Sleeping in Airports

Rarotonga Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Rarotonga Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

A great place to sleep. The beauty of Rarotonga Airport is that it has very few flights which makes for easy sleeping. – a traveller

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Rarotonga Airport.

What to Expect

  • Rarotonga airport consists of a single terminal.
  • Economy class passengers flying on Air New Zealand can find comfort in the lounge which is accessible with an airline membership. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.
  • WiFi is available. See WiFi in the airport guide below.
  • We have not received any reviews on this airport since 2008. If you have been there recently, please write a review to help future travellers.

Where to Sleep

  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter through a lounge membership program (ie. Koru Club). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Air New Zealand Lounge – Location: Airside, International Departures. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Rarotonga Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • The Islander Hotel – (2 minute walk from the airport) Located across the road from the airport. Roundtrip Airport transfers are available. for NZD 20 per person. » Check Rates
  • The Reef Motel – (4 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available. for $17.50 per person, each way or $35 per person roundtrip. Airport pick-up is traditional “ei” flower meet and greet. » Check Rates
  • Sunset Resort – (5 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available. for $15 per person, each way or $30 per person roundtrip. Airport pick-up is traditional “ei” flower meet and greet. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Rarotonga Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi/Internet

WiFi is available for a fee at Rarotonga Airport. Connect to the Zenbu or Telecom networks. Access for Zenbu is available by paying online (NZ$ 5 for 50MB), or by purchasing a voucher from the Air Rarotonga office (8:00AM – 6:00PM daily) or check-in counters of Air Rarotonga, Virgin Australia and jetStar (NZ$ 10 for 100MB). Telecom WiFi access cards are available for purchase from various outlets.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Location: International Arrivals.

Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available. Rates: unknown.

Duty Free and Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available at the airport as well as a small selection of souvenir type shops.

Food & Drinks – Options are available both landside and airside, with three cafes inside the airport, and three options on airport grounds, including at the airport hotel. Hours are not known but it would seem that none offer 24 hour service. Vending machines are also available.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Short-term baggage storage is available at The Islander Hotel for a fee of NZD$ 5 per bag. Location: Opposite the airport. For passengers travelling to the outer islands, Air Rarotonga offers short and long-term luggage storage for a fee of NZD$ 5 per bag or NZ$ 10 per item (surf board, etc.). Report to the Air Rarotonga check-in desk during service hours for assistance.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, write a review or email us at [email protected]

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

As of this update, we were unable to confirm airport hours of operation. We recommend that you read a few reviews before deciding to sleep in the airport overnight. If you know the airport hours, please send an email to [email protected] and we will update this airport guide.


As of February 2018, Rarotonga airport is served by the following airlines: Air New Zealand • Virgin Australia • Jetstar • Air Rarotonga • Air Tahiti.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Airport Transfers

Raro Tours, Tiare Transport and Natura Holidays offer meet and greet airport transfer service. Contact your service provider of choice for details.


Cook Buses city bus service links the airport to the rest of the island, with departures available every 30 minutes. Buses running clockwise stop at the RSA Club across the road from the airport parking lot, just 70m from Arrivals. Buses running counterclockwise stop by a small tree near the Air New Zealand office.

Car and Scooter Rental

Avis and Polynesian Rentals are available onsite in the Arrivals area. Island Car and Bike Hire is located near the airport parking exit.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service to their guests either for a fee or as a courtesy. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Club Raro   •   Sunset Resort   •   The Edgewater Resort & Spa   •   The Islander Hotel   •   The Reef Motel.


Taxis are available at the taxi rank located near the Arrivals area.

Last updated: 2018-10-23

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.