Festivals & Events
To experience traditional Cook Islands culture, you have to experience some of the festivals or events that take place in Rarotonga every year whilst you stay with us.
Te Maeva Nui Festival is a cultural and historical celebration which is held every year in July. This is the most important and largest festival where the nation’s self-governance is celebrated. This is a great experience for visitors as the whole island comes to life with excitement during Te Maeva Nui. The festival includes colourful float parades, sports, singing, dancing and drumming where all the islands come together as one nation.
Te Mire Kapa Event is the Dancer of the Year competition. Each year in April, villages throughout the islands take part to participate in several categories of dance to enter the finals late April or early in May.
Miss Cook Islands Pageant is always an exciting event for our young female Cook Islanders to participate in.. The Pageant has evolved into an influential platform offering advice and assistance to young women of the Pacific as they are ambassadors of the region. The finalist represents our nation at other pageants like Miss South Pacific and Miss World.
Nuku is the Cook Islands Gospel Day in October. A number of religious groups meet together to perform, in remembrance of the arrival of Christianity into the island.
Vaka Eiva is a canoe competition organised by The Cook Islands Canoeing Association (CICA), which takes place over one week every November with a mixture of marathons, sprints and canoe races for males and females in every age division. The Competition finishes off with a prize giving ceremony, The President’s Cup which is presented by the CICA president and the official after party.
Other Events include a number of sports events throughout the year which attract international participants such as the Rarotonga International Triathlon, Round Rarotonga Road Race, the International Rugby Sevens Tournament, Boxing Day Touch Tournament, Cook Islands National Athletics Championships and the local rugby union, Kumete Sports, football and netball seasons. The Cook Islands Tourism International Food Festival, Cook Islands Tivaivai Exhibition and All Souls Day are other interesting events that are worth experiencing.
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