Throughout the year Cook Islanders find many reasons to celebrate and have fun – experience it all when you stay at Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa – your luxury Rarotonga accommodation
Some festivals have a cultural or historical significance, such as the Te Maeva Nui Celebrations are held each year in July, when we celebrate our nation's self-governance. This is an important festivity, and perhaps our largest, with colourful float parades, drumming and dancing competitions, choir singing and sports. This event involves people from all of our islands and is a great time to be in the Cook Islands.
Te Mire Kapa 'Dancer of the Year' competitions are excellent events to watch, attracting many spectators. During the month of April, men, women, boys and girls participate in several categories of dance, all leading up to the finals late in the month or early in May.
The Miss Cook Islands Pageant is held every two years and is a big event for our young female contestants aged between 18 to 25 years. The winner goes on to represent our nation at other pageants like Miss South Pacific and Miss world.
Cook Islands Gospel Day, also known as 'Nuku' takes place in October. Various religious groups from around the islands assemble together to perform religious dramas or acts, in remembrance of the arrival of the missionaries to our shores.
The inaugural Vaka Eiva was in 2004 with around 200 paddlers from around the Pacific and 2011 will see 900 paddlers participating in what has now become the biggest annual event in the Cook Islands. Vaka Eiva (canoe festival) takes place over one week with marathon and sprint races for single man or six man canoes for every age division (11-70 was the largest age gap to date!).
Many sporting competitions take place during the year. They include the Rarotonga International Triathlon that attracts participants from all over the globe and the Round Rarotonga Road Race, in which visitors are encouraged to participate. Others include the International Rugby Sevens Tournament, Boxing Day Touch Tournament, Cook Islands National Athletics Championships and of course the local rugby union, football and netball seasons.
Other events include the Cook Islands Tourism International Food Festival, Cook Islands Tivaivai Exhibition, All Souls Day 'Turama' , Kumete Sports and much more.