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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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Interesting and educational

The Whale and Wildlife Centre was really interesting with lots of things to look and to touch. We enjoyed it when the fish were fed, especially the stone fish.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
KiwiBruce2015
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Whale and Wildlife Centre was really interesting with lots of things to look and to touch. We enjoyed it when the fish were fed, especially the stone fish.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While the center is somewhat small it is packed with examples of sea life. It is a hands-on exhibit so good for all ages. I loved the video that was playing. It named the various fish as they appeared swimming within camera range.

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Ngaruawahia, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We learned so much from the lady running the place we didn't actually go into the exhibition. Learned more in half an hour in there than the rest of the week in Rarotonga!

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A Whale and wildlife centre a mile from the sea may seem a strange concept but this is a worthy venture. More information about whales in a small building than you could ever need. A small movie room showing research videos. Fish tanks. A Stonefish waiting to be fed. And the best priced and tasting coffee, cakes and sandwiches in... More 

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Te Puke, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Loved stopping here, great for kids and adults alike. One entry ticket remains valid for your full stay in Raro. Favourite was the live crabs.

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Thames, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Loads of information about the local area and wildlife. It is looking a feeling a bit tired but the people are very friendly and there are plenty of hands on things in the centre.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We were impressed with the whale displays and information as we had spotted several whales frolicing close to the island, so we could learn about them. Also great for kids as they had feeding of different small species in tanks.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

I'm glad we stopped in this unique little museum. Kids really enjoyed seeing & touching everything in the Centre ...which was encouraged. The ticket can be also be used again during your stay in Rarotonga. Had a nice coffee & smoothie outside, then picked up some nice fruit and veg just next door. Definitely more than I expected. Thank you!

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Wellington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

We were in Rarotonga for a week and as active relaxers we needed to do lots to fill our time, the whale and wildlife centre was one of those. Very educational and touching the turtle shells, shark jaws and many other things is encouraged. Lots of little DVDs and journals you can read and they have crabs and stonefish to... More 

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Waikato Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Did this on our last day and am pleased I didn't overlook it, the exhibits were interesting and varied, the place isn't big but they have made the most of what they have, would recommend it to others.

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