"Explore comprehensive exhibits including live creatures and hands-on displays"
Situated on the Back Road at Atupa, 900m from the Main Road at Avatiu Harbour near Avarua, the Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre is open from 10am to 4pm Sunday to Friday, and most public holidays.
A live creature room exhibits tropical fish, eels, crayfish, stonefish, coconut crabs and insects. Other exhibits include whale biologist Professor Nan Hauser's research, whale bones, whaling artefacts and whaling history. There is also a large screen ‘cinema’. Also featured are Cook Islands shipwrecks, geology and geography, and a history of diving in the Cook Islands.
The Whale and Wildlife Centre souvenir shop offers jewellery and carvings, t-shirts and hats, toys and activities, whale photos and cards, posters, underwater slates and cameras, and more.
There is also an outside covered café serving coffee, tea and soft drinks, with snacks including ‘whale ginger biscuits’, muffins, quiche & salad, grilled sandwiches and fresh sandwiches.
The Whale and Wildlife Centre encourages visitors to interact with our exhibits.
Cost of entry to the Whale and Wildlife Centre is $12 for adults and $6 for children (2-12 years)