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Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant

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Main Road, Arorangi, Cook Islands
+682 20 501
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: A great quirky casual dining experience. Opened since 1979 it still has...
A great quirky casual dining experience. Opened since 1979 it still has the same owners and the same name. It is a mix of eclectic and local island decor. The walls feature an array of photos of events, people and things. The ceilings are a collage of various types of posters etc. The Tumunu Garden Restaurant also features the "largest little notebook" on the island. Come visit us!
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Tumunu

Cannot fault the food and portion sizes. Tried again to get through the seafood platter for two but failed!! Nice friendly staff. Alcohol prices are a bit steep though especially if in a large group.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
Kevin H
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Raglan, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
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Nelson, New Zealand
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Absolutely stunning setting. Friendly proprietors and excellent fresh lunch, although the menu has a lot of coconut it was easy to choose!

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Raglan, New Zealand
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Cannot fault the food and portion sizes. Tried again to get through the seafood platter for two but failed!! Nice friendly staff. Alcohol prices are a bit steep though especially if in a large group.

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West Auckland
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Large servings so you won't walk out hungry from here. Steaks are worth the money, everything is served with mashed potato and salad. In saying that it's very yummy! Childrens menu available. If you order water make sure you state bottled or tap water as the bottled water is the default when ordering and it is 12.00 per bottle! Cocktails... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Love the atmosphere and the outdoor section. The food was great and cooked well. It was a nice touch to have bug spray on each table just in case. Such a fun experience and quick eats too.

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Redmond, Oregon
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

It is an eclectic atmosphere inside. The staff is very friendly and the owner hangs out to greet guests. I love that he carries his cat around with him.

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TAMBA1954, General Manager at Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi there Thanks so much for a really nice review. Yes..."Julie cat" does rule. The staff are great too. Hopefully they maintain their manner. Most have been rather long term and feel very at home with guests. Meitaki for your review The Team at Tumunu Garden Restaurant More 

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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Stayed at the edge water with only a 2 minute walk this restaurant is a awesome place for family's to visit and for people to bring a large group of people, they have Awesome staff and mean decor! Cheers guys

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TAMBA1954, General Manager at Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks a bunch for the great review. Hope to see you again one day and see equally as happy with our eclectic establishment. Many thanks Kia manuia The Team at Tumunu Garden Restaurant More 

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90 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This is a bar/restaurant that celebrates its NZ/Australian patrons with lots of memorabilia around the place. they have flashing lights on at night to light the place up. I recommend making a booking if you are having a meal here. The outside tables come complete with a can of insect repellent - which i recommend you use!! The seafood platters... More 

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TAMBA1954, General Manager at Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia orana Thanks for a great review. We are happy that you enjoyed our restaurant as eclectic as it is. I think our staff are pretty awesome too. I think it is important to provide protection in the form of a bug spray particularly when seated outside. We are on a tropical island and although we locals may be used... More 

Waitakere City
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Had an awesome seafood platter for two with a bit of everything - fish(smoked,raw and battered) scallops, prawns(cocktail, twisters & king), mussels, calamari & oysters. Great night & super friendly staff.

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TAMBA1954, General Manager at Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for an awesome review. I am a manager in training and am so pleased you enjoyed everything. This makes my job so much easier and we all learn from your reviews. Kia manuia until you visit our lovely island again The Team at Tumunu Garden Restaurant More 

Lyttelton, New Zealand
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Wow, we have done a lot of travelling no where can beat the seafood platter and the atmosphere, truly exceptional, I cant wait to go back soon

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TAMBA1954, General Manager at Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi there I see you are from Lyttleton. It has to be cold down there now. Thanks for your great review. Perhaps you may just return sooner then later with that cold spell NZ is experiencing. Look forward to serving you again. The Team at Tumunu Garden Restaurant More 

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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

A Really Good Sea Food Platter with attractive presentation. Fast service and large portions. Our group all came away happy.

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TAMBA1954, General Manager at Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi there So happy that your group enjoyed their meals. We do try to get the meals out as soon as we can so there is not too much of a wait. Unfortunately that doesn't always happen. The Platter is a hit with 99.9% of people and we are glad that you fall into that figure. If you have any... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Main Road, Arorangi, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Arorangi
  • Phone Number: +682 20 501

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 35
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

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

Description

A great quirky casual dining experience. Opened since 1979 it still has the same owners and the same name. It is a mix of eclectic and local island decor. The walls feature an array of photos of events, people and things. The ceilings are a collage of various types of posters etc. The Tumunu Garden Restaurant also features the "largest little notebook" on the island. Come visit us!

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