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Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn

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Betela, Arorangi 00001, Cook Islands
+682 22 166
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17:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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Melbourne, Australia
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293 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We enjoyed pre-dinner cocktails on a glorious evening in a gorgeous setting right on the beach. Does not get much better than this. The food menu was limited and nothing really appealed so I can't comment on that aspect.

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Thank familyfuninsun
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you for your great review. Obviously I agree with you.... it doesn't get any better than the Shipwreck Hut. We do tell people that we are not a restaurant but just a little beach bar in the middle of the South Pacific. If our guests want to dine here we have some home cooked options like lasagne,... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Met by staff who went off her trolley bad start left.Owner seemed a nice guy.place looks nice bar area restaurant

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Thank whisky774
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you for your review. I agree with you, the Shipwreck hut is a really nice place as testified by the overwhelming majoring of our reviews. I remember you very well, you came into the bar in the morning at approx. 9:30 - 10:00 am (the bar was closed), you were informed where to put your bikes. I... More 

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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped off at Shipwreck Hut last week for sunset drinks. Had a swim beforehand in the lagoon which was some of the best snorkeling we did on the island all week! Good price for beers and cocktails, and our trip was especially to watch a local guitarist that had played at our hotel on NYE. Fab music, gorgeous spot to... More 

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Thank Kate S
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana Kate, Thank you for your great review, very pleased that you enjoyed our little beach bar. We hope to see you back again soon. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

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66 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are after a beautiful sunset, listening to nice music in a very relaxed environment, then you should consider going to the Shipwreck Hut and you will enjoy yourself. If however you are looking for a romantic dinner, I must advice you that on arrival, the owner warned me "We are not a restaurant". Still, they have a few... More 

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Thank Allways_Correct
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Many thanks for your review and your kind words, I agree our location is magnificent. We do like to tell people that we are not a restaurant, because we are not. We are a beach bar. Unfortunately TripAdvisor does not have a category for beach bars.... I am very pleased that you enjoyed the ambience and location of... More 

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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed some great cocktails watching the sun fall into the water one evening. The owners are lovely, and their golden retriever loves a pat too!

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Thank Lauren S
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana Lauren, Thank you for your fantastic review, your comments are much appreciated. My dog (the Golden Retriever), Dexter is such a big softie, happy that you got to pat him, he gets a lot of 5 star reviews....... We hope to see you back again soon. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team, not forgetting Dexter. More 

Napier, New Zealand
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50 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cool relaxed style beach bar and snacks. We took our kids there for sundowners many times and the sunsets are good there. Simple cheap eats such as lasagne and chilli.

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Thank NevillePettersson
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you for your fantastic review. Glad the you loved our little bar. We hope to see you back again. Meitaki, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

Seasoned traveller from Devon
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266 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The location on the sunset side of the island is great. The drinks like most bars ( with 2 exceptions - see my other reviews) are not cheap even at happy hour. I can't comment on the food as the night we went there on our trusty Polynesian scooter was shut... In summary, a good local beach bar, friendly staff... More 

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Thank Chocky1948
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you for your great review. Very pleased that you enjoyed our little beach bar. Meitaki, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

Teignmouth, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Rustic bar right on the sunset beach very friendly professional staff, good service and food. We watched the sunset and listened to the live music. Heaven!

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Thank CAH1951
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you for your great review. Very happy that you enjoyed our little beach bar. Meitaki, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great spot to have a beer and watch the sun set. Not sure I'd go for the food but it was acceptable. Waited to go on a Thursday as there was meant to be live music but I guess just not this Thursday.

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Thank nealon123
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you for your great review. Sorry that we didn't have music on when you visited, as it is our low season here many people (including musicians) are off island. :-( We hope to see you back again. Meitaki, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is where I had the best ever Pina Colada, mixed in a jar and absolutely delicious! The setting is great, with all sorts of things on the walls to look (and laugh) at. It's right on the beach, and is a delightful place from which to watch the sunset. You need to look foir the signs from the road,... More 

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Thank mrsBuckls
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you so much for your fantastic review of our perfect little beach bar. I agree, our Pina Coladas are awesome.... Glad you liked the signs in the bar, people send them to us from all over the world. Send us something (the more random the better) and we'll put it up. Look forward to seeing back again.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$11
Cuisine
Bar, International
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Romantic, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 21:00
Monday
17:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 21:00
Thursday
17:00 - 21:00
Friday
17:00 - 21:00
Saturday
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Betela, Arorangi 00001, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Arorangi
  • Phone Number: +682 22 166
Description
The Shipwreck Hut is an authentic beach bar situated right on the sand at the Aro'a Beachside Inn. Perfectly positioned to enjoy sunsets that are the envy of the South Pacific while sipping one of the famous "jam-jar cocktails". We also offer cold beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks and "home cooked" bar meals. We serve our bar meals from 5:00pm until 8:00pm (but not on BBQ nights). Saturday - Beach BBQ 6:00pm with live music. Tuesday - Live music 6:00pm to 8:00pm Thursday - Live music "Sunset Cocktails" 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Exactly what you would expect from a fun loving beach bar in the South Pacific.

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