Looking to hire a vehicle during your time in the Cook Islands? Rental cars and scooter hire in Rarotonga couldn’t be simpler when you deal with Polynesian Rental Cars. Ours is the trusted name in Cook Island car rentals – when you hire a vehicle with us, you get late-model rental cars, Rarotonga style friendly service, and great value-for-money.

And for fun, breezy travel, how about a scooter hire in Rarotonga? When it comes to scooter hire in Rarotonga, you can’t go past Polynesian’s Cook Island car rentals – you’ll have a ball zipping around the island. Car and bike hire, Rarotonga style, is relaxed and casual, so go for scooter hire. In Rarotonga, there’s just one main road, so driving Cook Islands rental cars is simple.

Tips when you hire a vehicle:

  • When paying for car rentals, Rarotonga accepts only NZ dollars
  • Watch where you park your Cook Islands rental cars! Falling coconuts can damage rental cars; Rarotonga is also full of tree branches which can scratch parked cars.
  • Don’t drink and drive – this applies to the whole island, car and bike hire, Rarotonga wide.
  • For all rental cars and scooters, Rarotonga requires that drivers be 18 years or over.

Anytime there’s a need to hire a vehicle, whether it’s scooters or rental cars, Rarotonga locals and tourists alike trust Polynesian rental cars & bikes, Rarotonga. Hire a vehicle from Polynesian, and you get reliable late-model Cook Islands rental cars, plus the process is so straightforward. Our Cook Island car rentals offer the most stress-free Cook Island car and bike hire – Rarotonga style service and charm included free! The best value-for-money pricing on rental cars Rarotonga has to offer.


These useful tips will help you get the most fun out of your car or scooter hire around Rarotonga in the beautiful Cook Islands.

Driving on Rarotonga is on the left handside of the road as in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Road rules here are similar to that of both Australia and New Zealand.

Driving will be very different to what you are used to at home. There is only one road that encircles the islands coast and in some parts there is also a second road inland that also encirlces the island. Because of the rugged mountainous interior there is no road that crosses the island.

Keep an eye out for coconuts and tree branches these can damage you and your vehicle if you park under them. Rarotonga has only a few footpaths so take care when passing cyclists, pedestrians and of course our animals

Breathalyser testing was introduced in 2008, if caught with excess breath alcohol an individual could face imprisonment. Radar guns are also in use on Rarotonga which can result in instant fines being issued for exceeding the speed limit. The speed limits are 50 km/h for cars and motorbikes with helmets on and 40km/h for motorbikes without helmets on most of the island and 30 km/ph in Avarua.

Remember that you are on holiday, relax and take it easy, there is no reason to speed or drive aggressively here, furthermore don’t drink and drive!


Visitors can drive in the Cook Islands on their overseas licence for up to six months, unless the licence expires, is revoked, suspended or disqualified in that time. A person will be allowed to drive only the class of motor vehicle they are entitled to drive in their home country. Visitors whose licence is written in a language other than English will need an accurate translation.

For further information contact the Cook Islands Police on enquiries@police.gov.ck or ph: 682 22499

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