How to get to the Cook Islands

The unspoiled beauty of the Cook Islands is in no small part due to their remoteness. But that doesn't mean they're isolated from the rest of the world. With a bit of careful planning, they are accessible from wherever you live. 

That said, it has become much harder post-Covid to get there from the USA and Europe as Air New Zealand will no longer have a service out of Los Angeles which was popular hub.

All flights are to the capital island, Rarotonga. If you want to visit the other islands, click the button for information on internal travel by land, sea and air



The islands are most easily reached from New Zealand. 

It takes just under 4 hours outbound and just over four and a half hours on the return leg if you depart from Auckland. Remember also that you'll "gain" a day on the outward journey as you cross the international dateline. But of course, you "lose" that day again when you go back. Air New Zealand are operating flights at least once a day

Low cost Australian carrier, Jetstar has resumed its flights between Auckland and Rarotonga. They operate three times a week, departing Auckland at 1450 (NZ time) on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, returning at 2135 (Cook Islands time) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Connecting services will also be available in and out of Christchurch and Wellington.