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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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I was worried when I first saw the Whale and Wildlife Centre--it looked tiny. But there were lots of cool things to see there...we watched the documentary about Nan, and then we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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Claremont, California
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Auckland
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Some of the information was interesting, but the displays are overcrowded and need to be laid out in about 3 times the amount of space. Sometimes you would turn around and realise you had missed something that was right in front of you earlier.

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Claremont, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I was worried when I first saw the Whale and Wildlife Centre--it looked tiny. But there were lots of cool things to see there...we watched the documentary about Nan, and then we met her the very next day! The stonefish is cool.

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Aitutaki, Cook Islands
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This is a must see attraction when on Rarotonga. If you are 7 or 70 you will find this place fascinating. It's small but packed with exhibits. There is also a nice little cafe and WI-fi access so you can have lunch and connect with the world.

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

Thanks for your support, hope to see on your next visit to Rarotonga. More 

Adelaide
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49 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The wildlife centre is tucked away in the side streets, but worth visiting. Its a small basic looking centre but has a lot of things too see and explore with hands on touch too. My son really enjoyed it.

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

Thanks for visiting. It is great to hear your son enjoyed his time here. More 

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38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

An interesting place to visit and a definite worthwhile visit on a not so good weather day. It is small but crammed full of interesting facts and information. Our teenagers loved seeing the 2 huge live crabs. They also have a live stone fish as well as a touching pool.

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

Thanks for visiting. There's something for everyone here...even us big kids. More 

New Zealand
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Whilst this museum is no bigger than a prefab building, it was a thoroughly enjoyable and educational experience which out 9 year old son also really enjoyed. They encourage visitors to touch and pick up some of the exhibits to get a more hands-on experience. A highlight for our son was spraying the giant coconut crabs with the water spray... More 

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

Glad you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for helping to spread the word, we advertise as much as we can afford but word of mouth is the best, see you next time. More 

Taumarunui, New Zealand
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39 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 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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57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 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 18 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 

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