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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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Description: 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 interesting place to visit and a definite worthwhile visit on a not so good weather day. It is small but crammed full of interesting facts and information. Our teenagers loved... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
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Adelaide
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The wildlife centre is tucked away in the side streets, but worth visiting. Its a small basic looking centre but has a lot of things too see and explore with hands on touch too. My son really enjoyed it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

An interesting place to visit and a definite worthwhile visit on a not so good weather day. It is small but crammed full of interesting facts and information. Our teenagers loved seeing the 2 huge live crabs. They also have a live stone fish as well as a touching pool.

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

Thanks for visiting. There's something for everyone here...even us big kids. More 

New Zealand
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Whilst this museum is no bigger than a prefab building, it was a thoroughly enjoyable and educational experience which out 9 year old son also really enjoyed. They encourage visitors to touch and pick up some of the exhibits to get a more hands-on experience. A highlight for our son was spraying the giant coconut crabs with the water spray... More 

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

Glad you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for helping to spread the word, we advertise as much as we can afford but word of mouth is the best, see you next time. More 

Taumarunui, New Zealand
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39 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We loved our visit here, had an excellent coffee which was brought to us while we wandered around. We support anything to help save nature, so visit learn and donate at the same time! Lots to see and read, found crab fossils in rocks similar to what we find in NZ, mmm....

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

Thank You! Entering our Exhibit Centre gives you a different experience than other museums and aquariums: bring a drink through, take photos, pick up things, interact, visit again and again! More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Help the study of whales and other wildlife of the Cook Islands by visiting the Whale and Wildlife Centre. This small attraction is well worth an hour (or more) of your time. You will be educated, entertained and enchanted. What I particularly enjoyed was that visitors are encouraged to touch and play with exhibits. This is how children (like me... More 

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

Thanks David. Great photo! More 

Dunedin, New Zealand
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Going to the markets we got the pamphlet for the centre with $2 off for each adult, so finally took advantage of this and go and see the Wildlife Centre which we hadn't done yet on our previous visits to Raro. What an awesome wee place, very well set out for such a little building!!! We loved walking around and... More 

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

Thanks so much for your support. Glad you enjoyed your visit too. More 

New Zealand
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Ask when the stone fish is fed and go then! Great thing to see - hysterical..............................

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

Thanks for the Review. Pleased you loved it, Rocky is a sensation isn't he! More 

Chilliwack, Canada
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61 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This was the first time we'd visited the Centre. It wasn't there on our last visit 3 years ago. The local women explaining the history of the land and people was very well informed and passionate about Rarotonga and the people. A visit here is a 'must'.

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

Thanks for returning, we are having a lot of returning visitors. You are the second 'Must Do" in 3 days, your support is appreciated. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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108 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This is a small but well set out place. I didn't mind paying the $12 as it went towards helping their research. We loved watching the stonefish get fed - just don't blink or you will miss it! You can buy little souvenirs and food and drink there. For those keen to stay to read and watch video's there is... More 

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

If you love to learn, and be enthralled then there is simply hours of education and exploring to do here. “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” Aristotle More 

Queenstown, New Zealand
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33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Awesome place to visit, small entry fee and so educational. I am obsessed with whales and this was definitely the place to go for that. Nice counter person and quite well set out. Icecreams and drinks available to purchase.

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

I remember you, awesome review, thanks for visiting! More 

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Address: Back Road, Cook Islands
Phone Number: +682 21 666
Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga

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