The Vaima Restaurant is located on the south side of the island and in close proximity to the Wigmores Super Store. It is absolute beachfront and affords fantastic sunsets over the lagoon and to the open ocean.

This restaurant was totally destroyed by fire in 2014 and after a complete rebuild, the re-birth of Vaima has created a restaurant with a new kitchen, new tables, chairs, a purposely built Noa wood bar. A total and complete fit-out right down to the crockery and cutlery - all new. The outside, beachside dining comprises Kwila table and chairs  The current vendors have operated the Vaima since 2010 and now offering this iconic restaurant and bar to new 'foodies'  who would like to put their own stamp on this magnificent property, owning and running a business on the tropical shores of the Cook Islands


Asking price               NZD $950,000.00

Seating capacity           100 (50 inside + 50 outside)                   

Impressive Trip Advisor reviews

Beachfront                    Yes

Beachside dining          Yes

Covered dining             Yes

Licensed                       Yes

Tourism Accreditation   Yes

Excellance Awards      Yes


New owners of this property will enjoy residency and working rights in the Cook Islands.



Rarotonga’s settlements are nestled on the coastal flatlands, with the island rising spectacularly through lush fields and rural farmland to the mountainous and thickly forested interior. These silent, brooding peaks dominate the landscape from every angle.

Rarotonga has plenty of history, too, with ancient marae (traditional meeting places) and monuments to explore, and some of the best-preserved coral churches in the South Pacific.

CREDITS TO  www.lonelyplanet.com,   rarotonga-and-the-cook-islands
NB: A Tapere or Sub-District is a low level of traditional land subdivision on five of the Lower Cook Islands (Rarotonga, Mangaia, Aitutaki, Atiu, and Mauke), comparable to the ahupua'a of the main Hawaiian Islands. Among the populated raised islands, only Mitiaro is not subdivided into tapere. The remaining southern Cook Islands, Manuae, Palmerston and Takutea are atolls and/or uninhabited, and therefore not subject to this type of traditional subdivision. The atolls of the northern Cook Islands are subdivided into motu (populated atoll islets), instead.
A tapere is a subdivision of a district (the major island subdivision) or puna, which is headed by a district chiefs or Pava (in the case of the Island of Mangaia). A tapere is normally headed by a mataiapo (a chief of a major lineage) or ariki (a High Chief, the titular head of a tribe). It is occupied by the matakeinanga, the local group composed of the residential core of a major lineage, plus affines and other permissive members
Most of the tapere lands are subdivided among the minor lineages, each of which was headed by a rangatira or kōmono, or by the mataiapo himself.
Below that level, there is the uanga, the extended family, the residential core of which occupied a household
Historically, taperes were almost always wedge-shaped - the boundaries beginning at defined points on the outer reef and running inland to enclose an ever narrowing strip of land until converging at a point in or near the center of the island. By this type of delineation, any one tapere included every category of soil type and land surface of the island, from the typically mountainous interior, where forest products were collected, through fertile valleys where the major food crops were grown, across the rocky coastal strip of elevated fossil coral (makatea), out to the lagoon and fringing reef.


Vaima restaurant and bar