The Resorts with Free (or Cheap) Car and Scooter Rental in Rarotonga, Aitutaki and the Cook Islands
Looking for free vehicle rental in the Cook Islands or, at least, a discount? We’ve compiled the best albeit small selection of resorts and accommodations offering car or scooter hire (sometimes for free) for guests! These accommodations can be found in Rarotonga, Aitutaki and even some of the outer islands. Check them out in the list below!
And before you hit the road, be sure to check out How to Drive in the Cook Islands + 10 Road Rules You Need to Know.
1. Black Rock Villas
Did someone say free car rental? That’s right, Black Rock Villas is the accommodation on Rarotonga offering a courtesy car to guests for the duration of their stay! Set behind the spiritual site of Black Rock and the happening lunch spot of Tuoro Tapas Bar, Black Rock Villas also offers well-appointed self-contained villas with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Enjoy the elevated views from your private verandah or among the gardens with a shared saltwater infinity pool. You have excellent self-catering facilities at your disposal including a dishwasher! See alternative yet equally superb villas in the 25 Best Villas in the Cook Islands.
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2. Etu Moana Boutique Beach Villas
Not only do Etu Moana Boutique Beach Villas offer a free way to travel Aitutaki, but a more eco-friendly way on their solar-powered electric scooters! All rates for the eco resort’s well-appointed bungalows include free use of e-scooters. The adults-only accommodation also offers self-catering in your bungalow or the option to join your friendly hosts for a toes-in-the-sand barbecue or poolside pizza (depending on what day it is), your time here is yours. See how the villas compare to the other 10 Best Boutique Accommodations in the Cook Islands.
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3. Abera’s Aitutaki Villas
For more free vehicle hire in Aitutaki, turn to the two modern poolside villas of Abera’s Aitutaki Villas. That’s right, complimentary scooters are offered to guests staying at this boutique accommodation on the sunset coast of Aitutaki. Other highlights include the pool that you share with only one other couple and complimentary SUP boards and kayaks. What’s more, you’re just moments away from the Pacific Resort and Amuri should you want to dine out – see dining recommendations in The Food Guide to Aitutaki.
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4. Magic Reef Beachfront Bungalows
Forget gas guzzlers and paying for fuel while road tripping around Rarotonga. Magic Reef Beachfront Bungalows offers a fleet of electric vehicles exclusively for guests to hire! Although they still have a daily rental fee, the prices are very competitive with Rarotonga’s car rental companies. Plus, you don’t have to pay for fuel. As for the rest of the accommodation, your sustainably-built Polynesian-style bamboo bungalow features self-catering facilities where the reusable takeaway coffee mugs, a tote bag and water bottles make exploring the island a little easier on you and the planet. Learn more about this eco-friendly boutique resort in the 8 Best Eco Resorts in the Cook Islands.
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- Magic Reef Beachfront Bungalows on Booking.com
- Magic Reef Beachfront Bungalows on Trip.com
- Magic Reef Beachfront Bungalows on Expedia
5. Nevaeh Holiday Home
A holiday home with an irresistibly cheap car rental, Naveah Holiday Home on the northern coast of Rarotonga is a tempting prospect. This modern and relatively spacious three-bedroom two-bathroom home not only has a private swimming pool and a playground but car rental for as little as NZ$45 per day! With Avarua just down the road, you now have an easy way to get into town. See how Nevaeh compares to alternative holiday stays in the 20 Best Holiday Homes in the Cook Islands.
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6. Rino’s Bungalows
The largest vehicle rental company in Aitutaki, Rino’s also run Rino’s Bungalows. Guests can take advantage of the fact by receiving a small discount on car and scooter rentals when staying at the accommodation; you’ll save approximately NZ$10 per day on car rentals and NZ$5 per day on scooter rentals. As for the accommodation in Amuri, their garden-view rooms are set up for families with beds, a basic kitchen and a separate bathroom in a studio layout, while the beachfront units are reserved for adult guests. Each unit has basic cooking facilities but you’re close to town with plenty of dining options. See similar stays to Rino’s in the 10 Best Motels in the Cook Islands.
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About Accommodations with Vehicle Hire on the Outer Islands
It’s important to note that if you’re staying at one of the less-visited islands of the Cook Islands, whether it’s the Southern Group islands of Mangaia, Atiu, Mauke or Mitiaro or even the Northern Group islands such as Penrhyn and Manihiki, your accommodation usually arranges vehicle rental, either for free or for a daily fee. Learn more in What You Need to Hire a Car in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands.
More Accommodations with Vehicle Hire or Free Cars and Scooters in the Cook Islands
That’s it for the accommodations in Rarotonga, Aitutaki and the Cook Islands with car or scooter hire available. See how the accommodations compare to those with other forms of vehicle hire, as well as other freebies, as listed in these guides:
- 10 Accommodations in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands with Bike Hire
- 10 Best Resorts for Snorkelling in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands
- 6 Accommodations in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands with Free WiFi
Finally, if you haven’t yet found the perfect place to stay in the Cook Islands, go back to square one with Where to Stay in the Cook Islands: The Best Cook Islands Accommodations.