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Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn

Betela, Arorangi 00001, Cook Islands
+682 22 166
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Overview
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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Open Now
17:00 - 21:00All hours
CUISINES
Bar, International, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
Betela, Arorangi 00001, Cook Islands
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Reviewed 14 September 2016

What a fantastic place, beautiful sunsets, cool drinks and the best bar tenders! Easy to get there by bus.More

Thank Claudia A
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2016

Kia Orana Claudia, Really appreciate your review. It's great when someone accepts us for what we are, a very cool little beach bar in the middle of the South Pacific. I'll pass your comments back to our awesome bar staff. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and...More

Reviewed 13 September 2016

We had read about this in the local guide book and then i TripAdvisord it.. we booked and it was BBQ Buffet night.. Fantastic food, wicked setting, service was brilliant, entertainment was great and the staff were so welcoming and friendly another place we will...More

Thank Tina G
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2016

Kia Orana Tina, Thank you for your fantastic review, very happy that, after your research, you booked and loved the evening with us. We do have a lot of fun on our BBQ evenings.... We hope to see you again when you are next here,...More

Reviewed 11 September 2016

We headed here to test whether CNN were correct in judging Shipwreck the 3rd best beach bar in the world. Ok, let's be clear it isn't. It probably isn't the third best in the Cook Islands. The food was really basic and the choice of...More

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AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2016

Kia Orana natkinson7, Thank you for your review. Very happy that you enjoyed the super chilled atmosphere and the perfect beach front location. However, I didn’t realise that your visit here was a test… normally our guests and customers come here to socialise, relax and...More

Reviewed 8 September 2016

The sunsets are amazing to watch with a nice drink and a good atmosphere. You have to take care of yourself. There is no service.More

Thank Frank B
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2016

Kia Orana Frank, Thank you for your review. I don't understand what you mean by "you have to take care of yourself. There is no service". We are a beach bar. Were you expecting someone to wait on you hand and foot? No-one has ever...More

Reviewed 30 August 2016

Visited this place on our first night and were rewarded with not only a lovely sunset, but a very friendly welcome by the bar staff. Well worth a visit. The cheese plate was delicious.

Thank Al6783
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2016

Kia Orana, Thank you for your great review, very happy that you enjoyed your visit to the world famous Shipwreck Hut. I will pass your kind comments back to our awesome staff. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team.

Reviewed 28 August 2016

The BBQ is second to none and the staff ensure that you get all that you need to eat and more. The selection is amazing and there is something there for every appetite. I highly recommend the rukau - it is addictive. Top it all...More

Thank Linda J
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2016

Kia Orana Linda, Thank you so much for your fantastic review, very happy that you enjoyed the Saturday Beach BBQ, we do have lots of fun and try very hard to give our guests as many local tastes as possible. I agree, the rukau is...More

Reviewed 24 August 2016

Well hidden little gem but worth the visit but remember everything is on island time. Although they only serve bar meals they were more than adiquate ......if they have not run out!More

Thank rossndi2015
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2016

Kia Orana, Thank you for your great review, glad that you enjoyed our little beach bar. Sorry if we ran out of some of our food choices, as I always say, we are not a restaurant and only have a small kitchen so it does...More

Reviewed 18 August 2016

We went here for dinner on quite a quiet evening in the bar. The food was delicious - we had the chowder and cheeseboard, both of which were lovely. The cocktails were very well made and great too. The staff were really friendly and helpful....More

Thank kathrynblunn
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2016

Kia Orana Kathryn, Thank you for your awesome review. I'm very pleased that you enjoyed your relaxing evening with us, the seafood chowder is definitely one of my favourites. Our live music nights on Saturday (BBQ), Tuesday and Thursday are also well worth a visit,...More

Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

This place is rated as one of the best beach bars in Cook Island (or the world #3 according to CNN 2012 poll ).My wife and I went and enjoyed 3 nights there. Saturday BBQ night is the must go. All food was home made...More

Thank Hiro H
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2016

Kia Orana Hiro, Thank you for your fantastic review. We are very proud of our little beach bar and I'm very pleased that you enjoyed your evenings there. Hope to see you back again very soon. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team.

Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

We stayed just up the beach from the Shipwreck Hut, so we regualrly went down in the afternoon and evenings for a cocktail and some live music. We also ordered some beautiful food ranging from cheese and biscuits to chilli con carne. This is local...More

Thank Rachael T
AroaBeach, Owner at Shipwreck Hut at the Aro'a Beachside Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2016

Kia Orana Rachael, Thank you so much for your awesome review, very happy that you enjoyed the cocktails, our "home cooked" food and the atmosphere at the world famous Shipwreck Hut beach bar. Thank you for your kind comments about our incredible staff (I will...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$7 - US$11
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, Kids, View, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Romantic
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
  • E-mail
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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