Cheap flights to Rarotonga

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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, 4% potential price rise
Cheapest inFebruaryBest time to find cheap flights, 2% potential price drop
Average price$599Average for return flights in May 2022
Return from$483From Auckland Intl to Rarotonga
One-way from$193One-way flight from Auckland Intl (AKL) to Rarotonga (RAR)

Cheap flights to Rarotonga in May, June 2022

The best prices found for RAR flights for May, June
7 Jun - 10 Jun
AKL

Auckland Intl

RAR

Rarotonga

Nonstop

3h 50m
RAR

Rarotonga

AKL

Auckland Intl

Nonstop

4h 35m
$527

Jetstar

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Deal found 24/5/22

28 Jun - 6 Jul
AKL

Auckland Intl

RAR

Rarotonga

Nonstop

3h 50m
RAR

Rarotonga

AKL

Auckland Intl

Nonstop

4h 35m
$551

Jetstar

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Deal found 24/5/22

30 May - 6 Jun
AKL

Auckland Intl

RAR

Rarotonga

Nonstop

3h 45m
RAR

Rarotonga

AKL

Auckland Intl

Nonstop

4h 35m
$552

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 22/5/22

Rarotonga 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to Rarotonga found for this year
24 Nov - 30 Nov
AKL

Auckland Intl

RAR

Rarotonga

Nonstop

3h 55m
RAR

Rarotonga

AKL

Auckland Intl

Nonstop

4h 25m
$449

Jetstar

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Deal found 22/5/22

22 Nov - 30 Nov
AKL

Auckland Intl

RAR

Rarotonga

Nonstop

3h 55m
RAR

Rarotonga

AKL

Auckland Intl

Nonstop

4h 25m
$480

Jetstar

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Deal found 22/5/22

22 Oct - 11 Nov
AKL

Auckland Intl

RAR

Rarotonga

Nonstop

3h 50m
RAR

Rarotonga

AKL

Auckland Intl

Nonstop

4h 25m
$483

Jetstar

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Deal found 23/5/22

Last minute flights to Rarotonga

Late deals on return flights to Rarotonga, departing today and this week
30 May - 6 Jun
AKL

Auckland Intl

RAR

Rarotonga

Nonstop

3h 45m
RAR

Rarotonga

AKL

Auckland Intl

Nonstop

4h 35m
$552

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 22/5/22

30 May - 6 Jun
AKL

Auckland Intl

RAR

Rarotonga

Nonstop

3h 45m
RAR

Rarotonga

AKL

Auckland Intl

Nonstop

4h 35m
$557

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 23/5/22

2 Jun - 6 Jun
AKL

Auckland Intl

RAR

Rarotonga

Nonstop

3h 50m
RAR

Rarotonga

AKL

Auckland Intl

Nonstop

4h 35m
$613

Jetstar

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Deal found 23/5/22

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

$837

February

$795

March

$804

April

$893

May

$702

June

$715

July

$937

August

$841

September

$795

October

$695

November

$744

December

$769

At the present moment the cheapest month to fly to Rarotonga is currently October; with July being the most expensive. Prices will vary depending on multiple factors such as booking in advance, airline and departure airports and times.

When is the best time to fly to Rarotonga?

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

AKL - RAR

Price

$694 - $1,182

RAR

Temperature

22 - 26 °C

RAR

Rainfall

100 - 260 mm

Peak season 

The largest of the Cook Islands, travellers book flights to Rarotonga for swimming, snorkeling, shopping, nightlife, island cuisine and a relaxed laid back vibe. The island’s interior is characterised by volcanic outcrops and rainforest, while many of the beaches are rimmed with coral reefs and marine life. The friendliness of Rarotonga’s locals make it a popular place to visit again and again. Most New Zealanders arrive on cheap flights to Rarotonga between June and August to escape the winter back home. This high season period can make finding flights to Rarotonga and hotels more difficult, so make reservations as early as possible. Christmas is also another busy period when many Cook Island natives come home for the holiday, be sure to book flight tickets well in advance.

Off Season

Rarotonga’s wet season and the threat of cyclones puts most people off from visiting during December to April. But in general the rainy season is characterised by short and heavy bursts of rain followed by sun. If you visit during this time you can find the cheapest flights to Rarotonga, plus plenty of accommodation, rental cars and dining options.

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

The best time to to take cheap flights to Rarotonga is during the months on the edge of winter, summer and the rainy season; April, May, September and October. The weather is likely to be good and there are fewer tourists on the island.

Which day is cheapest to fly to Rarotonga?

The cheapest flights to Rarotonga are usually found when departing on a Tuesday. The departure day with the highest cost at present is Friday.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to Rarotonga?

To get the best value, try booking a flight in the evening when visiting Rarotonga. Generally the prices will increase for flights in the morning as these tend to have higher demand.

How long is the flight to Rarotonga?

Flights from Auckland to Rarotonga – 3 hrs 50 mins

Flights from Wellington to Rarotonga – 23 hrs 5 mins

Flights from Christchurch to Rarotonga – 23 hrs

Flights from Dunedin to Rarotonga – 20 hrs

Which airlines operate flights to Rarotonga?

Air New Zealand operates a flight to Rarotonga most days of the week. Less frequent flights are operated by Virgin Australia and Jetstar. Domestic carrier Air Rarotonga is always busy and operates up to flights a day between Rarotonga and Aitutaki and other sister islands of the Cooks group.

How to get from the airport to the city centre?

Rarotonga Airport (RAR) is located in the town of Avarua, 3km west of the downtown area. To get there you can catch public transport options of a bus or a taxi. The bus goes anti-clockwise round the island and passes by the RSA club across the road from the airport every 30 minutes. Taxis are located next to arrivals area. Many hotels have courtesy buses so check with your hotel when booking if they offer an airport pick-up service.

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.

What airport do you fly into for flights to Rarotonga?

Travellers will need to book flights to Rarotonga (RAR) if they wish to fly to Rarotonga. The Rarotonga airport is 0.8 km from the city centre. On average, Rarotonga has 5 flights from Auckland per day from 4 airlines.