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“Very enjoyable stay at this privately run property”
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Aroa Kainga
Ranked #1 of 1 Arorangi B&B and Inns
Reviewed 18 June 2013

I would happily stay here again. Great location, close to a very nice beach - both for sitting on the sand, or snorkeling. The beach is a 5 minute walk from the property and I went swimming every day. This beach (bordering the Rarotongan Resort) is really one of the best snorkeling spots on the island, and also a marine reserve. Plus you get sunsets!

Rarotonga is surrounded by coral reef. You need reef shoes everywhere on the island, and the owner supplies them for you - a nice thoughtful touch.

Aroa Kainga is a privately run property located beside the owner's house, in a nice quiet neighbourhood (not a touristy center). There is one person tending to the property and guests, so it's not a "resort".

She offers bungalows, which are separated from the main house (more private), and also a studio apartment which is the ground floor of the owner's house. I stayed in the studio apartment for one week, 125 NZD/day.

The kitchen was very well equipped, spacious, and functional. Overall the apartment was very nice, but my one complaint was the bed, which I found a bit uncomfortable due to springs pressing through. The owner says that others have found the bed very comfortable.

Some caveats and down-sides:

1. Dogs. These are everywhere, NOT specific to this property. There are many stray dogs who wander the beaches. They will visit you while you sit on the beach, and can be annoying or threatening. They aren't aggressive, but one nearly bit me when I tried to push him off of my blanket after he got way too close. If you're scared of dogs, take note - this is a Rarotonga problem.

2. Smoke from burning leaves & garbage. There were many small garbage fires in this particular region of the island, and as a result you will occasionally get smoke wafting through the windows. This south-west part of the island doesn't get as much fresh wind, so smoke can linger. It bothered me a bit.

3. Major grocery stores are quite far away. The nearest grocery store (Wigmore's) is bus distance, or very long walk. However there is an excellent fruit stand a short distance to the north.

I strongly recommend that you walk (or bicycle) up towards Wigmore's waterfall, which is a beautiful route not far from Aroa.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

My partner and i greatly enjoyed our stay in the studio apartment at Aroa Kainga. It exceeded our expectations regarding the size ( spacious for a studio and had a large kitchen area) and how modern it is.

Nice private property with a lovely wee deck area right outside the sliding door to sit in sun or shade.

We had daily visits from the cute pumpkin (owners cat) though unfortunatly we also had daily visits from the roosters that hang around. Luckily you get used to them quickly.

Apart from the roosters the property is rather quiet and you can hear the waves crashing against the reef in the back ground.

The studio is in a great location, a minutes walk down a small lane to a great snorkelling spot (we got told many times that it has the best snorkling on the whole island) and a short 5 min walk to adventure cook islands to hire a scooter.

Tricia was great at looking after us, told us about things that was going on and things to do on the island. She was even up at 1am to greet us! She also made sure there was everything we needed, from extra beach towels and a bowl of fruit to hand soap and milk waiting in the fridge.

overall we both enjoyed our stay at aroa kainga and will definatly recommend it

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Ash255119
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Reviewed 9 September 2012

This bungalow we found on the Internet and what a find it was! Tricia the host is so knowledgable on Rarotonga plus she has thought of everything in her bungalows so no need to worry that you will not have everything you need. We stayed for a week and the bed was fantastic, plenty of space in the unit to relax, kitchen had all we needed and outside we had a barbecue and loungers on our own private decking surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens Plus a clothesline which we always had bathers or towels on to dry. The beach and snorkelling is a couple of minutes down the lane and there is the best bar 5 minutes walk down the beach which we frequented to watch the magic Rarotongan sunsets drinking $10 Piña Coladas and Margaritas at nights. We hired a scooter and a push bike from a place 5 minutes walk from the bungalow so we were covered for any excursion we wanted to do and very handy to return on our last night. If you are looking for a clean, spacious self catering option at an excellent price in a superb area of Rarotonga with a lovely host in Tricia then book here.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank PennyPie
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Reviewed 19 July 2012

