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Address: Ara Tapu, 0000, Cook Islands

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"A slice of History"

One of the best historic places on the Island to visit. This is where the 7 Canoes set sail for Aotearoa. A history of great value, pride, aroha, appreciation and is full of mana... read more

Reviewed 21 November 2016
Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 21 November 2016

One of the best historic places on the Island to visit. This is where the 7 Canoes set sail for Aotearoa. A history of great value, pride, aroha, appreciation and is full of mana and deep cultural significance The area surrounding the site needs a bit of work to beautify the shores. This will really bring out the beauty of... More 

Thank NgaKairua
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Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

You will stop on your tour of the island. A good place to stop for sometime and enjoy.A very good view. You can have a meal or snack here

Thank SE s
Louisville, Kentucky
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1,036 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 429 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2015

We stopped here on our trip around the island. It is a beautiful historic place to stop and see where history took place. There is a table if you want to have a picnic or just sit and enjoy the serenity and the views. There is a large parking lot so there is no problem making a quick stop here.

Thank Richard F
Claremont, California
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231 reviews
92 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2015

I think the harbors in the Cook Islands are pretty cool--the lagoon is usually so immense, it's interesting to see breaks in it where ships can come in.

Thank Zachary W
Waiuku, New Zealand
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2015

Don't forget to pop in for lunch at The Mooring.... The food from Captain Moko and his wife is divine!!! Beware, it does get very busy...

Thank RSTh0mps0n
Ancaster, Canada
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2015

Found this place by accident. It tells the story of the 7 vaka that sailed away from this harbour in the ancient times. Each vaka is represented by a stone. The seven stones are in a circle and have the names of the chiefs who set out to sail the Pacific looking for larger lands. They found NZ. Part of... More 

Thank Blueses1492
Salamander Bay
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2014

I went to the little church between Club Raro and Muri Beach – it was a great service – about half English and half their local language – they made us visitors very welcome and got us to stand up and sing a hymn (my singing is bad so that was a bit of a giggle) and then after the... More 

1 Thank Anita M
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 24 September 2013 via mobile

An awesome piece of Polynesian history. I couldn't wait to go and it was worth it. Thank you to the Cookies for respecting, preserving & commemorating This lovely harbour.

1 Thank Lisa H
Avon, Ohio
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

The Ngatangiia Harbor is a beautiful spot, located directly across the road from the Ngatangiia CICC (Cook Islands Christian Church) which is constructed from coral rock. The harbor is the location from which seven vaka; large, twin hull sailing canoes, departed with the people that settled New Zealand around 1250 to 1300 AD and are the ancestors of today’s Maori.... More 

1 Thank Steve1362
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2012

this habour has a lot of history behind it as it was the place that the canoes of the ci and the pacific had sailed from..good place for fishing and boarding

2 Thank NTTK1

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