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The Islander Restaurant

$$ - $$$Pizza, Fusion,
Main Coast Road | Opposite Rarotonga Airport, Avarua 0682, Cook Islands
+682 21 003
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good44%
  • Average10%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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“ribs” (6 reviews)
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Pizza, Fusion, Polynesian, Bar, Seafood, New Zealand, European, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Main Coast Road | Opposite Rarotonga Airport, Avarua 0682, Cook Islands
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Islander Hotels Islander night is a must. Only $49NZ per person for a buffet dinner (which includes local dishes) and show. Well worth the money. A great night out.

Thank DeborahW2259
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed at the hotel before a late night flight. Had pork ribs for dinner, with fries. The food was surprisingly finger licking good. Decent wait time. I think it gets busy later in the evening. Because its across from the airport a lot of people...More

Thank jrsee
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We walked here from Club Raro and enjoyed a delightful buffet overlooking the sea and occasional whale surfacing off shore.

Thank Terry T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went as group for island night. We thought the meal was very nice, and the show was fantastic, great value at $49 per person. Would highly recommend

Thank LindaC6753
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Went along on the Tuesday night to Island night. $49 pp for buffet meal and show. Well worth it. Meal was lovely, good selection and variety. Great show with island music, dancers and fire display. Definitely a night not to miss.

Thank Dewdropinn2013
Reviewed 13 September 2018

Having travelled in from Aitutaki and awaiting our flight to Auckland we decided to have an evening meal at the Islander. Good location next to the airport although very busy and somewhat noisy. Food was based upon quick menu type meals quality and portion size...More

Thank Anthony H
Reviewed 11 September 2018

Across from the airport, the place to leave your bags when dealing with a 12 hour layover coming from or going to another island. Don't believe the signs for drink prices, the three times we were there they didn't have the $3.50 beer available

Thank Rich12456
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

We paid $49 for a culture show and buffet dinner. Absolutely well worth our money. Fabulous costumes and performers. Food was delicious. Highly recommend. Hula Bar is right next door for drinking and dancing straight after. Thumbs up

Thank Tania W
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Lovely setting; sitting right on the sea front while waiting to check in at the airport. You cannot take your luggage in past reception, but staff will store your luggage in a secure room for $5. Staff were helpful and friendly thank you. Had average...More

Thank JaneDiner
Reviewed 26 August 2018

A sensible place for lunch between flights from Aitutaki before heading home. Lunch was fine. Nice to sit looking out to sea.

Thank casperWellingtonNZ
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Questions & Answers
3 October 2016|
Response from RPTE | Property representative |
Absolutely! We can hold your bags in our secure luggage room for NZD5 per piece per day. You pay when you drop off bags and hold your receipt until your return to Rarotonga so we can release your bags to you. We are open... More
3 October 2016|
Response from RPTE | Property representative |
Absolutely! Come on over, store your bags in our secure luggage room (NZD5 per piece) and spend the day at the hotel - swim in the pool, lie on the sun loungers, sit at a table or lounge and read a book or have a cold drink... More
31 May 2016|
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Response from RPTE | Property representative |
Yes we do, as long as you consume food with your drinks. Our bars are open from 11am.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$16
Pizza, Fusion, Polynesian, Bar, Seafood, New Zealand, European, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Buffet, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, View, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Coast Road | Opposite Rarotonga Airport, Avarua 0682, Cook Islands (Formerly Aquarius Rarotonga on the Ocean)
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Avarua
  • Phone Number: +682 21 003
  • E-mail
The Islander Restaurant features fantastic cuisine using fresh ingredients supplied by local market gardeners as well as imports from New Zealand. Open for breakfast from 8am; and an all-day lunch & dinner service featuring light meals to hearty options that are guaranteed to fill up even the hungriest tummies.
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