Just two words can change your life, leave you with an enviable tan, and seriously have you thinking about buying a holiday home outside Australia. Yep, those two words are Cook Islands.

This island paradise ticks all those snazzy boxes that make a holiday totally memorable – and enjoyable – such as exotic culture, sublime beaches and adventure.

And all of this beats to the drum of island time, which is the perfect antidote to our fast-paced, stressed-out lives.

But best of all, the Cook Islands are literally on our doorstep, lying just six hours from Sydney on the Air New Zealand direct flight, and similar flight times from other Australian capital cities.

So let’s dig our toes into the sand for a minute and see just why the Cook Islands are a destination for every type of traveller.

But make sure you read until the end, oh agents, where you’ll learn how Viva! Holidays is giving YOU the chance to win a self-famil to these exotic isles…




On the hunt for some of the best beaches to ever grace our beautiful planet?

After those #instaworthy sunset pics that routinely garner likes in the double digits on the gram?

Keen to dive or snorkel your way through colourful underwater worlds?

The Cook Islands archipelago is made up of 15 volcanic islands, and each of these lookers is rimmed by some of the cleanest and photogenic beaches you’ll ever have the pleasure of lying on.

You have umpteen opportunities for a swim at Rarotonga’s many beaches, and Aitutaki Island, in the north, is completely circled by coral reefs and private, sandy islets.

And these are just a couple of honourable mentions – there are tons more!

You just have to go and find your own secluded beach yourself…




Whilst it’s true that the Cook Islands has a modern and cosmopolitan side, locals are deeply proud of their Polynesian culture, and odds are you’ll find their local customs fascinating.

Shoppers could easily spend a Saturday morning at Punanga Nui Market where they’ll be able to browse through stalls selling everything from sun hats to products made through traditional coconut palm weaving.

Music lovers should head to the market too, as local musicians usually turn up with their ukeleles too for some traditional music.

For a pleasant dose of local culture – and a great night out – head to the Highland Paradise Cultural Centre on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday for an epic sunset show of dancing, singing, drumming and storytelling, all delivered to smiling patrons against the backdrop of gorgeous blue sea and infinite horizon.




Trek to raging waterfalls through lush jungle. Kayak around turquoise lagoons spotting marine life and a place to swim. Get on a mountain bike and explore the backroads that only the locals use.

Adventure is embedded into the landscape of the Cook Islands, so you needn’t look far or wide to find it.

And for the surfers, you’ll be able to ride some gnarly waves in the Cooks too!




The best way to sell a destination is to have the first-hand experience of it, which is exactly why Viva! Holidays is giving four lucky travel agents the chance to win a self-famil to the Cook Islands to see why this destination is THE place to holiday in 2018.

This incredible opportunity includes return Air New Zealand flights ex Sydney and six nights accommodation for two – yep, you get a plus one!

All you need to do is make a Cook Islands booking which includes six nights accommodation and Air New Zealand flights between 2 and 25 February and be one of the top 4 sellers for a chance at scoring one of these coveted self-famils.

READ: The success of Qantas Holidays, Viva Holidays and Sunlover Holidays is dependent on their “biggest advocates”, the Travel Agents.

So what are you waiting for guys?!

Get booking and contact Viva! Holidays on 13 27 87 or click here for more information.

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