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Cook Islands Wildlife Centre

Back Road, Cook Islands
+682 21 666
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Well worth a visit

We came here on our last full day. Spent a good amount of time looking around, it might be a small... read more

Reviewed 7 March 2018
nwoodhead
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Dunedin, New Zealand
Captivating

Lots of history, lots of interesting facts, heaps of artefacts to see, could spend hours looking... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2018
Grant5050
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Taumarunui, New Zealand
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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!
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good34%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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Back Road, Cook Islands
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+682 21 666
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Reviewed 7 March 2018

We came here on our last full day. Spent a good amount of time looking around, it might be a small building but there is so much interesting stuff packed in there. We also got to see the fish being fed which was cool. The...More

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RaroWildlife, Owner at Cook Islands Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2018

Thank You. We will be opening in new premises over the next few months.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Lots of history, lots of interesting facts, heaps of artefacts to see, could spend hours looking around. Staff were friendly and helpful.

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Reviewed 11 November 2017

Enjoyed a recent visit to this lovely little whale and wildlife centre. The entrance fee is $12 for adults. It is open from 10am-4pm from Sunday to Friday. It is educational and provides some very interesting information on whaling and wildlife in the area. Some...More

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Reviewed 27 October 2017

Really enjoyed this small but interesting museum. Great that you can pick things up and have a good look. Found the staff very helpful and enjoyed a good cup of coffee here.

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Reviewed 21 October 2017

A good place to go if you want to see the infamous coconut crab. There is food and great coffee as you enter and staff are very friendly. Very informative with displays that you can touch and pick up, and a hands on rock pool...More

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

We had a great few hours exploring this small but interesting museum. The staff were very friendly and enthusiastic and encouraged us to look and explore. We found the videos really good and enjoyed seeing Rocky! It is good value for money as your entry...More

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Reviewed 8 October 2017

Staff were not really interested in explaining what it was. Interesting but overpriced. Not very big.More

Thank LachMe
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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Hmmm..on the contrary. We spend our day discussing the Centre Exhibits, Whale watchng, environmental issues etc with our customers...unless we are too busy making fabulous coffee. An area of the Centre has Whale Information and Whales but 80% covers the rest of the Wildlife and...More

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Reviewed 21 September 2017

There is a lot to learn and heaps of hands on activities, plenty of things to look at and touch. Very informative

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Reviewed 10 September 2017

The centre is packed with a wealth of information and is a very interesting place to spend some time.

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RaroWildlife, Manager at Cook Islands Wildlife Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it!

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Reviewed 29 August 2017

This was well worth the a visit. Very in-expensive considering the items they have in their displays. Be prepared to stay for quite a while as there is lots to see and learn. The café was also well worth a visit - the best freshly...More

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