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About Flights to the Cook Islands

Summary info about the Cook Islands flight prices, duration and airlines

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Fastest flight time

19h 45m

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2 airlines
The best one-way flight price to Cook Islands from Australia in the last 72 hours is $844 (Perth to Rarotonga).
The best return flight price to Cook Islands from Australia in the last 72 hours is $959 (Sydney Kingsford Smith to Rarotonga).
The fastest flight to Cook Islands from Australia takes 19h 45m (Perth to Rarotonga).
There are 2 airlines operating flights to Cook Islands, including Qantas Airways and Air New Zealand.

Cheapest flights to cities in Cook Islands

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Useful information for your flight to Cook Islands

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When visiting Muri Beach in Ngatangiia, the closest airport is Rarotonga Airport.

The best prices found on momondo for flights to Cook Islands are:
$276 per person with Jetstar
$296 per person with Air Rarotonga
$306 per person with Virgin Australia

On average, it takes 12h 25m to fly from Australia to Cook Islands if you fly out of Sydney Kingsford Smith (the most popular airport in Australia) and into Rarotonga (the most popular airport in Cook Islands). If you’re flying out of Melbourne and into Rarotonga, then the flight time is around 8h 50m.

On average, a flight to Cook Islands will cost $1,755 per ticket. We’ve had users find flights to Cook Islands for as low as $839, however. If you’re unable to find a plane ticket for $839, but manage to find one for $1,730 or less, then this is still a great deal. Keep in mind that flight costs vary depending on where you fly from, what time of year you travel, and what airline you fly with.

The best day of the week to fly to Cook Islands is Friday due to prices being at their lowest. Flying out on a Tuesday should be a backup plan since this day tends to be less expensive as well. Sunday, on the other hand, is the most expensive day to fly to Cook Islands.

Popular cities and sights

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Recent flights found to popular cities in Cook Islands

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Cheapest flight routes to Cook Islands

These routes have the cheapest flights to Cook Islands found by momondo users in Australia
DepartingDestinationBest TimeBest Price
SydneyRarotonga12h 25m$951
MelbourneRarotonga8h 50m$1,011
BrisbaneRarotonga11h 35m$1,323
HobartRarotonga25h 30m$1,397
CoolangattaRarotonga25h 40m$1,491
PerthRarotonga16h 05m$1,508
SydneyAitutaki43h 35m$1,667
MelbourneAitutaki46h 15m$1,820

Best things to do and see in Cook Islands

Flights from Australia to the Cook Islands usually take between 18 and 27h and touch down at Rarotonga International Airport (RAR). If you depart from Melbourne Airport (MEL), you can fly with Air New Zealand and expect to reach your destination in around 18h. This route usually involves two stopovers. You can also fly with Qantas Airways, with a single stop along the way; however, this stop will add around 10h to your overall journey time. On some Qantas Airways flights on this route, you may have to stop twice and change to a Jetstar plane at Auckland Airport. You can also fly to the Cook Islands from Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD) with Air New Zealand and with Qantas Airways. These Sydney to the Cook Islands flights usually take between 23 and 26h. It's also possible to find cheap flights to Cook Islands from Brisbane Airport (BNE) with Qantas Airways and Air New Zealand. Flights with Air New Zealand on this route usually take around 20h, while flights with Qantas Airways will usually take 27h, including stopovers.

There are no non-stop flights available between Australia and the Cook Islands. Most Cook Islands flights involve at least one stopover, with many flights on popular routes requiring passengers to stop twice before reaching their destination. Stopovers on Australia flights to the Cook Islands are usually at Auckland Airport in New Zealand or elsewhere in Australia. If you fly from Melbourne Airport with Air New Zealand or with Qantas Airways, you will change planes first at Sydney Airport and then at Auckland Airport before arriving in the Cook Islands. If you choose to book flights to the Cook Islands from Sydney Airport with Qantas Airways or Air New Zealand, you will generally have to make one stopover in Auckland. Meanwhile, if you book plane tickets from Sydney with Jetstar, you will stop first at Gold Coast Airport and then again in Auckland before flying on to the Cook Islands. Generally, flights with two stopovers are shorter than those with just one.

The Cook Islands are an excellent destination to explore by car. Passengers will find that most tourist locations and natural beauty spots on the islands are well connected by road and that driving conditions are decent in most places. Car hire is also available at Rarotonga Airport, meaning that you can get on the road and start your journey straight away. The island’s sunny climate also means it is a great place for a cycling holiday or to explore by scooter. These vehicles are also widely available to rent across the islands. If you plan to island-hop during your stay, you can use the Cook Islands' inter-island air travel facilities. Passengers can fly from Rarotonga to nearby islands, such as Manihiki, Penrhyn, Atiu, and Ma’uke, using charter flight services. Several locations throughout the islands also have active harbours where private boats can enter and dock. This means it is possible to travel between island ports, like Rarotonga and Penrhyn, by sailboat or yacht. Taxis are also available on the island, and passengers can travel between popular destinations, like Rarotonga and Takitumu, by taxi in around half an hour.

You will need to have a valid Australian passport in order to visit the Cook Islands. However, you do not need to have a visa unless your trip to the Cook Islands is longer than 30 days. If you plan to stay longer than this, you should apply for a tourist visa in advance of your travel.

Popular routes landing in Cook Islands

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Melbourne to Rarotonga Flights
Fastest flight time8h 50m
Cheapest price$1,011
Sydney to Rarotonga Flights
Fastest flight time12h 25m
Cheapest price$951
Brisbane to Rarotonga Flights
Fastest flight time11h 35m
Cheapest price$1,323
Melbourne to Aitutaki Flights
Fastest flight time46h 15m
Cheapest price$1,820
Sydney to Aitutaki Flights
Fastest flight time43h 35m
Cheapest price$1,667
Perth to Rarotonga Flights
Fastest flight time16h 05m
Cheapest price$1,508
Hobart to Rarotonga Flights
Fastest flight time25h 30m
Cheapest price$1,397
Auckland to Rarotonga Flights
Fastest flight time3h 45m
Cheapest price$2,376
Coolangatta to Rarotonga Flights
Fastest flight time25h 40m
Cheapest price$1,491

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