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Arts & Culture

Ancient Cook Islands Polynesian culture isn’t only in museums, we celebrate it in our everyday lives. It’s so easy to experience as we love sharing it with visitors.


Be enchanted at ‘Island Night’ cultural shows, groups dancing with fire to the fast rhythm, beaten out on a wooden drum. Head to the vibrant Punanga Nui markets for music, dance and authentic local cuisine. Here you’ll discover beautiful local craft like stunning Tivaevae (colourful quilts) or hand-made ukuleles. Or join us at church on Sunday as we wear our finest hats and lift our voices in passionate, harmonious song. 

A highlight of the cultural calendar is the annual Te Maeva Nui Festival in August – a festival of Cook Islands’ culture featuring spectacular dance and music performances at the National Auditorium.


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