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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, 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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  • 34
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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
good seafood platters

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
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Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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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17 reviews
9 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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83 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 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 7 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 

Whakatane, New Zealand
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I have written several reviews about this restaurant and here I am again, just returned from my 9th trip to Raro. The Tumunu is my most favorite restaurant on Raro, it ticks all the boxes, beautiful food, great service, value for money, awesome atmosphere and amazing staff. It was great to see Evelyn and the girls again, Eric you are... More 

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

Kia orana and Meitaki Maata (hello and Thankyou so much) The review was awesome. I think that after so many visits to our establishment your next should be a complimentary meal on us. 9 times to our island and obviously several times to our eclectic restaurant. Lynd4 from Whakatane please make yourself know to Julie (not the cat) if you... More 

Te Awamutu, New Zealand
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219 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Really good meal great atmosphere, had, had a dissapointing fish meal earlier in the day so shied away from it, had steak it was cooked perfectly. others at our table had fish which was also cooked perfectly, a couple next to us shard the seafood platter, it was tasty plentiful and good value. The serving staff were excellent great sense... More 

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

Kia orana Shane B from Te Awamutu, Thanks for a great review. I love to share these amongst our staff because it gives them a "feel good" about themselves and also they should be rewarded for their service. Glad to hear your table all enjoyed their meals and look forward to seeing you back in our establishment one day. Kia... More 

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48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

The food was tasty. It took a while to arrive, but we were able to talk longer. Steak but it is not eye fillet as claimed but still tender. The platter also looked good. One waitress was very pushy trying to get us to order more drinks and clearing finished plates- annoying!

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

Hi there Thanks for your review. Good, bad, not so good we share the reviews amongst us. I am sorry that your meal took a little longer to come out. We usually serve our meals quite fast if we are not over run with "walk ins". The other thing is that we have never served "eye of Fillet". It has... More 

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Additional Information about Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant

Address: Main Road, Arorangi, Cook Islands
Phone Number: +682 20 501
Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Arorangi
Average Prices: USD 30 - 35
Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood, Vegetarian

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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: Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, 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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