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It’s not every famil that includes a visit to the local prison, but when Travellers Choice agents decide to explore a destination they leave no stone unturned.

The agents – in the Cook Islands as a reward for winning the national retail group’s Bronze Choice awards – were enjoying a car rally ‘treasure hunt’ around Rarotonga recently when they found themselves in the craft shop at Arorangi Prison admiring beautiful ukuleles and drums made by the inmates.

“We ended up having a jamming session with one of the guards as the prison doesn’t have too many people in it, the Cook Islands are too nice a place for there to be much of a crime rate,” reports Travellers Choice Marketing Manager Robyn Mitchell.

The trip also included visits to Te Punanda Nui markets, a Raro Safari 4WD tour of Rarotonga’s lush interior, and a flight to Aitutaki for a One Foot Island Cruise on the world-famous lagoon’s aqua blue waters.

Although the famil was designed to ensure the hard working agents enjoyed some well-earned down time, Mitchell says the group found it impossible to entirely leave their work back in the office.

“Even though we had time devoted to relaxation most of the group actually booked to do some hotel inspections during their ‘time at leisure’,” she says. “How’s that for dedication?”

The Travellers Choice agents flew to the Cook Islands with Air New Zealand, and were guests of Adventure World.

For more information on Travellers Choice please visit travellerschoice.com.au.

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(L:R): Travellers Choice award winner Julie-Ann Silvey from Chelsea Cruise & Travel gets in a ‘ukelele jam’ with a Cook Island prison guard.