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Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre

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Address: Back Road, Cook Islands
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+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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An excellent rainy day activity - we spent nearly 3 hours in the whale centre exploring the movies, local marine life and having a coffee and snack in the cafe. There was a baby... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ngaio M
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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29 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

An excellent rainy day activity - we spent nearly 3 hours in the whale centre exploring the movies, local marine life and having a coffee and snack in the cafe. There was a baby tern on the counter being hand raised that we could pet and watch being fed which was an added unexpected bonus

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Perth, Australia
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The whale & wildlife centre is well worth a visit. We were there ages, reading lots of amazing info and looking & touching at everything. A lot of time has been spent putting this together. You can get drinks & cakes here too in the cafe. A great place to learn about whales & the wildlife of Rarotonga. Children will... More 

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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed it More 

Hawaii
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79 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

The Whale and Wildlife Centre has quite an assortment of whaling artifacts, specimens, and memorabilia related to whales and the study of whales. You'll never read all of the articles on the walls but it would be impossible not to learn something fascinating from your visit.

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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Yes you can read it all, but you will need to visit for a whole week:) More 

Rotorua
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25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

We went here with no expectations and found it rather informative. We got to see a live coconut crab and stonefish. They also have a bathtub full of sea creatures that you can look at and touch including sea cucumbers crabs and starfish. We paid only $10 each because we had a coupon booklet that gave $2 off. Take your... More 

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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Thanks, and be sure to talk to us about any questions you have More 

Cairns, Australia
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Good value, the enterence fee $12 lets you come back as much as you want. A good collection of well documented artefacts

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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Thank You, see you next time. More 

Orlando, Florida
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102 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

It's a small, roadside exhibit but it's priced right at nzd$12 and there's plenty of interesting whale info from some colossal whale bones to whaling artifacts to a few sea creatures in aquariums. Lots of stuff to touch and interact with. Great educational opportunity for the kids.

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Thank DarrenHumphrey
RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Thanks. Adults can learn alot too. More 

Yeppoon, Australia
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38 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Seen many things in my life but this was certainly something which I happily delete out of my memories. 4 poorly maintained fish tanks and lots of bones from a few whales.

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1 Thank Thomas J
RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

We have 8 Aquariums as well as hundreds of other exhibits and live creatures and interactive displays. I am not convinced you have been into our Wildlife Centre. More 

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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Took the kids here one rainy morning and what a surprise. So interersting lots of facts and hands on exhibitions. Saw a stone fish being fed and had great fun.

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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Thanks for your visit, glad you had a great time! More 

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61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Called into the centre with a friend. We were charged $12 each for entry, and were pretty disappointed with what was there. There is a large collection of bones and marine biology assortments and artefacts, but very little information about what we were looking at. The touch tank was a solitary starfish and two sea cucumbers, hardly anything to get... More 

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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

You obviously dont appreciate the time and passion that goes into a place like this; educating and entertaining both adults and youngsters. Everything here is labeled and explained and staff are more than willing to share as much information as you have time. It takes hours to get through all the information here and most visitors return to get through... More 

Newcastle, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017

There is so much to see and learn here! From the outside it is a deceptively small building, but the exhibits inside are actually quite extensive. My husband and I visited the centre on advice from friends who came to Rarotonga last year and it was fantastic! We spent an entire morning educating ourselves on Cook Islands biodiversity and marine... More 

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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Thanks for your visit and review, hope you return one day. More 

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