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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 21, 2014
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Hokitika, New Zealand
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Hokitika, New Zealand
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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
65 helpful votes 65 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 

Senior Reviewer
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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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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 

hamilton
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Very welcoming and surprisingly filled with many educational and interesting exhibits. The staff are very knowledgeable and friendly :) Would certainly recommend a visit.

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

Thanks for visiting us. More 

London, United Kingdom
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166 reviews 166 reviews
75 attraction reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Pretty unpromising from the outside - looks essentially like a glorified shed. So surprisingly good once we were inside. Every wall was packed full of interesting, hands-on exhibits including a touch-and-feel exhibit of sea slugs, an aquarium containing lion fish, a number of shark jaws (and razor sharp teeth) and a wall of whaling instruments etc etc. It's all a... More 

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

Thanks and I am glad you loved it. I think our murals make our building look one of the best on the island. More 

Palmerston North, New Zealand
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is an example of making something out of nothing. There is NOTHING to see here. Not considering the entry cost. If you realise that you are making a donation to a good cause, and for that donation, you get to look at some marine things.. like crab skeletons and old Greenpeace propaganda videos, then you won't feel so disappointed.... More 

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

Hi I am not sure you have even visited the Whale and Wildlife Centre, we have thousands of Exhibits and Entry fee is $12 per adult for a whole year! We receive No funding like many Museums and Aquariums elsewhere. Read our other comments and our visitors book.....It is an incredible collection of displays including 7 aquariums etc. Compliments daily... More 

whakatane
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

So much really interesting information. Take time to see it all. Hands on stuff for kids as well. You must view the movie. Lots of interesting articles and displays on the whale fishing industry in the Cooks. Kids will love to see the crabs and fish tanks.

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

Thank you. We have amazing footage from 2014 including drone footage and satellite tagging. More 

Sydney, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This was a really big surprise. A small space, but really well designed, with lots of interesting stories, lots of artifacts, and a surprising amount to learn. I really enjoyed that they had so many bones, and physical learning tools, and explained everything very easily. Highly Recommend a trip to the Centre.

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