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Shipwreck Hut@Aro'a Beachside Inn

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Tapas, Continental, 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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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
wow what a view

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 NEW

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

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auckland new zealand
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 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.

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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 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 

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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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.

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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 

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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.

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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
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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 

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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
1 helpful vote 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 

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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 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Great place. Get there before 6pm so you can secure your spot and watch the sun go down. Their cocktails are delicious and the food is great. We were there on a night where they were doing their BBQ and the food was a mix on traditional and modern. Rustic but well worth it. Staff are very friendly. Great entertainment... More 

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

Kia Orana, Thanks for your fantastic review, so pleased that you enjoyed the BBQ evening, we do work really hard to ensure that all our guests have a great experience so to receive feedback like yours makes it all worthwhile. I will pass your comments onto my awesome staff. Meitaki ma'ata, and hope to see you back again soon. Steve... More 

Vancouver, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Steve,Geraldine & staff were so welcoming......after one visit we felt at home here. Super food, BBQs, entertainment & sunsets and we were within walking distance!!! Would definitely go back.

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

Kia Orana Dayle, Thank you so much for your fantastic review. It was a pleasure meeting you both and really hope to see you back here again. Come and stay with us next time. Meitaki ma'ata. Steve, Geraldine, awesome staff and of course Dexter. More 

Auckland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Every one of the 13 times we have been to Raro we have been to the Shipwreck Bar. The previous owner was a charismatic fellow from Hawaii and his "sea captain" appearance and colorful personality was perfect for the place. The setting, cocktails and staff were wonderful even if the food menu a bit average. We went back this time... More 

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

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review, we appreciate you taking the time to post your feedback. The time when you visited was probably during the final week of the cricket World Cup and many people who would normally have come to the Shipwreck Hut for the BBQ and drinks actually went to venues where they could watch the cricket... More 

Brisbane, Australia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Brilliant place. Drinks great as cocktails are made fresh in jam jars. Beer was cold, food was great all at a good price. Seafood chowder was awesome.

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

Kia Orana Richard, Thank you so much for your review, the Seafood chowder is one of my favourites too. Be great to see you guys back here soon. Thanks again, Steve, Geraldine and the team. Not forgetting Dexter..... More 

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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: Tapas, Continental, Polynesian, Pacific Rim

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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: Tapas, Continental, 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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