Rarotonga International Airport

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Rarotonga International Airport
Rarotonga Airport from air1.JPG
Rarotonga International Airport from the air
Airport type Public
Serves Avarua
Location Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Elevation AMSL 19 ft / 6 m
Coordinates 21°12′10″S 159°48′20″W / 21.20278°S 159.80556°W / -21.20278; -159.80556
Website www.cookislandsairports.com
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 2,328 7,638 Concrete

Rarotonga International Airport (IATA: RARICAO: NCRG) is the Cook Islands' main international gateway, located in the town and district of Avarua, Rarotonga, 3 km west of the downtown area on the northern coast.

The Rarotonga International Airport was officially opened on 26th January 1974 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the site of a former United States World War II airbase.

In 2003, the terminal and departure and check-in areas were revamped at a cost of US $650,000.[1]

An $8.5m reconstruction project commenced in 2009 to revamp and expand the existing terminal facilities. The new-look terminal was officially opened on 22 June 2010.[2]

Because of the close proximity of the runways to the nearby roads, it is possible to get very close to the aircraft while they are departing and landing. Runway 08, which is at the western end of the runway, in particular is often very popular when a large jet is landing.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Air New Zealand Auckland, Los Angeles, Sydney
Seasonal: Christchurch
Air Rarotonga Aitutaki, Atiu, Mangaia, Mauke
Air Tahiti Papeete
Jetstar Airways Auckland[3]
Virgin Australia Auckland
Seasonal: Christchurch[4]



  1. ^ "Revamp for airport check-in area" (Press release). Cook Islands Government. 9 August 2003. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "New $8.5m airport terminals opened". Cook Islands News. 22 June 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Gibson, Nevil. "Jetstar to launch Cook Islands service next March". National Business Review. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Virgin Australia Adds Christchurch – Rarotonga Link June – Oct 2016". Airline Route. Retrieved 26 November 2015. 

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