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Tekarera Kainga Ora & Kainga Nui
Ranked #2 of 33 Hanga Roa B&B and Inns
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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282 reviews
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“Great place and Paul is a brilliant host and guide”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Paul is a generous and fabulous host. He really made our stay on this fascinating island and his local knowledge dating back 40 years ago to when he helped on archaeological digs was invaluable. We booked two half day tours as we had a few days but this morphed into lifts into town and to see sunrise one day as well as the tours which worked perfectly for us although you may want to rent one of his cars on days you are not touring.

We paid a bit extra and got the big house which we didn't regret, lots of space, comfortable beds and well equipped kitchen.

You can walk into town and to the shops (don't expect a massive range here, things run out regularly as well). Ideally head down to the sea and walk along the coast as much more interesting with statues etc., it takes maybe 30 minutes.

WiFi was a touch flaky but this is an island wide problem, best to go with low expectations and anything more is a bonus.

We really can't recommend Paul enough!

Room Tip: Go for the house at the end if you can, loads of space!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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San Francisco, CA
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

We chose to stay at Tekarera due to glowing online reviews for the owner, Paul. We ended up booking the 3 bdrm house located by the main hotel since it wasn't that much more than booking 2 separate rooms at the hotel.

Overall, the house was great. It was very clean, the bathrooms had plenty of hot water and great water pressure, and the beds were extremely comfortable. As noted in some of the previous reviews, there were definitely things that could be improved (eg adding screens to all the windows). However, it isn't priced like a 5* property (where you would expect everything to be perfectly luxurious), and I thought it was very comfortable and great value for the price.

The included breakfast was plentiful (& tasty), with bread, cold cuts, cheese, yogurt and fruit. We even got fresh empanadas our final day - a thoughtful gesture we very much appreciated.

Location wise, the hotel is ~1 mile north of the main town, ~20 min walk. It isn't as convenient for restaurants, but the location meant it was very quiet (with just the sound of ocean waves at night), and it was very close to Ahu Tahai (good sunset spot).

Finally, Paul is a great host and extremely knowledgeable about Easter Island. I normally don't go for guided tours when I'm traveling, but I'm glad I took other experienced traveler's advice to book a tour on Easter Island (for perspective on local island issues if nothing else). Paul was very gracious - he asked us how much we knew about the island, and when the answer was, "just what was in the book" (eg Lonely Planet) he took that in stride and proceeded to give us a highly detailed crash course for our half-day tour that made up for our lack of prior reading. Even if you don't stay at the hotel, I would recommend booking a tour with him - his stories and perspective really enhanced our trip.

Room Tip: The 3bdrm house is great for a family or a group.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Essex Junction, VT
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

My friends and I stayed at Tekarera Kainga Nui for three nights. Our trip to Easter Island was a once in a lifetime experience so we wanted to make sure that we made the most of it. As Gato188 had mentioned, the accommodations themselves were “a roughly constructed extended house.” Kainga Nui, the part of Tekarera that we stayed in, is a 3-bedroom, 2-bath home. It is very spacious and I can guarantee that the beds are perfectly comfortable. There are parts of the house that need to be improved or finished such as the caulking work in the kitchen, replacing the bathroom fixtures, and adding screens for the windows and doors. While there is a fan in every room, there is no air conditioning. However, Tekarera does not advertise to be a luxury home nor does it claim to have air conditioning. If this is important to you (esp. in the summer), then you should go elsewhere. As Gato188 also mentioned, internet/wi-fi access is very slow at best and practically dead most of the day. For me, the best time to use the internet/wi-fi was from 23.30 to 07.30. Personally, I did not mind overlooking these “negative” features of Tekarera. Yes, they were an inconvenience but overall, it was a clean and safe place to stay.

Everything else about our stay was simply fantastic. Breakfast, which consisted of meats, cheese, local breads, banana, and yogurt, was delivered to us in the morning. The refrigerator was already stocked with milk, juice, and butter. There was also a selection of tea and coffee on the kitchen counter. As CookieHonolulu mentioned, we had more than enough food provided to us and at the end of our stay, we even had leftovers.

