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Address: Corner Karetoto Road & Huka Falls Road, Taupo, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-374 8375
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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 were really excited to visit this attraction and we weren't disappointed! It was really informative and interactive. It is a definite must if you're in the area!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Lisa T
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Greater Newcastle, Australia
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Greater Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were really excited to visit this attraction and we weren't disappointed! It was really informative and interactive. It is a definite must if you're in the area!

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Grafton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small centre filled with a lot of really good information. My husband and I pulled into the centre and thought that we may not be there long. Well we spent over an hour and it was November 13. The following morning, November 14 we experienced the strongest earthquake to ever hit New Zeland, 500 km from the... More 

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Thank 7didi7
Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good up to date information on how volcanoes work. The kids loved it and loved comparing the weight of the different rocks.

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Thank Jolinda L
London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good place - c$12 each. Scientific explanations, attached to a scientific facility. great explanations of the local landscape. earthquake simulator (free). Good place.

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Thank HTFU
Taupo, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of the indoor activities in Taupo that gets you away from the weather extremes. (Lava Glass, White Water World, Taupo Museum, Crafty TROUT Brewery Tours, and Starlight Cinema). This place is even interesting for even the Non-closet-volcanologists out there. Videos and try the Earthquake room. A must do in Taupo, especially when Taupo is the Biggest SUPER... More 

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Thank Polariceskiwi
Whitianga, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016

This place is small but its well worth a visit, with hands on exhibits and a huge amount of NZ history, plus it has its on earthquake simulator. we loved it and kept my son amused for along time.

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Thank kiwigal78
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

Interesting & informative wall displays on previous earthquakes & volcanic eruptions in New Zealand from the past. Liked the model of New Zealand and the push buttons with LED lights so you can immediately locate where an island offshore is and where the volcanoes are situated. My Son (a Geologist in the making) loved the different rocks and wanted to... More 

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Thank BarrellRider
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

A really good pitstop for the family with plenty of educational value. Focus is on the central plateau, but recent additions include the Canterbury earthquakes, with an earthquake simulator as well. Lots of information in this centre, and super movies on cyclic showing too.

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Thank Carolg67
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

A one stop centre to be educated on volcanic activities, past events to include earthquakes and seismic faults going through around Taupo and surrounds. There is so mch expertise and dedication on the study and monitoring of volcanic activities and earthquakes. This is a privately funded ctr that benefits all, thus well worth supporting.

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Thank Philip P
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016

Found the centre very interesting and informative. The earthquake simulator is very loud and becomes very annoying as it makes it impossible to hear some of the interactive displays.

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