About Rarotonga

Currency

The Cook Islands unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar. There are Cook Island coins of $1, $2 and $5 which are not negotiable outside of the Cook Islands but make interesting souvenirs. New Zealand dollars can be purchased at the international airport, or in the town of Avarua at the banks of ANZ, Westpac or Western Union.
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Visiting the Cook Islands

NZ passport holders are granted an entry permit of 3 months. Visitors from other countries are granted a stay up to 31 days.

Bringing food to the Cook Islands

Food that has been securely packed or meats that been vacuum packed can be brought into Rarotonga. The exception is fresh fruit, vegetables and honey which cannot enter into the Cook Islands.
Please remember to list all food products to immigration at time of entering our island.

Local business hours

Businesses in Rarotonga are generally open Monday to Friday, 8am – 4pm. Banks are open 9-3pm. Saturday morning shops are open 8-1pm and supermarkets stay open until 4pm.
The local market on Saturday mornings in Avarua the main town centre is a must see for local crafts and produce and is open from 7am-12 noon. This is a cash only market.

Telecommunications

There are many internet cafes and Wifi hotspots located around the island. Wifi vouchers can be purchased through several outlets.

Electricity

Rarotonga uses the same electrical outlets as New Zealand. North American and European appliances will need adaptor plugs. The Cook Islands electricity usage is 240 volts.

Medical Services

The Rarotonga Hospital has doctors available 24 hours to provide medical care in the case of an emergency.
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