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“Great place for a breather out of the sun..”

Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre
Ranked #18 of 68 things to do in Rarotonga
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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!
Foxton, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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“Great place for a breather out of the sun..”
Reviewed 24 May 2014

Enjoyed looking through all the exhibits and also having a bite before we were on our way again. Got to play with the little hermit crabs too.

Visited January 2014
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Thank Natasha K
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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review, 23 July 2014
Thanks Natatsha.
Wait till you return, you can play with starfish, brittle stars and sea cucumbers now too. We only keep our live creatures for a few weeks before releasing them into the wild, but we always have a good variety of wildlife. Our new Eel is such super and loves to be patted like a cat! can you believe:)
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“Interesting.....”
Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

What a wonderful place to visit. Very educational and lots to look at. There is so many things that are facinating. Take the time to vist its very worth it!!!

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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review, 23 July 2014
Thanks Roni, glad you enjoyed your visit. We are humbled by everyone's comments. Our visitors book is also full of amazing comments to keep inspiring us to keep up the work and continually add to our collection to share with everyone.
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Educational”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

Plenty of exhibits to see and touch, nice cold drinks available and staff are always happy to answer any questions that we had. Good way to see and hold things that you only read about.

Visited April 2014
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Thank George G
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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review, 23 July 2014
Glad you enjoyed the 'hands-on displays'. We have new exhibits since your last visit including a Touch pool which houses some interesting creatures.
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Lethbridge, Canada
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“Interesting”
Reviewed 8 April 2014

We wanted to support the Whale centre. We enjoyed the visit, but the exhibitions were limited. I expected a few more live displays and some more hands on stuff. But it was still worth it.

Visited March 2014
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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review, 23 July 2014
We have over 2000 Exhibits , anything on shelves and walls are for you to touch including whaling tools, Whale Bones, Shark Jaws, Sharks, Turtle Shells, Turtle Skulls, Shipwreck memorabilia, Diving History Items etc etc and Live Creatures include a huge array of Tropical Fish, Huge Coconut Crabs, Eels, Stonefish, Lionfish, Hermit Crabs, Oysters, Huntsman Spiders, Centipedes. There is also a neat Touch Pool with all sorts of interesting creatures including Starfish, Sea cucumbers...You will need at least an hour but most people spend hours there and return again while they are on holiday-just have a look at all our Reviews and see how much people love it
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“Don't let its size fool you”
Reviewed 5 April 2014 via mobile

My surprising highlight was being permitted re-entry after initial entry fee was paid... and allowing adults to take drinks inside (they make a great soy latte). And now they have upgraded to annual entry for the same cost. Wow.

I'm a visual person, so I really enjoyed the live tanks and the movie theatre... that was the first visit... on subsequent visits I've read more and started watching video clips at the various stations. 8 Months later I still haven't seen it all. I've taken countless friends and always manage to squeeze a coffee in! They also make very reasonably priced lunches.

This is a must do... in great weather as a wonderful respite from the heat and in the rain as a neat way to while away your time. You can make the visit exactly what you want... a coffee, light lunch, entertaining, enlightening or deeply educational. Truly something for everyone, with regular change of live displays (still my favourite)!

A small location that packs a big punch. Keen to know if anyone has yet managed to see and read everything?!

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Thank Miriam H
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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre, responded to this review, 23 July 2014
Thanks Miriam. The One year Entry card has proven very successful and we are now getting repeat visitors on their subsequent holidays. The NZ School holidays brought many families here day after day as parents were so happy to have a place for their children to explore as well as toys to play with and 'kiddies lunches'. All that means happy parents who can sit back and enjoy their coffee:)
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