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Takitumu Conservation Area

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Address: Cook Islands
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+682 29 906

This reserve is a tropical forest that has been set aside primarily to...

This reserve is a tropical forest that has been set aside primarily to conserve the Kakerori bird, Rarotonga's endangered flycatcher. Additionally, the area contains several rare plants and is home to a number of other bird species.

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Beautiful walk

We were taken on a beautiful walk through the Conservation Area with Ian. The walk up the hill was great and we enjoyed the views. On the way back down he gave us an opportunity... read more

Reviewed 8 April 2016
Karen K
Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2016

We were taken on a beautiful walk through the Conservation Area with Ian. The walk up the hill was great and we enjoyed the views. On the way back down he gave us an opportunity it walk on a more adventurous path and it was great fun. We crossed the stream many times, climbed over and under logs and he... More 

1 Thank Karen K
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55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 27 February 2016 via mobile

A real asset to the island, set in a beautiful SE valley, Takitimu Conservation Area is both a bastion of what can be done, and an opportunity for setting a model example in ecotourism. Nature lovers will find plenty to keep you excited. This place hosts a diverse range of both flora & fauna. The kakerori, or rarotongan flycatcher, is... More 

3 Thank AaronNz
brisbane australia
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114 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2016

This is a genuine conservation area rather than a tourist attraction and so is really something that would appeal to genuine bird lovers as the area contains the only kakerori birds in the world which are very endangered and were only saved by the dedication of the volunteers that run the conservation area.

1 Thank cookieabroad
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2016

This is a beautiful inland location to go to. We attended a wedding on this site and it was truly beautiful.

Thank jtrogers
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134 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2015

I had the privilege of spending an afternoon with Ian Karika, one of the driving forces behind conservation in Rarotonga, and one of the owners of the Takitumu Reserve. Ian knew exactly where to look for the various endemics, each of which we saw, with especially good views of the Rarotonga flycatcher. By the time we came down from the... More 

2 Thank ID576207
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18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 17 October 2015

An interesting stop on our travels around the island. Was impressed with the coins which are left on the plaques,

Thank cerita1
Escondido, California
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2015

We took a 3 hour tour with Tom and had an excellent tour. You have to make reservations ahead of time but it is well worth it. Tom was very friendly and brought us bananas to start the tour. He was very knowledgable and made the hike one of our most memorable experiences on Rarotonga!

1 Thank tiki1952
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

Our guide was very knowledgable about the flora and fauna - he had the unfortunate situation of a handful of DoC staff in his party who wanted to know everything, and largely, he did. The streams are lovely and the buttress trees are big. We saw lots of fish, crayfish and tuna in the streams, bats across the valley and... More 

1 Thank Xena874
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83 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2013

We saw the sign - drove up the road - came across two empty buildings that we thought may have been the offices but no one around only a sign staying you were not allowed in the area without prior arrangement. We would have been more interested if someone could tell us where to make contact.

1 Thank mariposaw
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2013

Visiting the Takitumu Conservation Area was easily my favourite activity of a full week in Rarotonga that included diving, snorkeling and the Cross-Island Trek. The guided walk is not difficult and the pace is slow/steady with many stops for discussion of the forest and the inhabitants. We had many sightings of the rare Rarotongan flycatcher/kakerori. We also saw koura, longfin... More 

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