About the property
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay4 nights
House, 1 Bedroom, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)
Property situated on lovely Aroa beach, western sunset side of Rarotonga (on the lee side of the island). With all tide swimming and fantastic snorkeling at your doorstep. Beautiful white sandy, safe beach just steps from the house. Beautiful clear blue lagoon, fringed by waves breaking on distant reef.
House is fully self-contained with 2 x fridge freezers, plus clothes washing machine. Hair dryer, bathroom towels & beach towels. Outside shower, extra to 1.5 bathrooms inside. All windows and doors fully screened.
For stays of more than 7 nights, a linen change and clean will be arranged at a convenient time.
Convenience stores within 10 minute walking distance, larger superettes/supermarkets 15 min drive.
Rental cars can be arranged, bus stop at the gate.
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- Response time:
- within one day
- Calendar last updated:
- May 23, 2018
I am originally from New Zealand but lived in the main, 15 years in Rarotonga. My home town in NZ is in the country and I have found Rarotonga very much like this. The pace of life is relaxed, we drive at max 50 kph. The people are very friendly, I feel it an honour to live in the Cook Islands. I have always had holiday homes in NZ on the ocean. Living in Rarotonga and owning this beach front property is like being on 'holiday' all year round.
Owner purchased this House in 2009
Why Owner chose Arorangi District
The house enables you to have a relaxing holiday in a house providing all amenities in a spacious residence. You also enjoy a fantastic piece of beach, maybe the best on Rarotonga right in front of the house!! The bus stops at the gate or rental vehicles are available from near by. Restaurants /bars, groceries etc are all within easy distance.
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
We left our hearts in Rarotonga
We spent five weeks at this awesome rental. The house is well equipped and I did get use to the French press coffee maker after a week or so. The photos of the house and surroundings are better in real life and the towels are plush and soft. The BBQ is new and works really well and it’s great to have the outside shower to rinse off after snorkeling. We snorkeled in every suggested spot around the island but the snorkeling in front of the beach house was the BEST...Made friends with an eel that nodded its head while I swam by. Sometimes when we went snorkeling it was like swimming in an aquarium. Having the shipwreck bar beside us was very pleasant as we could go for dinner if we wanted to or just sit and listen to the music while sipping wine. Oki and Vanine were the BEST landlord/caretakers who also became our friends. Going to a church service is a MUST as there you will feel the love ❤️ of the people of Rarotonga of the Cook Islands. There is no kayak included in the rental of this beach house as advertised but there is a place close by that you can rent them if you wish . We would go back in a heart beat to pick up the rest of our hearts left on that bench.
Wonderful beach house - superb location!
We would do it all again in a heart beat!! The house was perfect for our family of four (2 teenagers). It is airy and comfortable. The kitchen is large and well equipped. We took advantage of being right on the beach and snorkelled and kayaked daily. There was some snorkeling gear at the house and we hired the kayaks from just up the road. They were delivered to the house and collected again at the end of our stay.
We enjoyed the very mellow live music from the Shipwreck Bar, just over the fence on Tuesday and Saturday evenings and wondered over a couple of times for cocktails and a light dinner.
The bench in the picture is perfect for that early morning cup of coffee and the sunsets are out of this world!
Jan was wonderful helping us with our booking and answering my many questions.
The house was perfect for a very relaxed beach holiday. The kids didn't watch the television once and didn't want to leave - neither did we.
We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and also the ambience of the Shipwreck Bar, thank you for posting the review, much appreciated
Perfect holiday spot
Our family have just returned from a week's holiday in Rarotonga staying at the Aroa beach house. It was perfect. The house was spacious and easily accommodated our family of 4 (incl 2 teenagers). Just 25 steps from the verandah and you're on the beach! The snorkelling was amazing, and the beach safe. A few more steps and you're at the Shipwreck bar with the beautiful and very entertaining local staff (esp the gorgeous Alone and Max!). We took some food with us to Raro (incl meat, condiments, breakfast foods etc) and cooked a few meals at the house - it was really well equipped and with a good bbq (we ran out of gas at one point but called Oki and he came straight over with a new gas cylinder). A very generous fruit bowl was awaiting us in the kitchen when we arrived which we found had all come from Oki's property and he kindly replenished our supply during the week! Like others before us, this was one of the most perfect holidays for our family and we honestly can't wait to go back!
