Volcanic Activity Centre, Taupo

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#5 of 6 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. Plan to see Volcanic Activity Centre and other attractions that appeal to you using our Taupo itinerary planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    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 »
  • July 27, 2017
    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 »
  • July 17, 2017
    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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