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Fly from Australia to the Cook Islands without a glitch with this guide to flights.

Here's everything you need to know about flying to the Cook Islands, including advice on airlines and tips on airport transfers. Go from big cities to uninhabited beaches with flights to the Cook Islands from cities around Australia.

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How much are flights to the Cook Islands?

You can secure flights from cities across Australia to the Cook Islands for under $800. Jetstar is no strangers to holding weekly sales, so be on the lookout for deals that become available.

When is the cheapest time to fly to the Cook Islands?

One of the many great things about the Cook Islands is that the weather is great year-round, so there's never a bad time to visit! According to Skyscanner, May is the cheapest time to visit, which conveniently sits outside of peak season and the school holiday period. The warm weather and sunshine in May will give you an abundance of activities to get involved in.

How far in advance should I book my flights to the Cook Islands?

If you know the exact dates you want to travel, your best bet is to book five weeks in advance.

Frequently asked questions about flights to the Cook Islands

How long does it take to fly to the Cook Islands?

This is how much time you can expect to spend in the air when flying from Australia to Rarotonga Airport.

  • Adelaide: 8 hours, 45 minutes with a stopover
  • Brisbane: 7 hours, 45 minutes with a stopover
  • Melbourne: 8 hours, 5 minutes with a stopover
  • Perth: 11 hours, 20 minutes with a stopover
  • Sydney: 5 hours, 45 minutes direct

Which airlines fly to the Cook Islands?

Air New Zealand is the only airline that offers direct flights to the Cook Islands from Sydney, but you can book a connecting flight via Auckland with Jetstar and Virgin Australia. No airline offers direct flights to the Cook Islands from Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne or Perth. Don't fret, though. Air New Zealand, Jetstar and Virgin Australia offer connecting flights via Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Air New Zealand: Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney
  • Jetstar: Gold Coast, Melbourne and Sydney
  • Virgin Australia: Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane

Where is the airport in the Cook Islands?

Rarotonga International Airport is the Cook Islands' main airport. It's located less than three kilometres from the downtown area on the north coast.

Aitutaki Airport is located on the island of Aitutaki in the Cook Islands. Although it's not as big and does not have as many arriving and departing flights as Rarotonga International Airport, it's your best option if you're staying in Aitutaki or nearby.

Do I need a visa to travel to Cook Islands with an Australian passport?

You do not need a visa to visit the Cook Islands if your stay is less than 30 days.

Am I required to book an onward or return flight to Cook Islands?

Yes. You must have proof of an onward or return ticket. You also need proof of booked accommodation and substantial funds for your visit.
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Courtney Edwards was associate travel publisher at Finder. She has a Bachelor of Communication majoring in Journalism and sub-majoring in English from Western Sydney University and a Certificate II in Tourism. She discovered her love for travel while completing a semester abroad in England and travelling around Europe. Outside of work, you’ll find Courtney visiting new brunch spots and planning her next adventure. See full bio

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