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Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn

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Betela, Arorangi 00001, Cook Islands
682 22166
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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26 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to sit and watch the beautiful sunset. Cocktails were nice and live music is played on some nights. Food selection and cocktail menu is limited but tasty nonetheless.

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

Kia Orana Andrew, Thank you for your great review. Glad that you loved our little beach bar. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

Whangamata, null, New Zealand
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Had the Beach BBQ dinner on the Saturday night. Was part of a group of 15. Absolutely loved the whole night, food, entertainment and the staff. Would throughly recommend.

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

Kia Orana Noeline, Thank you for your great review and for the personal recommendation. Very happy that you and your group, enjoyed your visit to the world famous Shipwreck Hut. We hope to see you again. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a great place for meeting up at the end of the day with friends or you would feel perfectly comfortable as a single person frequenting this bar either for lunch or drinks/dinner. A bar that has heaps of character and an fabulous place to watch the amazing sunsets Rarotonga is known for.

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

Kia Orana Kerry, Thank you for your fantastic review. We are very proud or our awesome little beach bar. I agree with you, of course, the Shipwreck Hut is the perfect way to end the day and watch our beautiful sunsets. Hope to see you again, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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344 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a fantastic spot for drinks and a meal at sunset. The staff are friendly and helpful, the meals are delicious -and drinks are reasonably priced. The beach is also great here. Great atmosphere.

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

Kia Orana Lois, Thank you for your 5 star review of our awesome little beach bar. Very happy that you enjoyed it here. Hope to see you again soon. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

Tauranga, New Zealand
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143 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Love this place! It has excellent cocktails and service and you can sit in the sand, watch the sunset and if you are lucky do some whale spotting. Dont expect much in the way of food though - its not great and there is a limited menu. However the weekly BBQ nights are fun and food nice enough. You get... More 

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

Kia Orana Bianca, Thank you for your great review of our perfect little beach bar. As I always say, we are not a restaurant, we are a beach bar.... Very happy that you enjoyed the entertainment, our brilliant musicians carry me very well. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great selection of beers (although I stuck to the local stuff - Matutu) and cold, good selection of bar meals and the BBQ on Sat night was a great introduction to some local cuisine. Watch the sunset whilst sipping a cocktail from a Jar, made by Stephanie or Alone....... it does work.

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

Kia Orana Wayne, Thank you for your brilliant review of our perfect little beach bar. Come back soon, we'll keep the Matutu cold for you... Kia Manuia, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here for a few cocktails on a girls night, pre wedding...Nice setting and ambience... Nice simple meal, and great cocktails... Guava Colada...!!! beats a Pina Colada hands down. Always a great visit here...

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

Kia Orana Cherie, Thank you for your great review, your comments are much appreciated. Glad that you enjoyed your girls night out with us and, of course, the cocktails.... Hope to see you again soon. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

Berlin, Germany
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a fantastic place, beautiful sunsets, cool drinks and the best bar tenders! Easy to get there by bus.

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

Kia Orana Claudia, Really appreciate your review. It's great when someone accepts us for what we are, a very cool little beach bar in the middle of the South Pacific. I'll pass your comments back to our awesome bar staff. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had read about this in the local guide book and then i TripAdvisord it.. we booked and it was BBQ Buffet night.. Fantastic food, wicked setting, service was brilliant, entertainment was great and the staff were so welcoming and friendly another place we will return to.. Thank you for a fab night

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

Kia Orana Tina, Thank you for your fantastic review, very happy that, after your research, you booked and loved the evening with us. We do have a lot of fun on our BBQ evenings.... We hope to see you again when you are next here, maybe you could stay with us next time? Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We headed here to test whether CNN were correct in judging Shipwreck the 3rd best beach bar in the world. Ok, let's be clear it isn't. It probably isn't the third best in the Cook Islands. The food was really basic and the choice of drinks was pretty limited BUT, it does feel like a lovely place to hang out.... More 

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Thank Natkinson7
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana natkinson7, Thank you for your review. Very happy that you enjoyed the super chilled atmosphere and the perfect beach front location. However, I didn’t realise that your visit here was a test… normally our guests and customers come here to socialise, relax and enjoy the ambience of the beach bar. I know that you gave us (yes we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $11
Cuisine
Bar, International, Polynesian, Pacific Rim
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Betela, Arorangi 00001, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Arorangi
  • Phone Number: 682 22166
Description
The Shipwreck Hut is an authentic beach bar situated right on the sand at the Aro'a Beachside Inn. Perfectly positioned to enjoy sunsets that are the envy of the South Pacific while sipping one of the famous "jam-jar cocktails". We also offer cold beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks and "home cooked" bar meals. We serve our bar meals from 5:00pm until 8:00pm (but not on BBQ nights). Saturday - Beach BBQ 6:00pm with live music. Tuesday - Live music 6:00pm to 8:00pm Thursday - Live music "Sunset Cocktails" 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Exactly what you would expect from a fun loving beach bar in the South Pacific.

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