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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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Only found this on our second last day, would have been good to go here earlier on our stay on the island. Great place to find a bit of history of the local area regarding the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
MartinvanRooy
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Western Australia
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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108 reviews 108 reviews
59 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

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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Queenstown, New Zealand
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

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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Western Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Only found this on our second last day, would have been good to go here earlier on our stay on the island. Great place to find a bit of history of the local area regarding the early whaling and varieties of fish and sea life to be seen around the island.

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Queensland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We found this place to be rather underwhelming or maybe I was expecting more. It is like a mini marine museum and when I say mini it is very small. There are some interesting specimens to look and heaps of info to read. However it is so hot that the last thing you want to do is read in depth... More 

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

The temperature for the time you visited was 35C by day and 30C by night. The 3 hottest weeks in years. Yes it was hot in here. It was hot everywhere. The humidity was almost 100% too. I don't blame some of our creatures for burying themselves to keep cool. There was also a board at the Entrance explaining that... More 

Feilding, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

We found this centre amazingly packed with so much. On first driving in we thought how can this little wee building have much of anything in it. Boy were we wrong. Recommended must see. Specially loved the story about Nan and her ancestor!

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

Thanks for visiting and helping to spread the word! See you next time. More 

Hokitika, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

The wildlife centre has heaps to see and touch. Its not very big so just take your time to read things and have a play. We got vouchers as we did the reefsub earlier in the day. Was worth checking it out.

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

Thank You. It takes a few return visits to read and digest everything here. More 

Auckland, New Zealand
Top Contributor
189 reviews 189 reviews
97 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Situated on the Back Road of town, it was worth going too. It was near lunchtime when we arrived, so we tried their toasted sandwiches and a nice cold drink before entering. We were pleasantly surprised with the amount on display. There were sections on Nan Hauser, who is a Whale Biologist and Principal Investigator of the Cook Islands Whale... More 

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

Great to see us considered a "MUST DO". The Sydney Morning Herald agrees with you. More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

What a great place to go and be informed and entertained. Thanks to the lovely people that run this place. We fed Rocky the stonefish...still laughing about that one!! We will be back for another visit next trip to ratio. Nice coffee on the way in to walk around with.

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

Thanks for your visit and review, see you next time. More 

London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

This place is a wonderful and entertaining education. It totally changed how I think about our oceans - I've been refusing plastic where I can and picking up litter that might make its way into the sea ever since!

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

I am so happy you were inspired. Thank You for any contribution to make. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

A fascinating insight into Rarotonga and the Pacific Islands that you won't get anywhere else - much more than marine life. If your children have inquiring minds they'll love it. Recommended

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

Thanks, there's something for everyone here. More 

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