The centre was established in 2000 as a memorial to millions of whales who were slaughtered through commercial exploitation. It's a short walk from town (Avarua) and has recently been completely refurbished and renamed the whale and wildlife centre. Exhibits have been expanded to cover all the wildlife of the Islands and there's a theatre screening documentaries. It's open every day except Sunday.
Photo credits: Three whale pictures above, whaleresearch.org, above left, Nan Hauser, above right, Cook Islands News