Monday, 30 June 2014

Useful Facts about Rarotonga  

Rarotonga, the largest of the fifteen Cook Islands, is the arrival point for all international airlines and is the hub for tourist activity, local commerce and population.

It is a volcanic island with lush tropical vegetation, stunning mountains, white sandy beaches and tranquil lagoons.

Rarotonga Airport lies on the North West coast of Rarotonga, 3km from Avarua Town.

A visitor permit for 31 days is granted to all Nationals on arrival (presentation of a valid passport for at least six months beyond the intended period of stay and a ticket for return or onward travel is required). Visas can be extended for up to six months at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration in Rarotonga.

Cook Islands time is 10 hours behind GMT (London), 22 hours behind NZ and 2 hours behind US West Coast.

International Dialing Code = (682) Your mobile phone network may not be accessible in the Cook Islands. Telecom Cook Islands sim cards and Kia Orana telephone cards are available at Telecom and numerous outlets on Rarotonga.

Paradise Inn is a wifi "hotspot" and access cards are available at the Reception. Internet services are available also at Telecom and various Internet outlets on the island.

Electricity = 240v / 40Hz (same voltage as Australia and NZ) with plugs being three flat pins (same as NZ). Visitors with other types of plugs will need to bring a converter.

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