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What are Rarotonga’s most famous landmarks and monuments?

Wigmore’s Waterfall

Wigmore’s Waterfall is the only official waterfall in the Cook Islands, so it’s a must-visit attraction for many visitors holidaying on Christchurch to Rarotonga flights. Water cascades down a sloped cliff, creating a pool at the bottom that’s safe for swimming. You’ll get the chance to see Wigmore’s Waterfall at its most beautiful by travelling on cheap flights to Rarotonga from Christchurch during the summer wet season.


Muri Lagoon

Of the many different beaches and lagoons dotted around Rarotonga, Muri is perhaps the most famous. It features a long stretch of soft white sand and clear blue water that’s ideal for enjoying water activities while visiting the Cook Islands on cheap flights from Christchurch to Rarotonga. Go for a swim, enjoy some snorkelling, or head out on the lagoon with a paddle board. There are even a few uninhabited islands right off shore that you can paddle to for some exploring.


Te Rua Manga

Te Rua Manga, also known as the Needle, is one of Rarotonga’s most recognisable peaks thanks to the unique and dramatic spire at its summit. The Cross Island Track leads most of the way up Te Rua Manga, ending at the base of the spire. You’ll see beautiful views from there or you can continue the challenging ascent up the 85 metre (278 foot) spire if you’re an advanced climber. A series of ropes and chains is in place to help experienced climbers reach the true summit where there’s a panoramic view over Rarotonga.


When is the best time to visit Rarotonga?

Winter is the most popular time of year to travel on flights from Christchurch to Rarotonga. Australians and New Zealanders flock to the tropical Cook Islands to escape the colder weather back home. You may have to contend with some larger crowds, but you’ll get to experience temperatures that are warm without being too hot and humid. Winter also coincides with the dry season and sees less rain than any other seasons. Winter temperatures reach highs of about 24°C and lows of about 19°C.

On the other end of the spectrum, the summer months are hot and humid. Tropical rain showers are common, but there are plenty of sunny days to look forward to as well. Early summer gets busy over the holiday season, but for the most part, summer is the low season in the Cook Islands. You’ll be able to find some excellent deals on accommodation by booking cheap flights from Christchurch to Rarotonga in January or February. Summer temperatures range from about 23° to 27°C with added humidity.

Autumn and spring are the two shoulder seasons in the Cook Islands. March and November tend to be hot and humid as they border the summer wet season. Autumn and spring seem to enjoy the best of both worlds outside of those months. Travellers who book tickets to Rarotonga from Christchurch in the shoulder seasons can enjoy the cooler, dryer weather of winter alongside the smaller crowds of summer. Temperatures reach highs of about 24° to 26°C and lows between 20° and 23°C during the autumn and spring months.


What should I pack for Rarotonga?

Prepare for hot temperatures while packing for your Christchurch to Rarotonga return flights. Bring along lightweight clothes like shorts, t-shirts, and sandals to wear during the day as well as a pair of sturdy shoes if you’re planning to do some hiking. You may experience cool evening temperatures if you book tickets to Rarotonga from Christchurch during the winter. Bring layers like jeans and a light jacket.

Beachwear is something else to keep in mind when preparing for your cheap flights to Rarotonga from Christchurch. Pack some swimsuits, beach cover-ups, sunglasses, and a hat. Don’t forget a tube of strong reef-safe sunscreen as well.

Some of Rarotonga’s most beautiful sights are seen while snorkelling or diving. Pack a waterproof phone case or camera with underwater capability like a GoPro if you’d like to take photos while enjoying water activities.



Are there direct flights from Christchurch to Rarotonga?

No, there are no direct routes between Christchurch and Rarotonga International Airport (RAR). However, Air New Zealand operates Christchurch to Rarotonga flights that include one stopover in Auckland.

How long is the flight from Christchurch to Rarotonga?

Flights from Christchurch to Rarotonga start at about six hours and 30 minutes, including one stopover.

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