Arai-Te-Tonga
Arai-Te-Tonga
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This historic and sacred site consists of several stone structures forming a koutu or royal court where Maori chiefs were inaugurated.
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Gardengirl212
Sydney, Australia1,337 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Found this site by accident as we went exploring the inner roads on a rainy day.

Not sure we got to see the entire site but it was interesting and awesome to visit such a sacred site that was once a royal court where Maori Chiefs were inaugurated so very long ago.
Written 6 November 2023
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Emerson
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
As a first-timer to Rarotonga, the main point of our visit was to retrace the footsteps of our Maori ancestors, who migrated here to NZ. We knew that Arai Te Tonga would be a most focal point in our travels through Rarotonga. To see an ancient Pa Site such as Arai Te Tonga is not only impressive, but also a journey back into time and definitely a Journey home, so to speak. Although we are of Maori descent from NZ, going to Arai Te Tonga was an emotional journey in many respects. It felt like I had returned to a place in which my very ancestors lived. In days of old. To be able to see a courtyard whereby Kings & Queens were given Titles. Where Ariki were raised to positions of high rank in Rarotonga. That in itself, touched both our hearts and our spirits. Arai Te Tonga... You have left an everlasting imprint on our hearts. Because of you, we have a much stronger connection, understanding and relationship, to who we are. Here as Maori in NZ.
Written 7 October 2019
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Angie Stern-Lynch 👫
Newcastle, Australia3,744 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
Interesting to see some of the history of this wonderful island, this site was used as a very important place , used to cement any important decision that involved the leadership group. You can still see the area and part of the original “let’s say alter” also just next to this historical site is a section of the original road , we found this very interesting as it looks as if it was made of shells and other items from the ocean side. Make sure when visiting the Cook Islands you take the time to visit this amazing historical site and learn just a little of the history.
Written 31 March 2019
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WoollamiaTweety
Woollamia, Australia104 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Friends
Not a lot to see but this site has historical and cultural significance to the Cook Islanders. A bit hard to find but worth a visit. call at the tourist information center in Avarua.
Written 7 December 2016
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Trudy and Brian C
Whangarei Heads, New Zealand46 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
Not much to see but an interesting story , not easy to find, it's up the back roads, which is interesting in itself , enjoyed seeing the homes and gardens we passed on the drive.
Written 16 August 2015
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Nicole A
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
I used to live behind the back road on the path towards Arai Te Tonga. Don't be scared of any barking dogs if you do venture down, they are just excited to go with you :) The white dog is Sugar Ray and the caramel coloured one is called Mito. They'll go with you the whole walk...just make sure when you come back behind the back road, keep going left onto the gravel road once you hit the fork. I always meant to find out more about this specific tribe, but ask around and I'm sure someone local will know :)
Written 15 April 2015
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Lee T
Sydney535 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
I always like to checkout historic ruins no matter where. We rode our scooter along the Back Road and missed the little sign and after asking a local farmer were directed back. Only a small grouping of stones and a larger platform area, all a bit overgrown. Only a short explanation of the significance of the ruin on a couple of small signs, no real historical data. But the ride along the Back Road is interesting and takes you past farms and houses and lots of animals and fruit orchards and away from the exhaust fumes on the Main Road. Worth a visit if you have your own transport.
Written 12 August 2013
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