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Sands Restaurant

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Vegetarian, Contemporary, Pacific Rim
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Moana Sands Hotel, Titikaveka, Cook Islands
+682 27189
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 73
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Beautiful meals

Had some wonderful meals here, the staff really looked after us. The BBQ night on Sunday was a lot of fun with "Aunty and Uncle" live entertainment.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
J587QAgeorgew
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Hamilton
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
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Hamilton
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Had some wonderful meals here, the staff really looked after us. The BBQ night on Sunday was a lot of fun with "Aunty and Uncle" live entertainment.

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Oamaru, New Zealand
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Great food and very friendly staff....nothing was too much trouble...even when I wanted something for lunch that was an entrée on the dinner menu. They set up a table for us in the outside beach front restaurant for our wedding dinner...with white linen, flowers and candles on the table and music.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Reliable good - fish was our choice and we were not disappointed. Staff were friendly and attentive.

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Opotiki, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We were a part of 13 who turned up at 1.30 pm with NO booking, no problem said the lovely waitress come cook come No1 cocktail maker, and served cold beer, nothing was a problem and we were seated water front another must dine when in the Cook Islands

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We were staying at the Moana Sands which is part of this restaurant. I decided to order pancakes for breakfast one morning instead of having our usual breakfast that was included in our accommodation. The lady informed me that they had no eggs and so I said ok I guess I cant have the pancakes then.? She said that she... More 

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Tigard, Oregon
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4 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Pizza on the first night, just off a 10 hour flight, was quick & easy and could take it to our room next door. The dinner we had there I didn't care for. I didn't know Sea Scallops could be made into a bland mush, but they found how to do it.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

The Sands is part of the Moana Sands complex near Muri Beach. We booked at the Sands Restaurant for our evening meal and pointed out to the manager that on Trip Advisor (May 2015) the restaurant is shown as being at the Moana Sands second location near Palm Grove. There are two parts of the dinning room; one sheltered and... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

This is exactly what I wanted. It had all the right elements of the true Cook Islands without the tacky over the top gimmicks. Out of all the places we visited...THIS was our absolute favourite. They had beautiful local live entertainment, amazing simple yet tasty food, great warm and friendly host and staff. I can not say enough nice things... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The Sands is the restaurant linked to Moana sands and every time we ate here for lunch or dinner the food was fresh and tasty.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We waited 90 minutes for a stark and a bowl of Chowder…just unacceptable! The food was good when it finally arrived but the wait time spoilt what could have been a good night out. Seems that they don't have a decent system for getting meals out in a reasonable time….especially simple meals like we had ordered

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Moana Sands Hotel, Titikaveka, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Titikaveka
  • Phone Number: +682 27189

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 23
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Contemporary, Pacific Rim

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene, Doing business

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?