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Matriki Beach Huts

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Quiet budget rustic self contained absolute beachfront huts on the nicest natural snorkeling and swimming beach on beautiful Aitutaki, Cook Islands.
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John P wrote a review Aug 2023
Auckland Central, New Zealand50 contributions13 helpful votes
We stayed in the garden unit, slightly back from the beach, but the indoor bathroom made it worth it. We cooked at home some nights - fill your suitcase with groceries in NZ if you can, because shopping is limited. Matriki has a new gas BBQ near the shore where the spectacular sunsets happen, so bring meat too! The picnic tables on the beach are a great place to socialise with other guests. One night we even had a fire on the sand. I highly recommend the Island Night at the next-door Tamanu Beach Resort, but suggest reserving a table as soon as you have flights booked because it is popular. We found it difficult to get tables at other restaurants and resorts as well. Matriki's owner Matthias took us on the best snorkelling tour we have ever done, so we did it a second time. Swam with humpback whale and calf, green turtles, flocks of eagle rays, heaps of coloured fish, landed on several islands to see rare birds, giant clams, a shipwreck, and finally a dozen giant trevally and a Napoleon wrasse all about a metre long and swimming all around us. I think it fairly likely I will make a return visit one cold winter.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Gemma L wrote a review July 2023
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Matriki Beach Huts is a fantastic option for people seeking a tranquil accommodation option, beach front, amongst beautiful, mature gardens. Rikki and Matthias were exception hosts - helping us get set up with transport, taking me on a small, informative lagoon and snorkelling boat tour, and generally being friendly, with daily fascinating chats. If we return to Aitutaki, we'll definitely be booking in again. We loved the atmosphere at Matriki.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Sarah D wrote a review Aug 2022
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We loved this accomodation but if your looking for a flashy resort Holiday this may not be for you. The spot is magic! Rustic beach HUTS , built by your host Mattius , nestled among the coconut palms and a lovely tropical garden. The outdoor shower is solar and the toilets were separate but spotlessly clean. Step out out of your hut and onto the beach to go snorkeling (see the giant clams!) Light a small fire on the beach snd watch the sunset. All equipment including bikes ( not the flashiest but fine) provided free. We paid for Mattius to take us on a snorkeling tour ( cheapest on the island) and found once again we had avoided the main tourist industry to experience something unique. Not only did we did we see whales, swim with turtles and Giant Trevally but we got to see and learn about the nesting birds and the problems they face on the outer islands. Nesting boobies and Red Tailed Tropic birds. A delicious lunch ( described by the very understated Mattius as a light snack. ) was perfect. It was also nice to know that our money was going 100% into the local economy. We didn't want to leave and can't wait to get back.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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TarnNZ wrote a review July 2022
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While its not everyones cup of tea, we just loved this cute bungalow experience. Back to the basics, beach front holiday. While its prob only a 2 star accommodation it is all we needed. Everything supplied, sheets, towels, fully equipped kitchen, fly spray, bug burners, mosquito net over bed, mesh on windows, fan, fridge with wee freezer box and ice trays, drinking water, great snorkeling directly infront, white sand, onsite scooter hire, bonfires, amazing island/lagoon cruise and more. (Shared Toilet is 1 min walk from bungalow)
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The winter here is similar to NZ summer. Take a sweater and raincoat. Sun doesnt burn like NZ....
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mikebutcher2016 wrote a review May 2022
Auckland Central, New Zealand28 contributions7 helpful votes
We stayed for 8 nights in this absolute beach front hut. This is not the place if you want aircon and other luxuries, but these back to basic huts were perfect. A few metres to the beach, SUPs available, and on a beach that was fantastic for the sunsets and the snorkelling out from the huts. We took a lagoon cruise with the owner- great all day cruise to beautiful spots- highly recommended. We hope to return and do it all over again.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Angela A wrote a review Aug 2021
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand10 contributions1 helpful vote
The location on the lagoon, the loving quirkiness of the huts, the warm welcome of the hosts and the ambience make this a jewel of a place to stay. You can't help but feel happy here in this perfect little paradise. Of course it was superb weather during my stay, but I expect it is also special in the rain. I loved this place and would return if given the chance. For a single traveller it was perfect.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Room Tip: Three huts all with lagoon views. Garden hut set back but with lagoon views.
