Lonely Planet review
Tucked away off the inland road near the airport, about 3km from Avarua, this hostel is a long-standing favourite for budget travellers. Inside the large main house, the small dorms share a kitchen, bathroom and lounge area; outside there are three self-contained (and rather pokey) A-frame chalets and several poolside units.
Luxury it ain't. The decor's definitely showing its age and some of the rooms are decidedly dingy, but there's usually a lively atmosphere (especially on Friday nights) and the owners are full of useful local info. The poolside units are probably the best-value rooms on the property; the A-frame chalets look quaint and quirky but they're rather disappointing inside. The large communal lounge in the main house is a good place to meet up with your fellow travellers - there's a blackboard outside where daily events are chalked up, and a small room nearby where you can get online for a fee. The hostel's main drawback is the distance from town - the clockwise bus stops at the end of the main drive, but if you want to get into Avarua itself you'll either have to trek over to the coast road to catch the anticlockwise bus, or hire your own scooter.
Services & facilities
- 24 hour security
- Tours/travel desk
- Airport transfers
- Bicycle hire
- Common room
- Bicycle parking
- Free parking
- Ceiling fan
- Internet access
- Linen included
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Swimming pool
Tiare Village is right in the heart of the wonderful island of Rarotonga, Cook Islands. We have a reputation with travellers and tourists alike, for being a friendly, cosy, clean and comfortable establishment.
Tiare Village provides a wide range of accommodation, to suit a variety of guests from backpackers and individuals to groups. We provide Dormitories, Self Contained Pool Units & Chalets. We are nestled in the secluded wooded hills of Rarotonga, approx 2.5 kilometres from the main town on the inland road, north side of the island. Tiare Village is convenient for the airport, shopping, banks, markets, nightlife and just a few minutes away from the Cross Island Walk and the beach in Nikao.
We have an excellent lounge in the main house, which is separate from the bedrooms. Guests can relax, mingle and make new friends, or watch TV. This is also where you'll find the information board and pamphlets of tour activities available. Discounts are offered for various activities and rentals scooters/cars. Bicycles are available for hire on site. A garden and verandah is adjacent to the lounge and is a popular place to read, meet, and socialize with other guests and enjoy the Rarotonga Weather. Also a BBQ and swimming pool is available for your use.
We pride ourselves for being friendly and provide a homely atmosphere. Fresh fruit (pawpaw, bananas, mangos and avocados, guavas and chillies) can be picked fresh from the trees in our garden when in season.
Included in price: linen (not bath towels), orientation tour
Web access: internet, WIFI access in lounge, telephone and phone cards
General: luggage storage, late check out, bicycle hire, parking, tours desk, iron/ironing board, washing machine, BBQ area,TV, DVD, library, office safe, all rooms have own lock.
Airport transfers: NZ$5.00pp - Minimum stay: 2 nights