Many of the guests are keen to learn about how the Cook Islands have embraced the meaning of ‘Protecting the Environment’. The local people have long lived in harmony with their environment.
Highland Paradise – The Lost Village
Highland Paradise is situated in the heart of Arorangi Village in Rarotonga after the lost village of Maungaroa was unearthed by the late Raymond Pirangi (Snr), a descendant of Tinomana Ariki, paramount chief in the district, who set about reclaiming his family heritage in 1983.
In the dense bush 205 acres in area and 509 metres high, lies this “open air museum” or hidden sanctuary of this ancient tribe. Although the days of tribal warfare are gone, the evidence and signs of struggle and survival still remain. From the early signs of astrology to the barbaric rocks of sacrifice, Highland Paradise reveals the intellectual know how and the dark truths of our predecessors and includes the navigational stones used to guide the vakas to Aotearoa – New Zealand.
Nowadays the village is encompassed with vast tropical gardens, accentuating its historic significance and paying homage to those who once inhabited this paradise. Affording a spectacular 180 degree view of Rarotonga and stretched across 10 acres are magnificent gardens that contain medicinal and ritual plants of their day, along with introduced rare plants from around the world. It is an experience beyond imagination, guaranteed to entice your curiosity and the opportunity to be this close to the Cook Island heritage.
Tour Times: 10.00 am which includes transportation and lunch.
Open Mon – Sat : 9.00 am – 3.00 pm
Bookings for the Highland Paradise – The Lost Village of the Cook Islands Tour can be made through reception of Sea Change Villas.