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Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre

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Address: Back Road, Cook Islands
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+682 21 666
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The Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre has something for everyone....

The Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre has something for everyone. Young and old, conservationists,fishermen, whale, shark, turtle, fish, crab lovers....A huge variety of displays, and you can touch them! An exciting Live Creature section including Tropical fish filled aquariums, Rocky the Stonefish, gigantic Coconut Crabs, and more...Photography allowed.

Big Screen, Interactive Computer programmes, DVD Stations, WIFI, Wheelchair Access, Child friendly, .

Cafe and Souvenir Shop on site. Open Sunday to Friday 10am to 4pm. Tickets last a year; Adults $12, children $6 with group and family discounts. Every admission helps support the 'Whale research project' so you help save Whales and Dolphins!

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Worth an hour

It's a small, roadside exhibit but it's priced right at nzd$12 and there's plenty of interesting whale info from some colossal whale bones to whaling artifacts to a few sea... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Orlando, Florida
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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a small, roadside exhibit but it's priced right at nzd$12 and there's plenty of interesting whale info from some colossal whale bones to whaling artifacts to a few sea creatures in aquariums. Lots of stuff to touch and interact with. Great educational opportunity for the kids.

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Yeppoon, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Seen many things in my life but this was certainly something which I happily delete out of my memories. 4 poorly maintained fish tanks and lots of bones from a few whales.

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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

We have 8 Aquariums as well as hundreds of other exhibits and live creatures and interactive displays. I am not convinced you have been into our Wildlife Centre. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took the kids here one rainy morning and what a surprise. So interersting lots of facts and hands on exhibitions. Saw a stone fish being fed and had great fun.

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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Thanks for your visit, glad you had a great time! More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Called into the centre with a friend. We were charged $12 each for entry, and were pretty disappointed with what was there. There is a large collection of bones and marine biology assortments and artefacts, but very little information about what we were looking at. The touch tank was a solitary starfish and two sea cucumbers, hardly anything to get... More 

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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

You obviously dont appreciate the time and passion that goes into a place like this; educating and entertaining both adults and youngsters. Everything here is labeled and explained and staff are more than willing to share as much information as you have time. It takes hours to get through all the information here and most visitors return to get through... More 

Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

There is so much to see and learn here! From the outside it is a deceptively small building, but the exhibits inside are actually quite extensive. My husband and I visited the centre on advice from friends who came to Rarotonga last year and it was fantastic! We spent an entire morning educating ourselves on Cook Islands biodiversity and marine... More 

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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Thanks for your visit and review, hope you return one day. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Pay once and go as many times as you want all year, and the adults can even get coffee! Such a sweet place and so deeply dedicated to conservation. We all had a great time and it is something nice to support and a perfect rainy day activity. No big fish in small cages, just the right balance.

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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing our passion! More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

The Whale and Wildlife Centre was really interesting with lots of things to look and to touch. We enjoyed it when the fish were fed, especially the stone fish.

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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Thank You! Rocky2 the Stonefish loves to show off his talents! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

While the center is somewhat small it is packed with examples of sea life. It is a hands-on exhibit so good for all ages. I loved the video that was playing. It named the various fish as they appeared swimming within camera range.

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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed our Interactive Displays and Video selection on the Big Screen. More 

Ngaruawahia, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

We learned so much from the lady running the place we didn't actually go into the exhibition. Learned more in half an hour in there than the rest of the week in Rarotonga!

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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

It was so nice talking to you! Love to be able to help out with all your queries. More 

Fareham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

A Whale and wildlife centre a mile from the sea may seem a strange concept but this is a worthy venture. More information about whales in a small building than you could ever need. A small movie room showing research videos. Fish tanks. A Stonefish waiting to be fed. And the best priced and tasting coffee, cakes and sandwiches in... More 

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