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Te Akapuao Holiday Studio Villas 1 & 2
Kumeu
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7 reviews
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“OMG the very best”
Reviewed March 20, 2012

We just arrived back from my 7th trip to Rarotonga and I have stayed everywhere from the Raratongan to Te Akapuao, and without question this would be my very favourite, and will be staying with them from now on.
Charlie and Mary were absolutley fantastic, after reading the reviews on this site everything said is true. Charlie's muffins are fab and after finding us some fresh tuna from the neighbours they took it home and made my favourte Ika Mata which was better than I paid for all week.
Our group of 9 celebrating a 50th were a very vocal party group and with our 7 scooters (Roosters gang!!!) up and down the road still nothing was a problem. Loved the animals, fruit, vege garden, well just loved everything

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed February 5, 2012

Kia Orana Mary and Charlie, you are both an amazing host with Big kind hearts!!. My husband and I stayed at the Akapuao villa on our wedding night. We were both amazed by the lush beauty of colourful tropical plants surrounding the villa. The fragrant blooming gardenias perfumed the air at night. The picturesque mountain views were magical. We stayed in Villa 2 which was self contained. It had an open spacious plan with a homely and cosy feel to it. The communal BBQ dining area was very much enjoyed by our families and friends and not forgetting the evening swims in the pool which was so relaxing and refreshing. The villa is only 5 mins away from the beach, shops and restaurants. Our honeymoon paradise stay at your villa was a memorable one and we highly recommend it to our friends here in Australia. Thank you so much for looking after us and we wish you both all the success. We look forward to seeing you both again on our next visit. With much love Mr & Mrs Mato.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed January 20, 2012

Kia Orana, Mary & Charlie!! Let me just say that you guys were amazing! Te Akapuao is a beautiful place and we sure hope to come back and rent it out again. The grounds are immaculate and just so serene... up until we got there ofcourse lol Thank you for the kindness you showed us while we were there and the beautiful harvest you both shared with us!.. it sure made our trip worth talking about! :) We will definitely be recommending Te Akapuao to anyone looking for accomodation in Rarotonga. Thanks again for sharing your slice of paradise with us and we look foward to seeing you again on our next visit! Lots of love, The Tupai Ama, Areora and Karataua families. xox

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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hamilton
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Reviewed November 13, 2011

when we arrived at Te Akapuao holiday home and studio, the whole setup blew us away .It was more than what we had dreamed of getting,the whole setting was amazing and the hospitality from our Host Mary and Charlie exceeded our expectation's.Our family of 11 had the best time of our live's and we are already planning our return visit to Raro and staying at Mary and Charlie's Te Akapuao resort.We were able to pick fresh fruit daily off the tree's and fresh flower's daily for our hair,and the swimming pool was what we needed after our daily shopping spree's,the resort was also located 5min's up the road from the best marine reserve on the island,which we took full use of,the tropical fish were amazing and a big eye opener for us as we snorkel back home and have never seen anything like that before.
No Reira Ki A Charlie Raua Ko Mary,Meitaki Meitaki Ki A Korua.Arohatinonui Fox Whanau.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed November 9, 2011

We travelled to Rarotonga for a friends wedding. There were 8 of us who stayed in the main house-my partner and I stayed in the smaller villas for a few extra days.

I can hands down say it was the best holiday all of us have ever had. The hospitality was amazing. Charlie and Mary are two of the most caring and generous hosts we have ever met.

We were given fresh fruit and veg daily, we were told the best spots to swim and go see on the island. We ate at all the best places and enjoyed our freshest of towels daily.

We had flowers everywhere; enjoyed bbq's on the deck at night, swam in the pool everyday. Any questions we had or anything we needed was made availiable to us!

A big thanks to Mary our mother duck for being so thoughtful and helpful throughout our stay. We all still miss you very much.

Big hugs to the animals as well. We miss the clear ocean and the blue sunny sky's. Definately will have to come back soon. Thanks amillion again.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Newcastle, Australia
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Reviewed October 24, 2011

A group of 8 of us travelled to the Cook Islands for a friends wedding on the 1/10
We were met at the airport by our transfer and given bottled water and beautiful frangipani garlands, a great start!
On arrival to Te Akapuao Mary greets us all on the verandah with warm hugs! We have a look around the property which is set in beautiful tropical vegetation...the weather was balmy and perfect for our getaway...
During our stay at Te Akapuao Charlie and Mary made us most welcome and were always available to answer any questions we had or provide advice on information we required about the island
They also made sure we had enough linen and enough banana's and eggplants!
The house and villas are a perfect set up for large groups with the property still quite new. The pool was perfect for days when we wanted to be lazy and not leave the property!
Charlie and Mary, thank you for your hospitality!
We will be back!
xx

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Mary H, Owner at Te Akapuao Holiday Studio Villas 1 & 2, responded to this review, April 27, 2015
Thank you for your kind comments. We're glad you enjoyed the abundance of our garden- with 5 varieties of bananas in the plantation we're always giving them away! We hop you visit us again, Kind Regards Mary
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Turangi NZ
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Reviewed September 3, 2011

Our hosts, Charlie and Mary, have the hospitality X factor which enabled us to enjoy a truly wonderful tropical island experience. We were accepted as part of their family at the same time helped to explore all aspects of Raro island life at our leisure.
Tops for a quiet tropical getaway. All facilities perfect for an actively retired couple.
Thanks a million Charlie and Mary.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Mary H, Owner at Te Akapuao Holiday Studio Villas 1 & 2, responded to this review, April 27, 2015
Thank you for your kind comments. We're grateful you chose us for your family holiday.
Kind Regards Mary
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Property: Te Akapuao Holiday Studio Villas 1 & 2
Address: Akapuao | Titikaveka, Titikaveka, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Titikaveka
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Titikaveka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Two self contained studio villas are situated in the extensively planted grounds of the family property. Sleeps 2 mx 4 extra $30 per person after 2 A swimming pool and etertainment deck compliment Te Akapuao. Both studio villas have insect screens- a must for the night mossies, smoke alarms in all rooms, safes and security grills on main doors. Set up off the Te Ara o Toi the ancient inland road and nestled on the gentle slopes of Akapuao hills, Te Akapuao is less than a 5 minute walk (a 1 minute drive), to the private family beach and Charlies Beach Cafe at the edge of Akapuao Marine Park Reserve, small village shop the 'Fruits of Rarotonga' cafe, Maire Nui Gardens and Cafe, and the Little Polynesian 5 Star restaurant for that extra special 'dine out' night. ... more   less 
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