Accommodation on Mauke is limited...the Island Council has decided there should be rooms for no more than 40 visitors.   Tiare Cottages, in a beautiful garden setting just back from the Ocean,  are the most popular place to stay with a choice of three types of room.
Cottages are basic, but immaculately clean.  Note though..only "O Kiva" - the ocean front cottage (top right) - has running hot water.
Cooking facilities are provided, but hosts, but for a few dollars extra you can enjoy huge meals cooked by your hosts....including fish ordered daily from the fisherman and delivered freshly caught.   There are no restaurants or cafes on the island
Teata and Ta(ngata) Ateriano, now run the cottages which Teata's mother and father built, and I'd strongly recommend Ta's sightseeing trip round the island.  It's worth every penny of NZ$25 for the pillion ride on the moped alone!!!  (the price may have gone up since I was on the island).  And it includes a fresh coconut drink - with Ta climbing up a tree to select the coconut, then preparing it for you with his machete.
Find out more about what you'll see on the tour

The cottages are named after the Cook Islands gardenia.  And when it's time to leave Mauke,  your hosts (and a few local children) will bid farewell with garlands of the sweet smelling flowers for your neck and head.  An unforgettable gift from an unforgettable island.

Don't forget to check your name's on the departure (black)board before heading to the airport!   And thank the locals who turn up early to clear pigs and cockerels from the runway
Mauke has its own web site created by Angie Croft, an Englishwoman who teaches English at the local CICES school.  Click on the logo to pay the site a visit
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