A "How To Get There" Guide
The unspoiled beauty of the Cook Islands is in no small part due to their remoteness.  But that doesn't mean they're isolated from the rest of the world.   With a bit of careful planning, they are accessible from wherever you live.  All flights are to the capital island, Rarotonga.  If you want to visit the other islands, click here for information on internal travel by land, sea and air.

Because of Covid, flight schedules are subject to change at short notice so the information on this page is for guidance only. Please check with your airline or travel agent for the latest details


FROM AUSTRALIA
Border open to tourists

Air New Zealand is the only carrier at the moment and their services from Australia operate via Auckland. Visit their website to find out details.

Jetstar, which used to fly in competition with Air New Zealand before the pandemic will resume its services via Auckland on 2 June

Virgin Australia, which also used to have direct flights has ceased operations completely.






FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD
Travel to and from the Islands from most places in the world is now allowed.  Entry is via New Zealand and entry restrictions still apply

The best advice for those wanting to visit the islands from anywhere else in the world isto contact your travel agent or favourite airline. It's essential you also check with your own government about any restrictions on travel which apply locally.

Round the World tickets tickets offer substantial savings over what you would pay if you booked each flight separately and the Cook Islands can be included in some of those tickets.  Again, check with your travel agent or airline






FROM THE USA AND CANADA 
Entry allowed via New Zealand

Prior to the pandemic, Air New Zealand had a direct flight from Los Angeles to Rarotonga every Saturday, typically taking about nine and a half hours.There are no plans to resume this service int he foreseeable future. USA and Canada visitors will need to travel to Auckland, New Zealand first.




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It takes just under 4 hours outbound and just over four and a half hours on the return leg if you depart from Auckland. Remember also that you'll "gain" a day on the outward journey as you cross the international dateline. But of course, you "lose" that day again when you go back. Air New Zealand are operating flights at least once a day.

Low cost Australian carrier, Jetstar will resume its flights between Auckland and Rarotonga on 2 June. They'll operate three times a week, departing Auckland at 1450 (NZ time) on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, returning at 2135 (Cook Islands time) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Connecting services will also be available inot and out of Christchurch and Wellington.
 
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THE COOK ISLANDS BORDER RE-OPENED TO TOURISTS ON 1 MAY
Entry restrictions apply. Full details are on the Cook Islands government website

Plans for direct flights to Rarotonga from Wellington and Christchurch have now been scrapped. The New Zealand businessman behind a new airline, Pasifika Air has decided the time isn't right to launch his service

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FROM NEW ZEALAND
The islands are most easily reached from New Zealand and at the moment, only Air New Zealand is operating services but Jetstar has announced it will be restarting its flights in June. 
FROM TAHITI
Expected to be available in June and July

Air Rarotonga has announced that it will resume its flights between Tahiti and Rarotonga in June and July. It remains to be seen if the service will continue beyond those two months.