Travel to Cook Islands

Flying to Cook Islands

The Cook Islands are served by Air New Zealand (NZ) (, which offers regular flights from New Zealand and Los Angeles. Pacific Blue ( has flights from Auckland twice a week, and both airlines offer frequent connections from Australia. For details, contact the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation (see Contact Addresses).

Flight times:

From London to Rarotonga to is 24 hours (with stopover in Los Angeles).

Air passes:

Air New Zealand offers a South Pacific Airpass valid on flights from New Zealand to Rarotonga and six other South Pacific countries. The cost of the pass depends on the class of service and the number of sectors flown.

Departure tax:

NZ$55 for passengers over 12 years of age; NZ$25 for passengers aged 2 to 12 years. From September 2009, this tax is included in all international tickets from Rarotonga.

Other airports in Cook Islands

Rarotonga International Airport

Airport Code: RAR. Location: The airport is 3km (2 miles) west of Avarua. Website: Public transport description: Hotel coaches meet each flight (journey time - 10 minutes). Taxis and buses are also available.

Travel by rail

Getting to Cook Islands by boat

It is possible to moor yachts at Avatiu Harbour although space is very limited. For maritime matters, contact the Harbour Master, Ports Authority, PO Box 84, Rarotonga, Cook Islands (tel: 28814).

Cargo lines operating to the Cook Islands are run by Express Cook Islands Line Shipping Ltd and Hawaii-Pacific Maritime Ltd but passengers are not accepted on their ships.