Rarotonga Visitor Information

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Current Weather in Rarotonga

Avarua District
Feels like: 25°C
Wind: 20km/h E
Humidity: 72%
Pressure: 1009.1mbar
UV index: 1
min 22°C

 Typical Weather Temperatures Rarotonga by month

 JanFebMarAplMayJunJulAugSepOct Nov Dec
Maximum29C (84F)29C (84F)29C (84F)28C (82F)27C (80F)29C (84F)25C (77F)25C (77F)26C (78F)26C (78F)27C (80F)28C (82F)
Minimum23C (73F)23C (73F)23C (73F)22C (71F)20C (68F)26C (78F)19C (66F)18C (64F)19C (66F)20C (68F)21C (70F)22C (72F)
Sunshine (hours)184182194171160159173186178193188181
Rainfall (mm)242218229197163106106120106117145215

Map of Rarotonga



Rarotonga’s main road is a 32km loop routed around the circumference of the main island. A round-Rarotonga bus service runs clockwise and anti-clockwise based on the following schedule, which means during the day there will be a bus along one way or another every 1/2 hour or so:

Daytime: Clockwise Mon-Fri 7am-4pm, Sat 8am-1pm. Sunday: departs Cook’s Corner on the hour, every hour from 8:00am to 12:00pm then from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. There is NO Sunday Night Bus.
Daytime: Anti-clockwise Mon-Fri 8:25am-4:30pm, Sat 8:30am-12:30pm, Sunday – No Anti-clockwise bus.

The buses will stop on demand anywhere you signal the driver. Fares are $5.00 per adult or $16 for a day pass.
Visit Cook Island Bus for detailed schedule.


There are several taxi companies on the island, Cook Island Airports has compiled a list of Taxi Companies in Rarotonga.

Rental Cars / Scooters / Bikes

Rental vehicles are available to suit your requirements. Complete the booking form below to book a vehicle in Rarotonga. Check the drivers licence requirements info below to ensure you are an eligible driver.

On Island Activities & Vehicle Rentals.

  • Rent a Vehicle



Drivers Licence Information
To quote the Cook Islands Ministry of Transport: Visitors (over 16) from Australia, New Zealand, US, Canada, UK and the EU can now drive in the Cook Islands for up to six months using their full overseas license; provided it does not expire, is revoked, suspended or disqualified in that time. On an overseas license, you will only be allowed to drive the class of motor vehicle that you are entitled to drive in your home country.

If a visitor wants to ride a scooter or motorbike in the Cook Islands and is not licensed to do so at home, he or she will still have to obtain a Cook Islands Driving License (either Class A covering motorbikes/scooters or Class AB covering both regular vehicles and motorbikes/scooters). This involves a theory and practical test at the Police Headquarters in Avarua and the payment of a NZ$20 license fee plus NZ$10 for the theory test and NZ$10 for the practical.

Visitors whose license is written in a language other than English will need an accurate translation in order to drive in the Cook Islands using their overseas license.

Road rules are strict when it comes to drinking and driving, so best not to.


The currency used in the Cook Islands & Rarotonga is New Zealand Dollars (NZD).
Banks located in Avarua are open from 9.00am – 3.00pm weekdays.
Currency exchange is available at the airport, banks, and some of the larger stores and hotels.
There are ATM machines located around the island allowing cash withdrawals with major credit cards.
Major Credit Cards are accepted at most restaurants and hotels.


Wifi is available all over Rarotonga, with 170 or more Wifi hotspots. Wifi can be purchased from

Prices are between NZD $10 for 500MB and 7 Days, through to $50 for 3 GB over 30 days, with plans in between. Buy a plan online here.


Support Services

The emergency telephone numbers in the Cook Islands are:
Police 999
Fire 996
Ambulance & Hospital 998

Medical Services

Medical attention is easily accessible at Rarotonga’s local hospital where there is a range of medical and dental services available 24 hours a day. There are also several General Practitioners on the island who can attend to your non-emergency needs. They can be located through the local phone book. Various pharmacies are available for prescription medicine
Aitutaki also has a hospital and emergency services.

No vaccinations are required to enter The Cook Islands.


Cook Island Maori or sometimes referred to as ‘Rarotongan’ is the language of the Cook Islands. Many of the locals speak and understand English.

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