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    Rarotonga International Airport - RAR

    Rarotonga International Airport is the main international gateway to the Cook Islands and it is located in Avarua, Rarotonga, 3km west of downtown on the northern coast of the island. The site of a former US World War II base, the Rarotonga airport terminal was recently offered a major face-lift to the tune of $8.5 million dollars.

    International arrivals can expect stunning views of the nearby coastline. Several of the airport's runways run parallel (and very close) to local roads and as a result the landing of a large jet will sometimes draw an excited local crowd. Rarotonga Airport services Air New Zealand, Air Rarotonga, Air Tahiti and Virgin Australia with international service to Auckland, Los Angeles, Sydney, Papeete and seasonal service to Christchurch. In addition domestic flights to Aitutaki, Atiu, Manihiki, Mauke, Mangaia, Mitiaro and Penrhyn Island are routed through Rarotonga airport.

    Renting a Car at the Rarotonga Airport

    As the international gateway to the Cook Islands, RAR is the ideal place to rent a car. Its proximity to downtown and location on the island's gorgeous coastline provides travelers with easy access to everything this island has to offer.

    Auto Europe will be happy to help you book a rental car in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. We guarantee the lowest rates in the industry and have been serving travelers to Cook Islands for over 60 years.
    Rarotonga Airport Car Rental, Auto Europe, Cook Islands

    Rarotonga car rental starting at $63 /per day*

    *Rates shown are per day, based upon a 7-day car rental. Taxes and additional surcharges may apply.

    General Information

    General Rarotonga Airport Information

    All travelers arriving in the Cook Islands and planning to spend any time on Rarotonga or one of the outer islands must clear immigration and customs at Rarotonga Airport. The airport is small, but recent renovations have improved the layout and design and international travelers can expect numerous duty-free shops, small cafes and restaurants and short lines at the immigration terminals.

    If you have any questions during your time at the Rarotonga International Airport terminal airport personnel are friendly and will gladly point you in the right direction. The car rental desks are located near baggage claim on the main level of the airport terminal. Rental car desks are clearly marked.

    Once you've secured your luggage and have your rental car keys in hand, you'll be treated to a quick drive into the city or, if you don't feel like waiting to explore this gorgeous island, pilot your car to the ocean and enjoy a quick drive up the coast.

    Hotel Accomodations

    Auto Europe is best known for guaranteeing the lowest rates in the rental car industry, but our commitment to customer service and low prices extends to include affordable hotel accommodations in Rarotonga. If you're interested in discounted rates on your hotel contact one of our award winning agents. Auto Europe will be happy to quote you prices and share details about the availability of discounted rates when you book a hotel and rental car together. Our industry-leading customer service team is available toll-free, 24/7 at 1-888-223-5555.

    Contact Information for RAR

    Email: Cook Islands Airport Authority can be reached via email at:


    Location: Rarotonga International Airport is located 3km outside of downtown Avarua on the northern coast of Rarotonga.

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