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Travel to Cook Islands

Flying to Cook Islands

The Cook Islands are served by Air New Zealand (, which offers regular flights from New Zealand and Los Angeles. Virgin Australia ( also flies from Auckland, and both airlines offer frequent connections from Australia.

Airport Guides

Rarotonga International Airport




The airport is 3km (2 miles) west of Avarua.


Flight times

From London - 25 hours (including stopover); Los Angeles - 10 hours 15 minutes.

Air passes

Air New Zealand's Explorer Pass (Australia & Pacific Islands II) is valid on various routes covering Australia, New Zealand, the Cook Islands and Tahiti. The cost of the pass depends on the class of service and the number of sectors flown. It's only available to residents of the USA and Canada when buying an international ticket from North America with Air New Zealand.

Departure tax

Included in the air fare. If you're leaving by private boat, you need to pay a departure tax of NZ$66.30.

Travelling to Cook Islands by Rail

Driving to Cook Islands

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. See for more information.

Cruise ships

Cruise companies making stops at the Cook Islands include P&O Cruises ( and Cunard (

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