The Sunset Resort

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Arorangi 123, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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Black Rock Area

by rehabber about Reefcomber Sunset Beach Motel

Reefcomber is self-catering bungalows. This place is a bit pricey at $200.00NZ per night, but it is worth it. You have a very swimmer friendly lagoon in front, a nice beach and best of all you can hear the ocean breaking from your bed. You can also walk for miles on the beach. It is very private, quite and off the road. It had a nice kitchen and there was a market at the end of the driveway with gas pumps. A great location on the lagoon with a chance to see incredible sunsets each night. You are on the landing path of the jets, but for me that was a bonus. Besides it only comes every few days and at night. Only stay in bungalow 1 or 3. The rest of the accomodations are behind these two units.

Home away from home!

by worldkiwi about Rarotonga Backpackers Beach Houses

In 2005, seven of us rented two beach houses from Rarotonga Backpackers, which were located right on the beach on the western side of Rarotonga. The houses are very private and have every facility you need for a stay. Each house had a well equipped kitchen, a laundry, good size bedrooms, and bathrooms.
The beach in front of the houses is a long white stretch of soft coral sand. In front of the houses it is a little too shallow for swimming, but just 100 metres south there is a lovely swimming spot. You can watch the sunset at night from your porch, or doze in a hammock. One bonus for us was seeing humpback whales just beyond the reef! They regularly passed by at about lunch time each day. Once I even saw one do a back-flip!
There is a small shop across the road and you can catch the bus from the end of the driveway.

Good lodging is had through...

by Lonecougar

Good lodging is had through out the Island. You must book ahead when coming to the Cooks. There is no camping, and you must show proof that you have a place to stay when going through customs. There's every kind of accommodation available from backpackers to luxury resorts. Prices range from $18.00 to $300.00nz or more. I started out at the Arerenga Motel in Arorangi. Visit ( The Motel is on the West side of the Island. This is a family owned operation. The' Motel' is located on 10 acres of lush tropical vegatation along with 3 other homes on the property that are family owned. The people are very friendly. It's like a large estate. It is beautiful and far away from the madning crowd. So you will find dogs, pigs and chickens roaming freely (as they do all over the Island). The 'Motel' is a building that has 6 apartrment type rooms with kitchen, bath and bedroom. Ceiling fan and shower. There are similar other buildings for a total of 20 units.Plain and simple but very comfortable. There's BBQ, book library, vollyball and TV room. Across the street and through the church property is a beach. The best thing is the price. $25.00nz. single and $40.00nz double. It is very peaceful and quite there, that's why I liked it. But I craved to be near the ocean so I moved over to the Manuia Beach Resort.( The resort is about half a mile north of Arerenga Motel. This is also a very quite and relaxed place to stay. Great for honeymooning couples. Ther are 20 units (10 duplex style bungalows). Both ocean and garden views are available. Has fridge and coffee maker but no kitchens. What I like about Manuia is the resturant/bar located right on the beach. The floor is sand, same as the beach. There are no glass windows. You can also eat on the patio beside the pool. This is a fantastic place to have supper in the evening around sunset. You have an incredible ocean view. Twice a week they have an Island Night BBQ( $35.00nz includes show). This is a great supper with a great show. Unlike the other more Americanized hotels, the Show is put on by local famlies. The dancers are not 'professional' but are true Island dancers The dance being passed down from generation to generation. The younger kids who perform are learning how to dance and perform in public. This makes for a great show. Some of the older dancers have won many awards for their dancing skills. The staff were outstanding and I got to know them as friends not as hotel workers. I had many a great evening lounging under a lighted thatched umbrella with Toby the hotel cat sitting in my lap and the local dog (forget his name) laying beside me as I was reading a book in the evening warm air listening to the ocean waves crash on the shores............THIS PICTURE: Manuai Beach Hotel overlooking pool and restarunt/bar

Low budget motel with an extra: bird feeding ...

by corey07 about Kingfisher Motel, Merimbula

Kingfisher Motel is sort of unpretentious and located right at the entrence of Merimbula when arriving on Princes Highway from Sydney. It is not near the wonderful beaches they have there, but it offers low budget accomodation with a certain extra: Baron, the owner, offered us family room located under the usual rooms for about 60 AUD a night and we could feed all the birds of the area ......... plus our direct neighbour was a possum that he and his wife took care of as a baby ......... and when sitting on the balcony in the evening with a glass of wine we had the most beautiful sunset ever .......... Beautiful birds, great sunset-views and a very nice and helpful pair of owners. Once again: it is a very nice and clean low budget accomodation!!


by mtncorg

What is a beach without a sunset? Maybe a beach facing the West? Here in the Cooks, you can have both sunrise and sunset. You can stay out on the beach afterwards and gaze skywards to the Southern Cross and the billions of other stars. You can stay here for a long time.



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Forum Posts

World Cup in Cook Islands

by Maboo

My girlfriend and I will be visiting the Cook Islands (Raratonga and Aitutaki) in June. Much to my distress (and the utter disinterest of my girlfriend) this coincides with the World Cup!! Is there anywhere on either island where I will be able to watch the matches (bearing in mind the kick-off times will be 3am, 6am, and 9am or thereabouts)? Please help!!!!

