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“Peaceful!”
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Aroko Bungalows
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
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“Peaceful!”
Reviewed October 17, 2011

We just had our second stay at Aroko. We were also there this time last year. It's so peaceful & private. It is no frills, but very comfortable (great comfy bed), clean & affordable, so your extra $$$ can be spent on cocktails! Also great being self catering - bacon & eggs for brekkie. We also had entertainment at Aroko by a 1 legged rooster adopting us. Very handy to Muri - just a stroll along the road for a great swim. Very reliable transfers - Sonny was at the airport to greet us with a smile (even at 1am). We will return to Aroko for sure!

Room Tip: I don't want to share our secret - but number 6 is great.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Pacifica, CA
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

We just got back from our 4th visit to Aroko. This time we stayed 4 weeks and I noticed a lot of people doing what we did the first time we visited - using it as a lay-over on their way to Aitutaki. Aroko is great for that, but I also noticed a lot of those same people saying they want to come back and stay for longer, just like we did the 2nd, 3rd and 4th time. Aroko is perfect if you're looking for a relaxing, friendly and self contained place to stay. We often find ourselves spending the entire day on our back deck, soaking up the warmth and that awesome view across the lagoon to the motus. The main Muri attractions are a 5 minute walk away, but at Aroko you've got this idyllic refuge from the 'hustle and bustle'. You wake to the sun gently coming up, you watch the tide go back and forth, talk to Papa when he does the gardening (ask him to show you how to open a coconut from the resident trees, yum!), you watch the dogs fishing (you'll know it when you see it), watch the trevally tear into schools of baitfish and the cornetfish cruise the shallows. In the late afternoon the motus get lit up with golden sunlight, you make yourself a cocktail and look forward to doing it all over again. The bus stops right at the driveway, there are scooters to rent a couple of hundred yards away, a decent little store that's always open, restaurants a couple of hundred yards further, and Sonny and Maui always, always make you feel like it's your home as much as theirs. Put all those (and lots of other) reasons to visit together and you'll see why we're looking forward to visiting a 5th time, and a 6th.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

A group of friends had an wonderful week at Aroko Bungalows. Whilst the accommodation is not 5 star, and has few frills, it is clean and comfortable, and very close to the beach, bars, restaurants and other facilities of Muri Beach.
The hosts Sonny and Maui, could not do enough for us, and always made us feel welcome.
We will be going back.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Nelson, New Zealand
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Reviewed August 6, 2011

The Aroko bungalows are no frills, so dont expect 5 star. They also dont have great swimming straight off the beach as the current is a bit swift. However they are very clean with friendly and accomodating staff, and the situation is perfect being walking distance to all things in Muri Beach. The views are magic and the open deck out front is ideal for a good fun atmosphere. We were there with a big group of friends and it is the perfect spot for this type of holiday.

The hosts, Sonny and Maui were very friendly and helpful and did everything they could to make our holiday enjoyable.

Would definitely recommend as long as you are not looking for high class.

Room Tip: There are 1-2 rooms that are more private with better views - would recommend these
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed July 6, 2011

We have just spent 10 days with Sonny and Marie at Aroko Bungalows, we were after a self catering option at the lower/middle end of the budget range. The bungalows while simple contain everything we needed, the view from the lagoon view bungalows is great with a direct view of sunrises. Located close to Muir beach, you are close to great swimming, snorkeling, restaurants etc. The management was every helpful and did every thing they could to help use enjoy our stay. We would definitely recommend!

Room Tip: Bungalows 4,5 & 6 are front row and have an uninterrupted view of the lagoon.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 26, 2011

The trip to Aroko was everything we expected it to be. We were there for 6 nights in march 2011. After backpacking for 5 months we relaxed for a week at Rarotonga. For this price you get a good spacious bungalow with a vieuw worth of a million dollars. We had bungalow no 6, the most private one on the parc. A good bed, muscito nets in front of the windows,a spacious bungalow with kitchen and everything you need. You can go grocery shopping in town or eat out in restaurants if you preder. The lagoon and beach are just 5 min. walk away if you don't want to swim in the lagoon in front of the bungalow. Quit beautiful nights. We really enjoyed our stay and celebrated our 2nd anniversary of ourw edding. The owners were very friendly and nice. They can collect you from the airport and bring you away if you want to. If you fy out late in the evening like we did ( 00.59 PM ) you can extend your stay for 50 NZD (?) so you can relax in your bungalow before departure. Aroko thanks for our good stay ! Good value for your money =)

Room Tip: Bungalow no 6 !
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Avarua
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed May 16, 2011

Overlooking the only lagoon setup where its just you and nature. Privacy is ultimate with limited interruptions. A great peaceful area, where you can feed the fish, watch nature unfold as well as experience the local hive of activity on the water where the locals gather food and/or enjoy a long session of tanning either on the Aroko decking or across the way on the small motu or islet. Your hosts Sonny and Maui as brother and sister offer a homely atmosphere upon arrival as well as during your stay. We enjoyed the simplicity that Aroko had to offer in terms of accomadation but we had what i can only describe as a 'killer view'. For historic buffs, you can see the Avana passage where the 7 canoes left Rarotonga for Aotearoa New Zealand, this in itself is an opportunity you cannot pass up. I enjoyed the historical surroundings, lush garden scenery that provided ambience every evening on the deck listening to the ocean meeting the reef as well as meeting some of the locals walking past the bungalows. Security is very good - and if we were stuck, Sonny or Maui would make sure there was something to do. But when your here in Aroko, you forget about town unless you really need supplies, its location is very good for entertainment and close to other amenities, but we stocked up in the bungalow and only ventured out for essentials....but this was definitely a home away from home.....

Room Tip: Ask for the Lagoon View rooms......
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Aroko Bungalows
Address: PO Box 850 | Muri Beach, Ngatangiia, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Ngatangiia
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Ngatangiia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Aroko Bungalows 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aroko Bungalows are snugly nestled amidst swaying palms and fragrant tropical flowers beside the peaceful waters of Muri Lagoon. Overlooking historic Avana Passage where the seven canoes set sail for Aotearoa(New Zealand) in the 1300's, Aroko Bungalows take full advantage of this magical South Pacific location. Our self-contained Open studio style(Basic kitchen, shower/toilet with Hot water) bungalows offer peace & quiet for the discerning traveler. We are located within walking distance from grocery, dive shop, restaurants, and world famous Muri Lagoon. Enjoy a romantic getaway or celebrate your family event with us! We offer affordability..because you deserve only the best! ... more   less 
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