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HIGHLAND PARADISE - TAPU’AE DAY TOUR

Set along a hill top ridge in the village of Arorangi, sits part of a 600 year old village site, that once was, home to the tribe of the High Chief, Tinomana Ariki, but was abandoned in the early 1800s after the arrival, and acceptance of Christianity. To date, around 25 acres of the ancient village has been discovered and developed to share with you.
Highland Paradise, also known by the locals as ‘the lost village’ is locally owned and operated by the descendants of those who once lived there. They look forward to welcoming you, and taking you on a journey back in time to experience what the life of their ancestors was like 600 years ago.
The Tapu’ae Day Tour or ‘Footprints of our Ancestors’ offers an interactive and very informative historical Tour. On arrival to the site you will be met and welcomed by your warrior and tour guide.
Your warrior will first take you into the theatre and small museum, and there you will enjoy a short historical video on how Highland Paradise came to be before your stroll through the ancient, and sacred village begins.
There are many ancient monuments, and places of interest that was once utilised by their ancestors, and your warrior will share with you the history surrounding each of them. Ancient legends will be told, the cultural practices will be explained. Hear of the battles that were fought against other tribes and cannibalism, see what the village living conditions once appeared like. Learn of the plants once used for medicinal purposes, and many other fascinating historical facts about this ancient and sacred village. 
You will also learn the art of weaving, dancing, and the preparation of the umu (underground oven).
Highland Paradise is the largest developed historical site on Rarotonga, and is a recommended tour for visitors.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Historical village tour
You will be engaged in the stories narrated to you by your warrior guide as he takes you on a fascinating journey back in time to learn of the proud, sometimes sad and sordid history of this ancient village. Watch as the village is bought to life by our people for you.
Authentic Historical sites
Highland Paradise has uncovered 25 acres of this ancient village which is only a small part of the mountain refuge that once was. The tribal sites of worship, chiefly council, warfare, sacrifice and tribal justice are some of the sacred places you will visit on tour. You will experience the village as it was more that 500 years ago.

TOUR DETAILS

DAYS OF OPERATION TOUR DURATION VEHICLE INFORMATION SEATING ARRANGEMENTS ACCESS FOR DISABLE
TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS
S APPROX 3 HOURS *PICKUP STARTS FROM 9AM APPROX.
RARO TOURS SEAT IN COACH
ON BUS: DOUBLE SEATING, NO FOLD DOWN SEATS
WHEELCHAIRS ARE WELCOME HOWEVER TOUR IS ON GRASS SO WILL NEED OWN ASSISTANCE
INCLUSIONS TOILET STOPS TRANSLATORS WHAT TO BRING/WEAR PAX REQUIREMENTS
- RETURN TRANSFERS
- TOUR GUIDE
- LIGHT REFRESHMENTS
AVAILABLE DURING TOUR
AT ADDITIONAL COST TRANSLATOR GUIDES AVAILABLE: GERMAN ~ FRENCH ~ ITALIAN ~ JAPANESE. AVAILABLE FOR GROUP BOOKINGS ONLY. POA
- SUNSCREEN & SUN HAT
- WALKING SHOES
- BOTTLED DRINKING WATER - CAMERA
- WET WEATHER GEAR WHEN WET
NO MINIMUM OR MAXIMUM REQUIREMENT

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