Huka Prawn Park

Huka Prawn Park, Taupo: Hours, Address, Huka Prawn Park Reviews: 4/5

Huka Prawn Park
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Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
About
New Zealand’s only prawn park offers a fun filled day of entertainment for the family. Pack a picnic and towel and spend the day creating exciting memories to last forever. From the minute, you arrive at our entrance you will be amazed at such a place existing in the world. Start by joining our behind the scenes guided tour through the nursery and hatchery, hear about our 30-year history, meet our prawns up close and personal and while you’re there you have to feel the strange sensation of hand feeding the baby prawns. Race up and down our massive new boating lake on stand-up paddleboards, water trikes, and pedal boats. Watch the excitement on your child’s face as you head down our adventure trail trying out all the interactive activities. Feed the trout, battle the family on our water cannons, only the brave tackle the water gauntlets, ending at the kids playground and geothermal footbaths. * Prawn fishing currently unavailable - please see website for full details
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Leifur S
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May 2022 • Couples
We had a late lunch at Huka Prawn Park restaurant. We ordered 1kg of prawns, 2 large garlic pita breads, a salat to share and drinks.
The food came quickly.
The prawns are cooked and served as a whole prawn, so once you have taken the head, the "arms/claws" and the shell then there is not much left. So after spending over 150 nzd on this lunch meal we are still hungry and wondering where to go now to finish our lunch.

This place is beautiful and could deliver much more, but it doesn't.
The staff was fine and all fine, but it is simply not worth the experience.
Written 22 May 2022
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Carolg67
Auckland Central, New Zealand68 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
We tried to visit, but the park was closed. I understand the staff may need a break, but would have been good to post that earlier, so we could plan alternatives
Written 13 March 2022
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Apologies that our closure effected your plans. We have done our best to navigate the current covid situation to avoid letting customers down to the best of our ability
Written 21 April 2022
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lesley i
Auckland, New Zealand8 contributions
Feb 2022
was very disappointed to hear that you cannot fish for prawns anymore more disappointed that there isn't a sign anywhere stating that its only a restaurant now
Written 1 March 2022
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Hi, Thank you for your message. Yes we have had to close prawn fishing however have been very clear on our website, screen in the foyer and mention it to every guest on arrival. Sorry to hear you had not been aware of this before arrival. We are working through the process to get this activity back on the list of a range of activities we still have in the fun park. Thanks
Written 6 March 2022
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Poppy
Hamilton, New Zealand12 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
We went for lunch at the hula prawn park. The food was amazing and kept me wanting more but the prawns were expensive (I do understand why though) and they charged around 1.2% on credit card tax. I personally don’t think a company earning as much as them need to charge that.
Written 18 January 2022
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shes_jazsi
Auckland, New Zealand4 contributions
Dec 2021
Great choice of entertainment for families and children. I recommend the prawn park tour before you explore. Kids were well entertained with the water activities and we got loads of amazing photos. There was no prawn fishing but we were aware of this before we visited. Did not visit the restaurant as we had another activity booked.
Written 6 January 2022
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Thanks for the review, glad you enjoyed the experiences and captured lots of great memories
Written 8 January 2022
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763stephm
New Plymouth, New Zealand103 contributions
We went early and found it confusing as things to do were not out felt like there was more things you can't do than what you can. We wanted to go on the duck boat and the staff member just kind of looked at us and didn't engage. We just got our own life jackets in the end as assumed this was what we needed. The staff member never spoke to us. We went on the tour which was OK but difficult when they put you in a small room. And the tour guide talks and talks about prawns and every kid was having a tantrum it was so long and you couldnt even hear her. You don't get to feed them much and didn't last long so was dissapointing. There was alot of empty ponds. Never knew what to do in each one and thought we could do paddle boarding wouldn't know as wasn't any out and no one spoke to us about what we can do.
Written 4 January 2022
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Hi, very sorry to hear you didn't have the best experience and they staff weren't helpful for you. You should have received a map at the beginning that can guide you through all the activities with in the park and unfortunate that the tour group made the experience less enjoyable. Apologies for the disappointing experience
Written 8 January 2022
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Juanita N
Paraparaumu, New Zealand38 contributions
Aug 2021
We just did the tour, not the whole experience. We had a really informative tour, even feeding the prawns - they bite ha. Was interesting seeing all the different sizes and how very tiny they are to begin in. I didn't think I'd enjoy it as I'm not a fan of prawns to eat but it was pretty good. The children in the group certainly seemed to love it.
Written 25 August 2021
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Hi, glad you enjoyed the tour, it is really neat to hear and see them throughout their breeding cycle. Feeding them is something pretty unique. Thanks for coming
Written 16 October 2021
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jamie w
32034064 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Paid the high entry fee for wife and i... there was not a prawn to be seen (unless you ate them from the restaurant)... bought fish food... aparently there are only 7 fish in a pond of prob several hundred square feet, AND they have signs saying the fish are new and "
Shy", but dont mind selling u fish food without telling u this... we toured every pond, didnt see a prawn.... prob good for kids in warmer months but we felt pretty ripped off....
Written 18 July 2021
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Our apologies that your experience was not satisfactory. With Prawn Fishing currently unavailable our behind the scenes tour included in the pass is the best way to see and often feed baby prawns and see some of the big guys we current have in the hatchery. Our trout normally hind out by the feeding platform and pop out to be feed however must have been extra shy that day, sorry you missed them.
Written 10 August 2021
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Ilovetheatre
Birmingham, UK287 contributions
Aug 2020
We arrived rather late in the day and unfortunately just missed the last tour, this was Dec 2019. Nevertheless, we went in and enjoyed a delicious prawn dish beside the river in a lovely setting.
I'm sure this is more for kids but we were touring NZ and it was a great fun place to stop for lunch.
Written 8 July 2021
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Thanks for the review. A shame you missed the tour, it is neat to see the behind the scenes. Hopefully there is a next time for you.
Written 10 August 2021
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rei88
Auckland, New Zealand76 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
A bit dissapointed as there is NO more prawns to see or fish ! It’s a prawn park but there is no no prawn to see at all .... except if you do the little tour which was a bit dissapointed. The whole point of this park is the prawn but there is none.... food is average and overpriced. You will just be waking around the park with some water plays and do the standing paddle or others water activities.
Written 17 April 2021
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Huka Prawn Park is open:
  • Sat - Sun 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM