Getting around Cook Islands


Air Rarotonga ( runs regular inter-island services.

Flight times

From Rarotonga: to Aitutaki - 50 minutes; Atiu - 45 minutes; to Mauke and Mitiaro - 50 minutes.

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Car hire

Car hire is available through local and international companies. You can also rent bikes or mopeds.


Bright green licensed taxis are available 24 hours a day on Raratonga.

Alternatively, give Tik-es a go. These electric tuk tuks are a novel way of getting from A to B on Rarotonga.


Cook's Passenger Transport ( runs public buses round Rarotonga. There's one loop, with buses running in both a clockwise and anticlockwise direction.


Speed limits are 30-40kph (19-25mph) in built-up areas and 50kph (31mph) elsewhere.


As long as you're over 16, you can drive on a valid national driving licence from your home country for up to six months. If you're not licensed to ride a scooter or motorbike at home, you must obtain a Cook Islands driving licence, which means taking a theory and practical test at the police headquarters in Avarua.

Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.