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redstar999 wrote a review Aug 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand209 contributions119 helpful votes
Wow!!! Matriki Beach huts is truly AMAZING and will make your stay in Aitutaki EVEN MORE astounding! Beautiful self contained huts with your own cooking space, supplied plates, pots, fry pan jug, toaster knives forks and EVEN a kitchen sink. Some have their own toilet while others don't.. but it's ok. The immaculate shared toilets are a few steps away with great lighting so you can stumble in the middle of the night. Beautiful beach with calm crystalline blue water that you can laze on the sun loungers all day if you want! Scooter hire, car hire, free bikes..Airport transfers, excellent snorkel tour that gets you island hopping and a super yummy lunch.. Matthias and Riki the owners and hosts are LOVELY and have lived life and will share some wisdom and open your mind! Reiki massages are available on site if you so desire! Here's some tips... Be ready to be self reliant ...you absolutely should!! You have all the things you need to do so... Grab a car/scooter/bike head on down to town and get some supplies or better yet bring them from Rarotonga with you!! Explore the island, say yes to everything and get down with the locals ...it's the ONLY way to roll on Aitutaki! Yup there's some super bourgeois places that you can flex your dollar at...But there's no soul...at Matriki you are in the centre of the soul with new freinds just arriving and sharing this beautiful space with you! We stayed for 5 nights and don't want to leave and I'm sure you will feel the same! I have traveled the world..see other reviews ...honestly ...matriki is in my top 3 places I have stayed!! Meke Aroha to Matthias and Riki..Thank you!!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Pioneer725467 wrote a review June 2021
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Your location Booked in 2019 and before boarder closures, we are delighted to be one of the first visitors from NZ back to the Cook Islands! As a couple, we are not interested in all inclusive, staying in a resort type of holidays; we prefer sourcing local individuals to show us and tell us about their community life as we get a more authentic experience. So for us Matriki Beach Huts was simplicity at it's best and in an amazing beach location! We loved staying with Matthias and Riki, beautiful people with many life experience to tell. Nothing was too much trouble and they were always happy to help. We are not keen on doing tourist tours and feeling like a herd of intrusive visitors so Matthias'offered to take us out snorkeling around the stunning lagoon on his boat which was perfect. He also served us a delicious, locally sourced healthy lunch. Matriki Beach Hut has soul, unlike top notch inpersonal hotels;and in a world where there is so much waste and over consumerism, this place showcased quirky, basic but all you need amenities. We loved the recycling and eco features, living in harmony with nature. Well done and thank you Matthias and Riki; we'll be back. Love and hugs. Issy and Ali
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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xxxxx wrote a review Feb 2020
Wennigsen bei Hannover7 contributions
I don`t understand all the very good reviews online. The huts are well overprized. They are runover and not clean. Its really hot in there. If they were less expensive, I could say that it`s the spot that counts. But really, well overprized. Loads of mozzies as the property isn`t well looked after now that Erica isn`t there anymore. The owner (woman) is really helpful but her husband (German) could do better. He seems to be nervous about having taken over the huts last year. He was not friendly to our kids. I can`t recommend these beach huts. They look so much nicer online. There were other people staying there as well who thought the same but won`t write a review. Aitutaki, and especially the lagoon is outstanding. By the way: Looking at the review one above: I wouldnt even call this acommodation GLAMPING. It was worse than that. And we are easy going and have travelled the World.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Response from Matthias Hagen, Owner at Matriki Beach Huts
Responded 13 Mar 2020
Thank you for appreciating that I was helpful during your stay. In response to your mentioning that you do not understand the good reviews online; in my opinion, it is simply that people have different expectations and attitudes about their experiences and what they choose to focus on. We offer basic, rustic huts on a great swimming and snorkelling beach. We charge $130 a night per hut for 2 people, whereas the two luxury resorts either side of us charge about 4 – 6 times as much. Reflected in that price distinction comes all the extra amenities/comfort and air conditioning. Our guests have the possibility of staying budget, while being able to access the resort next door and enjoy the restaurant and island night show. Due to the isolation of the island, most things are expensive and have to be freighted in, which is reflected in food, accommodation costs etc. I would advise anyone reading this that if you are looking for more of a mid-range, or resort type environment, then Matriki Beach Huts would not be a good fit. We are a budget, entry level, alternative -lifestyle type property which offers direct access to a lovely beach, charging about the same per person as the backpackers in town. According to our records the only time a couple with children stayed was in January 2020, not November as stated, which was still during Erica’s time. They arrived the day after our second big storm, during the same time period as the positive January review. Cyclone season weather can be changeable and debris is part of it. During their stay, and it didn’t happen often, the couple went out and left their children on the property unsupervised. Matthias, who speaks German, had to set boundaries during those times in regards to their playing areas as we also had other guests. In the tropics we have mosquitos, and when it rains a lot there tends to be more, and we provide mosquito coils for the guests to use. Erica is my daughter and both Matthias and I were “hands on” during her and Byron’s management. Response from Riki
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garydE761WH wrote a review Jan 2020
bashaw, Canada7 contributions3 helpful votes
Stayed for 9 nights at Matriki Huts. We stayed in the garden room that has the private toilet and shower. Our hosts, Mathias and Ricki were very good to us, bringing fruit to us some mornings and always ready to accommodate our needs. They were constantly cleaning and keeping the area clean, removing garbage and compost every day. The room we were in was basic but very clean and had a small fridge and Coleman stove for cooking, a fan for keeping the room reasonably cool at nights. They also had a BBQ to use on the beach. The beach there is the best beach for snorkeling and swimming in Aitutaki. Mathias also had a boat which my wife and I with another couple rented for a day with Mathias taking us to foot island, amazing snorkeling, bird watching, huge clams and various kinds of fish to see. His knowledge of the area was outstanding. Thank you Mathias and Ricki, we will definitely stay there again
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Room Tip: Garden room has the only private shower and toilet but is off beach a bit
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Response from Matthias Hagen, Owner at Matriki Beach Huts
Responded 13 Mar 2020
Hi Gary and Lorraine. Thanks for the thumbs up. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. I enjoy sharing the lagoon with our guests and appreciate that you enjoyed the cruise. And happy to share what fruit and vegies our ‘garden’ provided, which is sporadic and not always the case! Hope to see you again. Matthias and Riki
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AU$128 - AU$130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Matriki Beach Huts
Which popular attractions are close to Matriki Beach Huts?
Nearby attractions include Aitutaki Lagoon (3.5 km), O'otu Beach (3.1 km), and Mount Maungapu (0.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Matriki Beach Huts?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, airport transportation, and baggage storage.
Which room amenities are available at Matriki Beach Huts?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a refrigerator, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at Matriki Beach Huts?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Matriki Beach Huts?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Matriki Beach Huts?
Conveniently located restaurants include Avatea Cafe, Koru Cafe, and Rapae Bay Restaurant and Blackrock Bar.
Does Matriki Beach Huts have airport transportation?
Yes, Matriki Beach Huts offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Matriki Beach Huts have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lagoon view available here.