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The international airport of the Cook Islands resides on the main island of Rarotonga. It is situated just under two miles from the downtown area of Avarua, right on the northern coast. Air New Zealand regularly flies to and from Sydney, Auckland and Los Angeles, but seasonal flights to Christchurch are available. The local inter-island carrier between the larger islands like Mitiaro, Atiu, Aitutaki, Mauke, Manihiki, and Mangaia is Air Rarotonga, but Air Tahiti and Virgin Australia also fly to Papeete and Auckland, respectively. Be sure to have all your travel plans in order before flying to this secluded paradise. Failure to show proof of a hotel reservation may cause you to be sent back as early as the next flight out.

Rarotonga Airport is a modern facility featuring basic amenities for communication, including WiFi for mobile devices. There is an ATM right past customs in the international arrivals area. Lounges are on hand with a good range of dining options. There is a Domestic Gate area with garden seating, a café and vending machines. The International Lounge is situated next to the duty free shops, and is home to a kiosk selling hot and cold beverages and a snack bar. The airside lounge managed by Air New Zealand (Koru Lounge) offers complimentary WiFi, food, and drinks.

There is a public parking lot outside of the airport. Facing the main entrance is the Aquarius Pacific Airport Hotel, which is a practical accommodation for those with early or late flights. Coach and bus transfers are available between the airport and downtown Avarua. Taxi services may also be arranged in advance. Most Cook Islands hotels also offer airport pick up and there are several rental car offices in the terminal.

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