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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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An educational experience near Lake Taupo

If you want to know more about volcanic activity in New Zealand this is the place for you. Slightly pricey, and not immediately obvious to find, however it was informative, and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 February 2017
meljcook1
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Really enjoyed our time here--we learned a ton! Very informative without being overwhelming. Perfect size.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not impressed with the look of the place from the outside. Not impressed that on many different websites there was no mention of a entrance fee. Did not go into as $12 per adult seemed a lot.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

A great way to learn about the volcanoes and earthquakes of the region. Hugely informative. A movie theatre shows films on the Mt Ruapehu eruptions and lahars, and the recent Christchurch earthquakes. An earthquake simulator was much enjoyed by the children. Well worth a visit.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

If you want to know more about volcanic activity in New Zealand this is the place for you. Slightly pricey, and not immediately obvious to find, however it was informative, and easy to understand.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

Although rather small the volcanic activity centre is worth a visit. The display is very interactive and you can even go into an earthquake simulator. The movies showing the recent vulcanic eruptions are very informative.

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Thank shiketing
New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

Visited the volcanic activity centre in Taupo in December '16. We found it extremely interesting learning about the active land beneath our feet. There was also an earthquake simulator and a live seismograph & more. Great thing to do on a rainy day.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

First things first, the kids REALLY enjoyed this. Don't let being an adult ruin your visit. It could do with a makeover and some more interactive things, but if you take the time to read everything you'll learn a lot about new Zealands volcanic history. The kids had a go on the earthquake simulator which frightened them - they're Christchurch... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

A great rainy day activity with lots of information to read as well as activities for children to do. There is an earthquake box that about 6 people can sit in and feel the destructive force of the Christchurch earthquake. Also a theatre for watching films about the mountains erupting and the Christchurch earthquakes. Cost $12 per adult and they... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Just a house converted to a museum - entrance fee about $10 per person. Not worth it. Has not been updated in a long time.

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Ballina, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Was interesting to watch the films on recent volcanic and earthquake activities. Could be a bit more up to date with the interactive features to keep younger kids more engaged.

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