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The Caterpillar Experience

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Address: 171 Fairy Springs Road, Rotorua 3015, New Zealand
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+64 7-347 3206

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A Great Museum if you like Caterpillar

This place has an amazing collection of very old equipment, some of which has been restored and other which are exactly as they wer found with dirt still on the tracks. There's a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 February 2012
Clinton Township, Michigan
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Clinton Township, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2012

This place has an amazing collection of very old equipment, some of which has been restored and other which are exactly as they wer found with dirt still on the tracks. There's a lot of history, stories, photos, videos and other artifacts here as well. The only thing I could fault them on was price, which was 20NZD per adult.

3 Thank Theoden9
Moerewa, NZ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2012

For something different the world’s first display of historical Caterpillar earthmoving equipment. Not to everyone’s taste, but great to see old Caterpillar equipment. I was here for the first time 11 Jan 2012, and I will be going back. Along with the old equipment there is also archival footage which plays continuously in 4 separate areas that you can sit... More 

Thank Dan B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2012

My husband loved it as he is in the machine industry. The kids loved it as they could play on some of the machines.

1 Thank chonnni
Te Awamutu, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2011

brilliant information about how it was done way back when. Videos are excellent. well set out layout. easy to get around. Plenty of seating for elderly or disabled.. staff are wonderful. a great day out.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2010

Just outside of Rotorua is the Caterpillar Experience - it right over the road from the Gondola. If you still can't find it look for the BIG yellow Bulldozer in the front paddock. This is not just a boys & their toys experience it is also a look at the history of New Zealand with a focus on the logging... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2010

Can quite honestly say this was by far the worst place we visited on our 2 month trip round NZ. Very unfriendly towards children, and adults too for that matter. Woman who ran it was rude, unhelpful and downright hostile. Totally overpriced. Save yourself the pain and pick any one of the other brilliant attractions in Rotorua.

1 Thank Honesty11023
Wauchope, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2010

This is a museum of Old road working equipment. I especially loved the way they had set this up as its not just a loat of old machunery, they have set it up to look like its out there doing its work. There are Video displays as well as old Cattarpiller Trucks to view and the men and boys will... More 

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