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“A nice spot” 4 of 5 stars
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Aroa Kainga
Aroa Beach, Arorangi, Cook Islands   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Arorangi B&B and Inns
Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
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10 hotel reviews
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“A nice spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2012

We stayed here 16 - 21 Feb 2012. A lovely spot about a 200m from the beach. We had the bungalow (2nd one in), the room was spacious, with a good kitchen lots of lovely perks like, bread, coffee, tea, oil, salt, heaps of towels, snorkling gear. A great passionfruit vine which we ate off every day and a lovely host.

The owner was away and her friend took care of us. This was nice as it was off the main road, but I think you would possibly find something a bit better and be right on the water. rarotonga is great and there are so many places to stay so i suggest looking around. But we wanted to cook our meals so this was a good option.

If you coming from NZ, bring your own frozen meat and snacks - way cheaper.

We ate heaps from local shops - fresh donuts hmmmmm.

Anyway would i stay again - nah id check out a beach side place.

$120 a night

Room Tip: there are 2 x bungalows - i think they are very similar
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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English first
Christchurch, New Zealand
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2011

My friend and I loved staying at this bungalow while in Raro for a wedding. Tricia was there to greet us (even tho it was 1.30am!) and we were thrilled to find that our wee house was just perfect for our needs - both beds comfy, clean, spacious (esp the bathroom) and loved the outdoor decking area and Pumpkin the cat. Breakfast and tea/coffee/milk/spreads provided, also beach towels and snorkling gear which was appreciated. Tricia had been great with replying to emails when booking and was very kind and generous to me -( I'd come from a very badly earthquake damaged suburb in Christchurch and was in dire need of a break) and I greatly appreciated her kindness.We loved the "private" beach just a short walk away, and thought the bungalow was great value for money compared with the resort most of the other wedding guests were staying at. Would love to come back some time and thoroughly recommend.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011

This place blew our minds! We stayed here while preparing for our wedding, and the bungalows were surrounded by flora and fauna which provided us with a fantastic amount of privacy and beautiful scenery.

The location is a beauty, it is off the main tourist track so you don't have to worry about being crowded by foot traffic. It is still a two minute walk from the beach. Coco Putt is also a three minute walk away, which provides a lovely buffet meal on Sunday nights at $35 NZD per person. Well worth it!

Sandy was overseeing the property during our stay, she was beyond amazing. She offered to assist us in anyway possible, from needing a lift to anywhere, to letting us wash our clothes in her machine. She also provided us with helpful brochures to local hotspots, which made our stay fun and action packed. While we were away Sandy was always keeping an eye on the property, and we felt 100% safe from robbery. We were also introduced to the neighbors who were all so friendly, and willing to share their local knowledge. We felt right at home and found it incredibly hard leaving this place.

The amenities offered exceeded our expectations. A loaf of bread, fresh fruit, butter and toppings, cooking and eating utensils, shampoo and conditioner, soap, a decent amount of bottled water, television, telephone with free local calls, DVD player, radio, microwave, fridge and freezer, reef shoes, and snorkels.

The bungalow itself was immaculate in every way. We were thrilled with it. The bathroom was a superb size. The wardrobe was large enough to hold both of our suitcases so we didn't have to worry about unpacking everything. There aren't any clothing draws, but there is a shelf for clothing. The kitchen is a bit small, but the living room is adequate. The deck is a good size, and has two loungers upon it. There is also a BBQ on the deck. There isn't any signage, so there is absolutely no way you'd know this was accommodation for tourists which is done on purpose for security reasons.

In terms of our wedding photography this was a great spot. Both bungalows mirror each other - so shots of the bridal and groom preparation looked consistent, which was a very nice touch. Aroa Kainga made our stay in Rarotonga so incredible, it was great value for money, and we'll certainly be back.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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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

Room Tip: Ask for the road-front bungalow if you want more seclusion....
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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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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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42 reviews 42 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
28 helpful votes 28 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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Also Known As:
Aroa Kainga Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Address: Aroa Beach, Arorangi, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Arorangi
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Arorangi

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