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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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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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well worth a visit

took my family there and was very impressed with all the displays that can all be touched and picked up, my grandchildren loved it as did the adults, once you have your ticket to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

took my family there and was very impressed with all the displays that can all be touched and picked up, my grandchildren loved it as did the adults, once you have your ticket to get in you can use it for the whole year without paying again.

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Paeroa, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Only found about this attraction towards the end of our stay in Rarotonga. Glad we made the effort to go. Very educational and well set out. Staff friendly and welcoming. Had a wonderful cup of coffee on the deck afterwards.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a fantastic surprise! Packed full off local information, is a must visit if you are in Raro. Was a lot of information to read, but also interactive as well, you could touch pretty much everything there, including a touch tank where you could touch star fish & sea slugs, also has small DVD player set up through out with... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This little place is just lovely. Do not be put off by the size of it, it is jam packed with information. The staff were absolutely lovely and really helpful.

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Waitakere
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great site to visit. Thankfully, the only stonefish we encountered was here! Documents the history of whaling in the South Pacific and had lots of artefacts from this time. Good for young ones and not-so-young ones alike. Relatively cheap, but if you do the reef sub ride, do this afterwards to make use of a discount :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A small centre but really interesting and alot of things to look at and touch, little children to older children as well as adults will find something of interest in the whale sanctuary to look at. We had a great time, tea and coffee facilities available and once you have your ticket you are able to go again while you... More 

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Auckland, NZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took my 10 year old son and 11 year old daughter to the centre last week and they had a fabulous time. They are extremely friendly and very helpful and I would thoroughly recommend this attraction to anyone visiting. Thanks again for the help with our hire car when it broke down - amazing!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

I found the whale and Wildlife Centre really informative and the displays were really interesting. Good to see an environmental attraction like this in Raro

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Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

Grab a discount coupon booklet at the info centre to get in for $10 per person. It is very interesting with information every where you look. So e ha ds on items as well. The lady on tbe desk is passionate and very knowledgeable.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

Weather took a turn so we had to find some indoor activites to entertain outselves, this is a great little stop

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