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Flights to Avarua

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Avarua is the capital of the Cook Islands, located on the north coast of Rarotonga, the largest island in the chain. The island is volcanic in origin and is surrounded by a coral reef. Avarua itself is a small town with a population of around 5,000. The climate is subtropical, with warm temperatures year-round and high humidity. There are many things to see and do in Avarua, including visiting the Cook Islands National Museum to learn about the country's history and culture, shopping for local crafts at the Punanga Nui market, or relaxing on one of the beaches.

Fancy a trip to Avarua? With over 600 airlines to choose from and more than 40 ways to pay, Alternative Airlines can help you conveniently book your flights to Avarua. We offer budget-friendly, flexible flight routes to Avarua no matter where you're flying from or when you plan to travel!

Airports near Avarua

There are a variety of airports to choose from when visiting Avarua. Here's 4 airports that serve Avarua.

Rarotonga International Airport

This is the main international airport in the Cook Islands and is located in Avarua, the capital city. It is the closest airport to Avarua and is within a reasonable driving distance.


Papeete Tahiti Faa'a International Airport

If you are unable to find a direct flight to Rarotonga, you can consider flying to Papeete in Tahiti, French Polynesia. From there, you can take a connecting flight to Rarotonga. Papeete Tahiti Faa'a International Airport is a major hub in the South Pacific region and offers various international connections.


Nadi International Airport

Another option for reaching Avarua is to fly to Nadi International Airport in Fiji. From Nadi, you can take a connecting flight to Rarotonga. Nadi International Airport is well-connected with several international destinations and is a popular transit point for travellers heading to the South Pacific.


Auckland Airport

If you are coming from a further distance, you may need to fly to Auckland, New Zealand, which is a major international hub. From Auckland, you can take a connecting flight to Rarotonga. Auckland Airport offers numerous international flights and has good connectivity with the Cook Islands.

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Buy your flights to Avarua and pay later

Did you know that you can buy your flights to Avarua now and pay later at Alternative Airlines?

With Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL), you have the freedom to spread the cost of your flights to Avarua over time, usually on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly period! There are interest-free options available, however, you'll need to check this beforehand with the lending provider.

Using BNPL for your flights to Avarua gives you greater flexibility when managing the budget for your flights, ensuring a stress-free trip!

Things to do in Avarua

Exploring Avarua's many attractions can be overwhelming, so we've handpicked our top 3:

Punanga Nui

This lively market is a must-visit for anyone wanting to experience Cook Islands culture. Held every Saturday morning, the market is a riot of colour and sound, with stalls selling everything from fresh produce and handmade crafts to local food and souvenirs. You can chat with local artisans, enjoy a delicious breakfast, and pick up unique keepsakes.

Cook Islands Christian Church

This magnificent coral church is a beautiful example of colonial architecture. Built in the early 18th century, the CICC is a landmark in Avarua and is well worth a visit for its impressive size and historical significance. You can admire the coral stonework, stained glass windows, and learn about the history of Christianity in the Cook Islands.

Wreck of the Matai

This shipwreck is a fascinating piece of Cook Islands history. The Matai was a cargo ship that ran aground on the reef off Avarua in 1966. The remains of the ship can still be seen today, and it's a popular spot for swimming and snorkelling. Be sure to check the weather conditions before heading out, as the currents can be strong.

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