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The Caterpillar Experience - CLOSED

171 Fairy Springs Road, Rotorua 3015, New Zealand
+64 7-347 3206
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If you like Cats, then you'll like this

I decided to visit this museum because it was on the list of stops for the hop-on/hop-off bus. But... read more

Reviewed 7 March 2012
Linn1378
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Tempe AZ
A Great Museum if you like Caterpillar

This place has an amazing collection of very old equipment, some of which has been restored and... read more

Reviewed 8 February 2012
Theoden9
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Clinton Township, Michigan
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good33%
  • Average16%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible11%
24 Apr 2017
“Sadly, the Caterpillar Experience is long gone.”
16 Jan 2016
“They have closed down”
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171 Fairy Springs Road, Rotorua 3015, New Zealand
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+64 7-347 3206
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Reviewed 7 March 2012

I decided to visit this museum because it was on the list of stops for the hop-on/hop-off bus. But I'm not really into earth movers, so it was only mildly interesting. They said it would take a good hour to go through it, but I...More

Thank Linn1378
Reviewed 8 February 2012

This place has an amazing collection of very old equipment, some of which has been restored and other which are exactly as they wer found with dirt still on the tracks. There's a lot of history, stories, photos, videos and other artifacts here as well....More

3  Thank Theoden9
Reviewed 16 January 2012

For something different the world’s first display of historical Caterpillar earthmoving equipment. Not to everyone’s taste, but great to see old Caterpillar equipment. I was here for the first time 11 Jan 2012, and I will be going back. Along with the old equipment there...More

Thank Dan B
Reviewed 5 January 2012

My husband loved it as he is in the machine industry. The kids loved it as they could play on some of the machines.

1  Thank chonnni
Reviewed 9 December 2011

brilliant information about how it was done way back when. Videos are excellent. well set out layout. easy to get around. Plenty of seating for elderly or disabled.. staff are wonderful. a great day out.

Thank switchie_nz
Reviewed 9 November 2010

Just outside of Rotorua is the Caterpillar Experience - it right over the road from the Gondola. If you still can't find it look for the BIG yellow Bulldozer in the front paddock. This is not just a boys & their toys experience it is...More

2  Thank timthetraveller_com
Reviewed 9 April 2010

Can quite honestly say this was by far the worst place we visited on our 2 month trip round NZ. Very unfriendly towards children, and adults too for that matter. Woman who ran it was rude, unhelpful and downright hostile. Totally overpriced. Save yourself the...More

1  Thank Honesty11023
Reviewed 15 March 2010

This is a museum of Old road working equipment. I especially loved the way they had set this up as its not just a loat of old machunery, they have set it up to look like its out there doing its work. There are Video...More

Thank ToniBee
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