Cook Islands Transportation

  • Transportation
    by pure1942
  • Transportation
    by easterntrekker
  • Transportation
    by easterntrekker

Cook Islands Transportation

  • A More Leisurely Approach

    For the more adventurous & budget-minded who are determined to get to the outer islands by boat, you might check into Taio Shipping, the transport shipping line that services the Cooks.While there are no specific multiple island cruises within the Cooks that I know of, you might be able to arrange something through the friendly people at Island...

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  • Try the bus!

    Buses run clockwise & counterclockwise around the island throughout the day, and the native bus drivers are characters not to be missed. Even if you rent a vehicle, treat yourself to the bus ride at least once.For information, go to the link below, click on Visitor Information / Bus Timetable (it's all in frames on the site, so I couldn't link...

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  • Inter-island transport

    The planes getting around the islands tend to be pretty small. Refer to website for details of destinations.

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  • Zip around on a scooter

    I think having a scooter or car is essential when on the island(s). Although the bus is nice, it doesn't run very often and is a bit expensive (NZ$4 one way). I rented mine from Budget Rent-A-Car and their scooters were clean and fairly new. But, more so, Budget was very accommodating of my schedule, which was nice, and very close to where I was...

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  • Take a BUS

    It's $3.00 for the bus..tickets are available from the driver . They run until 11Pm...no night buses on Sun.There's only one road that circles the island so...it gets you there slowly but surely.There's a timetable on the tourist map .

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  • A Cook Island License

    The reqiirement to drive a vehicle is to pay for a Cook Island License. It was $15.00 . You rent the car a go to the police staion pay your money and an hour later you have a nice lamentated license...good souvenir. If you are renting a motor bike you have to take a little test.

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  • Car rental

    We had no problem in renting a car . There are a few agencies but we found Budget was about the same price as the smaller local companies and they offered 24 emergency service.The prices were pretty good. We rented for 5 days at $45.oo ( NZ) per day for a small car. I think it was an off season special. The island is so little a few days is all you...

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  • Cook's Corner Transport

    There is a convenient bus service around the island during the week. Buses during the day leave about every half hour from the main town of Avurua - one going clockwise and one going anti-clockwise. There are a few "bus stops" on the road but basically you stand where you are and flag the bus down when it comes along. To get off, just let the bus...

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  • Getting to the Cook Islands.

    I am pretty sure that the only international airline flying to the Cooks is Air New Zealand. Direct services from Auckland, Nadi, Papaete, and Christchurch are available. The cheapest fares are usually obtained online. See the website below. Flying time from AKL is about 4 hours. Flights do come and go at awful hours so plan carefully when booking...

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  • Getting to Aitutaki.

    The only way to get to Aitutaki from Rarotonga (where the international airport is), is to fly Air Rarotonga. They operate a little Saab 340 between the two islands on a regular basis. Check their website for timetables and fares. The cheapest way to book a flight seems to be via the website. In late 2004 (when I organised this trip), the cheaoest...

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  • Catch the bus on Rarotonga.

    A regular timetabled bus service operates around the island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. All services start and finish at Cook's Corner, right in the heart of Avarua. There are two routes - clockwise and anti-clockwise round the island. Fares are simple to remember: $3 for a oneway ticket and $5 for a return trip. Tell the driver where you are...

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  • Rent a car to explore Rarotonga

    Hiring a car on Rarotonga for a few days is a great way to have more freedom to explore. The island is very small, so you will circumnavigate it in less than an hour! The speed limit in Avarua and villages is 40km/hour and on the "open road" it is 60kph. A rental means that you can go out for dinner to restaurants more easily (they're spread all...

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  • Explore The Outer Islands

    Air Rarotonga also flies to the Outer Islands. At this link on KiaOrana.com, just click on the name of an island to see map & information about it: . From the tiny uninhabited atoll of Manuae to Mangaia, the second largest island in the Cooks, you can visit the black pearl farm or the vanilla plantations, or even the migratory bird sanctuary on...

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  • Day Trippers

    The flight to Aitutaki is approximately 45 minutes. If you don't wish to stay overnight, you can go for a day tour Monday through Saturday, which includes flights & airport transfers, lunch,a snorkeling excursion, tour of the island, and snorkeling gear (price as of 2004 is $399NZ per person).

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  • Getting To Aitutaki

    No, you don't have to paddle an outrigger to get there! Air Rarotonga flies from the Rarotonga airport to all of the outer islands, & on weekdays there are 3 flights daily to Aitutaki. Booking online is available (see website below), or you can book through an agent in town in Avarua.Cost varies depending on the flights you select.

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  • You gotta Scoot!

