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“Great Value. Interesting” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre

Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre
Back Road, Cook Islands
+682 21 666
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Ranked #15 of 26 attractions in Rarotonga
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
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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!
Nelson, New Zealand
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great Value. Interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

Good little place to visit on a rainy day in Rarotonga, reasonably priced and interesting. Something for everyone, and a bit of hands-on for the younger kids.

Visited July 2013
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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review, March 12, 2014
Thank you, isn't it nice to have somewhere to spend a rainy day. Enough for the kids and adults to keep them amused for hours.
Sunny days are actually just as busy, a good place to have a break from days in the sun.
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auckland
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“Fascinating”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

The passion behind this Centre is evident in the time and attention that has gone into making this a very interesting collection. We spent some time examining the exhibits. It is very much an interactive experience - good for young and old. Great place to spend a wet afternoon. They also have a cafe where you can have a break during your visit.

Visited June 2013
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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review, March 12, 2014
Thank You for your visit and review. We love to share our passion with you all.
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
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“Full of information”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

This is a small museum packed full of information with some great videos. Would probably not recommend for small children. Well worth the visit.

Visited May 2013
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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review, March 12, 2014
Even 2 year olds enjoy touching our displays and finding Nemo in the giant clam! Children also love the BIG SCREEN and Aquariums and Live Creatures. But you will need to keep your eye on them as there are breakable items around. Children learn so much better when they can interact with things, so we do encourage touching and picking up things. We risk the fact that some items may be damaged over time because we know it's worth it-children never forget some of the displays they touch here. We also have a KIDS CORNER on the porch where they can really PLAY.
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Sydney, Australia
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
“Very Very Interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

This is a great little museum and well worth the visit .. It looks small from the outside but has a lot of exhibits and it surprisingly large once you get inside ..
It has a good range of exhibits of local marine life, including life coconut crabs, stone fish etc. It also has a lot of historic whaling equipment and whale bones ...

If you are interested in the local marine life and whaling history, but this on your list of things to do..

Visited February 2013
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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review, March 12, 2014
Thanks Bob, I hope you return, you will see even more displays, and visitors never get through the whole lot in one visit so you will be surprised by what you notice next time. Also just $12 Entry now valid for 12 months.
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Thunder Bay, Canada
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“LOVED IT!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

Don't let the small size of the building fool you!! It is VERY interesting and there is a lot packed into such a small building. I was there for over 2 hours!! Lots of local information and other tropical information. Great resource! Loved the viewing section of some of the local creatures (blue starfish, geckos, skinks, crabs, stone fish, and a few others, all are rotated frequently so they are not kept in captivity for long)

Kids will love it for sure.

Totally worth the $12. Perfect for a rainy day activity!!

Visited February 2013
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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review, March 12, 2014
Pleased you loved it:)
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