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The Waterworks

471 The 309 Road | Coromandel Town, Coromandel 3581, New Zealand
+64 7-866 7191
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Family fun *tip - you can take your dog!

We had a terrific time at this place. My kids are early teens and we had a fab time trying to wet... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
heykuri
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Sadly slipping

I totally agree with Stella405 that this previously fun place is slipping into almost disrepair. We... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Win M
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Auckland Central, 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 good25%
  • Average9%
  • 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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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came here with the wife and 2 kids (11 & 7 year old boys). Lots of really cool things to see and do. You will get wet!! If your a parent that loves really getting in there with the kids you'll love it.. water fights,...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We live not far from The Waterworks so visit about once a year. It has always been the "go to" place for kids birthdays and taking international visitors. It was really disappointing to see on our most recent visit that the attraction has slipped from...More

1  Thank Stella405
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After travelling along the 309 from Whitianga - an experience in itself - we had a fun time visiting Waterworks. Three generations from 8 to 80 enjoyed the day whilst getting soggy along the way. It's great to see the passion that has gone into...More

Thank Sarah2304
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Reviewed 15 January 2018

This is such a fun place to go with the family, and there's something for everyone there! My nature enthusiast father in law went off to take pictures of trees, birds and what not. My mother in law and my teenage son had a ball...More

Thank Kiwigirl341
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Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

Repurposed junk is given a new lease of life at this interesting showcase of waterpowered exhibits. Highly interactive, the kids (9&12) really enjoyed it. On a super sunny day, there was plenty of shade to hide under and a lovely swimming hole in the river....More

Thank NZDuffnetts
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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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