- Address: Karetoto Rd (off Huka Falls Rd), Wairakei, Taupo 3377, New Zealand
- Hours: Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm; Sat-Sun and public holidays: 10am - 4pm.
- Admission: Adult: $10; Child: $6; Senior: $8; Child (0-4): Free.
While there’s enough information to satisfy geology buffs, it’s the interactive elements that really captivate visitors, particularly younger guests. Pile the family into an earthquake simulator that reaches 6.3 on the Richter Scale; set off a simulated tornado and follow its destruction path; puzzle over a giant jigsaw of Plate Tectonics; or learn how a real-life geyser works with an exploding model. Those interested in finding out more, can watch videos of the 1995 Ruapehu eruption and read the detailed exhibition text, chronicling Taupo’s journey from prehistoric lava field to modern day town. Before you leave, don’t forget to check out the live seismograph that keeps tabs on recent activity – after all, you never know when the next force of nature will strike.