FAQs and Travel Tips
NOTE: It is the sole responsibility of the passenger to check which documents are needed to travel and have these documents in order before departing.
Donít forget these essentials: Sunscreen, brimmed hats, sunglasses, swimwear, reef shoes, bug repellent, prescription medicines; sweatshirt or light wind breaker and still and/or video camera.
Several internet café's are located on Rarotonga and Aitutaki. WiFi is available at various locations. Colorful Cook Islands stamps make distinctive impressions on any mail and are keenly sought by philatelic enthusiasts.
The Cook Islands unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar, supplemented by notes and coinage minted for local use. The unique local coins and notes are not negotiable outside the Cook Islands, but are keenly sought by collectors worldwide.
Westpac and ANZ banks in downtown Avarua are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm. Westpac is also open Saturday from 9amĖ12pm. Westpac Bank has an exchange and departure tax service available at the airport for all international flights; this is located at the International Arrivals Terminal. ATM service available at the main branches in Avarua, with ANZ ATMís located at Cooks Corner and Wigmores Superstore at Vaimanga, Westpac ATM is located at Oasis Energy in Nikao.
ANZ is located in Amuri at Mango Trading, open Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm. Westpac is located in Arutanga and is only open Wednesday 9.30am to 3pm. There is also an ATM located outside the Westpac Branch in Arutanga.
Some specialists and alternative medical practitioners are available in the Cook Islands and can be located through the telephone book. Various pharmacies are available for prescription medicine.
The outer islands in the Northern group tend to provide only very basic medical services and because of their isolation it is recommended that visitors with any pre–existing health conditions travelling to those parts of the Cook Islands check with their doctor on medical supplies to carry with them.
All drivers are required to obtain a Cook Island drivers license from the Police Station in Avarua on presentation of your own state, provincial or countries drivers license along with a fee of NZ$20.
An International Drivers License is also accepted. An additional charge is payable to sit a compulsory practical test for motor scooters if your license does not cover this. It seems that everyone who is old enough to drive rides a scooter. So if you want to get around like a local or drive a regular car on Rarotonga, there are a range of vehicles and motor scooters available to hire from rental companies at daily or weekly rates. A number of the resorts also have on site hire cars and scooters available. Bicycles are another option for exploring the island and are widely available for hire.
Taxis and a regular public bus service also operate on Rarotonga. The bus is a reliable economical means to travel, with buses departing on the hour and circumnavigating the island in approximately an hour with frequent stops along the way. The bus will also stop anywhere on request. The routes are labeled Clockwise and Anti–Clockwise.
Avis Rental Car and Bike Hire
Explore Rarotonga in a variety of quality vehicles at unbeatable rates. Cars, jeeps, mini buses, motor bikes or push bikes with unlimited kilometers. Optional collision damage waiver and there is Free pickup from your hotel/motel. Most major credit cards are accepted. Contact the friendly staff or book through any AVIS office worldwide.
Main Office Downtown Avarua next to the police station.
Open Mon–Fri 8am–4pm, Sat 8am–12 noon
Ph: +682.22833 or 22853 Fax: +682.21702.
The Airport Office is open for all international flights.
Aitutaki has hire vehicles, motor scooters and bicycles for rent, but no public transport options. For many of the outer islands transport can be limited in the choice of scooters and bicycles for hire.
- Marriage Requirements:
- Birth certificates
- Be in the Cook Islands 4 full days before the date of wedding
- $50 additional for waiver of 4 day waiting period
- Divorce papers if previously married