Car and Truck Hire Rarotonga Intl Airport

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Rarotonga Intl Airport (RAR)


Terminal Building,
Rarotonga, Cook Islands (Rarotonga)


(682) 22833

Hours of Operation:

Sun 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM; Mon - Sat 6:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Location Information
General Directions
This is an unmanned location. Customers with confirmed reservations will be met at the airport. Flight information must be on reservation.

Renter Requirements

Optional Coverages

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) Is mandatory and is included in the rate quoted.
The renter, regardless of who is at fault, is liable to pay Avis Cook Islands in the event of an accident, fire or theft to the Avis Vehicle 2000.00 NZD.

The renter is responsible for all damage charges in the following situations whether excess reduction is purchased or not:

  • Under body damage.
  • Damage from driving on non-tarmac roads.
  • Negligence or breach of the Rental Agreement Terms and Conditions or the laws of the Cook Islands.

Excess (insurance) does not cover the renters personal property within the vehicle or injury or harm to the renter or passengers.

Credit Card Policies

Avis Cook Islands (Rarotonga) accepts MasterCard and Visa cards only.

All rentals are subject to a deposit at time of vehicle collection to cover miscellaneous/optional charges, the amount deducted will be the applicable insurance excess and a $100 fuel bond. Deposits can only be made by credit card.

The amount of deposit may be debited to the card at rental collection; or an authority is taken until the conclusion of rental when the applicable deposited amount may be debited.

Cash Rentals: Not accepted

Debit Cards: Not accepted


Debit Card Policies

Debit cards are not accepted.

Driver's License Requirements

A valid full or provisional driving license from the renter's country of residence must be presented in person at the time of rental. If the license is in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by An International Driving Permit (IDP).
In according with section 17a of the Cook Islands Transport Amendment Act 2014, if a provisional driving license is held, the driver must obtain a local Cook Islands driving permit (not required for holders of a full driving license). Please see Miscellaneous for more information.

An International Driving Permit (IDP) serves only as a translation of a driver's existing license, and by itself is not acceptable for vehicle rental.

Holders of a provisional driving license can obtain a local Cook Islands driving permit from Avis at the International terminal upon collection of vehicle or from the Police Station in downtown Avarua.

  • If collecting from the Police Station, this may be delayed by no more than 24-hours after arrival.
  • Drivers should be prepared to pay for the required additional documentation at the time of issue.
  • Approximate cost = NZD 2.00
  • Subject to fluctuation without notice.


Drivers License

A valid full Driver's Licence from the renter's country of residence must be presented in person at the time of rental. If the licence is in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by an International Driving Permit (IDP) or Certified English translation.

In accordance with section 17a of the Cook Islands Transport Amendment Act 2014, a holder of a learner, restricted or provisional Driver's Licence is not permitted to drive in the Cook Islands. The driver must obtain a local Cook Islands Driving Permit from the Cook Islands Police Station (not required for holders of a full driving licence).

Public Liability and Property Damage

Public liability insurance is in accordance with the insurance laws of the country.  Customer may inquire at the time of rental for additional information of the benefits, conditions and acceptance.

Note: Some credit cards provide insurance coverage, with certain limitations, as a benefit of using the card to rent vehicles.  The customer is advised to contact the card issuer before the rental.  Any waiver must be discussed directly with the location upon arrival.

Age Requirements

At this location the minimum age is 21 years except group X & W Toyota Hiace Vans which is 25 years. There is no maximum age.

Fuel Policy

Rental Options

Child Safety Seats 
Avis Cook Islands no longer provides car seats for hire. If required, It is recommended that the customer brings their own or contact a local provider in the Cook Islands.

Travel Into Other Countries

Cars are not allowed of the islands