RE: World Cup in Cook Islands

by chinagazer

Except for low budget accommodation, your hotel/rental house should have a TV set. TV coverage however is rather limited in the Cooks (not 24-7) so you might have a problem there. I'll try and ask around for you.
Did you know that the Survivor series will be filmed in Aitutaki May-June? They are hosting a team of up to 300 people! Have you booked your accommodation yet?

RE: RE: World Cup in Cook Islands

by Maboo

Survivor? Really? Bloody hell, I's better get onto it. Any recommendations for accommodation on Aitutaki or Raratonga (Muri beach)? Are you there at the moment?

RE: RE: World Cup in Cook Islands

by chinagazer

No, I am not in the Cook Islands for the moment, but I have been preparing my summer vacation there since last August!
The best place to start looking should be the Virtual Tourist travel guides (hm, hm).
Additionnally check out They have a list of hotels and rental houses for all budgets in both Rarotonga and Aitutaki.
The Cook Islands Tourist Board is very helpful too:
Muri Beach on Rarotonga seems to be the most popular part of the island, but is not on the sunset side of the island (if that is important to you). Considering the prevailing winds, the west side of the island is the lee side, i.e. best protected from the wind. The lagoon on the north and east side is very small (the reef is very close to the beach).
In Aitutaki the east side of the island on the ocean side is not good for swimming nor snorkling: too shallow, too muddy. The inner lagoon side on the east side is OK though (Samade has beautiful vieuw and excellent snorkling). The west side of the island (the sunset side) is the lee side and here you will find the highest concentration of accommodation. Snorkling is very good in front of Esma Villas on the north of the island (very isolated, no restaurants nor bars nearby).
You can also stay at One Foot Island: the lodge (McBirney house) however does not have electricity. So no World Cup there for sure!!!

RE: World Cup in Cook Islands

by chinagazer

Here is some follow up: broadcasting schedules are not yet known for this year's WC. Aitutaki usually does not have live broadcasting. Depends on sponsors caughing up enough money.
For you info: in the Cook Islands rugby is more popular than football.

weather and cost

by adoring

We are an active 50 year old couple thinkng of holiday in Cook Islands in Late January. How is the weather at this time if year. Also, is it expensive to go on tours and daily activities.
Has anyone stayed at Sunset Resort? Waht is your opinion.


Re: weather and cost

by traveltime10

I'm simply bookmarking this site, because I am also interested in the answers to your questions.

Re: weather and cost

by yvr

The climate is warm tropical and wet. Rainfall is likely in all months, becoming heaviest from January to March and more isolated in the sunnier drier season. Daytime temperatures are warm throughout the year, falling to comfortable at night in the drier months.

Tropical Cyclones are possible between December and March but are rare.

Re: weather and cost

by ricky52

Due to extreme climatic changes the World is experiencing at the moment, trying to predict the weather can be difficult because of local, on the day variations.
Most places now are seeing weather conditions well outside the norm.
The information below should be used as a guide only.

Here is the average weather for Rarotonga for this time of year.
Enjoy your holiday.

High 82f / 28c
Low 73f / 23c
Rain 10.50in / 267.0mm
Rain days 18
Hours of sun 7
Daylight hours 13
UV level 11 = Extreme
Humidity = High

Re: weather and cost

by Kakapo2

I would not travel in the rain and cyclone season, to me the high humidity is not very pleasant.

Getting around the Cooks is cheap. Even a rental car does not cost a lot more than NZ$ 20, and it is fun to travel by scooter. You can also take the public bus on Rarotonga (= main island) which circles the island clockwise and counter-clockwise. You can do most of those tours yourself and do not need organised tours and pay big money.

However, the Cooks are - compared to some other destinations in the South Pacific - very affordable.

Ayres Rock Tours

by ryaner


We are in Alice Springs in January arriving at 11.05 on the 7th Jan and leaving on the 10th at 10.20. We are staying in Annies, good from what i have heard. Anywho we are looking for a tour to Ayres Rock and the canyon in this short space of time

Anyone know of any decent ones ?? Annis only seem to do 3 day tours and we dont have the time. Maybe a 1 or two day one with no sleep till Alice.....

Heard of this look pretty decent anyone know of any others

Cheers friom ireland


Ayres Rock Tours Sorry Uluru

by ryaner

Excuse me

Anyone know of any tour groups that go out to Uluru
on a blitz tour ?



Re: Ayres Rock Tours Sorry Uluru

by JustinJansen

I not aware of blitzkreig tours. But the distant from alice is 500 kms one way to Uluru. And sunset is the most beautiful thing so you can drive by you're own up, see the sunset (and The Olga's (sorry Craic I forgot the aboriginal name) and then drive back the next day. But it's all too short for this very impressing area!
And you can fly in from Alice and fly back!

Re: Ayres Rock Tours

by chris_i79


When I was there I went on Wayoutback Tours and they were great. There is a maz of 8 people as you go in a 4x4 through desert traIls that buses cannot reach. At night you sleep in swags under the stars. There are various tour options, but the one I used visited Kings Canyon, Uluru and the Olgas (which are better I think)

Enjoy your time in the desert.

Re: Re: Ayres Rock Tours

by Del.

Try the Oz Experience. I went with them from Alice Springs. It was great fun and a good way of getting to know other people.


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Address: Arorangi 123, Rarotonga, Cook Islands