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Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn

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Betela, Arorangi 00001, Cook Islands
+682 22 166
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We kayaked to this bar (and there's not many places you can do that!) on the first night of our Rarotonga stay, and went back every night. Wonderful little place with a great atmosphere and unbeatable location right on the beach. Stephanie, Alone and the other girls are fabulous and the owners Steve and Geraldine, along with Dexter, were amazing... More 

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Thank SWSW4
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you so much for your fantastic review of our perfect little beach bar. Although the bar is lovely, it's always the people that make it special and you guys were really great company, I definitely won't forget the fun evening that we had. Hope to see you back again soon. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A... More 

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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We shared a night cap or two here during our stay! LOVE the atmosphere!! Love the staff!! LOVE Dexter the resident guard dog!!

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

Kia Orana Aron & Glenda, Thank you for your awesome review of our perfect little beach bar. I will pass your comments on to everyone. Dexter has had a big haircut since you saw him last, he is a lot happier, cooler and has been seen running around keeping everything in order..... Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

Wanganui
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169 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

this is a great little spot with a bespoke atmosphere, as per other comments there is limited seating but it's a great little spot and the ambiance is truly great, the staff are friendly and inviting and we were looking forward to a great night, we were there on thursday so we had live entertainment which made the night even... More 

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

Kia Orana, Thank your for your review. Very pleased that you enjoyed the atmosphere, friendly inviting staff and live entertainment. Please accept my apology if the lasagne was cold. If you were really not happy, why didn't you speak to me or one of my staff? In respect to the butter chicken, we have to cater for general taste and... More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing setting on a beautiful part of the beach. Great cocktails. Played awesome live music. A must visit!

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

Kia Orana, Thank you for your fantastic review. Come and see us again soon. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed at the Rarotongan and were looking to get away from that place every night!!! Thank good we came across this, Great feel, great service for a early evening drink and basic but tasty home cook meal. Be reminded. Not culinary top class food, but enjoyable at a good price.

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Thank Parky1968
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you for your great review. We are very happy that you enjoyed your visit to our awesome little beach bar. Hope to see you again soon. Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited late one evening for cocktails. Served by an amazing young lady, great cocktails, great service and great price. Proceeded to chat to us about all the things to visit in Rarotonga, great recommendations and very funny. Great bar and great spot, definitely recommend!

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

Kia Orana, Thank you for your fantastic review. I think the amazing young lady that looked after you was Alone, she keeps us all laughing... Very happy that you enjoyed your visit, I'll pass your comments onto awesome Alone. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was in the area, heard music and went in to find live band and great tasting drinks. Set up right on beach for great viewing of sunset. Music is played 3 night a week. The restaurant has a limited menu but what they had tasted great.

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

Kia Orana Patricia, Thank you for your awesome review of our little beach bar. Very happy that you enjoyed the drinks, music, views and food. Come and see us again soon. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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298 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

We enjoyed pre-dinner cocktails on a glorious evening in a gorgeous setting right on the beach. Does not get much better than this. The food menu was limited and nothing really appealed so I can't comment on that aspect.

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

Kia Orana, Thank you for your great review. Obviously I agree with you.... it doesn't get any better than the Shipwreck Hut. We do tell people that we are not a restaurant but just a little beach bar in the middle of the South Pacific. If our guests want to dine here we have some home cooked options like lasagne,... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017

Met by staff who went off her trolley bad start left.Owner seemed a nice guy.place looks nice bar area restaurant

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Thank whisky774
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you for your review. I agree with you, the Shipwreck hut is a really nice place as testified by the overwhelming majoring of our reviews. I remember you very well, you came into the bar in the morning at approx. 9:30 - 10:00 am (the bar was closed), you were informed where to put your bikes. I... More 

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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2017

Stopped off at Shipwreck Hut last week for sunset drinks. Had a swim beforehand in the lagoon which was some of the best snorkeling we did on the island all week! Good price for beers and cocktails, and our trip was especially to watch a local guitarist that had played at our hotel on NYE. Fab music, gorgeous spot to... More 

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

Kia Orana Kate, Thank you for your great review, very pleased that you enjoyed our little beach bar. We hope to see you back again soon. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$7 - $11
Cuisine
Bar, International, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children
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 22 166
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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