How to Get to the Cook Islands

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13-09-2020, 21:20
The Cook Islands are a stunning chain of islands located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. While it can be a bit difficult to get there, it is so beautiful that the trip will be well worth the effort. To get to the Cook Islands, you can take a flight to the international airport in Rarotonga, or book a cruise that has a scheduled stop at the international port.

Flying to the Cook Islands

  1. Take a flight from Auckland if you want to choose any flight date. Auckland, New Zealand is the only city that has flights to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands every day. Therefore, if you want to be able to travel to the Cook Islands any day of the week, you will need to book a direct flight from Auckland, or a flight from your city that connects in Auckland.
    • Air New Zealand offers daily direct flights from Auckland all year round.
    • Jetstar Airlines has direct flights from Auckland about twice per week. These flights don’t follow a regular schedule, so you will need to check your specific travel dates to see if a flight is available.
    • Flights from Auckland to the Cook Islands take approximately 4 hours.
    • Flights from Auckland to Rarotonga generally cost anywhere from $100 to $500 USD round trip. If you need to book another flight to connect in Auckland, however, the cost will be higher and will vary depending on the time of year and where you are flying from.
  2. Book a flight from Sydney or Los Angeles. If you live in Australia or the United States, you can book a flight to the Cook Islands from Sydney or Los Angeles with Air New Zealand. Air New Zealand offers direct flights from both cities to Rarotonga once per week, and also works with various airlines to schedule connecting flights from various cities worldwide.
    • Flights from Sydney to Rarotonga generally cost from $300 to $500 USD and take about 6 hours.
    • Flights from Los Angeles to Rarotonga can cost anywhere from $500 to several thousand USD and take approximately 9 hours and a half hours.
  3. Schedule a flight from Tahiti. If flying from Tahiti is convenient for you, you can book a flight from Papeete, Tahiti to Rarotonga. Air Tahiti only offers direct flights to the Cook Islands once per week (usually on Thursdays), which takes approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes.
    • While the cost varies, flights from Tahiti to the Cook Islands are generally cheaper than flights from Auckland, Los Angeles, Christchurch, or Sydney.
  4. Fly direct from Christchurch if you are traveling during the high season. In addition to year-round flights from Auckland, Sydney, LA, and Tahiti, you can also fly to the Cook Islands from Christchurch, New Zealand during the high season. Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia offer direct flights from Christchurch but only during the high season, which runs from December through February.
    • The exact times and dates that these flights are available varies every year. To check on the availability of a flight from Christchurch, visit the Virgin Australia website at and the Air New Zealand website at

Taking a Cruise to the Cook Islands

  1. Choose a cruise if you want to visit the Cook Islands for a few hours. There are several cruise ship companies that offer cruises that stop in the Cook Islands. However, all of these cruises only stop in the Cook Islands for a few hours. If you want to get to the Cook Islands for a short visit, then taking a cruise ship is a great option.
  2. Decide how long you want to be traveling for. Cruises to the Cook Islands take anywhere from 10 days to 6 months, depending on where your cruise departs from and how many other stops the cruise makes. When planning to get to the Cook Islands by cruise ship, then, you will first need to decide how long you want to be traveling for. You can then select a departure location and cruise line accordingly.
    • For example, if you want to travel for a shorter length of time, you will likely want to choose a cruise that departs from Papeete, Tahiti. Cruises from Tahiti tend to be much shorter than cruises that leave from other major port cities, such as Miami, because Papeete is relatively close to the Cook Islands.
  3. Book the cruise online or through a travel agent. Once you have decided on a departure city and a cruise line, you can book your cruise online through the cruise line’s website. If you want help planning your cruise to the Cook Islands, you can also book through a travel agent.
    • Paul Gauguin Cruises, Crystal Cruises, and Azamara Club Cruises offer the most cruise options to the Cook Islands.
    • Cruises to the Cook Islands cost $2,000 USD and up, depending on the specific ship, departure city, length of travel, number of stops, and time of year.


  • Once you get to the Cook Islands, you can travel from Rarotonga to other islands on Air Rarotonga, or by booking a charter cruise or ferry.Thanks!Helpful0Not Helpful0
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