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“buffet dinner”(135 reviews)
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Te Vara Nui Village is the Cultural Centre of the Cook Islands offering 3 amazing products: a 2.5 hour VILLAGE TOUR offering a full authentic journey into our past, a Stunning Over-Water Night Show and first class Island/Western fusion buffet...more
Muri Beach, Ngatangiia, Muri, Cook Islands
+682 24 006
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The show was very good, great MC and awesome dancers. Missed seeing the village because it was New Year's... Felt it was wrong to charge extra and then not letting us partake in the whole experience. The food was ok, nothing super special. Felt rushed.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mcvainv
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Wow! What an amazing night, The buffet dinner was delicious (and catered to multiple dietary requirements) and the staff were lovely. There was a great musician who played traditional music while we ate and waited for the show. These touches make the experience so much...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Madssmithh01
Reviewed 4 days ago

A group of eight of us attended the beautiful show and dinner on Christmas Eve. The MC was very entertaining, she did a great job. We all enjoyed the evening very much. The stage in the middle of the lagoon was were most of the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank scubababe10
Reviewed 5 days ago

I had booked this for 7 ($833) of us prior to leaving NZ however my confirmation email had the wrong start time so we missed the tour and although we got a refund ($130) for the tour (which paid for some of the drinks at...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank TePutu
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided last minute to book here because we had no plans for new year eve. The food was great, plenty of selection of local cuisine. The show is entertaining and we really enjoyed it.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank nikob573
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went here after going to three different island nights on the island and this was the most expensive but with the smallest variety of food. I thought the whole buffet was just the salads table but no it was everything. Come here for the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Venture480939
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We opted for the cultural tour, dinner and show and were incredibly impressed. It's not cheap but you expect to pay for professionalism; and that's what it is. We were picked up from our accommodation (on time) and returned to the doorstep so there were...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ellen S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We paid $129 per person for a NYE dinner and show. The food was nice but probably worth about $35 per person. The show was excellent but again probably worth about $50 per person. No water is provided with dinner and all drinks are quite...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank mrbono18
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did the buffet dinner and over water show when we first arrived. It is quite expensive but it was still an enjoyable experience but I think there is quite a few other establishments offering a similar experience at a cheaper price.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank breefelsinger
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Te Vara Nui Village gives you options of dinner and show at 7:30pm or for a little extra you can include a cultural tour starting at 5:00pm. This option also includes transfers from your hotel and a glass of bubbles on arrival. We took...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Judy F
10 February 2018|
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Response from Judy F |
I've been reading more. Evidentally, there are coupons in brochures around the island for a discount on the dinner, etc. I guess you just have to look for them when you arrive.
2 August 2017|
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Response from 248petera | Reviewed this property |
Hi just looked it up as couldn't remember. Family 4 = 2 adults + 2 children (6-11 yrs) $290.00 Family 5 = 2 adults + 3 children $316.00 Children 6-11 years $49 5 and under = free of charge Adults $109.00 per person Hope... More
5 April 2017|
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Response from Nicole S | Reviewed this property |
Apparently it's busy each night it's on. We went on a Saturday night only because it was the only night we could go.