So you’re thinking of visiting Rarotonga to kick back on the beach for a few days, eh? You should definitely consider getting a Cook Island Visitors Licence.
“BUT ALL I’M GONNA BE DOING IS CHILLING IN A HAMMOCK ON THE BEACH DRINKING COCKTAILS”
Rarotonga is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday!
And as great as that sounds, you’ll probably want to check out the different beaches around the island. And you totally should! Its really easy to obtain a licence, hire a scooter and ride around. (A taxi charges 20$ per person from point A to point B).
So, what are you waiting for?!
It costs $40 NZD for a Cook Island Visitors licence. $20 to register, and $20 for the two tests which you do at the police station in town. The theory is a basic questionnaire, common sense questions. If you fail you have to wait 24 hours before you can resit, but as I said, it’s common sense questions.
When you pass the theory, you can go and hire a scooter and wait for the next intake to sit the practical. Polynesian Hire have a branch next door to where you test. I did the paperwork from a different location while it was quiet, for collection from that branch rather than riding illegally to the Police Station.
“BUT WHAT IF I AM NOT READY FOR THE PRACTICAL TEST?”
This test is simply riding your bike down the short driveway on one side, doing a u-turn and coming back up the other side, and then again, this time zig zagging through cones there and back. That’s it! Simple! Just make sure that you don’t put your feet on the ground while doing this test.
I actually did fuck up my u-turn the first time, I took it too wide! The guy let me do it again and I passed. To be fair, this was my first time riding a scooter and I had only had a 15 minute lesson at a carpark with Kiro before sitting the practical.
Always wear a helmet! Only locals over the age of 25 can ride without one. DON’T DRINK AND RIDE! Just because you may see locals doing it, it doesn’t make it OK.
Stay Tipsy… Unless you’re driving. In that case, stay sober!