🖐 In this blog post we’ll share all drone laws links & known rules around recreational & commercial drone use in Cook Islands (Rarotonga). Give a 👍 at the end of this post if you enjoyed it & feel free to ask any questions or share your experience in The Forum. Keep in mind that the content below is updated to the best of our knowledge & does not replace official sources & your research.
Recreational vs Commercial drone use in Cook Islands
✅ Cook Islands follows the same drone's regulation as New-Zealand, therefore to avoid miss-updated context, please refer to the Ultimate Guide to New Zealand Drone Laws and Rules for up to date information. When it comes to the onsite contacts, drone regulation in Cook Islands falls under the Ministry of Transport which can be contacted anytime via:
Phone: (+682) 28 810 🕔 (Mon-Fri / 8am - 4pm)
Mail: Ara Tapu, Avarua District, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Can I travel to Cook Islands with my drone?
✅ Currently, there doesn't seem to be any restrictions on bringing drones within Cook Islands as long as your import is considered as legitimate (generally one drone per person).
🚨 Be aware of the airline you purchase to travel as some main ones will only accept your drone on-board if its batteries are detached & placed in a firecase during travel time. Most airlines will have a battery voltage limit based on the recommendation of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). You can find more info about a specific airline here.
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Where can I fly my drone in Cook Islands?
✅ We did not find an official fly zone map for drones in Kiribati "If you have more information about this, please let us know in the Forum". Thankfully, app.airmap.io has listed all flight zones in a convenient way based on your flight intentions organised in a colour scheme.
Cook Islands drone fly map
🦅 National parks & reserves might be on a case by case permission & you might need to check directly with the local park or reserve authorities.
🛬 Fly at least 4 km away from Rarotonga Airport which is represented in yellow by the map above.
Do I need to register my drone before flying over Cook Islands?
🚨 We have sent an enquiry on the 30th of July 2019 but did not receive an answer. If you have any further information about this, please share it in the Forum so we can update this post in turn for all to fly safely in the Cook Islands.
Once you got everything in order, you can start flying above the Cook Islands' awesome landscapes & create videos like this one:
✅ Please leave a comment or update the Forum when you receive news and/or gain experience with your drone in Cook Islands! Have fun & safe flight!
Disclaimer: Although great care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information researched, we take no responsibility for any loss, harm or damage caused as a direct or indirect consequence of relying on this information. It is your responsibility to seek advice from qualified local & relevant authorities for needed information about local drone regulations.
Cook Islands drone fly map (Airmap)