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Address: Avarua, Cook Islands
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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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Christmas Day Service

We attended the service for our second year in Cook Islands. Lovely atmosphere with local singing and ethnic dress. Everyone is so happy that it was catching. Although very hot in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We attended the service for our second year in Cook Islands. Lovely atmosphere with local singing and ethnic dress. Everyone is so happy that it was catching. Although very hot in the Sanctuary, everyone so enjoyed their time enjoying the event.

Seasoned traveller from Devon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I are not practising christians but having visited the CICC before we made a return visit. You are made very welcome and although part of the service is in a local dialect the singing is divine, the choir give their best and cannot be faulted for effort and voice! The minister delivers a sermon, hymns are sung... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you only want to experience the local culture then a trip to church is well worth your time - if you have religious commitment then that will be a bonus experience - but be aware that the service is conducted in Maori. The singing is the standout highlight with the hymns being sung in harmonies and with different members... More 

Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The singing and sights of the locals at church is something you have to see to understand. It is a great experience and you are made to feel very welcome. The hotel we were at had transport arranged if needed, and there were a number of other visitors when we were there as well. A must do.

Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very authentic experience with unique singing! Allow more time for welcoming morning tea afterwards.

Woollamia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Weather you are religious or not the CICC Sunday service is well worth a visit. The service is in Maori and English. The singing is the highlight of the service and you will not be disappointed. The parishioners are friendly and very welcoming.

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Everyone so friendly could stay for lunch after the service. The singing was unbelievable. This is a must do.

Auburn, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

The Cook Islanders are justifiably proud of their singing and do so with gusto. A Sunday morning service at either the Christian Church in Avarua or the one in Titikaveka is a visual and aural experience not to be missed. The ladies in their long dresses and colorful hats, the gents in their best shirts and slippas (flip flops), the... More 

Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

My friends and I were feeling quite grateful, relaxed, and Soulful being in Paradise (Rarotonga) and it being a Sunday - we all decided that we wanted to go to church to give gratitude for all that we had, our health our families and to think and say prayers regarding our circumstances. We attended the most delightful church in Matavera... More 

Taupo, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

First day in Rarotonga and the resort offered transport to CICC. A lovely gentle morning. Beautiful singing. Everyone invited to morning tea provided by the parishoners.

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