Outdoor living area & BBQ
Swimming pool, sunbathing area & garden
Are Renga Retreat - quiet private home
Hosted by Cathy N Kev
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4 guests
2 bedrooms
2 beds
1.5 baths
4 guests
2 bedrooms
2 beds
1.5 baths
Please set the number of adults.
Please set the number of children.
Ages 2 - 12
Please set the number of infants.
Under 2
4 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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Are Renga Retreat is a private, quiet retreat in paradise. We are a 2 minute walk from the beach. You can enjoy beach walks, laze around the pool, relax in our covered outdoor area or sunbath on our private deck. Nearby are a number of restaurants and places to enjoy a cocktail or dinner. Our cabana on the beach is a special place to watch magnificent sunsets or see the whales cruise by, after a busy day of sightseeing, snorkelling or shopping. Bus access is available at the gate every hour.

The space

Staying with us you will have access to our home. Bedroom 1 has a queen size bed and bedroom 2 has a super king bed that can be split into 2 king single beds. Your bathroom has shower, toilet and hand basin, (hair dryer, heating hair straightener & dressing gowns are provided), there is a separate laundry, toilet and change area near the pool. We have a large outdoor deck area with living, dining and BBQ area. The pool, garden & deck area is a fabulous place to sunbath, swim and unwind. Kevin and I can prepare meals with prior notice and this is additional to the room rate. We have a safe for you to store your valuables and we will provide you with access to our security system. Our place is fully fenced so is very secure. We are both tidy and clean living and we will expect guests to be the same, we will appreciate guests respecting our home. My husband has a coffee machine that only he uses however he is a great Barista and there is nothing like a good espresso first thing in the morning down on the beach. Magic our friendly dog lives with us and she is very people friendly.

Guest access

All parts of our home except our personal bedroom and bathroom. Guests will be welcome to order breakfast or dinner the day prior or if they want to prepare own food our expectations are that all cleaning up is done by the guests so kitchen and BBQ is left clean and tidy. We have a BBQ with oven out on the covered deck area and an oven, microwave and hob top inside. We have ample fridge space and a small amount of freezer space is available.

Interaction with guests

Kevin and I are available to pick you up and drop you off to the airport for a fee and because we live here we can provide you with all sorts of information about the island. At times we can offer our small car for hire, we also have snorkelling gear and golf gear available for a small fee and can provide you with information on various tourist attractions, things to do and dining options. We have an exercise bike here at the house and guests are welcome to use this.

Other things to note

Note: The current location map is incorrect - for the correct location check out Are Renga Studio - we are right next to them (We are trying to change the map but it will not allow us to do this)

Please note that both of our bedrooms are upstairs and we do not have access for wheelchair to these bedrooms.


Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 king bed

House Rules
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM

- Continental or cooked breakfast can be supplied as extra
- Two scooters are available to hire from us
- Two sets of golf clubs (mens & womans) are available for hire
- Guests are provided with beach towels and mats
- Dinner or lunch can be provided for additional cost
- We can arrange tours, island nights, fishing charters, restaurant bookings etc
- Snorkeling gear (goggles, snorkel and fins) are available at a small cost
- No glassware is to be taken into the swimming pool
- We ask that guests rinse off shoes, snorkeling gear, feet and legs at our outdoor shower before coming inside or into the pool after being at the beach
- We suggest all guests bring insect repellant
- Smoking is allowed in the outside area - please use ashtray provided and be aware of others when smoking
- If guests use kitchen, BBQ or laundry it is expected that they are left tidy and clean
- Prices: $120 per bedroom. Bedroom 1 has Queen size bed, Bedroom 2 has King size bed that can be split into 2* King single beds
- Our home is clean & tidy - we have an expectation that guests will respect this so we can continue to share our home with like minded people
- Transfers: pick-up and drop off from or to the airport is available @$12 per person one way. If there are four people a maximum of $30 one way will apply

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Dog(s) live in the house


14 Reviews

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Jessica User Profile
October 2017
Where do you start with a review of Cathy and Kevin's place. I think we will start with the fantastic coffee's that Kevin made us our first morning. What a welcome. The outdoor pool and patio has seating for 22 people (not that that many people would ever be there but so many places to relax and be in or out of the sun). Kevin had great recommendations on where to eat, what beaches to visit and things to do. He was a consummate host and we look forward to staying with them again when we visit the Cooks again. Thanks Kevin and Cathy,

