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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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First time visit to Wildlife Centre!!!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
Karen B
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

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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New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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 108 reviews
59 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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 

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
190 reviews 190 reviews
97 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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 

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