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Air Rarotonga


33 reviews
Headquarters: International Airport, PO Box 79, Cook Islands 011 682 22 888 Website
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New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago
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One of the best ways to travel to the outer islands of the Cook Islands. The airline has been providing its services for years. Its also the airline that takes you to Aitutaki to enjoy the day tour which is a must do when visiting the Cook Islands.

Domestic Economy Rarotonga - Aitutaki
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Dunedin, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago
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We traveled on Air Rarotonga in March this year and the small aircraft was full of cockroaches, initially there were only tiny ones walking around then larger ones started appearing everywhere!! The hostess squashed them it’s was revolting. Not an enjoyable flight at all given they are my worst insect to encounter.

Domestic Economy Rarotonga - Aitutaki
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calgary, ab
Level 6 Contributor
245 reviews
838 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This review is specific to the Air Rarotonga airline. For further details on the VAKA Cruise and the various motu in Aitutaki, please read my other reviews. Air Rarotonga offers a day tour to the beautiful island of Aitutaki. At NZD$493 per person it will seem to be a hefty pricetag, but as a miser and cost-conscientious traveler, I feel...

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Wellington, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
1,030 reviews
331 helpful votes
Reviewed August 8, 2018

We flew Air Rarotonga as part of a day tour to Aitutaki. A short flight, but they still served refreshments on the compact Saab. On the return flight back to Raro, there was also the option of purchasing a wine or beer, which was appreciated after a hectic day. Couldn't fault the airline or informative captains.

Domestic Economy Rarotonga - Aitutaki
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
11 helpful votes
Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

Having won a day trip through Facebook - yes it does happen- we were booked on the Vaka Cruise on Aitutaki with Air Rarotonga. Has to be the best day trip you can take to see the amazing beauty of the Cook Islands. We really wished we had booked some time on Aitutaki as taking the Vaka Cruise was so...

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California
Level 4 Contributor
20 reviews
8 helpful votes
Reviewed June 20, 2018

Fun Flight as expected and with drink service.... the fruit juice is delicious and you can have Famous Amos cookies for breakfast ....We took the day trip to Aitutaki and this run is always fun flying over the lagoon and seeing the blue water ... with excitement of what is to come next....

Domestic Economy Rarotonga - Aitutaki
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Level 6 Contributor
168 reviews
51 helpful votes
Reviewed June 17, 2018

Air Rarotonga operate a fleet of one Saab 340A, two Embraer EMB-110P and 1 Bandeirante. It is a great and safe, scenic little airline which services the outlying Cook Islands like Aitutaki, Atiu, Mangaia etc. The flight across the Aitutaki lagoon is picture postcard beautiful.

Domestic Economy Rarotonga - Aitutaki
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Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
Reviewed June 15, 2018

Easy check-in since we took a domestic flight and the airport is small. Flight attendent very friendly and smiling the whole flight, even got served complimentary drinks.

Domestic Economy Rarotonga - Aitutaki
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Eugene, Oregon
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
11 helpful votes
Reviewed March 10, 2018 via mobile

Words cannot express our gratitude to Mr. Smith of Air Raro and the Cargo team of the airline. Our Volunteer Veterinary Outreach would not have been possible without the generosity of Air Raro to get all of us from Raro to Aitutaki, plus baggage. We brought 115kg of donated supplies, and our own personal luggage weighing another 42kg at least....

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Queenstown, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
8 helpful votes
Reviewed February 21, 2018

We enjoyed a return trip to Aitutaki mid Feb 2018.This was in the middle of the cyclone season and our return was almost in the middle of a cyclone. The flight out was fantastic. With a good level of service available on board we settled for wine and cheese as an accompaniment to the smooth 50 minute flight. Everyone including...

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“Window seats are best for picture taking of the scenery!”
jjluke, 11 Sep 2018 | Read review
“Book your day trip in advance”
dpbear, 20 Jun 2018 | Read review
“Relax. It is probably unexpected in the Pacific, but these guys are really good”
JohnM19560, 21 Feb 2018 | Read review
“On return try and get left side (single) seats for the view of the lagoon”
Hedgehog44, 23 Nov 2017 | Read review
“Keep Baggage to a minimum, can get very warm on the plane, wear something very light”
747suzannes, 8 Nov 2017 | Read review
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About Air Rarotonga
Known as the “Airline of the Cook Islands,” Air Rarotonga (GZ) was founded in 1978 and operates from a base at Rarotonga International Airport (RAR). It operates inter-island service between nine airports on the Cook Islands, as well as sightseeing flights and charter flights to French Polynesia, Niue, Samoa and Tonga. Air Rarotonga has a fleet of five airplanes that hold between three and 34 passengers in a single economy class cabin. The airline has codeshare agreements with Air Tahiti and Air New Zealand.
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