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Address: Corner Karetoto Road & Huka Falls Road | P.O. Box 1689, Taupo, New Zealand
Phone Number: 07 374-8375
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Description: Experience the power of the planet.The Volcanic Activity Centre brings to...
Experience the power of the planet.The Volcanic Activity Centre brings to life the explosive past and present volcanic and geothermal features of the Taupo Volcanic Zone, one of the world's most active volcanic and geothermal landscapes.Discover the fascinating volcanic and geothermal secrets of the Taupo Volcanic Zone through hands on interactive displays that make learning both easy and fun for all ages.
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Great for a rainy day

Our first day in Taupo and it rained! What could we do but find an indoor activity to do. For only $12 per adult we spent about 1.5hrs here and learnt lots about earthquakes and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Naracoorte, Australia
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Naracoorte, Australia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
28 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Our first day in Taupo and it rained! What could we do but find an indoor activity to do. For only $12 per adult we spent about 1.5hrs here and learnt lots about earthquakes and volcanoes. Take the time to read the info boards and play with the interactive parts too. We enjoyed it

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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We visited the volcanic activity centre on a misty and murky day which rather added to the atmosphere of the place. A very interesting walk with plenty of info available.

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Ayr, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

At 12 bucks it's slightly over priced and quite dated. That said I learned a bit about lake taupo and white island and enjoyed the videos about past and recent earthquakes in NZ. The earthquake simulation is also a good talking point. However buttons on exhibits to illuminate lights on a map went out with the 80s and this badly... More 

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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106 reviews 106 reviews
9 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

It's a bit dated and some things don't work anymore, but there's a lot of information about volcanic areas. I enjoyed the lake Taupo more after knowing what's really is.

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Perth, Australia
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69 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

As previous reviewers have commented, this is very much an educational activity with lots of reading of complex terminology so probably less for kids and more for adults. Saying that, our children (7 & 9 yr old girls) still found the place enjoyable. Videos were good.

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Potsdam, New York, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
24 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I am a science geek, so was looking forward to a whole museum on volcanos as I travelled through volcanically active areas of New Zealand. But this museum was neither well planned nor well implemented. Typeface on displays was too small to read and had too much empty space. While the topic is inherently 'dense', they could have had more... More 

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auckland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I never pass by without visiting. Learn about the Taupo Volcanic zone and the earth beneath our feet. An excellent collection of books for all ages and knowledge levels.

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Stoke on Trent
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

You can be sure of a good shaking, if you so choose, that simulates the effects of the Christchurch earthquakes that devastated that city as recent as 2011. That comes towards the end of the immensely informative centre that explains in some detail nature's continually moving ground beneath our feet; New Zealand has over 40,000 earthquakes a year but nearly... More 

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Carmarthen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Myself and a friend (a native of Taupo) visited the centre together. One really ought to if you are staying in this area!! The landscape is riddled with volcanoes so an educational visit to find out exactly what is going on beneath your feet is advised and well worth it! It is very educational and thoroughly interesting, whether adult or... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Although the place was a bit tired and some of the demonstrations were not in working order, the information of the volcanic activity and history of New Zealand was good and interesting to a non Kiwi

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