I like the location of Tekarera. It is a short walk to Ahu Tahai and the main part of town is only a few minutes further down. The view of the coast is also nice and in the evening, you can even hear the waves.

The level of Paul’s and his staff members’ hospitality was extraordinary. Paul was already waiting for us outside baggage claim when we arrived. He gave us a tour of the surrounding areas before taking us to Tekarera. This was very useful as we had a general idea of everything was from the very first day. Paul and his staff were always helpful and very friendly when we had questions. Another example of Paul’s hospitality was breakfast during our last day. He served us hot empanadas! This was unnecessary but very much appreciated. Moreover, he got us good empanadas too and not one of those cheap ones. Up until the end, as he took us back to the airport, Paul continued to be a friendly host to us.

Finally, I am not a big fan of paid tours. I am usually of the opinion that you should try to get to know the place you are visiting ahead of time and not rely on someone who might just be telling you something that they read out of a book anyway. Fortunately, I became one of those tourists who were just too lazy to be bothered to read anything before the trip. We booked one of Paul’s tours and he truly was an excellent guide. Paul was more than well informed about the different places he took us to. He has lived in Easter Island for years and it definitely showed. He was very patient as we asked him a ton of questions on history, local culture, and even the flora and fauna of Easter Island. If you decide not to stay at Tekarera, you must at least book a tour with Paul! It is not everyday that one gets to Easter Island so don’t miss out.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

This is the first time I have written a review, but I was so happy with Paul and the compound that I must. Our trip would have been much different without Paul and his place. Paul came to Rapa Nui as a 16-year-old working on an archeological dig and he is now there building the complex of his late Napa wife’s and father-in-law’s dreams, on their land.  He knows this land and its prehistory and history better than anyone I can imagine. We took a day tour with him--discounted because we were staying at the lodge--and it was wonderful. At the end of every day we took our questions to him and he could answer them all.  We also rented one of his cars to drive around the island --also discounted because we stayed at the lodge.

We intended to rent a only A b and b type  room from him but her offered us an entire house for very little more. We had such space--bedroom, bath, kitchen, living room, dining room. The breakfasts were great--European style meats, cheeses, breads, fruit when it was available, so much that we used the leftovers for picnic lunches every day. He told us he would provide something else, should we prefer a different breakfast. We ate on our patio overlooking the ocean He bought us empanadas on the way from the airport, because he found that we love them, and twice got up at 3:30 a.m. (!) to order surprise empanadas for our breakfast, returning at 5:30 (!) to pick them up. As you can tell from this, he is a very sweet person.

The lodge is a little far from town--it took us old folks about 20 minutes to walk it--and the house is not as new as the smaller rooms, but we loved the house and loved staying there. The internet service was not good, but that is an island-wide problem and is not unique to Tekerera. Paul and the house really made our trip.

Room Tip: Rent the house!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Newton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Tekarera Inn Is an ideal place from which to explore the beauty and wonder of the magical island of Rapa Nui. Paul's warmth and hospitality made a visit very special. We enjoyed our four days and with each passing day felt more refreshed and relaxed. Paul arranged early breakfast for us so we could leave before dawn to see the sunrise behind the 15 moai. He suggested superb restaurants and gave us a private tour of the quarry and coastal sights. The inn is comfortable and informal. It perfectly matches the atmosphere on the island. We recommend it highly.

