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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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Sydney, Australia
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115 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

The legendary Shipwreck hut is well worth a visit - a fantastic selection of cocktails mixed by local experts. Tuesday night is a fun night with live entertainment - a great place to meet locals and visitors alike over a cool drink and stunning sunset. A definite favourite of mine

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

Kia Orana Jane, Thank you for taking the time to give us a fantastic review of the very cool Shipwreck Hut beach bar, much appreciated. I definitely agree with your comments, lots of fun..... Meitaki ma'ata and ka kite, Steve, Geraldine the the awesome A Team. More 

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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Nice atmosphere, good music, The food was a bit ordinary but a lovely place for a drink and too watch the sunset.

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Thank manueltowers
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. Hope to see you back again. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

Oceanside, California
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

This is a true beach bar that is a must visit (numerous times) while in Rarotonga. The bar literally sits on the beach and you can relax, unwind and watch the wonderful sunsets. The staff are awesome. We visited 3 times during our recent stay and were never disappointed. The food is great and live music a few nights a... More 

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Thank oanddkerton
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. A true beach bar.... that is exactly what we are. Very happy that you enjoyed you time with us, I'll pass your fantastic comments back to our awesome staff. Hope to see you again. Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

if you are looking for a beach bar where you can drink pinacoladas from a jar and watch the sunset on the reef from a hammock then this is your place,

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

Kia Orana, Thank you for your brilliant review. Hope to see you back here again soon. Kia manuia, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team More 

Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

Loved this place! Raro ladies were funny and entertaining so was the owner. Food was yummy, simple and affordable. Loved Jake Numanga. A must do :)

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Thank Simoe N T
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you for your fantastic review. Very pleased that you enjoyed our Saturday BBQ evening with Jake. Jake is awesome. Hope to see you again soon. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

Geraldine, New Zealand
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167 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

We were walking along the beach and came across this great wee spot. We ordered a round of drinks and settled to watch the sunset. And it was the perfect place to see the sun go down, while music played in the background.

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Thank K1ngsGld
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you for your fantastic review. We agree, the best spot on the island to unwind and enjoy the stunning sunsets. Come and see us again soon. Kia manuia, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

This is a must do if you want to catch a great sunset.Great drinks selection, great food and great service. We came here three nights in a row it became our go to place each night. Such a stunning veiw of the beach and the sunset.

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Thank 22enidan
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you for your fantastic review, very happy that you enjoyed our hospitality. We look forward to seeing you back here again. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

This is a fantastic place to sit and watch the sun going down with a cocktail! The staff are super friendly and make you feel so welcome. This is a true 'Beach Bar'☀️ Also the food is great!!

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

Kia Orana, Thank you for your fantastic review. Of course we all agree with you..... definitely the best bar on the island. Really pleased that you enjoyed our world famous Shipwreck Hut beach bar. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

This hut is unique. We drink out of jam jars, which makes for huge drinks, and the choices are endless. I have just given a review for Aroa Beachside Inn and not sure if I put in the 'stars' however it is 'five stars' as is this bar. Geraldine, Steve and Dexter are fantastic as is Stephanie, Alone and all... More 

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

Kia Orana Karen, Thank you so much for your fantastic review. Very pleased that you loved our little beach bar. You'll be back before you know it. Kia manuia, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. More 

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016

Great sunsets, great cocktails, good music, BBQ evening good, had a great time with friends. Would definitely go back

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Thank 969gail
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this review

Kia Orana Gail, Thank you for your fantastic review. I think you said everything in two sentences.... Very happy that you enjoyed our hospitality. Look forward to seeing you again in our little slice of paradise. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team. 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, Vegetarian Friendly
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, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
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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