Located in the South Pacific, the Cook Islands are approximately a 6 hour flight from Australia's east coast (not including transit time in Auckland). Getting to the Cook Islands is simple and affordable thanks to our great range of flight deals in partnership with trusted airlines such as Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Air New Zealand. Direct flights are available departing from Sydney and non-direct flights depart from Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane stopping via Auckland multiple times a week.
On arrival to the Cook Islands, taxi and shuttle transfers are available to your resort, however it is recommended that you arrange transfers before arrival using a recommended service provider. Just add the transfer option to your quote or booking and we'll handle the rest. Clearing customs at Rarotonga International Airport can take up to an hour, so keep that in mind when scheduling your transfers. Rarotonga is a small island with a circumference of 32 kilometres, so getting to your resort should take no longer than 30 minutes.
Located just a 45-minute flight from Rarotonga, Aitutaki is another popular holiday destination within the Cook Islands. With flights departing daily with Air Rarotonga, visiting Aitutaki is easy and convenient for tourists looking to experience more of the Cook Islands. Day trips to Aitutaki are also available Monday to Saturday from Rarotonga, which includes a visit to the main township of Arutanga and local inland villages as well as a snorkelling experience, BBQ lunch and catamaran cruise across the crystal-clear lagoon.
Many cruises to the Cook Islands are made up of larger itineraries that also visit nearby destinations such as Fiji, Tahiti and New Zealand. As the Cook Islands are a smaller collection of atolls, cruises will generally only spend one day exploring the island of Rarotonga.