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.[1]
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
Carport                            No

​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

  •  One building is a residential home , the other used for commercial purposes 
  • · Concrete block construction
  • · Gable end roof design
  • · Corrugated Iron roofing

                                        Land is described as that of :

                                        Tiraa Section 358, Areora ATIUI


 Are TIRAA on the island of ATIU

Cook Islands

Tiraa Sec 358, Areora, Atiu