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.


Driving is on the left-hand side of the road. Drivers of all vehicles are required to have a current Cook Islands Driver's License available from the Police Station in Avarua on presentation of your own license. Cost NZ$10. Vehicle Rentals The motor scooter is a popular, fun way to see the sights. Bikes, cars and jeeps are available from local rental agencies.

Public Transport

The Island Bus offers a convenient and low cost method of transport, operating regular schedules around the island (in both directions). Check your accommodation for current pricing. It will pick you up and set you down anywhere on request. Cook's Island Bus Passenger Transport Ltd can be contacted on 25512, 9am to 4pm or 20349 after hours.