Must see attractions in Pape'ete

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    Marché de Pape’ete

    A Pape'ete institution. If you see one site in town, make it this market, which fills an entire city block. Shop for colourful pareu (sarongs), shell…

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    Administrative District

    The Territorial Assembly and other government buildings occupy Place Tarahoi, the former site of the Pomare palace. The termite-riddled 1883 palace was…

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    Temple de Paofai

    Although the Catholic cathedral is placed squarely in the town centre, Tahiti remains predominantly Protestant, a lasting legacy of the LMS missionaries…

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    Pointe du Taharaa – One Tree Hill

    At the top of the hill at around PK8, pull off to the lagoon side of the road and park in the lot that once belonged to Tahiti’s very upmarket Hyatt…

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    Tombeau du Roi Pomare V

    In Arue, on the water’s edge, signposted and just a short detour off the coastal road, is the tomb of the last of the Pomare family. The Tomb of Pomare V…

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    Jardins de Paofai

    This is the main walking area along the waterfront, where you’ll find paved walking paths that meander past blooming planter boxes and the occasional tree…

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    Robert Wan Musée de la Perle

    This pearl museum was created by pearl magnate Robert Wan with aims of luring visitors into his glamorous shop. It’s a worthwhile, small and modern museum…

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    Musée de la Perle

    This pearl museum was created by pearl magnate Robert Wan with aims of luring visitors into his glamorous shop. It’s a worthwhile, small and modern museum…

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    House of James Norman Hall

    Towards the outer edge of Pape’ete’s urban sprawl in Arue is this lovely little replica of Mutiny on the Bounty co-author James Norman Hall’s house. The…

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    Plage Lafayette

    On the edge of Matavai Bay, this wide curve of sparkling black sand is great for a dip. It never gets crowded. The eastern side is framed by steep…

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    Place To’ata

    This square is an evolving multi-use development project on Pape’ete’s western edge. The far end of the square is home to a 5000-seat pavilion, which is…

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    Cimetière Pomare

    Some members of the Pomare family are buried (or may be buried – their tombs are unmarked) in the Cimetière Pomare. A board at the cemetery indicates…

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    Place Vaiete

    Place Vaiete is home to multiple roulottes and occasional live-music performances at night, but is quite peaceful during the day. There are plenty of…

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    Mairie de Pape’ete

    Pape’ete’s mairie is two blocks back from Blvd Pomare and a block north of Marché de Pape’ete. It was completed in 1990, in vague imitation of the old…

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    Parc Bougainville

    A great spot to just chill out, Parc Bougainville is a tropical oasis in the middle of the city. Lush and cool, it’s fronted by a 1909 bust of the great…

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    Chinese Temple

    You’ll be impressed by the massive proportions of the vividly colourful Chinese temple, also known as Kanti de Mamao. It’s a 10-minute stroll east from…

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    Ministère de la Culture

    To the west, along Av Bruat, is the Ministère de la Culture. There’s an exhibition space here that is worth a peek.

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    Olivier Creations

    Pape’ete is home to a number of art galleries. Olivier Creations is recommended.

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    Gallerie Winkler

    Gallerie Winkler has an interesting mix of etchings, paintings and crockery.