around Rarotonga is pretty easy for adult visitors.
is a very simple bus system with two routes. Actually, it's
the same route but the buses travel in opposite directions.
the Clockwise bus, which goes clockwise around Rarotonga, and
the Anti-Clockwise bus that goes ... you guessed it, the other
can get a little pricey on the bus if you take several short
trips in a day so you are better off getting 10-trip cards at
our first day in Rarotonga we missed our bus from the Edgewater
Resort into the capital Avarua and so set off walking instead.
It was a long trudge and we later discovered you can flag the
buses down and the drivers are pretty good with dopey travellers.
here for a bus timetable.
is a very popular form of transport on Rarotonga and is the
perfect way to get a feel for a country you have just arrived
you, we did walk too much that day so be sure to grab yourself
a bus timetable early into your trip.
exceptionally popular way of getting around is by motor scooter.
We noticed hundreds of them while trudging along the road to
can hire scooters relatively cheaply, around $20 a day, and
you get a choice of 115cc or 125cc machines. We got automatic
ones that made life so much easier.
you are just hiring them for a day then you only need to get
a temporary licence - which is great if you arrive on the weekend
when most things are closed after Saturday 1pm.
if you intend to zip around a bit then you must get a visitors'
licence at the Avarua police station for $20.
advice is to get in early otherwise the queues can get quite
here is where we state a vital bit of information.
YOUR FULL LICENCE WITH YOU TO RAROTONGA.
you don't then you can't get a licence there, I've seen one
young NZ traveller very miffed by that.
will have to do a pretty basic skills check before getting a
Cook Islands licence but if you are like me - and haven't been
on a powered two-wheeler in some decades - then do a few practice
laps and avoid the local hedges. (It's a long story.)
helmet laws changed in 2016 and now every tourist needs to wear
a helmet if they are on a visitor's licence. The fine if you
don't is $100. Even for pillion passengers.
you have a full Cook Isdlands licence you need to wear a helmet
if you are travelling at more than 40km/h.
cars the limit is 50km/h on the open road.
have to say that in the past one of the most enjoyable days
on Rarotonga was zipping around it on a scooter. There was a
freedom that was well worth the effort. But nowadays the helmet
issues mean I'd be more tempted to hire a car, particularly
when in a group.
are taxis on Rarotonga, but they are not cheap. A trip from
the airport to the Edgewater Resort after visiting Aitutaki
costs two of us $30 for about a 5km trip.
word of advice - don't park your car or scooter under a coconut
ripe fruit - the brown ones - can drop without notice and give
the vehicle a fair old dent.
Also, be wary standing under the trees for the same reason,
although locals assure us no one has been killed by a falling