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Driving Information Cook Islands

Driving Licence Requirements

The driving licence requirement in the Cook Islands state that you must be at least 18 years old and have a full driving licence valid in your country of residence. You will also need to purchase a local drivers license Cook Islands. The cost is approx NZ $22.50.

Age Restrictions

To hire a car in Cook Islands, you must be at least 21 years old and have held your license for 1 year.

Driving Distances

  • Rarotonga to Titikaveka - 14kms (20mins)

  • Arorangi to Ngatangiia - 15kms (20mins)

Road Rules and Petrol Stations

General Cook Islands driving information, laws rules and regulations:

  • Driving in the Cook Islands is on the left hand side of the road.

  • Seat belts when driving a car in the Cook Islands are mandatory. 

  • Drivers are to carry at all times while driving, a valid drivers licence, registration documents and insurance documents.

  • There are no traffic lights on any of the islands so do be extra carefully when approaching crossroads.

  • Petrol stations in the Cook Islands are easy to find and generally open from 9am until 8pm, 7 days a week.


With the island being so small in size, are no tolls in the Cook Islands.

Parking Information

You can park a car in Rarotonga in most places on the island, however it is not safe to leave valuables on display.

When you visit Cook Islands, it is important that you have looked through some of these rules and regulations about driving a car to ensure you have the safest possible journey.

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