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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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A must visit site on the island.

Fantastic staff, very helpful and informative. Love watching the whales when we are on the island, so anything we can do to help them we will.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 August 2016
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Fantastic staff, very helpful and informative. Love watching the whales when we are on the island, so anything we can do to help them we will.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

took my family there and was very impressed with all the displays that can all be touched and picked up, my grandchildren loved it as did the adults, once you have your ticket to get in you can use it for the whole year without paying again.

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Paeroa, New Zealand
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

Only found about this attraction towards the end of our stay in Rarotonga. Glad we made the effort to go. Very educational and well set out. Staff friendly and welcoming. Had a wonderful cup of coffee on the deck afterwards.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

What a fantastic surprise! Packed full off local information, is a must visit if you are in Raro. Was a lot of information to read, but also interactive as well, you could touch pretty much everything there, including a touch tank where you could touch star fish & sea slugs, also has small DVD player set up through out with... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

This little place is just lovely. Do not be put off by the size of it, it is jam packed with information. The staff were absolutely lovely and really helpful.

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Waitakere
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37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

A great site to visit. Thankfully, the only stonefish we encountered was here! Documents the history of whaling in the South Pacific and had lots of artefacts from this time. Good for young ones and not-so-young ones alike. Relatively cheap, but if you do the reef sub ride, do this afterwards to make use of a discount :)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

A small centre but really interesting and alot of things to look at and touch, little children to older children as well as adults will find something of interest in the whale sanctuary to look at. We had a great time, tea and coffee facilities available and once you have your ticket you are able to go again while you... More 

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1 Thank Sandraleelovering
Auckland, NZ
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

I took my 10 year old son and 11 year old daughter to the centre last week and they had a fabulous time. They are extremely friendly and very helpful and I would thoroughly recommend this attraction to anyone visiting. Thanks again for the help with our hire car when it broke down - amazing!

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54 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

I found the whale and Wildlife Centre really informative and the displays were really interesting. Good to see an environmental attraction like this in Raro

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Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

Grab a discount coupon booklet at the info centre to get in for $10 per person. It is very interesting with information every where you look. So e ha ds on items as well. The lady on tbe desk is passionate and very knowledgeable.

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