Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Air New Zealand operate flights from most capital cities in Australia with a short stopover via Auckland. Flying from Sydney? Air New Zealand offers direct flights to Rarotonga once a week. Flying time is approximately 6 hours from the east coast of Australia (not including transit time in Auckland). The Cook Islands is a beautiful and convenient location for an international stopover. If you'd like to arrange a stopover, get in touch with one of our Travel Consultants and we’ll assist you with arrangements.
Virgin Australia: Flights available from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne via Auckland to Rarotonga. Flight arrival and departure times are usually during the middle of the night, so additional nights accommodation may be required when making your booking.
Jetstar: Flights with Jetstar depart Sydney and Melbourne via Auckland to Rarotonga multiple days a week. Total travel time is approximately 11 hours.
Air New Zealand: Flights with Air New Zealand from Sydney direct to Rarotonga will get you there in approximately 6 hours. Non-direct flights from Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane via Auckland depart multiple times a week. Please take note of your arrival and departure times as additional nights or early/late check-in may be required.
Taxi and shuttle transfers are available from the airport, however, it is recommended that you arrange transfers when booking your resort in the Cook Islands using a recommended service provider. Just add the transfer option to your quote or booking and we will handle the rest. You will then be assured of a more reliable option from a credible operator, making it money well spent.
The Cook Islands main international airport is located in Avarua on the main island of Rarotonga, just 5km from the town centre and major resorts.
For an easy arrival to the Cook islands, ensure your passport is valid for at least six months after your return to your country of origin. Most visitors who intend to stay for less than 31 days do not require a visa. It is a traveller's responsibility to have all documentation in order prior to departure.