Room Tip: Rent the Suzuki suv & ask for a room with an ocean/garden view.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Having spent an 18 night stay in both Kainga Nui and Tekarera Inn we could not recommend a better place to stay on Easter Island. The location is ideal, situated as it is just a 10 minute walk from Hanga Roa town and with the impressive Tahai site right on your doorstep; an ideal spot to watch the sun sink into the pacific in the evening. The breakfast is plentiful and sets you up each day for exploring this magical island. We took a full day tour with the charming and knowledgeable host Paul and his unique insights offer a comprehensive guide to the island and its history. Paul offered us great advice on places to shop, tours to take and places to visit, nothing we asked of our accommodating host seemed too much. A great place to stay on a truly magical island. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

We (a middle-aged couple who look for home comforts when we travel) must reluctantly give a thumbs-down to Tekarera Kainga Ora. We strongly agree with many reviewers’ comments that owner Paul Pownall is a good host and a magnificent guide – but Tekarera did not measure up to our expectations for tourist accommodation at the time of our visit in February 2013.

A number of very positive reviews from hardier travelers might mislead those who, like us, seek comfort when travelling. It would be unfair to others to omit reporting and explaining our negative assessment. Tekarera has good software, and inadequate hardware – the reverse of the other Easter Island establishment where we stayed.

Tekarera is a home-stay or B&B rather than hotel or apartment category. It is a roughly constructed extended house, with several self-contained double guest rooms off a westward-facing verandah, orientated for ocean and sunset views. The site is 47 meters above sea level on a hill on the northern side of Easter Island’s town of Hanga Roa. A restored major archaeological site, Ahu Tahai, is only about 500 meters walk down to the coast. Rooms have high ceilings and are provided with electric fans but are not air conditioned. In February heat and humidity, we found this too uncomfortable for sleep and had to relocate to an air-conditioned conventional hotel (the good hardware/bad software establishment mentioned earlier). We also were concerned about mosquito control in general on the island because of reported cases of dengue fever.

Although in Hanga Roa town, Tekarera is not easy walking distance from very much except Ahu Tahai. We hired an air-conditioned jeep for two days from the local office of Insular Rent A Car. This proved to be the ideal transport solution around the deeply potholed streets of Hanga Roa, for checking out local restaurants, shops, and the town in general, and for a self-drive trip about 25 kilometers around the southeast coast to watch the sun rise behind the moai of Ahu Tongariki. Our Garmin GPS unit, loaded with the excellent Proyecto Mapear downloadable maps of Chile, including Easter Island, was an indispensable navigation aid. In our view, any stay on Easter Island – at Tekarera or anywhere else – could be an isolating experience without a self-drive rental vehicle.

Wi-fi Internet was available at Tekarera, but was slow and sometimes dropped out. Breakfast was a few slices of ham and cheese, bread, yoghurt and coffee or tea placed in a self-serve alcove in a passageway off the verandah. Benches and tables on the open verandah were the only guest seating.

We originally booked two nights and tours with Tekarera for an Easter Island visit in February 2013. Our first night, during a heat wave in February, was so uncomfortable (stuffy, hot and sticky) that we reluctantly had to relocate. We kept on with the tours we had booked with Paul, and were glad we did so. Paul’s richly informative guided tours of Ahu Tahai, the Rano Kau volcano and Orango archaeological site, and Rano Raraku where the moai were quarried and “walked” to sites around the island, were memorable highlights of our Easter Island stay.

It must be acknowledged that Tekarera and every tourism operation on Easter Island faces extraordinary logistical challenges due to the island’s remoteness and lack of infrastructure. For instance, the island lacks any proper harbor or all-weather anchorage for large vessels, cargo wharf, or sea freight or container handling facility. Small inter-island-type freighters arrive infrequently, subject to weather, and have to offload cargo onto lighters. This is a major hindrance in obtaining almost every form of supplies on which island tourism operators are dependent, from gasoline, food, consumables, plant and equipment, to building materials and fittings. LAN Chile’s excellent air services to Easter Island’s Mataveri airport bring passengers and essential air freight. Successful tourism operators on such remote islands need to be, or to have support from, expert logisticians. The operational difficulties of Easter Island are too much for the major international hotel chains: they all have stayed away from this justly famous and otherwise attractive destination.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Tekarera Kainga Ora & Kainga Nui
Address: Te Karera S/N, Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Chile
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Location: Chile > Easter Island > Hanga Roa
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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