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Shipwreck Hut@Aro'a Beachside Inn

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International, Spanish, Tapas, Polynesian, Pacific Rim
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Betela, Arorangi 00001, Cook Islands
682 22166
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Description: the SHIPWRECK HUT at the Aro'a Beachside Inn. On the Beach, Nightly...
the SHIPWRECK HUT at the Aro'a Beachside Inn. On the Beach, Nightly Sunsets, Guaranteed Clear Xcept when cloudy. Best Cocktails on the Rock, Cold Beer. Pub or Kati Kati meals from 11am til 8:30pm Xcept on BarBQ nites. BarBQ's 6PM on Tues w/Jake Numanga on Ukulele & Sat w/Garth Young on the Piano. Thursday Sunset Entertainment 5:30 to 7:30 w/Rudy Aquino on VibraHarp & Ukulele. JUST WHAT YOU EXPECT AS A BAR ON THE BEACH IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC and a great place to stay too.
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  • 15
    Very good
  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fun place for a drink and watch the sun go down..

Great little beachside bar right on the beachfront...Max the bar lady was a lovely lady and all the bar staff were very warm and welcoming..They are all very proud of their little bar and so they should be...Great little place to sit and have a drink and also has gorgeous sunsets..Highly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
Mark M
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Adelaide, Australia
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Adelaide, Australia
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Great little beachside bar right on the beachfront...Max the bar lady was a lovely lady and all the bar staff were very warm and welcoming..They are all very proud of their little bar and so they should be...Great little place to sit and have a drink and also has gorgeous sunsets..Highly recommend...

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AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut@Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana Mark, Thank you so much for your feedback, I will pass your comments on to Max. We are very proud of our bar, it's such a great little place. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Very friendly staff , good band playing and the food was really nice would definitely recommend to others

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AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut@Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thanks for your feedback and thanks for recommending us. Hope to see you back soon. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

Brisbane, Australia
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37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015 via mobile

We dropped in here for a sunset drink on a recent trip to Rarotonga and absolutely loved it. The staff and the setting was second to none. We enjoyed watching the sun go down with a cold drink and watching the passing humpback whales. We will be back

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AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut@Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Glad that you enjoyed the World famous Shipwreck Hut. It's so cool to see the whales swimming past, we are so luck to see them most days, we are spoilt living here. Look forward to seeing you back here. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

The bbq nights are such an affordable great tasting experience. Get a pina colada, watch the sun set and tuck in, in a layback island way. Toes in the sand dining at it's best.

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AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut@Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Pleased that you enjoyed the BBQ, we put in a lot of work behind the scenes so it's great to have such positive feedback. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

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55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Had a wonderful night sipping cocktails by the beach while listening to the live band. Everyone is super friendly and relaxed. The night was exactly what you want for a holiday!

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AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut@Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana Stephanie, So pleased that you had a wonderful night at the World famous Shipwreck Hut. Come and see us again when you are next back here. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Such a novelty bar - a definite MUST visit. Beautiful location right next to the sea, gorgeous cocktails and great service. I hear they do a night time bbq which would be cool but didn't get chance to indulge.

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AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut@Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thanks for your review, very pleased that you enjoyed your visit to our bar. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

Adelaide
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49 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Shipwreck Hutt is a cute little beachfront bar right on the sand, its a great spot for a drink and to relax and watch the beautiful sunset.

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AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut@Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thanks for your great review. Come and see us again when you are next here. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A team. More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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132 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Came along for the BBQ. The food is OK and there is plenty of it. Coupled with the great location and friendly staff it is a winning formula. A nice casual place to while away some time. I think the new owners are carrying the place well - the old owner was a hard act to follow really.

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AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut@Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you for your review. Very pleased that you enjoyed the BBQ, your feedback is very welcome and encouraging. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine & the A Team. More 

Newcastle, Australia
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38 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

This is a great little bar with delicious snacks, live music and interesting drinks right on the beach on the western side where sunsets can be viewed. The staff are really friendly and helpful and the place has a lot of atmosphere.

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AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut@Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you for your 5 star review. Your comments and feedback are much appreciated. Come and see us again soon. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine & the A Team. More 

Matakana, New Zealand
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100 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

We had a beach wedding here, at sunset then the beach bbq. It was a perfect location, the cocktails were really great and the staff so awesome- thank you ladies!!!! The owners are nice and the bbq was good value too. Lots of choice and the smoked marlin salad wraps to start were wone of the nicest things ive ever... More 

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AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut@Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you for your fantastic review. I was a real pleasure hosting your wedding here. Hope to see you back here soon. I totally agree with you about the smoked marlin. Kia Manuia, Steve, Geraldine & the A Team. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Betela, Arorangi 00001, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Arorangi
  • Phone Number: 682 22166

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 19
  • Cuisine: International, Spanish, Tapas, Polynesian, Pacific Rim

Description

the SHIPWRECK HUT at the Aro'a Beachside Inn. On the Beach, Nightly Sunsets, Guaranteed Clear Xcept when cloudy. Best Cocktails on the Rock, Cold Beer. Pub or Kati Kati meals from 11am til 8:30pm Xcept on BarBQ nites. BarBQ's 6PM on Tues w/Jake Numanga on Ukulele & Sat w/Garth Young on the Piano. Thursday Sunset Entertainment 5:30 to 7:30 w/Rudy Aquino on VibraHarp & Ukulele. JUST WHAT YOU EXPECT AS A BAR ON THE BEACH IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC and a great place to stay too.

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