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History & Description



Tamarind House on the island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands is a beautifully restored heritage colonial house set on 2.5 acres of lawns sweeping down to the beach. It is situated just a 3 minute drive from the town centre. You can enjoy a feeling of nostalgia for a bygone era in the peaceful seclusion of our truly unique tropical setting..
Tamarind House - Garden Sea View



Click here to learn more about the history of the building and it's new owners.

In these beautiful surroundings you can enjoy coffee, lunch, dinner or just some fine wines or a cocktail on the veranda overlooking the palm-shaded lawns to the ocean.

What makes Tamarind House unique

Lovely Heritage Colonial House with spacious verandas

White Cane Chairs and White linens and servietties

Top quality crockery, cutlery and glassware

First Class & World Renowned Pacific Cuisine

Professional & Friendly Staff

Private Parking

Romantic Setting with lawns sweeping down to the ocean

Sea views through opening French Doors along length of building

Shelter an all weather conditions

Stunning tropical gardens

Whether your requirements are large or small, we are eager to accommodate you with an event that you will long remember. Tamarind House is a versatile venue offering five different areas to suit any occasion and

For that very special occasion we offer a stunning location and the finest of catering: we have an ever-changing menu of the finest dishes, plus the highest quality wine and beverage lists.


Tamarind House is the most exclusive, romantic and private venue on the island with delicious and world-renowned Pacific cuisine.  Away from the crowds and the public eye, a function at Tamarind House is an extra special event.  Tamarind House is situated on a large  oceanfront property, with it's stately historic colonial house, huge verandas and French Doors, and the lovely gardens shaded by coconut palms and green lawns sweeping down to the ocean. 




NEW: Now offering Champagne Wedding Breakfast Receptions


We specialise in Weddings and Functions: Please click here to read more.
 Tamarind House - White Wedding SettingOpening hours: October to December

Tuesday to Friday: Lunch from 11.30a.m. - 2.00 p.m.

Monday to Saturday: Dinner from 5.30 p.m.

Closed Saturday Day Time

SUNDAY BRUNCH: May - December: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.




Most diners choose to dine with us at Tamarind for the quiet and romantic setting. We do have a children's menu.

No children under 5 years in the restaurant after 7.15 pm please.
We recommend a 5.30 p.m. booking time for families with small children. 

Children are welcome at lunch time, but please give consideration to other diners wishing to enjoy the peace and tranquility of our beautiful surroundings.



The Tamarind Tree

The Tamarind tree is found in all tropical countries, including the Cook Islands. One such tree was growing in the gardens of Tamarind House until the mid-1980s and many residents remember eating fruit from the tree as children. It was destroyed in a storm and a new Tamarind tree has been planted in the grounds so the future generations may continue to enjoy its fruits.