    This has to be the most fun you can have - driving around Raratonga in a Scootcar. We rented one for a day, and had a ball. They've easy to drive, but don't forget you need a Cook Islands Driver Licence - obtainable from the Police Station in Avarua for $10. No test necessary!

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  • Air Rarotonga

    Inter-Island flights in the Cooks are executed by Air Rarotonga. I recommand to book the flights by e-mail, you get better fares than via their homepage. Great thing: you just have to pay the ticket 2 days prior to departure! If you want to visit more than one island, ask for a pass.

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  • Cook's Passenger Transport

    A good way to get around Rarotonga is the bus! It circles the island in ca. 50 minutes and you can flag it down from anywhere on the route. The one-way ticket costs 2,50NZ$, the return ticket 4NZ$ and a 10-rides pass 17NZ$.

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  • AIR RAROTONGA

    Transport within the different islands of the Cooks is provided by the little planes of Air Rarotonga. They will fly you to and between Rarotonga, Mauke, Mitiaro, Atiu and Aitutake. They will also provide service to three of the islands in the northern group, but you should probably look very closely at this webpage:...

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  • Don't rent a car

    Renting a bike is the best way to get around, it only takes 2 hours to cycle around the island. You will see a lot of the scenery. You can also rent cars, but please DON'T do it. It is a beautifull island, why destroy it with fumes if you can do it eco-friendly and just ride a bike, or even walk. They also offer jeep tours to peaks, and yes I know...

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  • Beware

    Many tourists rent scooters. The island locals also driver scooters, however I recommend renting a car, especially if you are going to do any touring and driving at night. There have been many locals and tourists hurt badly on scooters. At night all of the locals go out to the bars and drink quite heavily. They don't have very strict drinking and...

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  • Scooter haven

    theres more scooters than anything else in raro and the cooks altogether...you really should try them out!!it's easy to get a local license from the Police station in town(near former banana court building)

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  • The only way to get there...

    The only way to get there basicly is to fly, or you want to swim, or you own your own boat.There are two busses on rarotonga, one going clockwise, the other anti clockwise, it is fun to do it one time. But the best way to get around is to rent a bike and let your legs do the working, it is a small island, so don't be lazy.

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  • You can only get there by...

    You can only get there by plane. Air New Zealand and Canada 3000 arrive several times a week. No Cruise ships. No yachts, as the ocean is very rough and Avarua has a small port with little shelter from the rough seas.DEPARTURE TAX: There is a $25.00nz Departure Tax. You will have to pay cash at the Airport, so keep enough cash on hand when...

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  • I got there by ship-semester...

    I got there by ship-semester at sea program thru the State University of California (Merchant Marine Campus.) Some friends I know sailed there on a yacht.Take the bus. One goes clockwise, the other goes anti-clockwise. The island is about 19 miles around the perimeter.Walk around the neighborhoods.

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  • We travelled Air New Zealand...

    We travelled Air New Zealand ex Sydney. Whilst the flight involved a change-over at Auckland, it was rather uneventful, and the staff of Air New Zealand treated us well, both ways.We found the best way to get around Rarotonga was by utilising the round-the-island 'yellow' bus. The buses run around the island in opposite directions, picking up at...

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  • You can here the MG pictured...

    You can here the MG pictured here for just approx us$15/day!...be careful though the brakes dont work!....and on rarotonga theres really only one road which does a complete circle of the island so it can get abit boring going round n round but a bit of a posey car all the same!!

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  • Air New Zealand is the only...

    Air New Zealand is the only airline that serves the Cook Islands after the collapse of Canada 3000. All flights arrive at Rarotonga. You can fly from Australia(Sydney,Melbourne,Brisbane), Auckland in New Zealand, LA in the States or you can arrive from other Pacific island - Taihiti,Fiji or Hawaii.On landing at Rarotonga, you will look out of the...

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Cook Islands Hotels

  • Manuia Beach Boutique Hotel

    PO Box 700, Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Etu Moana

    This place is amazing! The service is top notch. The resort is very nice. We were greeted by...

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  • Sea Change Villas

    Main Road, Rarotonga, Titikaveka, Cook Islands

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Ara Moana Bungalows Hotel

    Ivirua, Mangaia, CK

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Raina Lagoon Villas

    Po Box 72, Avarua, 682, CK

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Pacific Resort Aitutaki

    Amuri , PO Box 90, Cook Islands

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Palm Grove

    We went to Raro in Dec 2013, we were there for 7 nights, beachfront bulgolows were AWESOME and...

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  • Samade on the Beach

    PO Box 75, Cook Islands

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 2.5 out of 5 stars

  • Makayla Palms

    Titikaveka, Cook Islands

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

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