Cook Islands transport ranges from car hire to flights or scooter hire. Rarotonga transport options include car rentals, scooter hire, bicycle hire, domestic and international flights and cruises. You are required to obtain a Cook Islands driver's license to legally drive in the Cook Islands. You must also keep to the left when driving on Cook Island roads.

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Transport in the Cook Islands varies from island to island. The main islands such as Rarotonga have full transport facilities, such as flights, rental cars and buses.

Image Source: Avarua, Rarotonga
Avarua, Rarotonga

Cook Islands Air Transport

Air Rarotonga runs regular inter-island services to Aitutaki, Atiu, Mangaia, Mauke, Manihiki, Mitiaro and Penrhyn.

Air Rarotonga pilots and engineers are licensed by the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority who regularly perform technical audits on behalf of The Cook Islands Government to confirm the Company's operating standards.

Scheduled passenger, cargo and charter services operate between nine island destinations within the Cook Islands, Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Atiu, Mitiaro, Mauke, Mangaia, Penrhyn, Manihiki and Pukapuka. Our portfolio is rounded off by Air Ambulance and Airline, private, government and military Ground Handling Services for Aircraft up to wide body Airliners.

Scenic flights over the island of Rarotonga operate daily and the airline offers a number of tours to the outlying islands including the popular Aitutaki Day Tour, Aitutaki und Atiu Combo and the Northern Atolls Adventure.

Limited flight services operate on Sundays. Discounts are offered on flights to Aitutaki during off-peak hours.

Cook Islands Road Transport

Visitors can travel the Cook Islands by bus, taxi or hire a car or scooter. The 'Round the Island Bus' operates regular services around Rarotonga from Monday to Saturday. The buses will pick up and drop off anywhere on request.

Several companies offer cars and scooters for hire – to drive these you will need to go to the police station in Avarua to get a Cook Islands driver's licence. A licence costs $10 and it only takes a few minutes depending on how many others are waiting.

Bicycle hire is also popular.

Cook Island Road Rules

Traffic drives on the left in the Cook Islands.

There are two main roads that circle Rarotonga Island; the Ara Tapu sealed road that runs through villages and past beaches, and the older inland road which winds through local farmlands.

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