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Te Akapuao Holiday Studio Villas 1 & 2
Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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“lovely relaxing place”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

The hosts were very friendly and welcoming. A lovely fruit basket awaited us and we were gifted with produce from the hosts often. They were also happy to sort out any airport transfers etc for us.... nothing was too much trouble. Even had breakfast muffins delivered one morn.
Have to say we did have trouble with the showers in the main house but the hosts did try to sort this for us.
The roosters were a nuisance at first but you did get used to it after a while..... drink more, :-)
There was a stray cat that made a nuisance of itself by meowing outside the bedroom windows,the first night but after feeding him, he was happy.
The accommodation was clean and tidy especially so after the aftermath of the hens night!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

I have just returned from the holiday of a lifetime in Rarotonga. Fortunate enough to be at a wedding, with 50 of my great friends, I also had the pleasure of staying at Te Akapuao Holiday Home and Studio Villas.
From the moment we arrived, Mary and Charlie treated us like we were their own family. Nothing was a drama, just a wander up the hill with the dogs or a quick phone call and they would come running to help. Smiling of course!
The home itself, is beautiful, comfortable, and practical. Add in the two self contained villas outside, again very comfortable, with everything you need.
But the real beauty of Te Akapuao Holiday Home and Studio Villas is the outdoor pool and dining area, perfect to waste away the hours!
I certainly would go back, sorry WILL go back, just even to see Mary and Charlie again.
I loved Rarotonga, and I loved this place. Bulls for life!

  • Stayed September 2013
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

We were a group of 14 friends, who needed a place to stay in Rarotonga for a friends wedding in Muri Beach - and am so glad we found Te Akapuao! Charlie & Mary were fantastic hosts, and treated us like family from the very moment of our arrival.
We hired the whole property, and were left to our own devices for the most of it, with Charlie & Mary being readily available whenever we needed them.
They were more than hospitable, with all of the additional friends that would come up to join us for the nightly BBQ's and drinks that would ultimately ensue!
The BBQ & pool area were perfectly set up, and were immensely enjoyed every day.
The property is around 2-3kms from Muri Beach, however not an issue at all, when cruising around on a scooter as transport (which is an absolute must for enjoyment levels!).
Thanks so much again Charlie & Mary for having us! We have some awesome memories from our time with you, and hugely miss Te Akapuao (maybe not the roosters though!) X

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

A large group of us rented the home of Charlie and Mary to celebrate a 40th birthday. It was the perfect location for us with both the main house and the villas at our disposal. So nice to have our own pool and an amazing entertaining deck for us all to gather and sip cocktails on. Charlie and Mary were amazing hosts, feeding us not only with fresh fruit and veggies from their garden but also tidbits of information about Raro, the island, what to do, where to eat and we even got a tour of the garden where Charlie pointed out various plants to a couple of us. I've already recommended this property to friends and if I'm ever lucky enough to return, I would love to stay again even with those pesky roosters!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

I celebrated my 40th birthday in Raro and it was awesome to be able to hire the entire property for a really reasonable price, we had our own pool too! It was a fantastic space to have a party where I could invite other friends to. Mary and Charlie are fabulous hosts and make you feel like you're at home. Loved it!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Napier, New Zealand
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

A beautiful location. Tranquil and relaxing with the beach a short distance away. Everything you needed was provided. Thankyou for a wonderful stay Mary and Charlie and the fresh fruit that graced our table was amazing. Thanks again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

Il start with the positives...amazing setting, nice hosts and good location. I stayed in the main house and it was clean and comfortable.
Negatives - had cold showers for most of our stay and unfortunately this was not fixed during our 9 day stay; the roosters will drive you absolutely insane! Woke us up at about 3am every single day! Not good for a holiday!, the tap leaked in the kitchen and was not fixed while we were there, the people before us had broken microwave and toaster, microwave was not replaced, and toaster replaced after 3 days.
Also, be aware - take photos of all the plates etc when you leave to prove what was there. Our party has been accused of taking/breaking 5 plates, 5 glasses, $80 oven tray and the dripping tap!! You are required to give credit card before you stay and they will just charge your card - really unfair! I personally think a dripping tap is a maintenance issue and not the responsibility of guests! We brought it to their attention because it was wasting water! Imagine going to hotel and being charged to fix a leaking tap. Really disappointed as hosts were lovely when we were there and have now put a real downer on the wedding our group went over for.

  • Stayed July 2013
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moananui59, Owner at Te Akapuao Holiday Studio Villas 1 & 2, responded to this review, August 19, 2013
I was saddened by this review from this guest, however am happy that they enjoyed our beautiful property.This party of friends came in for a wedding. We watched them enjoy the many dinners and drinks on our deck, and were pleased that they invited their friends over to enjoy our facilities, including our pool, that is gated and fenced for the little ones. The babies were a delight.

If you are reading this and are feeling a little aghast at her comments, I am happy to be able to have right of reply.

First of all roosters, island wide, crow at liberty. Even if they were culled from around the property (which is cruel), there's still the ones in the neighbors trees, down the road or up in the mountains.
The showers in the main house runs off gas. We replaced this. It was still sporadic they said, then we found someone had fiddled with the settings on the tank. We reset this and heard no more. The tap was dripping 2 days after they arrived. Not on arrival.
The microwave was waiting for a new plate, and the toaster we had to bring in. The guest forgot to mention that there were two other microwaves and two other toasters on the property. And two other showers that run on solar power that need to be boosted for an hour BEFORE a shower, not left on the entire week.
Breakages of plates and glasses are charged at a minimum $5 each, in this case 8 went missing/broken as well as the roasting pan. On their departure wece found 2 other glasses, a coffee mug, a bowl, a towel and a plate which may have came in with their visitors from other holiday homes. We have since found which holiday homes the beer mug and the blue bowl came from...The roasting pan needs replacement. No more need be said. Their credit card was not charged, but captured, as in all good business practice world wide on checkin. Your card was not charged L, and had you booked into a hotel, you would get charged for the damage..

And the little memento of the hens/bucks party that was left behind was not appreciated. The guests that came in after you, were kind to not mention it. How embarrassing if the little ones had found it.

So the beauty of renting a holiday home in the islands is your ability to have freedom to entertain, cater for yourself your friends and your family with big family dinners, and relax, knowing that you have your own privacy and most of the comforts of home- we are an island remember, so some of the modern conveniences we do supply at our place are fully equipped kitchens(3), fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, TV's, DVD's, SKY TV in the main house, personal safes,catering bain maires, extra tables and chairs, 3 washing machines,a huge fruit bowl which we replenish, your own pool, bbq and chilly bin for those cold ones.
We just ask that you respect our properties and keep yourselves safe.
Many holiday homes are now reluctant to rent to wedding parties or large groups because of damage to their properties and loud parties. It is heartbreaking to find damage and wastage, whether it be as in this case the glasses and plates, but to appliances and fixtures, furniture and plants.Remember you are not paying hotel prices.
May I also remind you that I gave you a 10% discount because you were a returning guest. which would have made your holiday accommodation cost no more than $55 per night each for the 12 of you. Try paying $190 per night for 2 persons for a hotel room with no cooking facilities, no deck to entertain your friends and family, and your own pool........
You also forgot to mention that we set up your flower archway on the beach for your wedding, the table for the signing of the registry with a flower centerpiece, and provided covered chairs for your ceremony, and our own little string band. It was a gift to you. How sad.
But Rarotonga will remain, her beauty, her people and her culture.
Come and enjoy our little paradise, we are waiting to share this island with you, but please leave it as beautiful as you found it.
Oh and wear a flower in your ear.
Kia Manuia
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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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