Te Arerenga Boat shacks
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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Located beachside on the western curve of the island our place is built to a traditional island living layout. This means it divides up the bedroom, kitchen and bathroom into separate shacks each facing into a central area. Our shacks are modern, simple and comfortable and include features such as an open air shower and the wreck of a Catamaran converted into a covered outdoor space for use as an artist studio by my husband Sam.

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed


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Cleaning Fee $100 NZD
Security Deposit $150 NZD
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House Rules

Te Arerenga is not a hotel or a resort. We built it as a simple and interesting space for people to come and stay, hopefully to be inspired by their island surroundings and go home having experienced Rarotonga. We want you to feel comfortable and relaxed but not pampered. This means we are friendly with our neighbours, take care with the noise, and that you may have to take on the tiny responsibilities involved with it's care (please recycle, take the rubbish out) Other than that, make yourself at home!



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3 nights minimum stay

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Jess User Profile
August 2017
What a special place to stay! We loved the whole experience from the moment Jane (Po's Mum) picked us up from the airport with flower garlands for us to wear. She went out of her way to make our stay extra-special and to point us in the direction of great places to visit and eat, even stopping on the way to the house to get us some fresh coconuts. Arerenga is a great place to relax and unwind - the rooms are spacious, clean and tidy and the kitchen has everything you need to prepare basic snacks / meals. We loved the shower room where you can be rained on while you have a shower. It is a very romantic, peaceful place - perfect to enjoy the slower pace of life on Rarotonga. You can access the palm-lined beach by a gate and a few strides walk from the end of the garden. Arorangi is a lovely village - some really great restaurants within walking distance of the house and a scooter-hire just over the road. We miss the island - and Arerenga that Po was generous enough to share with us for our week there - already.

Roxanne User Profile
August 2017
The host canceled this reservation 31 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

Simon User Profile
June 2017
Pouarii's place was nice and so different to a casual apartments. The shower was at the beginning a challange, because ther is less of water-peessure. But if you figure it out how it works (at the gas heater reduce gas to a low level and start with a low water and increase. Cotrol temperature with gas level and not on the shower), it is a great open air shower. We enjoyed the plenty of space and to hang up on the hang mattress.

We enjoyed our stay at the boat shack very much. It's a simple, but very stylish place in a non touristic neighbourhood, with 20 secs walking distance to the beach, which is wonderfull and has a very good restaurant (waterline). Po`s very kind mum helped us with everything. She brought us fruit and showed how to crack coconuts from the Palm next to the kitchen. We would recommend to hire a scooter (just opposite the street) to have some fun driving around the island.

Heather User Profile
April 2017
Staying at Te Arerenga Boatshack is definitely an experience! If you are looking for a secluded spot to unplug and relax, this could be it. The cabins are really beautiful, as is the garden. There is a coconut tree (and there was a neat stack of coconuts waiting), with everything you need to open a coconut. There is a church next door - as we went at Easter, we were treated to a few days of beautiful choir music. There isn't much to do in Aorangi (where the house is), but renting a scooter gives you access to the whole island so that's not a big deal. We weren't expecting a full dance card, so we brought plenty to do with us, There is a delicious bakery nearby. There are also many cute dogs around. The beach near the house is wonderful to walk on, not so good for swimming and a good place for a gentle intro into snorkeling. Overall we would definitely stay again. A few niggling issues: We ran out of gas, so we couldn't cook or have hot showers for a full day because the host and backup were out of the country - there should definitely be some planning for this eventuality (spare gas bottle, perhaps?). There was an ants' nest in the kitchen and try as we might we couldn't get rid of them all. The washing machine is in need of a service and we couldn't wash our clothes at the house. Some advice about Rarotonga in general: Food is way more expensive than you think it is going to be, even fresh foods. Bring as much as you can and supplement with produce and fresh fish (we bought from Ocean Fresh, near airport, and it was awesome). Though there are apparently many cheap places to drink in Avarua, we didn't find many in Aorangi. Buy at the Raro duty free end (cheaper than NZ) and make your own drinks! We found golden rum + lime put straight into a fresh coconut from the yard a deliciously refreshing option. Get a scooter if you can! Definitely take the back road at least once. The waterfall by the abandoned Sheraton is worth at least one visit.

Ivan User Profile
April 2017
Fantastic place to stay if you want something different from the resort holiday. Although Pou wasn't in Raro, her instructions we're easy to follow and communications were clear and precise. We had the pleasure of meeting Jane who showed us around and gave advice where needed. The beach is practically deserted and is only a stones throw away. The Waterline restaurant next door is a great place to have dinner and cocktails or you could grab a bottle of wine and some snacks, walk down to the beach and share the same sunset (thanks for the tip Pou!) It's a great live among the people and feel like a local. The neighbours are very nice people and leave you to your own devices. Highly recommended !!

Nell User Profile
December 2016
Te Arerenga Boat Shack is a super unique, cute little place. Perfectly located in a lovely part of Rarotonga. We hired a car and everything was easy to get to. Po and her mother Jane were very helpful and everything was super easy arriving and leaving. There was fresh passionfruit off the vine aplenty and a lovely beach 20 seconds away. The bar/restaurant next door is nice for a drink on the beach and the sunsets are spectacular. It is not a resort but it was just the site for just the kind of memorable holiday we wanted. Highly recommended.

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