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Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre

Back Road, Cook Islands
+682 21 666
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Ranked #11 of 22 Attractions in Rarotonga
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Outdoors
Owner description: The Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre has something for everyone. Young and old...
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Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Outdoors
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!
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Hokitika, New Zealand
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

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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Auckland, New Zealand
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166 reviews 166 reviews
86 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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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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London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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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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hamilton
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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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London, United Kingdom
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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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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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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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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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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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