Rarotonga International Airport (RAR) Guide

About Rarotonga International Airport

Rarotonga International Airport (RAR) is the main international gateway to the Cook Islands. The airport is located 3km west of the downtown area on the northern coast, in the district of Avarua. Click here for cheap flights to Rarotonga.

Distance from CBD - 3km

Taxi - Around $8 to CBD

Public Transport - Cooks Buses operate a round-the-island public bus service passing by the airport every 30 minutes. Hotel mini buses also service the airport regularly.

Car Hire - Car hire desks are located in the arrivals terminal and opposite the terminal building. Companies include Avis, Budget, Rarotonga Rentals and Fun Rentals. You can book your car online to guarantee availability.


Check-in counters are located near the terminal entrance.

Money Exchange

Money exchange facilities can be found within the terminal. Pre-purchase New Zealand Dollars in the form of cash from Travel Money.

Business Services

Business facilities are available in the Air New Zealand Koru lounge, for eligible passengers.

Internet Access

Wi-fi is available throughout the terminal via 2 providers. Access cards can be purchased from the airline counters or from various outletes across the island.


There are two baggage storage facilitie available. Air Rarotonga provide short and long term baggage storage for their customers travelling to the outer islands. This is located at the Air Rarotonga check-in counters.  There is also a short term baggage storage service provided by The Islander Hotel across the road from the airport. The cost is NZ $5 per item.


Shower facilities are located in the Air New Zealand Koru lounge, for eligible passengers.

Airline Lounges

Air New Zealand - Lounge facilities include light refreshments, bar facilities, reading material, TV, gaming consoles, business facilities and showers. Air New Zealand lounges are available to eligible passengers with Koru and Star Alliance Gold membership.

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