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Address: Corner Karetoto Road & Huka Falls Road, Taupo, New Zealand
Phone Number: 07 374-8375
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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Hookachucka
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From the outside it looks great. On the inside - meh... The videos were informative. The geyser was great. The kids liked pushing buttons but really for the price I would have expected more. Te Papa in Wellington does it better and is free.

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Thank Te_Rina_Kereru
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A VERY small attraction - 1 room plus a theatre for videos. For our family entry fee - I feel ripped off. Good info but wont entertain young kids. Did make me reflect on nz quake toll.

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Thank Kiwi M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A really small centre, only look about 30 mins to see it all except for the videos in the theatre. Not too bad but nothing to get excited about. Good activity to fill in some time if the weather is bad. Christchurch earthquake simulator wasn't bad.

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Thank Erin S
Hastings, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Lots to learn and discover. A must see for anyone who loves nature and natural happenings. Interesting videos playing and fun riding the earthquake shake house.

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Thank kath909
Newport Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

I went here on my honeymoon but now, the movies have improved in quality and more has been added. There are lots of interactive exhibits.

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Thank Lalaric
Kiel, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

This interactive museum gives lots of information on geology and vulcanic processes. If you do not know much about it, go for it! They have many movies and a cabin which simulates an earthquake. But still 12$ is a bit much for the small room where everything is placed in.

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Thank Nora W
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

We were really excited to come in here but didn't feel it was the best value for money. there was only one room and other than the earthquake room nothing outstanding for our daughter. they didn't have water while we were there so the geyser wasn't working and the lady at the front desk mentioned the toilets so weren't keen... More 

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Thank Kelly S
South Lake
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

This was a great place to stop in with the kids, who really enjoyed playing with the interactive educational displays, watching the geyser erupt and loved the various videos & cinema. I learned a great deal myself and wish i could go back (without the kids!) so i could take my time through the whole centre to read the additional... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

Our 7 year old begged us to stop and go in, but it was a little disappointing on the inside. It was informative but could do with a little update.

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