Taupo Volcanic Activity Centre

Taupo’s Volcanic Activity Centre is an interactive educational centre where visitors can learn about the earth’s volcanic forces and the Taupo Volcanic Zone located in Wairakei Tourist Park.

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Taupo’s Volcanic Activity Centre

The Taupo Volcanic Zone is an area 350 km long by 50 km wide from Tongariro National Park through to Rotorua and out to the Whakatane submarine volcano just past White Island.

Taupo’s Volcanic Activity Centre is located at 114 Karetoto Road (at the T intersection). It is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and weekends 10am to 4pm. The centre is closed Christmas Day, Good Friday and ANZAC Day morning. Children (5-15) are $7, adults $12 and seniors and students are $10.

There is parking outside the centre. Alternatively the Taupo Connector bus departs from Taupo I-SITE and Visitor Information Centre and arrives at the Volcanic Activity Centre.

Taupo Volcanic Activity Centre

Taupo Volcanic Activity Centre

When I visited few of the buttons on the interactive displays did not work, so some of the displays are in need to some maintenance but other than that it has interesting well presented informative displays.

There are models that show a live geyser and tornado. Visitors can control the tornado to make their own twister.

Visitors can also an earthquake equivalent to 6.3 quake on the Richter scale in the earthquake simulator. 6.3 was what Christchurch earthquake at 12:51pm on February 22nd, 2011 was on the Richter scale.

Earthquake stimulator

Earthquake stimulator

There is a also cinema, which is regularly running short films, such as footage from the Christchurch earthquake and Mt Ruapehu erupting.

There is also a gift shop, which sells a variety of books, DVDs, puzzles and posters. They also sell gems and rocks.

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