Connecting to and from your International Flight

Passengers arriving on international flights into Rarotonga International Airport need to clear immigration, pick up their baggage and sometimes go through customs. Your international flight could also be delayed and if you have not planned enough time for your connection, you could miss your onward flight.


To avoid any inconvenience, Air Rarotonga has thus set minimum connection times between domestic and international flights.


  • International flight > Domestic Air Rarotonga flight: 90 minutes
  • Domestic Air Rarotonga flight > International flight: 120 minutes
  • International Air Rarotonga Flight  > International Flight with other Airline: 3 hours


Air Rarotonga reserves the right to reduce or cancel any compensation in case of a missed flight if these minimum times were not observed in your booking if you were booking with two separate Airlines. Air New Zealand bookings to Aitutaki where the domestic section in the Cook Islands is ticketed on Air New Zealand qualify for any reaccommodation required at no extra charge.

If your international flight has a scheduled arrival of less than 2 hours before the Air Rarotonga domestic departure we recommend you book yourself on a later flight and utilise our 'go show' option. If you arrive in time for checkin for an earlier flight that has available seats you can depart on that flight instead.


You arrive from Auckland at 13:45 / 1:45 PM and you are booked at the 18:00 / 6:00 PM departure for our flight GZ620 to Aitutaki.

Your flight from Auckland arrives just on time and you clear immigration and customs in 30 minutes and present yourself at our checkin counter at 14:15 / 2:15 PM we will accommodate you on GZ618 departing 15:30 / 3:30 PM if it has available seats.

If all flights departing prior to your booked flight are full your reservation on the initially booked flight will still be in effect and you depart as planned.

If in case of an earlier departure you need to call your accommodation at your destination to organise a new pickup time please advise our checkin staff.

Enjoy your travels and Kia Manuia

Your team at Air Rarotonga