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Volcanic Activity Centre

Address: Corner Karetoto Road & Huka Falls Road | P.O. Box 1689, Taupo, New Zealand
Phone Number: 07 374-8375
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Ranked #20 of 25 Attractions in Taupo
Type: Science Museums, Museums
Owner description: Experience the power of the planet.The Volcanic Activity Centre brings to life the explosive past...
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Type: Science Museums, 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 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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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Worth a visit if you have a rainy week but its a bit jaded. Some of the buttons don't work and it could do with a revamp. Lots of interesting information though if you have the inclination to read it, and a couple of videos of volcanic eruptions which were informative. Also an earthquake simulator.

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We did this on the way to Huka jet ride, found it to be very informative. The cinema part a must. I just think it's a little over priced for what you see.

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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This is adjacent to the government geologic monitoring offices, and is well worth an hour or so visit if you are visiting the Taupo area in part to understand the volcanology of the region. There is also an interesting exhibit and movie regarding the Christchurch earthquakes. The attendant gave an interesting talk around the large topographic model while we were... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

It is a place to drop by when visiting Huka Falls. Very informative to know more about volcano and try the volcano stimulation of 6.9 magnitude.

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Melbourne, Australia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

If you are a typical looking for the biggest thrills and fast paced action, give this a miss. But if you care to learn something about the place your visiting, stop by for a couple of hours and relax. A lot of static displays but for a small price it was ice to develop a great understanding of the geography... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This was by far the worst experience I've had in any attraction/activity centre. I don't think it has been updated for at least the last twenty years and its woefully inadequate. If it was free - I'd still feel that it wasn't worth the bother. My 8 year old brother was more excited by the rocks and quartz in the... More 

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Bellingen, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

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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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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