Tips for Visitors Print

  1. Buy Airport Duty Free in Rarotonga. Many prices are surprisingly cheaper than in NZ or Australia. Duty Free stores are open for all arriving and departing flights.
  2. Groceries and general food items compare very favourably with NZ prices. No need to bring such items in your luggage.
  3. Getting off that early morning flight and need those few essential groceries? Turn left from the airport and call into Oasis Petrol Station/Store, open 24 hours and only 2 minutes from the airport.
  4. CITC Pharmacy is the only retail pharmacy in the Cook Islands with a fully qualified and New Zealand Registered Pharmacist.
    Contact them on +682 29292 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have lost or forgotten to bring your medication, or are looking at relocating to the Cook Islands. Their staff can also assist you with basic first aid requirements if you fall off your scooter or graze yourself on coral.
  5. Shopping at CITC Avarua, - NIKE, ADIDAS, PUMA and many other brands below NZ or Aus retail prices.
  6. Our Island Souvenirs are quarantine compliant.
  7. There are wireless hotspots all around the island, making Rarotonga a perfect destination for those wanting to stay connected while on holiday.
  8. Bring a light cardigan or jacket, it gets cool in the winter months.
  9. If you do not wish to keep the local currency $1, $2 and $5 coins as souvenirs, be sure to spend these before you leave as they are not legal tender outside the Cook Islands.