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Volcanic Activity Centre

Corner Karetoto Road & Huka Falls Road | P.O. Box 1689, Taupo, New Zealand
07 374-8375
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Ranked #21 of 27 Attractions in Taupo
Type: Science Museums
Owner description: Experience the power of the planet.The Volcanic Activity Centre brings to life the explosive past and present volcanic and geothermal features of the... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Gleniffer
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

This specialist museum has everything you could want to know about volcanoes in NZ. The interactive exhibits were very good and the continuous movie show was a great place to rest your feet and feed your brain. Their only problem is that the venue is about a quarter the size of what they need. This forces all the exhibits into... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Great range of hands on activities for the kids - especially the earthquake simulator. The videos about volcanic activity and earthquakes were very informative and even kept our kids interested (10&5). Great plan to gain a better insight into the natural wonders in the Taupo/Rotorua area.

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North Richmond, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Arriving in Taupo, we found out about this Centre and our 10yr old daughter doing "Natural Disaster's" in year 5 wanted to visit it. As a family of 4, we decided to go and check it out, aren't we glad we did. This place is full of information and both our 7yr and 10yr kids had fun in the earthquake... More

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Essex
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We passed this place on the road and decided to go back a little later. We were glad we did as we found it all very interesting. We learnt all about thermal activity and the line of volcanoes down New Zealand. We enjoyed the earthquake simulator and making the displays move. You need a good hour here.

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Manawatu-Wanganui Region, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

My partner and i actually loved how bad this was. One of the best features was when you push a button and a whole lot of tiny lights go on. For an idea of how fun this is turn your bedroom light of and on 13 times, congratulations you have experienced an equally thrilling time as the volcanic activity centre

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Edinburgh uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is the place to go to have a good introduction to the NZ Volcanic experiences It is well appointed and simple to the non geological visitor

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Lots of reading and information. My kids though young, enjoyed the earthquake simulator and the displays. Good to visit on a wet day!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Lots of interesting information about the local mountains and area. My son enjoyed the activities & we all got quite a shock in the earthquake simulator.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

I think the idea is great and I learnt some many interesting facts about the area and volcanoes. Watching a real time seismograph is a really unique experience. The cinema was great, but the movie about Chrch was shocking. The lady at the counter was nice and stayed open longer as there were still visitors wondering around. It`s really not... More

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East Sussex
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

This was a side trip on a very wet day, and was well worth the visit. Our children found it fascinating and informative (aged 6 & 7) and the adults almost all came out in tears after watching the documentaries on the various earthquake and volcano disasters. The displays are a very interesting read, and the there are some basic... More

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