The Tapu’ae Day Tour is an interactive and education experience where you can immerse yourself in the powerful story of our Cook Island Maoris culture. Included is a visit to our Museum & Cultural Learning Centre.

Our experienced guides take you on an intriguing tour of the village as you learn about our Polynesian history, navigators, traditional medicines, stories of tribal warfare, legends and beliefs.

You will experience parts of everyday village life such as weaving and drumming as well as prepare and cook our traditional foods. A traditional umu lunch is also included for groups of 10 people or more.


    Note: We will send you an email confirmation once  your booking is confirmed.

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    2 Adults & 2 Children = $279.00

    2 Adults & 3 Children = $329.00


    Adult = $100.00

    Child = $55.00 (6-11 YRS)

    Under 5 YRS = Free of Charge


    Tuesday, Thursday

    10am – 1pm (Duration = 3hrs)

    Other Details

    • Tours operate every Tuesday and Thursday, however, we can operate on other days on request with numbers of 20 or more.
    • Tour times 10.00am – 1.00pm
    • Minimum of 10 people required for FULL TOUR to operate/Maximum 100+
    • Outdoor tour – weather permitting
    • Good walking shoes recommended
    • Three hours at Highland Paradise – Visit prehistory worshipping places, chiefly house sites, ancient sacrificial sites, and reconstructed tribal buildings including the Learning Centre.


    For parties of 11-20 adults $95pp

    For parties of 21 + adults  $91pp


    Client’s Review

    Fun history lesson about the Cook Islands

    Great history lesson on the Cook Islands and surrounding area. Also good to know that part of the proceeds are going to schools, to educate the local children in their culture.

    tezaoz wrote a review May 2019

    Brisbane, Australia

    Informative tour and beautiful inland area

    The Highland Paradise day tour is worth considering if you would like to visit a beautiful inland setting, hear about the history and culture of the area, and go for a walk through glorious tropical gardens with lots to see. First you go on a tour of the cultural centre, and then you go on a gentle walk through beautiful tropical gardens to see various sites including an ancient marae (meeting house). They also showed us the many uses of a coconut and explained the different plants in the area. The tour was well organised and ends with a tasty lunch and then you are dropped back to where you stay. Suitable for all ages.

    Pamela S – Canberra, Australia


    Maungaroa Dr, Arorangi District, Cook Islands