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Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn

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International, Barbecue, Spanish, Polynesian, Pacific Rim
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Betela, Arorangi 00001, Cook Islands
682 22166
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Dining options: Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene
Description: The SHIPWRECK HUT at the Aro'a Beachside Inn. Right on the beach, beautiful...
The SHIPWRECK HUT at the Aro'a Beachside Inn. Right on the beach, beautiful sunsets guaranteed except when cloudy. Best cocktails on the Rock, wine, cold beer. Pub or "Kati Kati" meals from 11:00 am until 8:30 pm but not on BBQ nights. BBQs 6PM on Saturday with Jake Numanga on Ukulele & Tuesday with Garth Young on the Piano. Thursday "Sunset Cocktails" entertainment 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm with Rudy Aquino on Vibra-Harp & Ukulele. Exactly what you would expect from a beach bar in the South Pacific and the Aro'a Beachside Inn is a great place to stay.
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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
Sunset drinks, feels like a Corona ad

This was my favorite bar in Raro, the staff were friendly, the cocktails were great and a nice price too. The cheese board was very good value as well. But most of all the view was amazing here, watching the sunset, listening to live ukelele music and sipping a margarita was the perfect way to end... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Natalie T
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was my favorite bar in Raro, the staff were friendly, the cocktails were great and a nice price too. The cheese board was very good value as well. But most of all the view was amazing here, watching the sunset, listening to live ukelele music and sipping a margarita was the perfect way to end the day. Definitely recommend... More 

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Thank Natalie T
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Myself and my other half didn't stay here but we did go down every day for three days in a row and ate and drank there all day. Definitely were the only people there on two occasions. The bar staff are wonderful women who love a good chat and make fantastic cocktails! On the third day my boyfriend borrowed one... More 

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Thank EmmaNyhan
Taumarunui, New Zealand
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Music nights here are a must to attend. The bar caters for guests from other resorts as well, fantastic place to meet others.

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Thank Grant5050
Glasgow/Poznan
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68 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We stayed at Sunhaven Beach Bungalows and we found out in our hotel that this place had wifi hotspot (we purchased wifi credit beforehand in a shop). We also wanted to have a dinner here so we ordered seafood chowder and had some drinks. The chowder was very good and I remember it was very reasonably priced, which is rare... More 

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Thank Joanna K
Salt Lake City
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This low-key bar right on the beach is a perfect place to hang out with friends or make new friends.

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Thank MissMarySaltLakeCity
Melbourne, Australia
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What an incredible spot to enjoy a drink or 2 and eat home made light meals. A favourite place with wonderful atmosphere. So relaxing, and fantastic staff.

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Thank Julie C
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you so much for your awesome review. We really appreciate your comments. We are very happy that you enjoyed your experience at our beach bar. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Grumpy owner, which really spoiled our visit there. Everyone has a bad day, BUT you don't take it out on your customers. Won't be going back

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Thank WOW2010
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you for your review. As you don't elaborate on you visit to the World famous Shipwreck Hut it is very hard to understand you comments. It's a real shame that people make comments like this after the event. I would be so much better for everyone if you would make your comments known while you are actually... More 

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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've been there many times during our stay at Rarotonga. Love that place, the cocktails are amazing and the view by the beach stunning. The bar is really nice too and the staff too. Very friendly place. Make sure you go there when they organise the seafood BBQ, it's amazing !

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Thank mathieuchardonnet
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you for your great review. Very happy that you enjoyed your time at our very cool beach bar. Very pleased that you enjoyed the our famous BBQ. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent beach bar with good "bar snack" menu. Perfect spot to enjoy those magical sunsets. Warm and friendly staff.

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Thank Tykedownunder
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you for your great review and kind words about our beach bar. I agree, it's the best spot on the island for the incredible sunsets. Hope to see you again soon. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

Sydney, Australia
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28 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Great beachbar to watch the sunset and have a few beers with guests and other visitors.... we had a few great nights!

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Thank Kris S
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana Kris, Thank you so much for your review. The World famous Shipwreck hut obviously lived up to it's "one of the best beach bars in the World" reputation. Look forward to seeing you again. Kia manuia, Steve, Geraldine and 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 5 - 20
  • Cuisine: International, Barbecue, Spanish, Polynesian, Pacific Rim

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene

Description

The SHIPWRECK HUT at the Aro'a Beachside Inn. Right on the beach, beautiful sunsets guaranteed except when cloudy. Best cocktails on the Rock, wine, cold beer. Pub or "Kati Kati" meals from 11:00 am until 8:30 pm but not on BBQ nights. BBQs 6PM on Saturday with Jake Numanga on Ukulele & Tuesday with Garth Young on the Piano. Thursday "Sunset Cocktails" entertainment 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm with Rudy Aquino on Vibra-Harp & Ukulele. Exactly what you would expect from a beach bar in the South Pacific and the Aro'a Beachside Inn is a great place to stay.

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