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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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Pay once come all year

Pay once and go as many times as you want all year, and the adults can even get coffee! Such a sweet place and so deeply dedicated to conservation. We all had a great time and it... read more

Reviewed 1 January 2017
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United States
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189 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017

Pay once and go as many times as you want all year, and the adults can even get coffee! Such a sweet place and so deeply dedicated to conservation. We all had a great time and it is something nice to support and a perfect rainy day activity. No big fish in small cages, just the right balance.

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

Thank you so much for sharing our passion! More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

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

Thank You! Rocky2 the Stonefish loves to show off his talents! More 

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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016

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

Glad you enjoyed our Interactive Displays and Video selection on the Big Screen. More 

Ngaruawahia, New Zealand
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

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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2 Thank Susan C
RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

It was so nice talking to you! Love to be able to help out with all your queries. More 

Fareham, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016 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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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

So glad you loved it More 

Te Puke, New Zealand
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

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

We have new crabs! More 

Thames, New Zealand
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 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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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

and plenty of displays renewed:) More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 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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Thank Goddess07
RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Nice you saw the whales then took the time to come in and learn more about them, thanks for your support. More 

kaeo
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review
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Awesome, cheers! More 

Wellington
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127 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
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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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review

Thanks. Its not the size that counts.. More 

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