Soak up more sun - Christchurch to Rarotonga direct

Just back from holiday but want more relaxation in the sun? 

South Islanders can extend their sunshine hours with direct flights between Christchurch and Rarotonga next winter.

Virgin Australia is offering a third year of weekly flights across the winter months, from June 30 to October 12.

Christchurch Airport's Chief Aeronautical and Commercial Officer, Justin Watson, says the "sun seeker" service has been popular for the past two years.

"The popularity of these winter getaways underline the Cook Islands destination as
much-requested and much-loved by South Islanders," he says.  "The Saturday afternoon departure means South Islanders can drive to Christchurch Airport, park, walk into the terminal and fly direct to an island vacation in the sun. Easy, sunny and relaxing."

Graeme West, GM Australia and New Zealand, Cook Islands Tourism Corporation, says
"This is the third year Virgin Australia has operated the Christchurch to Rarotonga service, as a response to fantastic support from 'Mainlanders' wanting a winter getaway. Many people know Raro is such a relaxed and easy destination - plus being able to fly non-stop from Christchurch is the icing on the cake".