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Kikau Hut Restaurant

Aorangi, Arorangi, Cook Islands
0682 26860
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Ranked #1 of 14 Restaurants in Arorangi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: European, Vegetarian, Pacific Rim, Family Fare
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: A small intimate restaurant. The relaxed atmosphere, local art, beautiful gardens combined with excellent service give it a special ambience for all diners. European food with island flair, gluten free and vegetarian options along with a childrens menu and transfers by arrangement make Kikau Hut special.
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English first
Auckland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Everything was very nice except for the potatoes. When it comes to spuds we are very spoilt in NZ. Nice restaurant and friendly management and staff

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anniealden s, Owner at Kikau Hut Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana Chivalry Girl - thanks for dining at Kikau Hut and taking the time to complete a review - it is great to hear that you enjoyed your night out at our restaurant! Re the potatoes - not sure what happened with these???? as we do get our potatoes from NZ be it that at certian times of the... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

I'll start with the positives: the garden is lovely. I liked the paintings on the insides of the windows. The staff were lovely and friendly. It was a shame about the food. I had ika mata for a starter. It had literally 3 small pieces of fish swimming in a bowl of coconut milk topped with lettuce and cucumber. When... More 

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anniealden s, Owner at Kikau Hut Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Karenholiday, thanks for taking the time to review Kikau Hut restaurant - we are disappointed with your review and we do agree some things went wrong with your meal that were not acceptable - but we also believe that we went about putting things to right for you - so we find your score is harsh. Firstly thank you... More 

Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012 via mobile

Our favorite place to eat. We dined at the kikau Hut three times while staying in Rarotonga. Food was delicious and fresh. Generous sizes as well. Desert was amazing we loved the benoffee pie couldn't get enough of it. Kevin the owner comes around for a chat and to check that everything is all good which we found really nice... More 

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anniealden s, Owner at Kikau Hut Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Vaks01 thanks for taking the time to review Kikau Hut and for visiting us 3 times on your holiday in rarotonga ..... we enjoyed hosting you at our restaurant. Trust you enjoyed your stay in the Cook Islands wish you all the very best for 2013. Kevin Cathy & the team More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Fresh food. Great hosts. Rather pricey but worth it. Seafood was beautiful. Watch out for mosquitos though, take insect repellent with you!

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anniealden s, Owner at Kikau Hut Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi SallyS thanks so much for taking the time to review Kikau Hut and great that you enjoyed your meal. Yes it is a tricky time of year - being wetter for mosquitos - we do light coils early in the afternoon and have spray freely available to our diners. Trust you enjoyed your visit to the Cook Islands and... More 

Adelaide, South Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

Group of 4 of us arrived late one night after doing a day tour. It was no problem for them to cook us a meal even though we were the only ones in the restaurant at that time of night. We had a wonderful meal.

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anniealden s, Owner at Kikau Hut Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi statsmarty - thnks for taking the time to review Kikau Hut and great to hear that the four of you enjoyed it. We trust you enjoyed your visit to the Cook Islands and will return to holiday here again. All the very best for 2013 Regards Kevin Cathy & the team More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Kikau Hut was our most disappointing meal on the island. The food was tasteless & basic. Even has frozen battered fish on the menu. However, the service was good & our son loved his chicken kebabs on rice. There was no atmosphere although the gardens were pretty & their ad said there was live music some nights...but sadly not the... More 

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anniealden s, Owner at Kikau Hut Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear TessaK - thank you for taking the time to review Kikau Hut. We were disappointed that you found us to be very average - with some of the food tasteless and basic. Without knowing what you ate it is hard for us to make comment but I would like to reply to a couple of your more specific comments... More 

GEELONG
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

This restaurant turns out a top meal. Vey extensive menu with lots of local produce and fish. Great service, great atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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anniealden s, Owner at Kikau Hut Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear jancolsun - thank you for taking the time to review us and great to see that you enjoyed Kikau Hut again .... always great to see visitors returning to the island and having a great experience. Regards and see you next time Kevin Cathy & staff More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

The food was amazing. Service outstanding. One of the owners, a kiwi guy named Kevin, constantly circulated around the tables. He engaged in good conversation and advice for travellers yet didn't linger long enough to be a pain in the proverbial. We went back to this place because it was by far the best restaurant on the island. A+++

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anniealden s, Owner at Kikau Hut Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Sally R thanks for taking the time to review Kikau Hut. We are really pleased to hear that you visited us more that once during your holiday and that you enjoyed the hospitality and the food. Regards Kevin Cathy & staff More 

Hastings, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

Great service, enjoyable meal in lovely garden setting (we were outside), lovely open plan dining. Enjoyed all three courses.

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anniealden s, Manager at Kikau Hut Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear PeterH - thankyou for taking the time to review Kikau Hut. It is great that you enjoyed your meal and dining outside in the garden hut ....we trust you enjoyed your holiday in Rarotonga, Regards Kevin Cathy & the team More 

Auckland
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We had been recommended this restaurant by someone who returned at least twice during their holiday in October. Sadly, we found the food very average and very disappointing. Also, unlike most places in Rarotonga, the staff were also quite unfriendly and made us feel like a nuisance rather than welcome guests. Our main meals had very little flavour, no dressing... More 

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anniealden s, Owner at Kikau Hut Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Kiwi_beach_bum - thank you for taking the time to submit your review. We are very sorry that you found Kikau Hut so disappointing after a recomendation - in both the staff being unfriendly and the food not being up to standard. It has been a good wakeup call for our staff who are usually very good and hospitable and... More 

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Additional Information about Kikau Hut Restaurant

Address: Aorangi, Arorangi, Cook Islands
Phone Number: 0682 26860
Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Arorangi
Cuisine: European, Vegetarian, Pacific Rim, Family Fare

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