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Avarua Tour Ideas

Photography & Lunch Tour

Photography & Lunch Tour
4 hours
USD 120.00
Rarotonga has some of the most beautiful places on earth - the scenery, the flowers, the trees, the mountains and the plantations are so captivating.  There are a number of great places to take photos.  We go to different parts of the island to visit and hear of the history as well so you know what these places really mean.  We visit sacred areas, marae's, plantation of different types around the island, the botanical gardens, Avana wharf where the 7 canoes departed, the beautiful 3 little islands and of course picturesque views of the mountains.  It's quite flexible and some places of interest is customizable.  We have a delicious lunch at a popular spot on the Island.. the food is fantastic.  You can either have this tour in the morning or in the afternoon.

Arts & Crafts Tour - Promoting Locally Made Products

Arts & Crafts Tour - Promoting Locally Made Products
4 hours
USD 85.00
Expand your knowledge of the country's rich craftwork history & culture. Learn about locally made products here in Rarotonga. It's fun and informative.  Go to hidden places other visitors can't find.  Visit local factories where you can see how we make our products.  Information you get on this tour, will save you money (some discounts apply) and help your understand our art and crafts culture. As your friendly knowledgeable tour guide, I will introduce you to meet up-to 10 local artisans with an up-close look at their techniques & learning the art of their craftwork. See them in action!   <br>Meet an extraordinary traditional woodcarver who shares his passion. Expand your knowledge of this country's rich history and culture through some of his designs & carvings. Explore Rarotonga's oldest art & crafts factory since the 1940's and learn here about Rarotonga's past history plus many more. Minimum 2 people and up-to 4 hours duration.

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Rarotonga Airport (RAR) Car Rental

Welcome to the car rental Rarotonga Airport information page with information on Rarotonga Airport car rental options, including which side do you drive on, transmission types, local Avarua driving stress, licences, and more. You may also compare your Rarotonga Airport car rental options and search for the best available Avarua car rental rates in the search box below.

Rarotonga Airport Car Rental Advice & Driving Tips

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Rarotonga Airport Car Rental Desk Locations

Rorotonga Airport car rental services are available from 2 on-site providers (desks in the Arrivals Terminal), while 2 local car rental agencies are located across the street from the terminal.

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Avarua Driving Information

Driving is on the left side of the road.

All Rarotonga Airport rental cars are automatic transmission.

Your local drivers' licence is required.

An International Drivers' Permit (or IDP) may be required, especially if your local drivers' licence is in a language other than the local language (you may inquire when you pick up your car).

Avarua Driving Stress Level: 5/10

Getting a Cook Islands Driver's License


To drive a car you need a Cook Islands driver’s license. Your rental company will issue each driver in your party a temporary licence, valid until noon the following day (NZD 2 fee).


Expect a very long queue when you go to purchase your license. At the police station in Avarua, you will pay NZD 20 for a 1 year licence (or NZD 60 for 5 years), upon presentation of a driving license from another country. At the Aitutaki police station, if you are headed that way, you will pay just NZD 2.50 for your licence - and there are no queues. 


To drive a scooter you need a Cook Islands driver’s license. If you don't have a motorbike license, be prepared to do a short test, zigzagging between traffic cones (NZD 5 fee). Make sure you go as early in the day as possible to the Avarua police station.


Driving Around the Island


The speed limit on the island is 50km/h, with 30km/h in some towns.


30 minutes driving tmr should really get you to the fartherest point on the island, provided you start off in the right direction.


It is not compulsory to wear helmets by law, unless the speed for motorised scooters and motor bikes is exceeded beyond 40 km/h.


Expect a remarkable number of chickens to cross the road. It is hard to understand why they do this, but they do. Dogs, walkers, children, and coconuts provide other obstacles on the roads that keep driving interesting.


While there is virtually no stress driving around the island in daylight hours, driving after dark has additional hazards due to poor visibility.


Motorcycle accidents are sadly fairly common, and cause many injuries and fatalities.

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Driving around the island is very straight forward and allows you convenience to come and go as you please.

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Last Updated: 16 Nov 2021