Flights to Cook Islands

The Cook Islands enjoy a reputation for being an idyllic getaway for those wanting to relax and forget about their lives for a little while. With 15 islands to choose from in the group – Rarotonga and Aitutaki being the biggest and most visited – there are plenty of beaches to choose from.


Beaches are the number one attraction in the archipelago. Rarotonga has two main tourist areas, with a number of resorts catering for each. Muri is the focal point of the beaches on the east coast and Arorangi is the main one on the west. Aitutaki also has a number of quiet spots by its lagoon, with snorkelling opportunities in the shallow waters.


If you're looking to be a little more active on your holiday, the Cook Islands has some remarkable diving spots. Many of these are dotted around Rarotonga, while the Aitutaki Lagoon and the ocean reef are other spots worth visiting.


The island of Rarotonga has a number of other tourist attractions. Cooks Lager Brewery is one of two beer producers on the island, and tours of the factory and samples of the product are available. The Beachcomber Gallery showcases work from local artists and the Sir Geoffrey Henry National Culture Centre has regular performances in its hall.


One of the other islands to keep in mind is Aitu, home to the Anatakitaki (or Kopeka) Cave. These natural limestone formations are a sight to behold and the only known home of the kopeka bird, which features on the Cook Islands five dollar coin.


Best time to visit the Cook Islands


The Cook Islands enjoy warm weather the whole year round, with average temperatures of 25°C in the winter months and 29°C in the summer.


The wet season for the islands starts in December and ends around April, with a chance of hurricanes hitting during this time.


Flights to Cook Islands


Flights leave Auckland International Airport for Rarotonga International Airport on a regular basis. These direct flights take roughly 4 hours and 30 minutes, and are offered by Air New Zealand, Jetstar and Virgin Australia.


Seasonal flights are available between Christchurch and Rarotonga.




Shops in the Cook Islands accept two types of currency – the local Cook Island dollar and New Zealand dollars.




New Zealand residents do not need a visa for travel periods up to 31 days.


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Updated: August 2019.

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