Amy User Profile
September 2017
Cathy and Kev have a lovely home, we enjoyed the pool, the landscaping, the bikes and the brief walk to the beach. In either direction from the beachfront you are an easy walk to two great places, Waterline Restaurant and Wilson's Beach Bar. Be mindful you are sharing their house and their dog.
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Response from Cathy N Kev:
Hi Amy & Klaus thanks for your review. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay however we are disappointed that there seems to have been a misinterpretation of our place and it was disappointing that you chose not to talk with us about it. We apologise if you were not aware that Arerenga Retreat is a home-stay prior to your arrival? We do have that on the site details plus we also say that we have a dog.... usually when we start messaging people we explain the arrangement ie our bedroom/bathroom downstairs and guest bedroom and bathroom upstairs and that people are free to self cater or have us do some breakfast and meals for them. Given our rate was $120 per night when you stayed - you would not get a house such as ours for anything like that anywhere on the island ie with the pool, decking and seating areas, excellent amenities and 2 min walk to the beach with a lovely cabana for use on the beach, etc etc. I will however check our site now to make sure that is spelled out clearly ie that we are a home-stay - but we have been operating for a year now and haven't had any glitches to date. On top of that you were able to use our neighbours bikes free of charge, we didn't charge for personal laundry, use of our snorkeling gear and Kev dropped you off to the airport for no charge to go to Aitutaki. Trust you have settled back to work. Kind regards Cathy
September 2017

Laura User Profile
August 2017
Cathy and Kev are wonderful hosts. They help you from the moment you make the reservation with them, giving good advise and tips about what to do around and what places are the best ones to try. They offer many extras such as return transfers from and to the airport, meals, hiring their car, etc. Our first night we had dinner with them and what a dinner! It was delicious! Also, being able to have the car to drive around was very helpful. And regarding the transfer, we had a very late night (2 am) flight and Kev drove us to the airport with a smile in his face! Thanks Kev! Apart from their amazing hospitality and flexibility, they have an incredible house, clean, with all amenities you can need, an amazing deck to hang out and a swimming pool! We wish to have had more time to enjoy those! We would like to have stayed longer! Also, they have a very cute dog, Magic, who is very sociable and we enjoyed playing with! :) This has been one of the best airbnb we have stayed at, and if we come back to Rarotonga, we would love to stay with them again! We recommend them to anyone who is going to Rarotonga, but I believe many people already know how great they are, as they are booked until the end of the year! So hurry up if you want to stay with them! :) Thanks Kev and Cathy for your amazing hospitality and making us feel so comfortable at your home!
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Response from Cathy N Kev:
Thanks to you both, wishing you all the very best for your life travels and adventure together xx Kev Cathy & Magic
August 2017

Scott User Profile
July 2017
I stayed for two nights here and loved every minute of it. The room was comfortable, clean, and spacious. The location is second to none and truly felt like a paradise. Cathy and Kev are wonderful host and have many suggestions to make the most of your time on Rarotonga. If you come to the island, skip staying in town or at a resort and stay here instead. You won't regret it!

Catherine User Profile
July 2017
Cathy and Kev are fabulous hosts. Lots of helpful advice of where to go and what to do, as well as great tales. Being able to use the little red car and scuba gear whenever, were definite pluses. And having Magic is a bonus for dog lovers like me. A home away from home that really makes it easy to put the house rules of "Relax, Unwind, Enjoy" into action.

Steven (Sam) User Profile
June 2017
Thanks for welcoming us into your lovely home! We appreciated your kind generous accommodating hospitality and loved Magic the dog! Your home stay was the most well equipped place ever!!

Jennifer User Profile
June 2017
Cathy n Kev are most welcoming. Kev met us at an unruly hour at the airport, cheerful and full of local information. The house is outstandingly clean, complete with outdoor area to prepare food, pool, beachside hut and doggie called Magic. We relaxed totally. So very appreciative of the opportunity to wind down and chill out. Beach is very clean and great for a long relaxing walk. Snorkelling nearby (equipment provided). Restaurants close by along the beach. Being on west side of island this is great for sunset watching and drinks!

Cook IslandsJoined in September 2016
Cathy N Kev User ProfileCathy N Kev is a superhost.
Kev and I are originally from New Zealand. We have lived in the Cook Islands since 2009 and for the past 7 years we owned and operated a restaurant here in Arorangi. We are both in our 50's and love living here in paradise. We have a lovely home here in the village and want to sh…
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