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Cook Island Christian Church (CICC)

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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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A must if in Muri

Singing was beautiful , take a fan though as its hot this time of year. We both enjoyed the service.

Reviewed 1 April 2017
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Reviewed 1 April 2017

Singing was beautiful , take a fan though as its hot this time of year. We both enjoyed the service.

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Monmouth, Oregon
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Reviewed 28 March 2017

Our resort (Sunset Resort) provided free transportation. We enjoyed the service, although we snuck out a bit early because of the heat.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 26 March 2017

We were warmly greeted and felt privileged to be part of the service. Was so impressed by the beautiful singing and harmonies which filled the church so joyously. The hospitality continued with an invitation to refreshments and a special welcome afterwards. Worth visiting. It was very hot and humid despite the fans.

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Mornington, Australia
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

We visited the CICC in Aututaki last Sunday. It was a real eye opener for us as we had not heard the mass singing of the islanders before. Although the service was conducted in the Mauri language, the singing was just beautiful and not a sheet of music or words were to be seen, the blend of male and female... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

WOW! The singing from this choir was beautiful. This is the place to experience the local culture. You should not miss out on this opportunity during your stay. The service takes place every Sunday and everything is totally free. You may give a donation to the church if you wish. After the service you are invited to a free buffet... More 

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Reviewed 22 February 2017

If you MUST see something.... attend the church on a sunday... AMAZING vocals!!!! Take a look at pure culture and love of God!

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Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

This was a highlight for me and made my first visit to the island so special. My great great grandfather is buried just outside the church so it felt like home. The singing and the sermon were beautiful! It made me quite emotional. The congregation are so friendly and welcoming! Don't forget to take a donation to give to the... More 

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Kaiapoi, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 February 2017

the people were very welcoming, best to sit downstairs as when we were there it was very hot but there were plenty of fans going.... the shared luncheon was lovely ...the singing was amazing!!!

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Reviewed 1 February 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the CICC for Sunday service. It is a lovely bright and airy church with a beautiful display of tropical flowers. The congregation sang through out the whole service and we were made to feel most welcome.

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Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed the church service in the in the own language, the singing was amazing, it very hot so bring a hand fan, to cool off, & you can wear bright color shirts and ladies wear hats.

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