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Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre

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Address: Back Road, Cook Islands
Phone Number: +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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An educational, interesting way to fill time

A really well laid out centre for learning about the Cook Islands marine environment and marine biology. Filled with many interesting artifacts, articles, and some live displays... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
AaronNz
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Auckland
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Auckland
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31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

A really well laid out centre for learning about the Cook Islands marine environment and marine biology. Filled with many interesting artifacts, articles, and some live displays (if you haven't seen a coconut crab, here's your chance), you can easily spend a few hours in here. Fortunately the entry fee (adults $12, children $6) is a year pass, so you... More 

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Thank AaronNz
Auckland, New Zealand
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23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are interested in the history of mammals in particular, related to the Cook Islands, this place is fantastic. There are also really reasonably priced nik naks to buy plus a great cafe which serves and wide variety of children friendly foods.

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1 Thank TheLanes515
Christchurch, New Zealand
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24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a hour to kill and this place is more than worth that, for only $12 you get a year card to come back any time free, what a great place to kill time, learn more about the islands and for younger children if you had a little rain time fantastic

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1 Thank jandbatkins
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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117 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I wish we'd had longer to go through this place or that we'd been earlier so could go back. There is so much information to read, listen to, touch etc that it's a tough ask in one short visit. Factual and not full of emotive opinion as can be the case - well worth the visit and time - but... More 

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Thank Nicola W
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

Pleasant stop for a quick learning about whales in the South Pacific at this quaint shop/exhibit in Rarotonga. This was followed by yummy coconut juice, freshly crushed by Maritiki. The Milk shake was equally yummy. Nice company, interesting info and good food - what more?

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Thank Wadim S
Wellington, New Zealand
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30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

An interesting summary of the whaling history of the Cook Islands plus some good displays of marine life and conservation efforts. A bit crowded and small but worth a visit.

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Thank Carolina G
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

I was in this islands more than a year and passed this center having a thought that it may not be a interesting one. But I was compelled to take my kids, to my surprise it has loads of things to see. It has a small video presentation on whales. The center if functions in Australia or New Zealand, definetly... More 

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

Thank You for stopping by this time! It was nice to meet you and your family. Happy New Year! More 

Cromwell, New Zealand
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

This place is amazing for young and old.What a great job the people have done to set up such a special place.Great to see all the displays set out just wonderful.It is a credit to them all.You can get food and drinks or t.shirt etc.A must view for sure

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Thank Lonetravel_13
Cambria, California
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65 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

A small museum near the airport right around the corner from Aptua Orchid units whre we stay. It is packed full of interesting displays and live specimens. A good place to spend a couple of hours (especially if it is pouring rain like the day we went).

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

Thanks for visiting. Yes a great rainy day activity but also a great break if you want to get out of the sun for a few hours! More 

Palmerston North, New Zealand
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95 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

This is a fairly new venture I think? I don't recall it being here in 2012. Lots to look at, plenty of docos playing on small players around the museum, and a small theatre, so you could easily spend a few hours here if you have nothing else planned. Quite sobering reading about the effect of rubbish on marine life.... More 

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

Thank You! We have just started our 5th Year as the Whale and Wildlife Centre. More 

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