Cook Islands Tax Hike

On September 1, 2009, the Cook Islands almost doubled its International Airport Departure Tax from NZ$30 to NZ$55. Children aged 11 and under are now exempt from the tax (previously they had paid NZ$15). The NZ$55 per person tax is not included in airline tickets and must be paid in cash New Zealand dollars upon check-in at Rarotonga International Airport or in advance at the Westpac Bank in Avarua. If you pay the tax by credit card at the airport, it will be treated as a cash advance and you’ll be charged an additional fee. For more information on the Cook Islands see our Cook Islands Travel Guide.

Helene Centino says:

My god, it’s a really a surprising news. I took a flight recently from NZ to the Cook islands and the staffs from the land didn’t communicate at all about it.

Jayson says:

Wow – that’s a pretty large tax hike. Hopefully, the kid exemption will make it so traveling families don’t look elsewhere when thinking about a vacation.

DC says:

Wow – that’s a pretty large tax hike. Hopefully, the kid exemption will make it so traveling families don’t look elsewhere when thinking about a vacation.