The cheapest times to fly from RAR to SWA are

  • April 30th to July 1st
  • July 23rd to August 5th
  • October 8th to December 31st (except the week of December 10th)

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from RAR to SWA is late October. Prices can be as high as $2407 for Friday flights during early January, or as low as $1516 for Tuesday flights around late October.


When to Fly to Shantou

Flying from Avarua (RAR) to Shantou (SWA) will usually cost between $1613 to $2171 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late October with an average ticket price of $1606. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early January, with an average price of $2199. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $594 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1818 can be considered a good price for a round-trip RAR to SWA flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the RAR to SWA route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

RAR to SWA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the RAR to SWA flight is more expensive than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Rarotonga. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.18, which is below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to SWA, and Sunday the cheapest day to fly back into RAR. Fridays are the most expensive days to fly to Shantou, and Wednesdays are the most expensive days to return to Rarotonga. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $82 (4%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1781. Return trip prices are from the SWA to RAR flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from RAR to SWA can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 12 hour 30 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking RAR to SWA

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from RAR to SWA — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Auckland (RAR > AKL > SWA)

  • Price for both tickets: $1165
  • Average savings: $653 (35.92%)

See RAR to SYD flights

Hack #2: Sydney (RAR > SYD > SWA)

  • Price for both tickets: $1277
  • Average savings: $542 (29.79%)

See RAR to AKL flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from RAR to SWA? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 8 major airlines flying this route most often: Air New Zealand, China Southern, Hainan, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Waisha Airport to Rarotonga International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 6399 miles or 10298 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from RAR to SWA?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop RAR to SWA flight is about 12 hour 30 minutes.

How many flights go between Avarua and Shantou?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 4 available flights from RAR to SWA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code RAR
Origination airport name Rarotonga International Airport
City Avarua
Country the Cook Islands
Latitude -21.2
Longitude -159.8

Return Airport

Destination code SWA
Destination airport name Waisha Airport
City Shantou
Country China
Latitude 23.4
Longitude 116.8


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