Airfare to Rarotonga, Cook Islands
As the capital of the Cook Islands, Rarotonga is also the most populated city. Air Rarotonga provides air service for passengers heading elsewhere in the 15-island archipelago.
Airfare to Rarotonga will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into French Polynesia. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a ferry, yacht or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. Pacific Blue flies to Rarotonga. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Sydney, Australia, or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Air Rarotonga is the national airline. However, Air New Zealand also stops in Rarotonga.
The most expensive air tickets to Rarotonga are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into French Polynesia and traveling overland to Rarotonga
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Rarotonga, check out BootsnAll’s Cook Islands Travel Guide.