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Vaima Polynesian Bar and Restaurant

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Vaimaanga, Titikaveka CK9999, Cook Islands
+682 26 123
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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 October 2015

We booked in to this place for dinner on Saturday night and the food was amazing. The wait staff were great and were happy to check in on us throughout the night. There was a man providing some entertainment and with 6 of us there and with a few wines and cocktails later he was more than happy to accommodate... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 October 2015

Was recommended this restaurant and will definately pass that recommendation on. Great food and ambience with live music - look forward to visiting again.

Thank CJD297
Whakatane, New Zealand
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112 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2015

A group of friends recently dined here. The setting is lovely - right on the beach and we had a table outside which was gorgeous. The service was really slow and it took forever to get our meals and when they finally arrived they had missed one of our orders so had to go and make that. The food, when... More 

Thank TwinkD
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2015

On our first visit the food and service was great. We went back 3 more times and couldn't fault the food. One of the visits was for take out Pizza, again was very nice. Excellent service and staff very friendly each time. Would highly recommend.

Thank robyn46201
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 October 2015

A lovely restaurant with a beautiful garden dining area, great staff and food.. This restaurant was burnt down a year ago and it's resurrection has been fantastic.

Thank Jim-Brenda1
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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69 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2015

Excellent service and good food made this an enjoyable visit. Scallops for starter were tasty. I had the lamb with orange for main and it was cooked well - delicious. The lime key pie was the best dessert I had during the whole trip. Location is great, with the beach side sunset, although the windy conditions during our visit saw... More 

Thank Michael W
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2015 via mobile

This restaurant was a real suprise as we didnt expect too much from the look of the outside and front desk. Dont be put off by the take away pizza menu as the restaurant menu is high quality with Polynesian flare and it uses local produce. The food preparation and taste was amazing with very big portions and tables out... More 

Thank j_stoichcox
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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109 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2015

This restaurant has a fabulous reputation, and the food lived up to that ( with huge portions) However, there is absolutely no ambience if you sit inside ( as we did, given the cold evening ) and no finesse in the table settings , lighting or service. I'd only recommend it for lunch or on warm evenings, when you can... More 

Thank j0gli
Wellington, New Zealand
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55 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2015

A nice place with very nice staff but manager (owner?) needs to relax a bit and let her staff look after the customers. Food was good and pricing was OK. Range of customers, many local, is a good sign and the location is nice being on the beach.

Thank MarkZ28
Havelock North, New Zealand
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2015

We went in October 2015 and found the food excellent - I had fish + chips as did my partner. My mother had roast beef. All the meals were delicious and portions were generous. The restaurant fronts onto the beach which is an added attraction. Well worth a visit.

Thank brett s

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 9 - USD 32
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Vaimaanga, Titikaveka CK9999, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Titikaveka
  • Phone Number: +682 26 123
We are situated right on the beach. Imagine sitting on the beach with the sun setting, sipping your favourite cocktail and enjoying some of the best cuisine on the island - how romantic! We also offer a pizza take away service - forget the cooking - enjoy our pizza in your room/hotel or just sit on the beach with your feet in the water enjoying the food. We can cater for small private functions and weddings. Look forward to seeing you at the Vaima. We recommend that families book between 5.30 and 6.30 pm.

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