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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.

The Vaka Cruise

The Vaka Cruise
6 hours
USD 87.10
<p>The 'must do' lagoon cruise. Cruise Aitutaki's magnificent lagoon aboard the 21 meter Polynesian style canoe 'Vaka Titi ai Tonga' with stops on different islands including a longer stop at the famous One Foot Island. Spend some time far from the hustle and bustle cruising aboard our Vaka on one of the world's most beautiful lagoons. Soak up the sun and the peace and amazing views of the lagoon and soft bright white beaches, pristine nature at it's best! Includes BBQ Lunch, water, tea and coffee, transfers, towels and snorkeling gear.</p>

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Rarotonga International Airport

Where is Rarotonga Airport?  

The Cook Islands is an archipelago of 15 islands spread out over 2.2 million sq. km of ocean. Located in Polynesia, in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, the Cook Islands lie between French Polynesia (Society Islands) to the east and Tonga to the west

With the same time zone and latitude as Hawaii, the Cook Islands are sometimes called "Hawaii down under". Some elderly visitors describe the Cook Islands as reminiscent of Hawaii before statehood and large scale tourism. 

Rarotonga International Airport (IATA: RAR, ICAO: NCRG), also referred to as Avarua Airport, Cook Islands Airport or simply Rarotonga Airport is the main international Cook Islands airport. RAR Airport is located in Avarua, a town and district in the north of Rarotonga Island, the most populated of the Cook Islands. Rarotonga (or Raro to locals) is the national capital.

Rarotonga Airport has received signifigant recent investment in facilities, including a revamped terninal. 

Airlines serving Rarotonga Airport include Air New Zealand, Air Rarotonga, Air Tahiti, Pacific Blue and Virgin Australia.

You can fly to the Cook Islands airport from Aitutaki, Atiu, Auckland, Christchurch, Los Angeles, Manihiki, Mauke, Mangaia, Mitiaro, Penrhyn Island, Papeete and Sydney.

Your best bet for a Rarotonga Airport transfer is the bus. Details on all options are included in this guide.


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There is a departure tax at the Rarotonga Airport. Adults are NZD 30 and children 2-11 years are NZD 15. This departure tax is always payable at the airport and NOT included in the ticket price. It must be bought from the Westpac Bank at the terminal. Payment can be done via credit card (i.e., Visa), but will be charged as a cash advance.


Services at the Rarotonga Airport include:

  • Luggage storage (fee)
  • Duty free
  • Cafe
  • Vending machine
  • Pillars suitable for stringing up a hammock for a nap


Planespotting at Rarotonga Airport is a popular pasttime, due to the proximity of the runways to nearby roads. 


Tip: the Aquarius Hotel, directly across the street, is great spot to have drinks or a bite to eat while waiting for a ideal for a late night flight (they have free WiFi too).

Additional Rarotonga Airport information may be found by visiting their official website below.

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Last Updated: 16 Nov 2021