Driving in the Cook Islands is on the left hand side of the road - same as New Zealand and Australia. 

Visitors to the Cook Islands can drive on their overseas license for up to six months, unless the license expires, is revoked, suspended or disqualified in that time.

Visitors will be allowed to drive only the class of motor vehicle they are entitled to drive in their home country. This means that if a person's driving license is for a car only, the holder will only be permitted to drive a car in the Cook Islands. If that person wants to ride a motorcycle he or she will have to go through the Cook Islands driving license testing system for a motorcycle.

Those whose license is written in a language other than English will need an accurate translation.

The driver must be 16 years of age or older and have a current and full license.

Hiring a car or scooter is highly recommended if you want to explore any of the islands at a gentle pace.

Cars, scooters and bikes can be hired around Rarotonga, including at most accommodations, in the main villages, and the commercial centre of Avarua. Hirers include Polynesian Rentals, Avis, Island Car and Bike Hire, Raro Cars, Go Cook Islands and Rarotonga Rentals.

On Aitutaki, vehicles can be hired from The Boat Shed, Rino's Rentals, Aquilla Rentals and Ranginui's Retreat.

Road conditions on Rarotonga may differ from your home country.  Maximum speeds are 50km for vehicles other than scooters around Rarotonga. There are 30km speed zones in Avarua township and throughout Muri village.  School zones are 20km.  Maximum speeds for motor scooters and motor-bikes are 40km unless a crash helmet is worn by all occupants.  

Rarotonga also provides a good bus service, with both "Clockwise" and "Anti-Clockwise" routes setting out from Cooks Corner, Avarua. The Clockwise service commences from Avarua on the hour, whilst the Anti-Clockwise service runs on the half-hour.  Only the Clockwise route operates after 4:30pm, and on Sundays. Stops are generally outside hotels and main holiday villas along the main road, and its best to flag down the driver.  The services are reliable, and a unique way of experiencing the island.  Fares start from NZD$5.00 per single journey, with 10-ride concession tickets available. Purchase tickets from the drivers, and remember to take as much change as possible.