Beachside property with mountain viewsMountain views from the west side

Entire home/apt

2 guests

1 bedroom

1 bed

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About this listing

Located beachside on the west side of the island these bespoke shacks are perfect for stunning sunset and mountain views. Made to be used primarily as an artist residency, Te Arerenga features the island's only converted boat covered area!

The space

Te Arerenga's shacks were designed by NZ architect Fritha Hobbs in a 'fale style' layout with separate sleeping, eating and artist workshop areas. My husband and I built these shacks ourselves to be used primarily as an artist residency, when it's not in use for this purpose we sometimes Airbnb Te Arerenga out to visitors with an adventurous spirit. The house is full of interesting pieces of art - E.g a banana chandelier, and paintings that compliment the views and surroundings of the section.

Guest access

You will have access to the entire place, however the front storage area of the 'boat shed' is being used as our storage/tool shed at the moment so will remain locked during your visit.

Interaction with guests

You will have the place all to yourself, which is the idea for writers/artists if they're coming to stay and make some work. This however also means that you will be responsible for small and simple things like taking the rubbish out on rubbish days (a short walk to the main road) If we're out of the country at the time then mum, will be a phone call away if you need anything.

Other things to note

Check in and check out: 10am

If you require early check-in or late checkout, this can be arranged so long as you let us know at least a week before your arrival. You will need to send your flight details through. Any miscommunication or understanding on your part in regards to your arrival/departure dates & times will incur the extra cost of that nights stay.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 10AM
Check Out: 10AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: No Charge
Cleaning Fee: $100 NZD
Security Deposit: $150 NZD
Weekly Discount: 5%
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 10AM

Te Arerenga is not a hotel or a resort. We built it as a funky place for people to come and stay, hopefully 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 (TINY!) responsibilities involved with it's care (please recycle, take the rubbish out) other than that make yourself at home.



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

3 nights minimum stay

16 Reviews

Check In
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.

Meredith User Profile
November 2016
My partner and I spent six days at Te Arerenga Boat Shack and had the most amazing time. Pouarii arranged an airport transfer for us, and her Mum Jane (who is lovely) came to visit us several times to make sure we had everything we need. She even brought us a delicious cake. The kitchen has everything you need, and also came pre-stocked with some special island treats for us (delicious). The bedroom is cosy and comfortable. The boat shack is a great place to lounge in the shade or have dinner outside. The beach is a short walk down the lane and is so low traffic is may as well be private. There are wonderful snorkeling spots just a short ways up the beach, too. It rained for several days of our stay, so the outdoor washroom was a bit of an adventure, but we chose Te Arerenga partly because we Wanted an adventure. The outdoor shower is totally luxurious, especially during a thunderstorm (no, really, you have to try it.) The neighbors are all friendly and kind, especially the local dogs. We love dogs, and they can tell. We were immediately adopted by the neighbor's dog, Wendy, who came with us everywhere. (That said, if you don't like dogs, ignore them and they will ignore you.) The restaurant next door, the Waterline, is also fabulous. On our last day, the church next door held a big outdoor event and the choir singing was otherworldy-beautiful. Basically we loved everything about the place, and hope to come back some day :)

Samantha User Profile
October 2016
We had a fabulous relaxing stay at Te Arerenga, thanks for building such a great place to experience Rarotonga staying in the local community. Your directions were easy even late at night. It was lovely to meet your mum June, who was very friendly and showed us all we needed to know about our stay, giving us great ideas for places to try yummy local food and cultural experiences too. Your place was very clean and comfortable and we loved the plants in your garden, lovingly tended to by June. Gospel Day celebrations were fabulous to see and the Thursday evening Muri night food markets and Saturday morning local market in Avarua were great too. The huge papaya, limes and bananas from the tree were delicious for breakfast. We loved being so close to the beach and enjoyed sunset cocktails at the Waterline bar/ restaurant on the beach next door. The outdoor seating area was great for sitting and relaxing and we enjoyed listening to the drumming and singing practice next door at the church. We would highly recommend your unique spot to enjoy a wonderful local stay in beautiful Rarotonga, thanks so much.

Leanne User Profile
October 2016
The Host made us feel extremely welcome!! we loved living in the real down to earth Rarotongan community.

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