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Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre

Back Road, Cook Islands
+682 21 666
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Ranked #14 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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Sydney, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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21 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Small but very informative and hands on exhibits. You will get a year pass to return as often as you like. Great exhibits.

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

even though it is small it is very well set up and very interesting,if you love whales and the conservation part of it then this is a great place to visit.quite sad realy to see so much money go into the tourisum side of rarotonga bit it would be great to see this wildlife center expand ( i to be... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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71 reviews 71 reviews
22 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We had been here before and found it to be of interest to us. The owner is very pleasant and passionate about the museum and we had been told there were some new additions so we went again. It is very well kept. The history section is well put together and the interactive display is well thought out. There are... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is definitely worth a visit. A lot of effort has been put into the displays to ensure you have fun and learn about their work. There was very little advertising on this place and it isn't very well signposted, but worth the effort to find it. (and I never found the second huntsman spider!!!)

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We spent a very happy hour here with our nearly-3 and nearly-5 year olds, stroking starfish and sea cucumbers, playing with toy whales and spotting lionfish and centipedes. The biggest hit with the kids was an old PC with a 'fill-your-own-aquarium' game! Very friendly staff, nice little café with books and toys for the kids, good souvenir shop for fishy... More

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

Good time with lots to see and touch. Probably more enjoyable for young children. Nice friendly staff.

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New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This was a highlight of the trip. Make sure you go around 10.30am and see the Stonefish fed. Its incredibly and the kids love it.

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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64 reviews 64 reviews
6 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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84 reviews 84 reviews
32 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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