Discover Marine and Wildlife Eco Centre

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Discover Marine and Wildlife Eco Centre

Discover Marine and Wildlife Eco Centre
4.5
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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One of Rarotonga's newest must see attractions, featuring amazing live exhibits and interactive displays. Discover jaw-dropping coconut crabs, astonishing stonefish, stunning aquarium fish, inspiring natural history, cinema and so much more in this unique Cook Island Marine and Wildlife Centre. Interactive and informative displays make learning about our natural world and ecology fun!
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1-2 hours
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TheBuntFamily
Auckland, New Zealand115 contributions
This is a really great stop for families on a rainy day (or any day really). It's rather small, but really interesting reading about all the sea creatures, whaling and ship wrecks in the area. Kids loved seeing the coconut crab and touching the star fish and sea cucumbers.

There is a small aquarium portion with a stonefish which was fascinating to see. The sea animals change all the time!

There is a cute cafe there as well, and the ice cream is delicious and really affordable! They have board games as well so was nice to sit on our last day with ice creams and board games and have some downtime. A great little stop!
Written 10 July 2022
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Sue M
Gore, New Zealand33 contributions
Small but great little place to learn about the Cook Islands ecology and a fantastic section on shipwreaks and whaling. Not expensive and well worth a visit.
Written 25 June 2022
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Chris B
Auckland, New Zealand22 contributions
Very interesting displays of historical events of the island , the live exhibits could do will an upgrade especially the coconut crab locked in a small cage
Written 28 May 2022
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Sheridan2808
Auckland, New Zealand128 contributions
The kids got to see a StoneFish and Coconut Crab, so they were stoked. The admission price goes towards conservation. Good for an hour or so with young kids.
Written 29 April 2022
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amandacB4460VQ
Mapua, New Zealand22 contributions
Couples
We needed a rainy day activity and this turned out to be perfect. A very warm welcome - when we were called away unexpectedly to get our second COVID test the ladies at the desk were incredibly helpful and said we could just come back when we were ready, which we did about an hour later. The centre is a museum/aquarium/rescue centre all rolled into one. It has some really interesting exhibits with lots of fascinating information. Everything is really well presented. They have two beautiful coconut crabs and a stone fish which we had fun spotting. They also rescue birds which have suffered a misadventure and nurse them back to health. They were looking after a young bird with a beautiful plumage which they said had been out that morning exercising and was doing well.

They also have a cafe with a selection of ice cream which would be perfect on a hot day. Definitely worth a visit. Thank you!
Written 24 August 2021
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Jacqueline E
6 contributions
Family
We loved this little center and all the care taken to demonstrate the wildlife of Rarotonga and its history. Nice and interactive for kids and I would love to see people head over and support their conservation efforts. Great to meet a coconut crab!
Written 22 August 2021
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Greatdayout2021
3 contributions
Couples
I loved this place. Great museum with so much to see in a small place. So intetesting. Finished tour with lovely crepes and ice cream. Loved the table games as well. Perfect for a rainy day. Thanks also to Stephanie who went out of her way to take me to the bank as it was raining.
Written 16 August 2021
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cosmo254
Wellington, New Zealand3 contributions
Couples
This place deserves support, they're doing good work on a shoestring. And there's coconut crabs and some very attractive fish, as well as a spectacularly ugly one.
Written 31 July 2021
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Jessica
3 contributions
Great for all ages. Things to touch unlike museums! Really interesting and great displays. great value.
Written 12 July 2021
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Elise
Auckland Central, New Zealand110 contributions
Family
Small, but beautifully laid out mini museum. There were turtle shells, a few live sea creatures including coconut crabs, starfish, stonefish. Pictures and history on whaling and shipwrecks. Possibly a little expensive for its size, and would be good to have a bit more food selection at the cafe. Loved the classic board games at the cafe. We did get bit by mosquitoes here, so wise to use repellant.
Written 24 June 2021
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Discover Marine and Wildlife Eco Centre is open:
  • Mon - Fri 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM