Discover Marine and Wildlife Eco Centre

Discover Marine and Wildlife Eco Centre, Arorangi: Hours, Address, Discover Marine and Wildlife Eco Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

Discover Marine and Wildlife Eco Centre

Discover Marine and Wildlife Eco Centre
4.5
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
One of Rarotonga's newest must see attractions, featuring amazing live exhibits and interactive displays. Discover jaw-dropping coconut crabs, astonishing stonefish, stunning aquarium fish, inspiring natural history, cinema and so much more in this unique Cook Island Marine and Wildlife Centre. Interactive and informative displays make learning about our natural world and ecology fun!
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1-2 hours
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Trek09271592090
2 contributions
Great on a rainy day
Nov 2019
Visited the centre during a tropical deluge and found plenty to occupy us. We loved the timeline of the shipwrecks and the fascinating stories behind them.
Written April 14, 2020
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Thanks so much for taking the time to review us. I found the history of the shipwrecks dating all the way back to the 1500s fascinating to research when putting that display together. So glad you enjoyed yourselves.
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Craig J
Christchurch, New Zealand20 contributions
Lots to look at
Mar 2020
Although the place is small its packed full of information from how the islands came to being to aquatic life, even had a rescue turtle we got up close and personal with.
Well worth the visit. Thanks guys.
Written April 2, 2020
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Thanks for visiting and taking the time to review us. Hope to see you again.
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Kymmi
Auckland Central, New Zealand32 contributions
A delightful place to visit
Mar 2020
See things that you may not normally see - a coconut crab (hanging upside down in it's cage), turtle (it's due to be released soon) stone fish (it was well camouflaged), lion fish etc as well as interesting artifacts, skeletons and fossils.
Written March 20, 2020
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Thanks! We are delighted that you were delighted! Hope to see you again soon.
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KnightHoneymoon
15 contributions
Very Informative
Dec 2019
Great little Eco-Centre with an attached deli. The your host was very friendly and informative. Great information on all the islands. Loved the ship-wreck info board.
Written March 11, 2020
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Thanks so much for a great review. Glad you enjoyed yourselves.
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Mlle
11 contributions
Tiny but mighty
Mar 2020
Saw my first turtle! It was a baby one doing some rehab, which will be released when healed.

You can get really close to the coconut crabs and turtle.

A highlight was seeing a rock fish.

There is a lot of sea-life information and maritime history packed into this tiny but mighty marine centre.

The adjoining cafe had really good coffee and ice-cream. The lady who served me twice was so welcoming and sweet.

I also bought a few greeting cards designed by school-aged kids. Light and easy to pack souvenirs. My friend bought an orca ring he wore that night during the party bus tour. Highly recommend the orca ring and visiting this wonderful cute place.
Written March 7, 2020
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Thanks for such a great review. Haha love that your friend took the Orca ring partying. Hope to see you again.
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Ali
New Zealand466 contributions
Good, but cafe hygiene must be improved!
Feb 2020
Come and support marine life by exploring this little friendly centre. We have spent about an hour there, reading all the posts and learning a lot. We have ordered an ice cream there on two different days-one one day an island looking lady was wearing gloves while serving it, but the next day a European lady handled money, didn't use the gloves to hold my cone and took a mango piece with here BARE HANDS to put in into my icecream! With infections on the rise I found this unacceptable and threw away most of the icecream. Before this she was feeding birds with bits of fish and had a smoke-who knows if her hands were washed, don't take chances and be braver than me to mention this to her.
Written February 29, 2020
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I’m sorry that this happened and will put in place measures so that it doesn’t happen again. I’m glad you enjoyed our Centre and we do take your criticism seriously, and thank you for it.
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sttdiver
Sedona, AZ285 contributions
Fun Eco Center to visit
Jan 2020
This center is small but well organized with friendly staff. There are a series of great maps/pictures of the Cook Islands, which makes for a good orientation on where you are. There is plenty of information about the history, geography and animal life of the islands. There are numerous historical artifacts and live animal exhibits, including a sea turtle rehab.
Written February 16, 2020
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Thanks for taking the time to review us. I’m glad you enjoyed your experience and we hope to see you again.
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Cheryl Burton
Kaiapoi, New Zealand73 contributions
Very educational and fun
Feb 2020 • Couples
Well worth a visit while you are in Raro. We found out such a lot of interesting information about Rarotonga and her sea life. It was a treat to see Ponu the turtle there while she was rehabilitating too. They do great work at Discovery and their icecream parlour is an added bonus!
Written February 11, 2020
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Thanks for the great feedback. Really appreciated.
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GeordieKiwi
42 contributions
Save journey Ponu
Jan 2020 • Couples
A very small discovery centre but the have a fair bit of information. Also the turtle being rehabbed (Ponu) is almost fully recovered under the dedicated care of the centre staff. They worried tgat she may never recover but she has and will be released aroun April 2020.
Written January 27, 2020
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Thanks for the review. Ponu is ready for release, but we are waiting to be able to do a public release for her. At the moment we are constrained to 10 person gatherings.?She is happy and we are taking her for training swims in the passage where she will be released.
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TwistedGravity
Hamilton, New Zealand20 contributions
Great to stop in and visit
Dec 2019 • Friends
We went on a day not suitable for swimming. It was a great little centre that was very informative. We did not realise they also rescue animals birds, turtles etc and nurse them back to health for release again. The entry fee helps cover their costs so well worth the visit.
Written December 24, 2019
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Thank you for your review. It’s so helpful. Hope to see you again.
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