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“Absolutely stunning & we will be back” 5 of 5 stars
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Aroa Beach, Arorangi, Cook Islands   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Arorangi B&B and Inns
Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Absolutely stunning & we will be back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

We loved our stay at Aroa Kainga. Tricia was most helpful with organising our booking and was quick and efficient at communicating weeks out from our arrival. We arrived and met Sandy who was wonderful and full of knowledge and smiles. Sandy offered her help with anything multiple times a day, gave us great advice on the best restaurants, shops and other things to do, and continually made sure we had a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Mata was also very friendly and helpful with organising the payment of our bill. And who could forget Pumpkin the cat?!

The bungalows are perfect with pretty much everything you need during your stay. They're light, airy, and have such a friendly and comfortable atmosphere, it was that hard to leave. Fresh fruit, cereal, coffee, tea, milk, plus a full-sized fridge, bbq, 2-element stove, iron, ironing board, tv, dvd player, radio, snorkelling gear, reef shoes, vacuum cleaner, towels, toilet paper....the list goes on and on!

We loved the privacy of the rear deck and gardens, the bed was comfortable and the modern bathroom and kitchen were both extremely tidy and in good working order.

The bungalows are close to all of the important things - vehicle rental shop, dairy, scuba, coco putt, T's Tattoos, and of course the beach!

The only negative thing we could think of is if Aroa Kainga gets too popular and will be booked out for our next trip...this place is a hidden gem and when we return to Rarotonga, no doubt we will be checking Aroa Kainga first for availability.

We can't stop talking about Aroa Kainga and we much preferred it when we went to Little Polynesian afterwards (which was extremely disappointing and a huge ripoff in comparison).

Kiaorana to Sandy, Tricia and Mata. Thanks for the lovely stay. Aroa Kainga sits at 100% on our scale of awesomeness!

Joe, Chanel, Tricia and Sam

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2011

We spent our honeymoon at Aroa kainga during April 2011 and had the most marvellous time. It is spotlessly clean and tidy with a well laid out interior and spacious bathroom. Lovely bed linen and towels are always a pleasure. Snorkelling gear provided and many lazy days on the deck loungers, in between walking down the road 200 m to the best snorkelling on the island! Even though our host was away during our stay her local friends took excellent care of us- thanks Kathy & Mata, and were always kind and helpful with their information about where to go and what to do. it was quiet and peaceful and beautiful all round and we would certainly recommend this for couples who want a home away from home. Debbie & David

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2011

We stayed in one of the bungalows for 12 nights and loved every moment here. Sandy who was our host at the time (as Trish was away) was amazing! Full of handy local knowledge and always there if we needed something, she was great and it was sad to leave!Our bungalow was perfect for our needs and only 2 minutes walk from the beach. The snorkelling directly out front of the road where we were situated was the best! So many fish, and the beach is just gorgeous.
Would recommend Aroa Kainga to everyone, we will be back!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stockholm, Sweden
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2011

We stayed at Aroa Kainga for 7 nights, doing Rarotonga. It was just perfect for our needs: big apartment, with seperate kitchen, big bedroom and big bathroom.

It's very clean, well maintained and high standard.

We stayed in the apartment that is actually in the private house of the owner, but it still was very private and we didn't hear a thing from the top floor.

It's 3 min walking down to the Aroa Beach (great snorkling!), 5 min to the closest dive operator and bike rentals.

For staying on Rarotonga, the valua was excellent, it's a bit pricy to stay in a big resort, and this gives you so much more freedom.

Nice garden on the doorstep, with papaya, passion fruit and avacado - just for you to pick.

It's a bit off from restaurants, but with a moped, you get everywhere on this island in 20-30 minutes.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2010

We stayed at one of the bungalows for 12 nights and absolutely loved it. Very clean and quiet, only moments from the beach. Great value for money.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2010

The bungalow we had was perfect for us. Quiet location, very relaxing, and Tricia was willing to help us with anything we needed. Very clean, nice gardens, spacious bathroom, fully equipped kitchen. A friendly cat too. We hated to leave.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2010

It is in a great location, 2 mins from a great snorkelling spot(Rarotongan Beach Resort and Spa) and as it is off the main road it is pretty quite. It is a self contained unit, with a good size kitchen, with a great assortment of essential cooking items. The bathroom was clean as was the whole place. It was a very neat place. On arrival we had a bowl of fruit (bananas, passionfruit, oranges), bread, condiments, milk and juice which was a lovely touch and much appreciated. We also had a phone, so were able to make local phone calls which was extremly helpful as both our mobiles did not work in the Cook Islands. We had our own resident cat named Pumpkin who was very cute. The owner was overseas while we were there, however, we were well looked after by her friend. Would stay here again without doubt.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Aroa Kainga

Address: Aroa Beach, Arorangi, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Arorangi
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Arorangi
Number of rooms: 23
Also Known As:
Aroa Kainga Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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