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Address: Corner Karetoto Road & Huka Falls Road, 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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We stopped to get an understanding of the geothermal activity in the area. We found all we could want and more. Lots of useful information about how the planet works. The... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We stopped to get an understanding of the geothermal activity in the area. We found all we could want and more. Lots of useful information about how the planet works. The displays need to be brought into the modern era - far too much text based information. As an adult, I found myself that struggling to remain engaged. Some wonderful... More 

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Tasmania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We enjoyed the earthquake simulator, but the actual centre could do with a face lift. LOTS of written information if you're interested in reading about lots of history, but probably a bit on the boring side for a family with small children.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This is an interesting interactive centre around the volcanic region but expensive for what it is. If you are going to National Park or Te Papa in Wellington or The Museum in Auckland then do those instead. Much cheaper (often free).

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Thought this would be far more interactive. Needs updating. The cinema was freezing. Unfortunately would not be interesting enough for children. The gentleman whom we paid was very friendly.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

There isn't much to do in Taupo on a rainy day, so I decided to give this place a try, given all the volcanic activity in the area. The museum is very small--essentially one room--and, even having read most of the material, I only spent perhaps a half hour here. Most of the exhibits are simply posters, which do give... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We visited here in March 2015. We were excited to visit as the last time we had been here they had been shut due to a power cut. We were very disappointed. Many of the exhibits were broken, and those that were working were very outdated. Quite a number of the lights weren't working making it difficult to read the... More 

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Naracoorte, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

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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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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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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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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