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Air New Zealand Roundtrip Non-Stop Flight: L.A. to Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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Skyscanner is offering Roundtrip Non-Stop Flights: Los Angeles (LAX), California to Rarotonga (RAR), Cook Islands starting from $611 on select dates in August 2019 - April 2020. Thanks serra

Travel Availability (subject to change):
  • Departs (LAX):
    • Aug 10, 17, 24, 31
    • Sept 7, 14, 21
    • Nov 2, 30
    • Dec 7
    • Jan 11, 18, 25
    • Feb 1, 15, 29
    • March 7, 14, 21, 28
    • April 4, 11, 18, 25
  • Returns:
    • Usually around 6 or 13-day stays
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Air New Zealand have round trip airfares travelling from Los Angeles (LAX) to Rarotonga Cook Island (RAR) for $611-$632, nonstop.

Travel Availability:
Departs LAX: Aug 10, 17, 24, 31; Sept 7, 14, 21; Nov 2, 30; Dec 7; Jan 11, 18, 25; Feb 1, 15, 29; March 7, 14, 21, 28; April 4, 11, 18, 25;
Returns: 6 or 13-day stays
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Don't go the place is scary. Just kidding. The place is awesome. I just took my family with small children there in April for spring break on this same flight from LAX. It is a wonderful place with good people. I think I booked the tickets last August for about $540 a piece and Air New Zealand does give a discount for children.

A few tips from my experience.

There is only one flight a week to and from LAX so you are there for at least a week. If you want to go to Aitutaki it will cost you about the same as flying from LAX to Rarotonga (the main island)

The Cook Islands are an independent country but its inhabitants are New Zealand citizens. They use the NZD for currency. You will also notice that most of the tourist there are Kiwis. What's weird is it's on our side of the dateline in the same time zone as Hawaii while other island nations to the east are on the other side of the dateline.

You can take a Yeti style cooler bag with vacuum sealed meats and foods. The food there was about the most expensive part of the trip. The Tri-tips were still frozen when we got to the house we rented.

I rented a little beer can on wheels/minivan for about 350 bucks for the week. The speed limit is about 30 MPH. It takes about 45 minutes to drive around the entire island. There are no seatbelt or helmet laws and the kids loved that.

I think the whole trip with airfare cost me about $5500 for a family of 6. That's tough to beat. Here is a funny tourism video from the cook islands my kids loved.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXCCzw5bn20
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BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT RAROTONGA & COOK ISLANDS

Best time to visit Rarotonga and Cook Islands is winter and early spring, from May to October, which also coincides with dry season. The unbeatable combination of warmth and sunshine will drive you crazy with a variety of endless water activities. Relax on the beach, dive into crystal clear water, practice kitesurfing, and hike across the Cook Islands! In August, Manureva Aquafest with its five-day non-stop parties will spin you in the whirlwind of excitement. Late November welcomes one of the biggest paddling competitions in the world—Vaka Eiva—which will cheer you up before the rainy season hits the islands. December to March is the rainy season with short, heavy cloudbursts followed by hours of sunshine.
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LITERALLY just landed back from a week in Rarotonga. Awesome destination. What we imagine Hawaii was like 50+ years ago.

As mentioned; prices weren't terrible considering that you are in the middle of the ocean. We expected much higher. NZ dollars- beers were $3-5, mixed drinks 10-15. Dinners ran anywhere from 10-25.
Food was great. Climate was perfect and people were friendly.
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How good a deal is this? What's usual price for this fare?
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FWIW:

BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT RAROTONGA & COOK ISLANDS

Best time to visit Rarotonga and Cook Islands is winter and early spring, from May to October, which also coincides with dry season. The unbeatable combination of warmth and sunshine will drive you crazy with a variety of endless water activities. Relax on the beach, dive into crystal clear water, practice kitesurfing, and hike across the Cook Islands! In August, Manureva Aquafest with its five-day non-stop parties will spin you in the whirlwind of excitement. Late November welcomes one of the biggest paddling competitions in the world—Vaka Eiva—which will cheer you up before the rainy season hits the islands. December to March is the rainy season with short, heavy cloudbursts followed by hours of sunshine.
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Lowest prices are from some sites I never heard of, ExploreTrip, Travel Mary, should I pay more for trip.com or Expedia or something?

Can still cancel within 24 hrs?
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Some great featured comments in this FP thread when it was $592:
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Lowest prices are from some sites I never heard of, ExploreTrip, Travel Mary, should I pay more for trip.com or Expedia or something?

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I'd stick with Expedia
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This place looks amazing. Wish I had some vacation time left. Thumbs up OP.
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Don't go the place is scary. Just kidding. The place is awesome. I just took my family with small children there in April for spring break on this same flight from LAX. It is a wonderful place with good people. I think I booked the tickets last August for about $540 a piece and Air New Zealand does give a discount for children.

A few tips from my experience.

There is only one flight a week to and from LAX so you are there for at least a week. If you want to go to Aitutaki it will cost you about the same as flying from LAX to Rarotonga (the main island)

The Cook Islands are an independent country but its inhabitants are New Zealand citizens. They use the NZD for currency. You will also notice that most of the tourist there are Kiwis. What's weird is it's on our side of the dateline in the same time zone as Hawaii while other island nations to the east are on the other side of the dateline.

You can take a Yeti style cooler bag with vacuum sealed meats and foods. The food there was about the most expensive part of the trip. The Tri-tips were still frozen when we got to the house we rented.

I rented a little beer can on wheels/minivan for about 350 bucks for the week. The speed limit is about 30 MPH. It takes about 45 minutes to drive around the entire island. There are no seatbelt or helmet laws and the kids loved that.

I think the whole trip with airfare cost me about $5500 for a family of 6. That's tough to beat. Here is a funny tourism video from the cook islands my kids loved.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXCCzw5bn20
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LITERALLY just landed back from a week in Rarotonga. Awesome destination. What we imagine Hawaii was like 50+ years ago.

As mentioned; prices weren't terrible considering that you are in the middle of the ocean. We expected much higher. NZ dollars- beers were $3-5, mixed drinks 10-15. Dinners ran anywhere from 10-25.
Food was great. Climate was perfect and people were friendly.
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Don't go the place is scary. Just kidding. The place is awesome. I just took my family with small children there in April for spring break on this same flight from LAX. It is a wonderful place with good people. I think I booked the tickets last August for about $540 a piece and Air New Zealand does give a discount for children.

A few tips from my experience.

There is only one flight a week to and from LAX so you are there for at least a week. If you want to go to Aitutaki it will cost you about the same as flying from LAX to Rarotonga (the main island)

The Cook Islands are an independent country but its inhabitants are New Zealand citizens. They use the NZD for currency. You will also notice that most of the tourist there are Kiwis. What's weird is it's on our side of the dateline in the same time zone as Hawaii while other island nations to the east are on the other side of the dateline.

You can take a Yeti style cooler bag with vacuum sealed meats and foods. The food there was about the most expensive part of the trip. The Tri-tips were still frozen when we got to the house we rented.

I rented a little beer can on wheels/minivan for about 350 bucks for the week. The speed limit is about 30 MPH. It takes about 45 minutes to drive around the entire island. There are no seatbelt or helmet laws and the kids loved that.

I think the whole trip with airfare cost me about $5500 for a family of 6. That's tough to beat. Here is a funny tourism video from the cook islands my kids loved.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXCCzw5bn20
if you like this kind of adventure, you can look up Spanish Wells, in North Eleuthera, very small island, quiet, very private and not touristy at all.
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