We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Shipwreck Hut@Aro'a Beachside Inn

$$
International, Tapas, Polynesian, Pacific Rim
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
Betela, Arorangi 00001, Cook Islands
682 22166
Website
Add hours for Shipwreck Hut@Aro'a Beachside Inn and help diners know when to go.
+ Add hours
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast, Reservations
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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 31 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 16
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
best place to watch the sun go down

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
Frances R
,
Newcastle, Australia
Add Photo Write a Review

31 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this restaurant
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Hamilton, New Zealand
Level Contributor
120 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
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
Level Contributor
38 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
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
Level Contributor
100 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
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 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Sipping a beer, with the waves crashing on the reef 200 metres behind you and the sun setting just beyond that, and hearing Dutch, no German, no Swias accents intermingling with Aussie, Yank, Pommie, ( thanks to the owners Geraldine and Steve). but no Kiwi accents because Kiwis don't have an accent, ours is the norm from which all other... More 

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

Kia Orana Des & Linda, It was great to see you both here and many thanks for your brilliant review. We look forward to you returning with your friends next time you're here. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A team. More 

Tauranga, New Zealand
Level Contributor
14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

very nice and the kids loved it very private and the staff were very good and what can I say about the beach and you are right on it

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

Kia Orana, Many thanks for your brilliant review. I completely agree, the view is very special. Hope to see you again when you're back in Rarotonga. Kia manuia, Steve, Geraldine and our awesome staff. More 

auckland new zealand
Level Contributor
30 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We stayed at the Aroa for 5 days where we enjoyed a continental breakfast each morning which was lovely and just ideal for our stay at Rarotonga. We had a couple of dinners which were delicious but what stood out above all else was the brilliant service from Stephanie and Maxine.

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

Kia Orana, Thank you for your fantastic review, I will pass you comments on the Stephanie & Max, I'm sure they will really appreciate your feedback. Thanks again for staying with us and we all hope to see you again. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine & the A Team. More 

Level Contributor
27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

The Shipwreck Bar is a great little friendly beach bar with amazing sunset views. Try the beers, cocktails or some food from the menu and enjoy the ambience of this place. The seafood BBQ evening was superb.

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

Kia Orana Leigh, Thank you for your awesome review. Very pleased that you enjoyed the Seafood BBQ night, it's great to know that all our hard work is appreciated. Hope to see you back soon. Meitaki ma'ata. Steve, Geraldine & the A Team. More 

1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We done the Tuesday night Western BBQ the Smoked Marlin was amazing and the BBQ was great we had Banana Salad which was surprisingly nice and potato salad without potato the fish was also really nice good price too for watcha get Cocktails were good and a great friendly atmosphere.

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

Kia Orana Laura, Thank you for your fantastic review, so pleased that you enjoyed the BBQ. Your feedback is really appreciated. We hope to see you back next time you're here in Rarotonga. Kia manuia, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

Nelson, New Zealand
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

I have to agree with Hotice 26 Auckland, we found it just not the same now Jim isn't there. You could always guarantee lots of laughs with him he made the place, we came back again this year because we loved the atmosphere there. Every night we would be at the bar because you knew, you would be in for... More 

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

Kia Orana Mary W, Thank you for your review. I must admit I am a little confused about your comments as, during your stay here, you never came to the bar but chose to sit on the deck of your room, even during the live music night. You seemed to prefer not to socialise at the bar to chat with... More 

London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

The beach by the shipwreck hut was one of the best beaches in Rarotonga. It is sheltered and the snorkelling is excellent. It is also a great place to see the sunset! We had cocktails and the BBQ menu on a Saturday there - the BBQ was delicious! The entertainment (local ukulele player) was very appropriate and the evening was... More 

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

Kia Orana, Thank you for you great review and for taking the time to post your feedback. The BBQ nights are always popular so very pleased that you enjoyed it. In respect to your "slightly weak cocktails" comment I guess everyone has a different perception about cocktails. Thanks again, Steve, Geraldine and our awesome staff. More 

Travelers who viewed Shipwreck Hut@Aro'a Beachside Inn also viewed

Rarotonga, Southern Cook Islands
 
Arorangi, Rarotonga
Rarotonga, Southern Cook Islands
 

Been to Shipwreck Hut@Aro'a Beachside Inn? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Shipwreck Hut@Aro'a Beachside Inn

Address: Betela, Arorangi 00001, Cook Islands
Phone Number: 682 22166
Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Arorangi
Average Prices: USD 5 - 20
Cuisine: International, Tapas, Polynesian, Pacific Rim

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

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 5 - 20
  • Cuisine: International, 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.

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Shipwreck Hut@Aro'a Beachside Inn staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?