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The Waterworks

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471 The 309 Road | Coromandel Town, Coromandel 3581, New Zealand
+64 7-866 7191
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Hands on Fun

This is a place full of fun facts and imaginative water sculptures made from old things, all sorts... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
shazzzalongley
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Auckland
Worth the trip!

Notwithstanding one of the most difficult roads from Whitianga to the location, the end result was... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
DADD23
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Release the child within and experience New Zealand's quirkiest theme park. Voted by AA Tourism as a must-do Kiwi experience The Waterworks is a theme park with a difference. Set in 5 acres of native Coromandel Bush and just 10 minutes from Coromandel Town is an array of water powered inventions, quirky contraptions and fun to discover at every turn. Inspired by the ability to create something new out of something old our attractions are made largely from recycled materials and are powered by water. Water is used to keep time on the wooden water clock; watch out though it often works on Coromandel time. We've got water cannons to blast away on and bikes that pump H2O. Our human sized hamster wheel is an absolute hoot and our mad inventions leave people wondering "what the".As well as the 70+ attractions to look at, play on, or interact with, The Waterworks has a generous adventure playground area perfect for picnics, an onsite café, free use of BBQs and a natural swimming hole to cool off in during the hot summer months.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good26%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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471 The 309 Road | Coromandel Town, Coromandel 3581, New Zealand
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+64 7-866 7191
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a place full of fun facts and imaginative water sculptures made from old things, all sorts of things. It is initiative, ingenious, and very very interactive. The setting is stunning with a beautiful river and a swimming hole on site. The cafe also...More

Thank shazzzalongley
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jeedho, Owner at The Waterworks, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

HI and thanks for taking the time to review the park and make the positive comments. I apologise that some of the exhibits were out of action, The flying bicycles are waiting for a part to arrive from Hamilton, our location doesn't make it easy...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Notwithstanding one of the most difficult roads from Whitianga to the location, the end result was well worth the minor stress of the 20 or so km to get there! We travelled with two grandchildren - one still in a pram, the other 3 years...More

Thank DADD23
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a very hot day earlier this week & were grateful for the shade. It was surprisingly entertaining for 2 retired folk & definitely released the inner kid in us! We thought the exhibits were ingenious & fun & can see how they...More

Thank Sue L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped here as all the promos said it was great. Was disappointed. Expensive to get in and definitely not worth the money. Displays were run down and grubby. A couple of the displays were mildly interesting; some were broken; some were just poorly designed.More

Thank ringthebells2
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jeedho, Owner at The Waterworks, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to respond in writing to your experience at Waterworks, it's a pity you didn't speak to me personally whilst you were there and highlighted your concerns and told me exactly which installations needed attention. I would imagine that you...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

We had the nachos, baked beans and lasagne. Everyone enjoyed the food and drinks were good too. There is good access for the disabled or elderly. We have been back again. It is reasonably priced. Their tables are unique and interesting. The service was very...More

Thank danceswithroseoz
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Reviewed 18 February 2018

We had a terrific time at this place. My kids are early teens and we had a fab time trying to wet each other, working out how each piece squirts and reading the quirky boards. We finished it off with a dip in the river.

Thank heykuri
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Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

I totally agree with Stella405 that this previously fun place is slipping into almost disrepair. We also live close by and regularly take family and visitors. This time we felt apologetic and embarrassed as we constantly found activities not working and a general run-down feel....More

Thank Win M
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Reviewed 12 February 2018

This is an interesting place but not for everyone! our teenagers were not that keen, young kids thought it was great. Safety needs to be looked at in a number of places. Not sure it was worth the money for adults. Hard place to really...More

Thank Darron L
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Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

In what seems like the middle of nowhere this place was a great little find. Quaint and quirky it has lots of little clever water features, nice change to modern hi-tech children’s places. Great play park as well.

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Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

Water activities are very simple, but lots of fun. There is a swimming hole and a great playground. Stuff is very friendly. We spent about 3 great hours there.

Thank Nicola T
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Misswg
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Hello, A friend of mine and their family built and invented these gardens some years ago (but new owners these days). Anytime even just 2 hours is worth the visit... it is humorous, educating and fun. Afterwards (depending... More
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