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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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A very interesting visit

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2015
Maree M
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Taumarunui, New Zealand
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Taumarunui, New Zealand
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39 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 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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46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 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
3 attraction reviews
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 20 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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58 reviews
12 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 39 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 

Western Australia
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27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 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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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Thanks. If you found us earlier on the island, you could have taken advantage of the \ PAY 1x AND VISIT ANYTIME FOR 12 MONTHS More 

Queensland
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22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 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
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 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 

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

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