We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Bar, Polynesian, Seafood, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Main Road, Arorangi, Cook Islands
+682 20 501
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

333 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 326: English reviews
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband and I got the &80 seafood platter for two. Oh my if you can get through this, you are doing extremely well. A fabulous meal with a lovely, down to earth waitress.

Thank Bounce40
Arorangi, Cook Islands
Level Contributor
57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We are there every Tuesday for yummy whole hearted meals, a great laugh, game of social darts and the embience ...love

Thank JoKupu
Level Contributor
11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I haven't been here for so many years and the only bad thing I can say is I'm sad I waited so long to go back and try it again. Very good quality food and the service is really very very good. So friendly and I love the atmosphere.

Thank Tashi T
Blenheim, New Zealand
Level Contributor
8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly staff, nice food, reasonable prices, nice setting. Nice resident cat! Have been before, will go again!

Thank bakerv
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016

The character of this place is awesome. The food was amazing and the service was good. Would definitely visit again.

Thank wesariss
Level Contributor
3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

visited the restaurant on recommendation of a local to have the $80 seafood platter firstly the site is really quite nice, and well decorated and a place i would typically enjoy, the staff were lovely and extremely approachable however, for whatever reason we ended up waiting 1hr 45 minutes for our platter, i am assuming it was a bad night... More 

Thank Mike L
Greater Wellington, New Zealand
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

Staff and service are always welcoming and great atmosphere too. The meals never disappoint which is why we always enjoying coming back - huge servings and the food is always tasty. Thoroughly recommend.

Thank avana5
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
49 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

Staying in Muri, we needed our own transport to get here as it is at the opposite end of the island. Food was good, and they were able to change the type of potatoes at my request.

Thank DelS22
Bay of Plenty Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Really enjoyed our seafood platter, NZ$80 for 2 people. Heaps of food, very fresh and the staff were absolutely charming. We visited at night having called in at lunchtime to make a reservation. No-one there but a blackboard outside to write your own booking. Great idea! We specially enjoyed the fairy lights, cute outdoor area and quirky interior décor.

Thank JayDogKiwi
Torquay, Australia
Level Contributor
39 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

Seafood platter for two was much-touted, but disappointing. Friendly, lovely cocktails. Food good, but not great.

Thank Sharon M

Travelers who viewed Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant also viewed

Arorangi, Rarotonga

Been to Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $35
Bar, Polynesian, Seafood, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Bar scene, Romantic, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children
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
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! A fun place for children too with a garden and "dancing laser fire flys"

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?