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Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre

Back Road, Cook Islands
+682 21 666
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Ranked #16 of 27 attractions in Rarotonga
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Owner description: The Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre has something for everyone. Young and old, conservationists,fishermen, whale, shark, turtle, fish, crab... more » Owner description: 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! « less
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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63 reviews 63 reviews
6 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We went to the Whale Centre on a rainy day and it was a really interesting fun day. The live exhibits were fantastic with 'Rocky' the rock fish and some amazing coconut crabs. Loved that there were signs saying that none of there live exhibits are there for long as they release them back into the wild and collect other... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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77 reviews 77 reviews
30 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This is a neat and interesting little museum, good for a rainy day. The prime attraction is a stonefish which all visitors are warned about stepping on when in the water. This is the only one I saw in seven days of snorkelling so it was worth the visit.for that alone.

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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This facility is just amazing. The displays are fascinating and educational and totally engaging. Our party consisted of five adults and two little children. We spent about an hour looking at all the displays and could have spent longer. The live creatures kept both children and adults entertained, and the informative displays taught us a great deal about the history... More

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

Thank You for your visit and review. Glad you and your family enjoyed it and that you learned about our interesting Biodiversity More

Oztraylya
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142 reviews 142 reviews
22 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We were told about the centre by fellow travellers and what a wonderful attraction; there is such a lot to take in and is a must do for wildlife lovers. This centre should be a compulsory two day event for school kids. There is so much crammed in here that the building needs to be three times the size to... More

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

We have a 50% return rate during our visitors holidays, neat to see you had to return the very same afternoon. Captivating isn't it:) More

Christchurch, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Very welcoming, and good to visit early in your stay as you get unlimited return visits. The displays felt a bit cramped and maybe having less information wit better presentation might be preferable. We expected more books and resources available for sale, rather than toys and t-shirts.

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

Thanks for your support. Because we support the non profit organisation Cook Islands Whale Research, we cannot afford a larger building. We believe that helping with conservation and educating people in environmental issues and helping saving the Whales is of utmost importance and therefore we do need to squeeze our collection in here. 99% of our Visitors understand our position... More

Foxton, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Enjoyed looking through all the exhibits and also having a bite before we were on our way again. Got to play with the little hermit crabs too.

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

Thanks Natatsha. Wait till you return, you can play with starfish, brittle stars and sea cucumbers now too. We only keep our live creatures for a few weeks before releasing them into the wild, but we always have a good variety of wildlife. Our new Eel is such super and loves to be patted like a cat! can you believe:) More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

What a wonderful place to visit. Very educational and lots to look at. There is so many things that are facinating. Take the time to vist its very worth it!!!

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

Thanks Roni, glad you enjoyed your visit. We are humbled by everyone's comments. Our visitors book is also full of amazing comments to keep inspiring us to keep up the work and continually add to our collection to share with everyone. More

Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Plenty of exhibits to see and touch, nice cold drinks available and staff are always happy to answer any questions that we had. Good way to see and hold things that you only read about.

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

Glad you enjoyed the 'hands-on displays'. We have new exhibits since your last visit including a Touch pool which houses some interesting creatures. More

Lethbridge, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
7 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We wanted to support the Whale centre. We enjoyed the visit, but the exhibitions were limited. I expected a few more live displays and some more hands on stuff. But it was still worth it.

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

We have over 2000 Exhibits , anything on shelves and walls are for you to touch including whaling tools, Whale Bones, Shark Jaws, Sharks, Turtle Shells, Turtle Skulls, Shipwreck memorabilia, Diving History Items etc etc and Live Creatures include a huge array of Tropical Fish, Huge Coconut Crabs, Eels, Stonefish, Lionfish, Hermit Crabs, Oysters, Huntsman Spiders, Centipedes. There is also... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

My surprising highlight was being permitted re-entry after initial entry fee was paid... and allowing adults to take drinks inside (they make a great soy latte). And now they have upgraded to annual entry for the same cost. Wow. I'm a visual person, so I really enjoyed the live tanks and the movie theatre... that was the first visit... on... More

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

Thanks Miriam. The One year Entry card has proven very successful and we are now getting repeat visitors on their subsequent holidays. The NZ School holidays brought many families here day after day as parents were so happy to have a place for their children to explore as well as toys to play with and 'kiddies lunches'. All that means... More

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