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Aroko Bungalows
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brillianbry
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“Saved our trip to Cook Islands”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014

We had booked at another nearby place but the place was too far from Muri and there was too much late night noise and traffic where our room was located. We kept on driving by Aroko and thought "why didn't we know about this place?" and decided to drop and see if they had availability. Sonny greeted us and said he had a vacancy (#2) and he'd give us a discount rate due to bad experience on the Cook Islands. Such a great start. My and my two boys settled in nicely at Aroko and enjoyed it due to its close distance to Muri, the wonderful staff, and for us- the nice people we met that were staying at Aroko. We went to the Muri Night Market, MahZone, Casitas, and LV- all where great. We walked down to the Beach near the Muri Beach Club Resort and the kids had fun in the sun. Sonny was very accommodating. I recommend Aroko Bungalows because it was clean, quaint, reasonably priced, and close enough to Muri for the action but just far enough to feel like your own piece of paradise.

Room Tip: Any of the bungalows viewing the lagoon are the best but you can't go wrong with any of them. T...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Carlsbad, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

This place is in the best spot in Raro. Gorgeous views of offshore motus, quiet, relaxing and comfortable. Now if only Sonny could control the rain...he manages the rest so well!
Make sure you walk down to the Muri Night Market for dinners. Awesome plates of gourmet food for the cheapest price on island. We walked down to the beach or they have plenty of picnic tables to eat delicious dinner.

Room Tip: Make sure you get a lagoon front room
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Gisborne, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2014

I have just returned from a 5 night stay at the Aroko Bungalows and must say that I was very well looked after. Loved the individual bungalows, the front desk is amazing and Soony, thank you for helping when required.

Would be very happy to come ans stay again at any time.
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Maggie

Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

We had a very pleasant stay at Aroko. Our unit had every facility we needed. Our bed was comfortable, and kitchen and bathroom facilities well maintained. The linen and towels were changed and the unit cleaned to a good standard frequently. The manager Sonny was friendly and helpful, and looked after all our needs. The gardener was also friendly and helpful, and did a great job maintaining the grounds and plantings to a high standard.
The market stalls are 10 minutes walk away, and provide inexpensive nutritious and tasty meals most evenings. There is also a good range of cafes and restaurants at Muri, within easy walking distance. The Moorings, 5 minutes walk to the north, is a good lunch stop.
Te Vara Nui cultural tour and evening show was great, (and the delicious buffet meal) and we also enjoyed the Koka lagoon cruise. Snorkelling opposite "Fruits of Rarotonga" was good - plenty of fish, although the coral formations and colours are nothing startling.
If you attempt the trek to Te Manga (653m altitude, the summit of Rarotonga), be prepared for exposure as the ridge is very steep and narrow in places, with long steep drop-offs, and the track tricky to follow. I teamed up for this with a professional mountaineering guide who happened to be staying in a neighbouring unit, and we were fortunate in having 3 dogs guide us up and back (including one with a leg missing!). Allow at least 5 hours, and choose dry conditions as the way can be slippery. If you don't like exposed scrambling over narrow, slippery knife-edged rocky ridges, the guided walk across the island with Pa is more suitable, and is informative.
I would definitely stay again at Aroko.
Liked best: Observing nature in the lagoon from the covered deck, and the staff attitude.
Liked least: Nothing not to like!

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Kaikohe, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2014

We were in Rarotonga for a wedding, and rocked up here after our previous booked accommodation was a let down. The owner set to work & had our room ready in an hour, and could not do enough for us. The room was more than accommodating, suitable for our stay, clean and comfortable, decent size shower room, family fridge and cooking facilities. The covered deck over looked the lagoon and what a thrill I got to see little turtles, fish and locals ambling past. I commented on this to the owner who said 'just another day at my office'
Thank you so very much for having us. Will definitely stay again.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Napier, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2014

Great private accommodation within budget. Perfect location situated overlooking the Muri Lagoon, only minutes away from the sandy Muri Beach, and many great restaurants within walking distance. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Auckland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2014 via mobile

Thankyou Sonny for a wonderful stay. These Bungalows are comfy, super clean & in the most amazing spot in Muri Beach. The people are so friendly - it's like a different world - where kindness & happiness prevails. We will definitely be back to this beautiful place, nowhere else I'd rather spend my next holiday - which can't come soon enough! Thanks again Sonny for providing such an amazing place!

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Aroko Bungalows
Address: PO Box 850 | Muri Beach, Ngatangiia, Cook Islands
Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Ngatangiia
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality 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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