Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need a Licence to drive in Rarotonga?

Yes. All rental companies on the island require a Cook Islands license for Insurance policy purposes. Go to the Police station in Avarua (open Mon – Fri 9am – 3pm, Sat 9am - noon) with your passport and current international license cost is $20. You may be required to sit a practical/ theory test which is an additional cost of NZ$10. _If you hire a scooter do not use “under the seat storage” as a security of valuables.

Rentals of Vehicles

Avis -
Polynesian Rental Cars -
Rarocars -
Island car and bike hire -

Is there a hospital nearby?

Yes and there is a charge depending on the medical assistance you need. It is always advisable to invest in a little basic medical kit of your own.

Restaurant, Cafe and night club?

Tiare Village is close to town and most eateries cater for all budgets. Night Clubs are also centred in the main town. Information can be sought from the office.

Sunday Arrivals

The main town stores are all closed. There is a small store that sells the basics, go to the bottom of the drive about 150 metres to the right, turn left at the intersection. Hours Sunday 7am – 10am, reopens from 5.30pm – 9pm. Normal hours are from 7am – 9pm Mon – Sat. I would suggest you purchase grocery items from the Supermarket and market on normal week hours. Bottled water and soda drinks can be purchased from the office.


Please feel free to use our office safe to store your passports and important documents. One should always be vigilant, as one would expect to be in one’s own home

ATM Machines

There are two main banks with money machines the limits vary approx. NZ$500 per day. Or at the Airport when you exit the arrivals area it is on the left of the Tiare Village arrival desk.

What are some of the festivals and celebrations in Rarotonga?

Cook Islands Tourism - Events -

Island Activities

Cook Islands Tourism -

Outer Island Travel & Packages

Air Rarotonga -

Diving Activities

Dive Rarotonga -

Do we need insect repellent and medical supplies?

It is advisable to bring a supply of your own but you can purchase from the pharmacies or supermarkets.

Cook Islands Weather

Cook Islands Met Office -

Prior to booking have your itinerary on hand

Let us know which type of accommodation you prefer, details of your incoming flight so we can organize your pick up, What country you are coming from, Flight number e.g. Air New Zealand NZ? / Virgin Australia VA? / Air Tahiti. Expected Time of Arrival (ETA) and how long you would like to stay with us. Please remember the dateline when advising your ETA to Rarotonga. Once I have received your booking, I will return confirmation with transfer advice. Deposit is applied accordingly.

Immigration Policy

Requires you to have accommodation arrangement prior to your arrival. If you have booked with us you would have received confirmation. Fill in AIRPORT MOTEL-Tiare Village on your immigration form.

All rates are in $NZ and include 15% GST (tax)


Once you have received confirmation of your booking the following advice will be sent: As you exit the arrival area advise the “welcome” tourism officer where you are staying “Tiare Village” and she will indicate your pick up station.

Terms & Conditions

We do require credit card details for the deposit = 2 days + transfer (if required) to secure your booking.