A new service that will offer flights to Sydney from Rarotonga in the Cook Islands has been praised by the region’s tourist board.

A new service that will offer flights to Sydney from Rarotonga in the Cook Islands has been praised by the region’s tourist board.

Starting on July 5th, Air New Zealand will begin a three-year agreement with Cook Islands authorities to operate a weekly service.

Carmel Beattie, chief executive of the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation, explained that the service would help to promote the region as a “hot new South Pacific destination”.

She added that it will also allow visitors to experience the “warmth and accessibility of the unique Cook Islands Maori culture and fabulous range of holiday experiences on Rarotonga and beyond”.

Last year, the airline operated a four-month trial to test the demand for the Sydney to Rarotonga.

The Cook Islands are made up of 15 islands in total and cover an area of around two million square kilometres.

Written by Ruth Norris.

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