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Volcanic Activity Centre

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Address: Corner Karetoto Road & Huka Falls Road, Taupo, New Zealand
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+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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Fun place for kids to solve puzzles

This is a fun family oriented place where you can solve puzzles and buy them! It's very user friendly, free to enter, and a fun place to take kids big and small for a bit of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 December 2015
Susan C
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2016

Can walk around it in 20mins and that's taking your time. Some of the items did not work. Sorry to say not worth it, my 10year old son who loves volcanos was even a bit bored. Could have potential

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Thank Sharronr5b
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2015

This is a fun family oriented place where you can solve puzzles and buy them! It's very user friendly, free to enter, and a fun place to take kids big and small for a bit of entertainment when the weather goes bad temporarily. You may end up buying one of those puzzles, like I did!

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Thank Susan C
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2015

Bit dated and half the stuff didn't work. The information is nicely laid out but we struggled to make it last 20 minutes. If it was free with a donation then maybe worth a visit but it isn't and we didn't think it justified the cost of around £15 for a family of 4 (I know that doesn't sound bad... More 

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Thank Cassius801
porirua
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

Very good place to learn about volcanism.and how there inner geophysical nature works also it has a lot on earthquakes and fault lines that run through this country and it has got a very good gift store.

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Brisbane QLD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2015

Small but interesting, informative display. Kids enjoyed the quake shake experience. Good for rainy days as all inside.

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2015 via mobile

It was $10 in for students which is reasonable. There was a few activity related things to do but some of them seem a little tired and perhaps could do with replacing. The earthquake stimulator was fascinating, I've never experienced an earthquake so the ferocity surprised me! We learnt a lot for sure but a few more activities could do... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2015

There were interesting and informative posters/diagrams/models, a great 3D diarama of the area on which you could light up certain items with buttons - like a particular volcano or caldera, we also rally enjoyed the created tornado and another "science demo" showing how a geyser erupts using a big test tube. Interactive models showed how the tectonic plates intersect and... More 

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Thank Lissel A
Upper Hutt, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2015 via mobile

The volcanic center was a great place to visit. It was full of great information and was very affordable. Value for money.

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Gravesend
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2015

Just the place to learn about geo-thermal activity. It's not too big so one isn't overwhelmed but I came away feeling that I had learned something.

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1 Thank Ann W
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2015

Brilliant. Very old school but really informative. If you're interested in geology or just how the landscape is formed, it's a must see. The Christchurch earthquake simulator was frightening.

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