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“Very interesting” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Volcanic Activity Centre

Volcanic Activity Centre
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$764.58*
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6-Day North Island Adventure Tour - Auckland to Wellington Return
Ranked #25 of 67 things to do in Taupo
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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.
Sheffield, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Very interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2012

A wealth of information about both the New Zealand volcanoes and the science of volcanoes generally, with lots of interactive displays. Very good videos are shown in a small theatre - the one of Ruapehu erupting was particularly interesting.

Visited October 2012
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“will shake you up...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

one of those classic NZ tourist attractions which needs a little "refresh" but is still great. A bit wordy in places, but you can still enjoy without reading everything. Kids will enjoy the earthquake simulator and the videos of Ruapehu erupting!!

Visited January 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Old and boring”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

We heard a lot from local tourism and brochures about this place and were given the impression it would be like a mini science works sort of thing. I visited with my dad, who loves science, and we both found this place to be disappointing. The interactive aspects were minimal, the room was small, the displays all looked outdated and it seemed like a small room with a bunch of posters/information that was put up a while ago. Entry was cheap but I wouldn't bother unless you REALLY like volcanoes and don't have Internet access to find out the information about them by yourself.

Visited September 2012
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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Sad they have put an entry fee on.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012 via mobile

This used to be a place we took all friends too as it explains the formation of our lands features and it's volcanic nature. But they now charge for something that was once free and I won't be going back. It is not worth the high price and offers nothing new so disappointed.

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“Better things to do in Taupo.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

Was a little disappointed here. Very small display for the price. Informative but nothing we probably didn't already know.

Visited October 2012
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