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Flights to Rarotonga in 2022

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inDecemberHigh demand for flights, 15% potential price rise
Cheapest inMarchBest time to find cheap flights, 4% potential price drop
Average price$893Average for return flights in January 2022
Return from$824From Sydney Kingsford Smith to Rarotonga
One-way from$474One-way flight from Sydney Kingsford Smith (SYD) to Rarotonga (RAR)

Cheap flights to Rarotonga in January, February 2022

The best prices found for RAR flights for January, February
8 Feb. - 20 Feb.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

RAR

Rarotonga

1 stop

21h 45m
RAR

Rarotonga

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

2 stops

48h 00m
$5,968

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 21/1/22

8 Feb. - 20 Feb.
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

RAR

Rarotonga

2 stops

23h 25m
RAR

Rarotonga

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

2 stops

48h 00m
$6,361

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 21/1/22

Rarotonga 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to Rarotonga found for this year
17 May - 23 May
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

RAR

Rarotonga

2 stops

13h 00m
RAR

Rarotonga

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

1 stop

9h 40m
$824

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 23/1/22

17 May - 23 May
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

RAR

Rarotonga

1 stop

10h 15m
RAR

Rarotonga

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

1 stop

9h 40m
$832

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 23/1/22

17 May - 23 May
SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

RAR

Rarotonga

2 stops

13h 15m
RAR

Rarotonga

SYD

Sydney Kingsford Smith

2 stops

15h 00m
$904

Qantas Airways

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Deal found 23/1/22

Can I fly to Rarotonga from Australia right now?

Information is based on travel restrictions from Australia to Rarotonga

Most visitors from Australia will not be allowed to enter Rarotonga.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Australia are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or antigen result upon entering Rarotonga.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Australia are not required to quarantine after entering Rarotonga.

Documents
Online Contact Form - Travelers are required to complete the online contact form no more than 72 hours before departure.

Travel Authorization - Travelers are required to request permission to travel to the Cook Islands from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration. They should email their request to: immigration2@cookislands.gov.ck.

Travelers who do not have a Cook Islands stamp or a permit issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration will be required to complete a Medical Immigration form before departure.


Can I fly back to Australia from Rarotonga?

Returning to Australia from Rarotonga

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Rarotonga must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to Australia.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Rarotonga are not required to quarantine after entering Australia.

What is the cheapest month to fly to Rarotonga?

The cheapest ticket to Rarotonga found for each month in 2022 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.

January

$879

February

$764

March

$702

April

$968

May

$766

June

$734

July

$800

August

$840

September

$798

October

$745

November

$843

December

$904

Currently, the cheapest month for flights to Rarotonga is March. The most expensive month for flights is April. The cheapest prices are shown above but prices will vary according to departure times, airlines, class and how early you book.

When is the best time to fly to Rarotonga?

Average Rarotonga flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2022 and 2023 by month

SYD - RAR

Price

$703 - $1,433

RAR

Temperature

22 - 26 °C

RAR

Precipitation

100 - 260 mm

When is the best time to book a flight to Rarotonga?

To ensure you get the cheapest price possible for a flight to Rarotonga, you should look to book at least 23 days in advance of your intended travel date. The price of your flight may increase if you delay and leave booking until a week or so before departure.

Which day is cheapest to fly to Rarotonga?

Tuesday is currently, on average, the cheapest day to fly to Rarotonga. Flying on Sunday will result in higher flight prices.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to Rarotonga?

Rarotonga flights can be made cheaper if you choose a flight in the morning. Booking a flight at midday will likely mean higher prices.

Cheap flights to Rarotonga, the largest of the Cook Islands, take just three hours or so from Australia or New Zealand. Those flights will deliver you to the “down south” island that runs on Raro time – deliciously slow and laidback, a perfect complement to the azure-blue seas, palm-fringed soft-sand beaches and friendly Cook Islanders.

Life on Rarotonga, in general, is clustered around the coasts. Ancient volcanic peaks dominate the centre of the island, shrouded in dense, lush, vegetation. Consequently, the centre is not as well-known as the beaches.

Avarua, on the north coast, is the capital of the Cook Islands. Most popular with tourists is the southeast coast, around Muri, where the lagoon is widest and deepest and best for swimming, snorkelling, scuba-diving and boating.

Rarotonga climate

Rarotonga’s climate is equable, with little variation in temperatures year-round. The winter months are May to October; temperatures range between 18 and 28 degrees Celsius. The summer months are November to April and temps are 21-29 degrees. January to early May are the wet season months.

When is the best time to fly to Rarotonga?

Peak Season: 

June to August is the high season, when most Australians and New Zealanders arrive on cheap flights to Rarotonga. 

Off Season: 

December-April is the wet season. Cyclones are a threat during these months also. 

Shoulder Season

May, September and October are great months to visit. The weather is likely to be good and there are fewer tourists.

Getting around Rarotonga

The Rarotonga bus service runs clockwise and anti-clockwise between about 7am and 4.30pm daily. 

Rental cars and motor scooters are available, but drivers must have a Cook Islands licence, which costs about $10.

What is good to know if travelling to Rarotonga?

  • Visitors are not expected to tip while on the Cook Islands. It’s not part of the Islanders’ culture. Also, Rarotonga is a conservative place. Even Rarotongan women will cover up for the beach. Dress conservatively. 
  • There are four coral islets off Muri Beach: Mo tutapu, Oneroa, Koromiri and Taakoka. 
  • The Takitumu Conservation Area protects native birds and plants, particularly the Kakerori, the Rarotonga Flycatcher. 
  • Rarotanga’s cuisine is modern Pacific Rim – a fusion of Asian, Indian and French. Ika mata is a specialty on Rarotonga, it’s fish marinated in coconut and lime. Ika mata, with taro (the leaves of the taro are island spinach) appear on “island nights” menus. 
  • The Saturday market at Punanga Nui runs from 6am until noon. This is the place to pick up black pearls, hand-woven baskets and wooden souvenirs. 
  • Set aside some money to cover the departure tax when you leave Rarotonga. It’s NZ$55.

What airport do you fly into for flights to Rarotonga?

Most people fly into Rarotonga (RAR) if they book a flight to Rarotonga. Rarotonga is conveniently located just 0.8 km from Rarotonga’s city centre.

Other local departures to Rarotonga from Australia