Great holiday location to blob, read lie on the beach and snorkel in the warm water. Tricia looked after us well and the room suited us perfectly.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank craigcampbellNZ
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Reviewed 8 July 2012

Lovely little bungalow for a couple's retreat. The beach was phenomenal. We made the mistake of wasting a day in the murky shallows of muri lagoon as per the guide books recomendations when the lagoon on the doorstep of the bungalow is breathtaking. Trisha was a great host and the bungalow everything we needed. If u do stay, take trisha's advice and head to cocoput ( I know, we though why in earth would we of to a mini golf attraction for dinner) for dinner. The local fish beat any of the resorts we tried by a long way and the staff treat you like friends. Make friends with the gorgeous goats outside, do the island highlands night and take mossie repellant, we are saving to go back. Excellent value and A quality stay

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank LondonWoodyLondon
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Reviewed 19 June 2012

We stayed at Aroa Kainga in June 2012 and had a great time. The bungalows were very tidy with a modern feel and in a great location on the island. The property is set a couple of hundred metres back from the beach down a side street. At the end of the street is a really nice stretch of beach perfect for relaxing under a palm tree or for snorkelling in the lagoon. 2 minutes walk from the end of the street is a car/scooter/bicycle rental shop (scootering is a definite must while on Raro!) Do not underestimate how handy this is when it comes to hiring and returning your ride! Across the street from the hire shop are The Rarotongan and Sanctuary resorts which have restaurants and bars open everyday of the week (a lot of Raro closes on the weekend, Sunday especially, which can mean finding eateries difficult). Kaena restaurant next to the hire shop has really nice burgers too. The Rarotongan seemed more than happy for us to use their swim up bar while we were buying beers and cocktails!

If you are after well priced accommodation in a great location then I would highly recommend Aroa Kainga. The owner Tricia is lovely and was really easy to deal with, she also had some brilliant recommendations for restaurants (the Waterline and Vaima restaurants are excellent). There is also a really laid back friendly cat name Pumpkin that resides at the house and bungalows. We had a fantastic time and no doubt will return, thanks Tricia.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank ToddRich6
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Reviewed 3 March 2012

We stayed here 16 - 21 Feb 2012. A lovely spot about a 200m from the beach. We had the bungalow (2nd one in), the room was spacious, with a good kitchen lots of lovely perks like, bread, coffee, tea, oil, salt, heaps of towels, snorkling gear. A great passionfruit vine which we ate off every day and a lovely host.

The owner was away and her friend took care of us. This was nice as it was off the main road, but I think you would possibly find something a bit better and be right on the water. rarotonga is great and there are so many places to stay so i suggest looking around. But we wanted to cook our meals so this was a good option.

If you coming from NZ, bring your own frozen meat and snacks - way cheaper.

We ate heaps from local shops - fresh donuts hmmmmm.

Anyway would i stay again - nah id check out a beach side place.

$120 a night

Room Tip: there are 2 x bungalows - i think they are very similar
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Onemaru Rd | Aroa Beach, Arorangi, Cook Islands
Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Arorangi
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Arorangi
Price Range: £62 - £78 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Aroa Kainga 4*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aroa Kainga Bungalows and Studio Apartment are 2 mins. walk to excellent swimming & snorkeling beaches, including the famous Aroa Beach, on the south west corner of Rarotonga where you can enjoy spectacular sunsets. Ideal for individuals, couples and groups. For your comfort and privacy we welcome people from age 14yrs. This accommodation in Rarotonga consists of two stylish, clean, airy, spacious and well appointed 1 bedroom bungalows and an apartment. Tricia has developed lovely gardens of flowering shrubs, herbs and fruit trees around and between the bungalows and studio apartment that provide privacy and still enable easy communication between them. The bungalows and apartment are designed for a laid back and relaxing time. ... more   less 
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