Activities we would recommend while there would be the Storytellers Bike Tours - brilliant - and the Highland cultural night. Recommended places to eat would include Kikau Hut, the Moorings (fab spot for lunch) and Charlie's (another fab spot for lunch esp if you have hungry teenagers!).
Spacious, clean and in a great location.
We enjoyed three nights in this lovely island style home and I would recommend it for families. The location is terrific - in Aroa and right on the beach, although not too close to the waves. The grass lawn was an easy few metres to walk across to the sand and the outdoor shower was very conveniently placed. The home is comprised of a spacious room that feels airy (even when it's hot) and the bedroom and bathroom (1.5) are off to one side. There are many sliding screened windows. The kitchen is truly huge - almost catering kitchen size - and the biggest I have experienced in many trips to Rarotonga! We had extended family staying in another private home and they would come to our place for BBQ's and dinner because the tables were larger and there was much more space for us all. Beds were comfy and ceiling fans appreciated on the humid days we were there. Laundry is in the carport and there are plenty of clean towels for showering and/or the beach. The double basin-ed spacious bathroom with a separate toilet was very useful. We were a bit worried that the bar next door would be noisy or intrusive, but it was quite the opposite. It gave just a little bit of atmosphere and one night a vibraphone musician gave us a private concert while we drank cocktails on our porch overlooking the sunset! Bliss.
I can't think of any negatives as such. The water boost switch may not have been working for us so we change the timing of our showers, but that was no big deal as it was really hot weather anyway. There were a few mosquitoes, but nothing a plug-in repellant couldn't deal with. Our ten-year old son was a little scared by noises of the waves to sleep in the big room by himself, so he ended up in the single bed that was in our room - lucky it was available!
All in all, we would recommend and would return given half the chance! Thanks Jan and family.
I would like to first take the opportunity to give a warm thanks to Jan and Jim for sharing their house with my family. This home is just that - A HOME - and not just another vacation rental. The location is perfect. My family and I spent just about 8 days on the Rarotonga, and this home and its location really was so memorable.
The Aroa Beach house far exceeded our expectations.
It is an absolutely beautiful home overlooking a wonderful and safe for kids snorkel beach, positioned to take full advantage of the most spectacular sunsets we have ever seen. Our sons only speak of this amazing holiday and beautiful marine life they have seen.
We also enjoyed so much Aroa Beach Bar, their local fruit breakfast and BBQ nights.
We can´t thank enough to Jan and Jim for their hospitality, warmth and help.
As we reluctantly left, I know we all took one lasting memory picture of the view.
TRULY THE BEST VACATION OF OUR LIVES
My husband and I and our 9 year old son stayed here for 3 weeks. We cannot forget this trip. Everyday we talk about how we can't wait to come back as soon as possible. Not only was this the absolute best beachfront location on Rarotonga to stay for snorkeling, sunsets, great food and atmosphere, but the owners are truly the kindest and most fantastic hosts you will ever meet. The beach house was very comfortable and well equipped and as soon as we walked in the door, we felt like it was our second home. The wonderful food and music at the Shipwreck Hut bar next door is greatly missed. All of the staff were very friendly and went out of their way to please. We are already planning our next vacation here and the memories of this relaxing, quiet paradise will carry us through our days until our return....Thank you Jim and Jan and all the staff of the Aroa Beachside Inn and Shipwreck Hut for a truly memorable family holiday
Adventure hire business just 500 meter walk, has kayaks, snorkelling gear, diving trips
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Rates are based on 2 adults - children under 13 years are free, teens 13-17 $20nz per night, adults 18 years and above $35nz per night