After a three-week holiday in NZ, we thoroughly enjoyed 5 days at Tiare Village. Adrienne, the manager, was very helpful, friendly and kind. She picked us up at the airport (even though our flight was a bit delayed), and provided us with very helpful advice and suggestions for our stay. She drove us downtown in the morning where we were able to rent a motor scooter, which proved to be an excellent choice for independent transportation on the island. Adrienne also helped us make several other arrangements, including getting us to the airport for our flight home. She went beyond the call of duty in helping us retrieve a lost item (we had left in another location on the island) in the last few hours before our flight because she had the necessary personal contacts!
We had one of the poolside units, which included an adequate kitchenette and its own full bathroom. Compared to many other backpackers in which we've stayed, this was wonderfully palatial, clean and airy! The pool was clean and refreshing, and the well-kept grounds lovely, with many different palms and other trees as well as flowering bushes.
As other reviewers have noted, Roratonga is well-populated with wild chickens, and the roosters, while gorgeous to look at, do crow! Aside from that (easily remedied with some ear plugs), the setting is wonderful – feels “off the beaten track” and away from traffic. Even though it is near the airport, we were not aware of plane traffic. The Whale and Marine Museum is a short walk, and downtown Avarua with its many shops and restaurants is not much further. If you are there on a Saturday, don't miss the Saturday Market! Much for sale, and live performances too!
We would highly recommend Tiare Village to anyone who wants clean, quiet, low-key accommodations for a lovely stay on Roratonga.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- AIRPORT MOTEL-Tiare Village is nestled in the secluded wooded hills of Rarotonga, approx 2.5 kilometres from AVARUA, the main town on the inland road, north side of the island. We are conveniently situated 1.5 kilometres from the airport, shopping centre, banks, market, nightlife, the Cross Island Walk and the beach in Nikao. We have a reputation with travellers and tourists alike, as being a friendly, clean and comfortable establishment. Fresh fruit (pawpaw, passion fruit, coconut, bread fruit, bananas, mangos, avocados, guavas and chillies) can be picked fresh from the trees in our garden when in season. We like to introduce each of our new guests hopefully to make one feel more comfortable. It can be lonely travelling on your own. You can chose to join the other guests Or you can read a book and admire the peaceful tropical surroundings and relax. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Airport Motel - Tiare Village Rarotonga, Cook Islands