ura Po" Over water Cultural Extravaganza Includes: 

  • Complimentary return transfer from anywhere around the island 
  • First class Island dining Umu buffet from 7.30pm (Restaurant and bar opens at 7.00pm)
  • “Dances of Legends”  over water cultural extravanganza from 8.30pm for approximately 1 hour 
  • Return transfers (from 10:00pm)

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

NZ$99.00 per adult and NZ$45.00 per child

Combo: NZ$119.00 per adult and NZ$59.00 per child

Culture...Highland Paradise

The Highland Paradise Cultural Centre offers a truly interactive experience for locals and visitors alike.

Here, you will personally relive our Polynesian yesterdays through self guided or interactive guided on-site gentle strolling tours amongst the lush gardens, village remains, replica acres (houses), historical areas of great significance and towering native trees.

“The Highland Paradise Cultural Centre family will involve you in their heritage, capture your soul, your heart, and leave you breathless”

Tour Times: 10.00 am

Open: 9.00 am – 3.00 pm Monday – Saturday

Drums of our Forefathers – Sunset cultural show and feast

Includes return transfers

Wednesday and Friday evenings (Mondays from June)

 NZ$99.00 per adult and NZ$55.00 per child (under 12)

 *We can book it for you and offer a discount - please send us an email

Culture: The Staircase in Avarua

Staircase Restaurant and Bar welcomes you to fantastic evenings of live entertainment, cultural performances, top-local singers every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Thursday evening’s Island culture night is a performance by one of our top dance groups Te-Korero-Maori dance team. Pulsating drums and dances of the Cook Islands open from 5:30pm for dining, live cultural show at 7:30pm then party from 10:00pm till closing.

An affordable evening for food (Island plate of food) and show at NZ$35 per person and half price for children less than 12yrs

Friday nights is BBQ night. Open at 6.30pm for dining, then party from 10pm till closing.

Saturday night is live entertainment by top-local singers while you dine and dance. Serving an A la Carte menu with an array of local dishes to try. Open from 7pm for dinning then party time till close.

Staircase restaurant is situated in the heart of town with great sea views and sunset nights.

Culture...Resort Island Nights

One recommendation would be to experience Cook Island Culture with the local dancing, singing and drums…there are a number of venues where you can sit back and enjoy. Generally the island nights in Rarotonga are;

The Pacific Resort – Pacific night on Mondays and Friday night…Ph: 20427

The Rarotongan Beach Resort and Spa – Wednesday and Saturday nights…Ph: 25800

The Edgewater Resort – Tuesday and Saturday nights…Ph: 25435

Crown Beach Resort…Ph: 23953

Manuia Beach…Ph: 22461

The Islander Hotel also now hosts an Island Night

TIP: The island nights generally offer dinner and the entertainment; however there is the option to book for the show only.