Rarotonga Airport

Brief Introduction to the Airport

Rarotonga International Airport is the primary airport in the Cook Islands, which also serves as the main international gateway to the islands. It is situated in the town and district of Avarua in Rarotonga, three kilometres west of the downtown area on the northern coast. It is elevated at 19 feet/six metres above mean sea level and can be located on the map at these coordinates: 21°12′10″S; 159°48′20″W. It has one concrete runway with a 08/26 direction and has a length of 2,328 metres/7,638 feet. The airport commenced operations in 1974 on the site of a former U.S. World War II base. In 2003, its terminal, departure, and check-in areas were revamped and in 2009, the existing terminal facilities were also improved and expanded. The airport is capable of accommodating Boeing 747s. It welcomes more than 100,000 visitors annually from all over the world.

Terminals (if applicable)

The airport’s new-look terminal was officially opened on June 22, 2010. Air New Zealand, Air Rarotonga, Air Tahiti, and Virgin Australia are the air carriers that operate both scheduled flights and one seasonal (Christchurch) at the airport. Rarotonga International Airport is served with daily international flights from New Zealand, twice weekly from Tahiti, and weekly non-stop flights from Los Angeles and Sydney.

Services and Facilities

All passengers going through Rarotonga International Airport must clear Immigration and Customs, including passengers transiting en route to an outer island. Passengers who are 18 years old or older are each entitled a personal duty free allowance on a corresponding amount of spirits and wine, cigarettes, tobacco, and other goods not for resale up to NZ$750 in value. The airport has many dining and shopping areas. Please note that all lounges at the airport only accept New Zealand and Cook Island currency. The Domestic Gate Lounge has a garden seating area, with refreshments available from Ka Kite Cafe and automatic vending machines; the International Gate Lounge is a public lounge located at the departure gates; and Air New Zealand Koru Lounge operates an airside lounge for departing international premium passengers and Koru Club members. Amenities available at the airport include Wi-Fi services, Zenbu (which can be purchased online with a card or access vouchers), Telecom hotspot, baggage storage, ATMs, and car park. Ground transport at the airport includes coach transfers, taxis, rental cars and motor scooters, and public buses. Duty free shopping is available to all arriving and departing international passengers. CITC and SAVA operate stores in the Arrivals area, having a wide selection of wines, spirits, and beers, as well as tobacco products. On the other hand, the International Gate lounge has a wide variety of stores where one can shop for perfume, alcohol, and tobacco, as well as local products like wooden and woven handicrafts, jewellery, island sarongs and pareau, locally designed T-shirts, shorts, dresses, and more. If you’re looking for nearby hotel accommodations, the Islander Hotel is located just opposite the airport entrance, a short walking distance from the Arrivals and Departure terminals.


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 Getting to & from the Airport

Driving hide 

From Avarua District, head north toward Nauparatoa Rd and continue onto Nauparatoa Rd. Turn left onto Ara Metua.

Trains hide 

No information available.

Buses hide 

Cooks Buses operate a round-the-island public bus service that passes by the airport at half-hour intervals.

Taxi hide 

A taxi rank is located next to the Arrivals area.

 Who flies to Rarotonga

 Airport Contact Details

Rarotonga Airport

PO Box 90,

 Location Details

Longitude:159° 48' 0'' W
Latitude:21° 12' 1'' S

 Airport Location

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