The Volcanic Activity Centre is an interactive science museum, educational facility and visitor attraction specialising in the subject of volcanic, geothermal and earthquake activity within the Taupo Volcanic Zone.
Originally set up in 1997 in partnership with GNS Science the Volcanic Activity Centre provides visitors to the region an informational tourist attraction for those who have an interest in volcanoes and the amazing geography of the Taupo Volcanic Zone.
Popular as an educational facility the Volcanic Activity Centre is extensively used by schools and special interest education groups as a “learning outside the classroom” fieldtrip experience and a visit is recommended as part of the NCEA curriculum New Zealand geography subject. The Volcanic Activity Centre provides a comprehensive tailored classroom experience to students of all levels.
Many of New Zealand historic volcanic activities both past and recent are explained and featured in the Volcanic Activity Centre such as the volcanic eruptions of Mt Ruapehu in 1995/1996, Lahar of 2007 and the devastating Christchurch earthquakes of 2010/2011.
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