Volcanic Activity Centre, Taupo

2.6
#5 of 9 in Childrens Museums in North Island
Learn about Taupo's giant geological phenomena at Volcanic Activity Centre, a fun and hands-on educational experience. Located in one of the world's most active geothermal and volcanic areas, the center is perfectly placed to introduce the whole family to the science of seismic activity and show how volcanoes have shaped the local environment. Interactive displays, microscopes, seismometers, and even an earthquake simulator take visitors through the secrets of volcanic activity and the work of scientists who study it. Arrange to visit Volcanic Activity Centre and other attractions in Taupo using our Taupo trip planner .
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  • Little old and out dated. Would have been nice is staff/people were walking around to explain and ask questions. Only one non friendly lady at the front desk which is only to take money.  more »
  • explains all about New Zealand's volcanic activity. Not a very big place but quite informative . Go in the carriage to experience what the Christchurch earthquake felt like  more »
  • Not really suitable for children. Expected something more interactive and "exciting " for 2 small boys who LOVE volcanoes. The displays do contain a lot of information, but the presentation is dated. ...  more »
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  • Quite informative ,but more elaborate working models can make it more interesting.
  • Great experience here bring overseas friends to. And if you're a local and bring others you come in free.
  • All information well presented for kids and adults.. My children loves gayser and earthquake box..it was a good experience for them.. you can learn a lot..
  • Good information being displayed. Lots of hands on stuff for the kids to play with. Feel it was a bit over priced, maybe if our kids where older would have stayed longer.
  • We are new to NZ and this place helped us to understand a lot of things in regards to NZ's land nature and historic disasters connected to earthquakes. Staff are super friendly and we enjoyed a lot.

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