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Steven J

Bliss

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed Mar 30, 2024
A wonderful spot to stay with ammenities close by and an idyllic location. Koru Cafe, Blue Lagoon Restaurant and the Boatshed are all within easy walking distance for eating, as well as the departure sites for the Lagoon Tours. Bishops and Te Vaka depart within 5 mins walk from Ranginui's Retreat. Our hosts were delightful and were able to give us lots of info for Aitutaki. They also hire cars and scooters at a very cheap rate for guests, which is essential if you want to tour the island as the location is a distance from the township. This is a beautiful spot with the lagoon directly in front and a swimming pool to cool off in during the day. A nice quiet location to relax and enjoy Aitutaki. I would also definitely recommend the lagoon cruise for a day!
Date of stay: February 2024
Room Tip: Not all rooms are air conditioned so check beforehand with booking.
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 12, 2024

Terrific place. The bungalow is well-equipped and comfortable, and the location and view are terrific, right on the beach. Chantelle on reception was excellent, picking me up from the airport and dropping me off on departure day, and answering all my questions. She booked a boat trip for me, and I had a great day out.

Years ago, I used to work with tourists just one day a week and know how hard it can be to be polite, enthusiastic and friendly all the time, but she achieved it, day in, day out.

The accommodation is close to several cafes/restaurants so perfect if, like me, you don't hire a car or scooter.

Date of stay: January 2024
  • Trip type: Traveled solo
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Reviewed November 19, 2023 via mobile

We enjoyed a fabulous three nights at Ranginui’s Retreat this week, and will definitely be staying again on our next visit to Aitutaki.

It’s not the Ritz, and doesn’t claim to be, but our room was spotless, comfortable and well-equipped… and its price and location were outstanding. We loved being right on a gorgeous swimming beach with stunning views of the lagoon, with a café and three restaurants within only a few minutes’ walk. Having the Blue Lagoon Bar & Restaurant next door was a real bonus… we loved being able to watch the fish darting around in the bluest water you can imagine, right below the deck!

If you prefer to choose accommodation based on location and value (it’s a fraction of the cost of the neighbouring resorts), then this is definitely worth checking out 🌺🐠🌴

Date of stay: November 2023
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 17, 2023

This was our third trip to Aitutaki, but our first at Ranginuis Retreat. Steve was a great host, picked us up and dropped us off at the airport on time. Great location, within walking distance to The Boatshed, Aitutaki Escape, Koru Cafe and the ferry across to the private island (we went for dinner one night). The room was comfortable and was right on the lagoon. Swimming in the lagoon was amazing, and there was a pool too which was great to laze around in. There is a water filter system, so you can fill up your water bottles etc. We hired scooters from Ranginuis to get around - they were a little old, but got us from A to B no problems at all. We would definitely stay again.

Room tip: Head across to the private island for dinner one night - Cocktails and food were great. The Boatshed has a great vibe and great food too.
Date of stay: November 2023
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 10, 2023

25-28 Oct 23
This is a comfortable 3 star and I think in a great location, so handy to Koru Cafe, The Boatshed Bar & Restaurant and The Lagoon Restaurant, along with the 5* Aitutaki Private Island restaurant which you look across to. So you have great on the beach views, with basic cooking amentities and a BBQ (suggest you bring your food from Raro) as there is no shop nearby, but we hired scooters from Ranginuis $25/day and had a great day zipping around the whole island. Just know reception is only open in hte mornings - they have been doing this many years so it's best to relax into their schedule and you will get along fine. There is the option of Air con which for some is important. Free use of kayaks and most of the lagoon excursions pick up from this location. We got an airport transfer - but patience and island mode is the key.

Room tip: The Vaka Cruise & Bishops Cruises go from here. We had Teking Tours pick up us in their van and Wet & Wild will do too.
Date of stay: October 2023
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank Karen B
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Reviewed October 26, 2023

Great location, a short walk along the lagoon to the Boatshed Restaurant, and good coffee place and 2 kms from the Airport. Free transfers only if you stay more than four nights. Good swimming in the lagoon out front - (tho water not clear) and complimentary kayaks ( but you need to reserve paddles).

We found the accommodation (room 8) shabby for the price compared to other places we stayed in Raro. The room was small, tired and dilapidated.

The office was only open from 8:30- 12:00 and closed altogether on Sundays. Powdered milk in the room. No shampoo provided. We had nowhere to hang wet clothes out of the rain and when I tried to hang them in the laundry area I was shouted at by Laine.

Working in the tourist industry calls for welcoming dispositions. Any request from hosts Steve and Laine seemed to be an imposition. There are a lot of rules! They could do much better with a positive approach to their guests.

Room tip: A phone is useful. Steve charges 50 cents a minute for mobile calls. Bring waterproof shoes- the beach has lotsof loose coral
Date of stay: October 2023
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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