How To Plan

Getting There

Air New Zealand operates non-stop service from Los Angeles to Rarotonga just once a week.*

Depart on Saturday evening from LAX arrive into Rarotonga Sunday morning.

Return from Rarotonga late Friday evening, arrive back into LAX Saturday afternoon.

Option 1: 5 night/6 day trip - based on the above schedule

Option 2: 12 night/13 day trip - based on the above schedule



As the entire island of Rarotonga is only 32 kilometers in circumference, getting around is easy. There are two main roads on Rarotonga, you can circle the island on the Ara Tapu sealed road, through the villages and past the beaches; or you can take the older inland road, which winds through fields of taro, pawpaw, bananas and local farmlands. You may either rent a car, or take the local bus that goes around the Island in both directions daily.


When To Go

The Cook Islands enjoy a pleasantly warm and sunny climate year round, so it is truly a great destination to visit any time of the year.  June to August are the cooler months, whilst November to March marks the warmer season, with occasional tropical showers expected. The drier months from April to November have an average temperature of about 26°C, whilst the warmer, more humid and damp season runs from December to March. During this season the temperature ranges between 22°C and 28°C. 


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