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“Amazing value for money, excellent location” 5 of 5 stars
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Ranked #1 of 1 Arorangi B&B and Inns
Dunedin, New Zealand
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Amazing value for money, excellent location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

My partner and i greatly enjoyed our stay in the studio apartment at Aroa Kainga. It exceeded our expectations regarding the size ( spacious for a studio and had a large kitchen area) and how modern it is.

Nice private property with a lovely wee deck area right outside the sliding door to sit in sun or shade.

We had daily visits from the cute pumpkin (owners cat) though unfortunatly we also had daily visits from the roosters that hang around. Luckily you get used to them quickly.

Apart from the roosters the property is rather quiet and you can hear the waves crashing against the reef in the back ground.

The studio is in a great location, a minutes walk down a small lane to a great snorkelling spot (we got told many times that it has the best snorkling on the whole island) and a short 5 min walk to adventure cook islands to hire a scooter.

Tricia was great at looking after us, told us about things that was going on and things to do on the island. She was even up at 1am to greet us! She also made sure there was everything we needed, from extra beach towels and a bowl of fruit to hand soap and milk waiting in the fridge.

overall we both enjoyed our stay at aroa kainga and will definatly recommend it

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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120 reviews 120 reviews
29 hotel reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

This bungalow we found on the Internet and what a find it was! Tricia the host is so knowledgable on Rarotonga plus she has thought of everything in her bungalows so no need to worry that you will not have everything you need. We stayed for a week and the bed was fantastic, plenty of space in the unit to relax, kitchen had all we needed and outside we had a barbecue and loungers on our own private decking surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens Plus a clothesline which we always had bathers or towels on to dry. The beach and snorkelling is a couple of minutes down the lane and there is the best bar 5 minutes walk down the beach which we frequented to watch the magic Rarotongan sunsets drinking $10 Piña Coladas and Margaritas at nights. We hired a scooter and a push bike from a place 5 minutes walk from the bungalow so we were covered for any excursion we wanted to do and very handy to return on our last night. If you are looking for a clean, spacious self catering option at an excellent price in a superb area of Rarotonga with a lovely host in Tricia then book here.

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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Wellington, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

Great holiday location to blob, read lie on the beach and snorkel in the warm water. Tricia looked after us well and the room suited us perfectly.

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  • Stayed July 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

Lovely little bungalow for a couple's retreat. The beach was phenomenal. We made the mistake of wasting a day in the murky shallows of muri lagoon as per the guide books recomendations when the lagoon on the doorstep of the bungalow is breathtaking. Trisha was a great host and the bungalow everything we needed. If u do stay, take trisha's advice and head to cocoput ( I know, we though why in earth would we of to a mini golf attraction for dinner) for dinner. The local fish beat any of the resorts we tried by a long way and the staff treat you like friends. Make friends with the gorgeous goats outside, do the island highlands night and take mossie repellant, we are saving to go back. Excellent value and A quality stay

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

We stayed at Aroa Kainga in June 2012 and had a great time. The bungalows were very tidy with a modern feel and in a great location on the island. The property is set a couple of hundred metres back from the beach down a side street. At the end of the street is a really nice stretch of beach perfect for relaxing under a palm tree or for snorkelling in the lagoon. 2 minutes walk from the end of the street is a car/scooter/bicycle rental shop (scootering is a definite must while on Raro!) Do not underestimate how handy this is when it comes to hiring and returning your ride! Across the street from the hire shop are The Rarotongan and Sanctuary resorts which have restaurants and bars open everyday of the week (a lot of Raro closes on the weekend, Sunday especially, which can mean finding eateries difficult). Kaena restaurant next to the hire shop has really nice burgers too. The Rarotongan seemed more than happy for us to use their swim up bar while we were buying beers and cocktails!

If you are after well priced accommodation in a great location then I would highly recommend Aroa Kainga. The owner Tricia is lovely and was really easy to deal with, she also had some brilliant recommendations for restaurants (the Waterline and Vaima restaurants are excellent). There is also a really laid back friendly cat name Pumpkin that resides at the house and bungalows. We had a fantastic time and no doubt will return, thanks Tricia.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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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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Address: Aroa Beach, Arorangi, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Arorangi
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Arorangi
Number of rooms: 23
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Aroa Kainga Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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