A little more information on the destination ( Cook Islands ) of ATIU
Atiu is a raised volcanic island surrounded by a reef from which rise 6-metre-high (20-foot) cliffs of fossilized coral (makatea). The makatea cliff forms a one-mile-wide (1.6-kilometre) ring round the island, creating a virtual plateau. Erosion at the innerside of the ring has formed dip of about 30 metres (98 feet) into fertile land, which gradually rises again to a central 70-metre-high (230-foot) flat-topped hill.
Administratively, the small uninhabited island of Takutea, now a bird sanctuary, is considered part of Atiu.
Atiu, also known as Enuamanu (meaning land of the birds), is an island 187 km northeast of Rarotonga, in the Southern Islands group of the Cook Islands Archipelago.
Atiuans trace their ancestry from Tangaroa, the principal god of Atiu and universally recognised in Polynesia as tutelary god of the sea. Atiu's area is about half that of Rarotonga. The low swampy land consists of taro plantations, marshes and a lake, Te Roto. This fertile area also grows bananas, citrus fruits, pawpaws, breadfruit and coconuts.
The Atiuans were a fierce, warrior people and before the arrival of the missionaries busied themselves with making war on their neighbors on Mauke and Mitiaro, slaughtering and eating significant numbers of them.
The first recorded European to arrive at Atiu was Captain Cook. He sighted the island on March 31, 1777 and made tentative contact with some of the people over the next few days.
In common with most islands in the southern group, Atiu has only a small, shallow lagoon. It compensates, however, with many picturesque, sandy beaches. As is usual with the makatea islands of the southern group, the fossilised coral limestone abounds with caves filled with stalactites and stalagmites. One in particular, the Anatakitaki Cave, is inhabited by tiny kopeka (Atiu swiftlet - Aerodramus sawtelli) birds which navigate in the dark using sonar, like bats.
Male visitors can enjoy the esoteric delights of the tumunu or bush beer party. Technically illegal and banned ever since the missionaries arrived on these beautiful islands, the tumunu is a hangover from the old-time kava ceremonies. However, they have survived and "invitations" can be arranged for visiting enthusiasts.
Location Inland: approx 1 km to Atiu commercial centre and Post office
Island Atiu Island
No of Buildings: 2 buildings occupy same section, both are of concrete block construction
Bedrooms Two in main residential home
Bathrooms One in main residential home with two exterior bathrooms for the commercial building
Property Type Residential home with additions that were previously used for sale of local art works and takeaway foods
Land size 2,102 m
Price NZD $260,000
Access to beach 10 minute drive
Remaining lease period Till 2063
ARE TIRAA - two bedroom home with one other building previously operating as an arts + craft and takeaway business
2 buildings on one section
Land is described as that of :
Tiraa Section 358, Areora ATIUI
Tiraa Sec 358, Areora, Atiu
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