About getting around while travelling the Cook Islands
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GETTING AROUND THE COOK ISLANDS

Vehicles are driven on the left hand side of the road in the Cook Islands and the maximum speed is 30km in towns and villages and 50km in less populated areas. Those who hold a full drivers license from their home country may drive in the Cook Islands but only for the class of vehicle they are licensed for.  There is a compulsory practical test for motorcycles or scooters if your licence does not cover this.  See the Cook Islands Police Station in down-town Avarua for your test.

Rarotonga Transport
On Rarotonga there are a range of vehicles and motor scooters available to hire from rental companies around the island at daily or weekly rates. A number of the resorts also have on site hire cars and scooters available for hire. Bicycles are another option for exploring the island, and are widely available for hire. Taxis and a regular public bus service also operate on Rarotonga. The bus is a reliable and economical means to travel, with buses departing on the hour and circumnavigating the island in approx. 50 minutes with frequent stops along the way. The bus will also stop anywhere on request.  Private VIP transfers are available from Raro Tours for that special occasion.

A number of companies also offer guided tours on Rarotonga, ranging from circling the island in an air-conditioned coach or an electric tuk tuk, to tours on 4WD vehicles, self-drive buggies, quad-bikes and bicycles that will take you to the out of the way places if you wish to really explore while you are here. On the water, there are lagoon cruises that can ferry you out to secluded motu, the tiny islands at the edge of the reef, and those with glass-bottomed hulls show off incredible views of the colourful sea-life swimming underneath. Air Rarotonga has chartered scenic flights that will take you to those inaccessible places only the birds would usually get to see.

Getting Around Aitutaki
Aitutaki has hire vehicles, motor scooters and bicycles for rent, but no public transport options. For many of the outer islands transport can be limited in the choice of scooters and bicycles for hire.  We recommend arranging your vehicle or bicycle rental prior to arrival.


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