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Address: Avarua, Cook Islands

Sunday services are filled with hymns sung in the Maori language at this...

Sunday services are filled with hymns sung in the Maori language at this island church which dates back to 1853. The local graveyard is noted for some famous inhabitants including American author Robert Dean Frisbie.

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Singing to raise the roof!

We attended the Easter Sunday service. For me the highlight was the singing. The Lords Prayer was so moving and beautiful and songs of praise lifted the roof as the congregation... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Sarah T
Hamilton, New Zealand
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We attended the Easter Sunday service. For me the highlight was the singing. The Lords Prayer was so moving and beautiful and songs of praise lifted the roof as the congregation sang, chanted, and harmonised skilfully to create a uniquely Cook Islands experience. The service is conducted primarily in Cook Islands Maori which for me enhanced the experience - knowing... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Even if you don't have a religious bone in your body you can not miss an island church service. Went to the Easter Sunday one which was great and they extend at invitation to attend refreshments afterwards. Wonderful and so passionate.

Thank Sandy R
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to church with a group of friends. We were very impressed with the sermon (mostly in Maori, but parts in English). Afterwards we were invited to a buffet with delicious, home-prepared food. Some of the nicest that we had whilst in Rarotonga.

Thank Philip O
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here because we were told that the people of the Cook Islands have adapted the songs we know at church and made them really special with harmonies etc. They were not wrong! The first hymn they sang brought tears to my eyes. There was a lot of great manners toward visitors, with things being said in both Cook... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Yes, the singing of the women, children and men is really lovely. However, we tourists should be aware that the singing is in a Church and that the local people take their Sunday services very seriously. They dress up and expect other attendees to show respect. I heard an elder indignantly ask a young man in thongs, shorts and singlet... More 

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Lafayette, Colorado
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to their 10am Sunday morning service. Service was not in English, but the frequent singing (men and women sing different parts) sounded beautiful. The church offers light snacks and drinks after the service on the porch of their building next door. Someone explains a little of the history of the church, very pleasant.

1 Thank Janet R
New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Singing was beautiful , take a fan though as its hot this time of year. We both enjoyed the service.

1 Thank sunsoakerNewZealand
Monmouth, Oregon
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our resort (Sunset Resort) provided free transportation. We enjoyed the service, although we snuck out a bit early because of the heat.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were warmly greeted and felt privileged to be part of the service. Was so impressed by the beautiful singing and harmonies which filled the church so joyously. The hospitality continued with an invitation to refreshments and a special welcome afterwards. Worth visiting. It was very hot and humid despite the fans.

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Mornington, Australia
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

We visited the CICC in Aututaki last Sunday. It was a real eye opener for us as we had not heard the mass singing of the islanders before. Although the service was conducted in the Mauri language, the singing was just beautiful and not a sheet of music or words were to be seen, the blend of male and female... More 

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