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“Interesting place to visit.”
Review of The Waterworks

The Waterworks
Ranked #1 of 1 Fun & Games in Coromandel
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Auckland, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Interesting place to visit.”
Reviewed 4 May 2014

PROS:

# No electricity used for water pumps
# Really large area, even has a swimming hole!
# Great value
# Water comes down mountain to power attractions
# Continuous theme (randomly put together and gives sense of fun)
# Wheelchair access

CONS:

# Steep paths and some things are dated

Visited May 2014
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Beavercreek, Ohio
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45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A Fun Place”
Reviewed 2 May 2014

Our group consisted of 4 adults and 3 kids and we were not sure who enjoyed themselves the most. Waterworks is an interactive playground designed by someone with a sense of humor and ingenuity. Don't come if you're not prepared to put aside the adult in you and let yourself go -- it's a fun place to let your inner child out and enjoy yourselves with the kids. Now the toilets/WC/Long drops STINK the question is how long can you hold your breath.

Visited April 2014
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Auckland
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Wonderful family fun!”
Reviewed 1 May 2014

We happened upon this on the drive back from holidaying in the Coromandel to Auckland. The old "309 Road" is well sign-posted and the Waterworks was at first glance thought to be a swimming complex. We were pleasantly surprised to find it is a well-run and creative place to spend time at. We started with a cafe lunch which is handy - located right next to the ticket counter. The food is basic fare but done really well, I'd like to have ordered a gluten-free toasted sandwich but there was no assurance it wouldn't be contaminated so I went for a sweet slice instead (all you need to do is use cooking paper to wrap the sandwich when using the press and it would be good for celiacs). Coffee was great. The toilets are eco-friendly - that means they are Long Drops - not for the faint hearted so be prepared for that!
The complex is fantastic from the moment you step out of the cafe - a rambling path leads you all around the different installations - moving and interactive water-powered and people-powered things to make you smile and have fun. Kids could have stayed here all day. Was totally not expecting it to be so good. It's well maintained and very unique, I've never been to anything like it. Kids learnt things too which is always good.
Make sure you visit this place if you're heading to the Coromandel - with or without kids! (they even offer free motorised mobility scooters - unheard of getting anything for free these days!)

Visited April 2014
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Sydney, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Don,t miss this !”
Reviewed 26 April 2014

I knew I would like this attraction when I read the brochure. What I wasn't prepared for was how amazing,educational,funny and just plain good fun this place was! I can,t think of anywhere I have been that is anything like this park. So many surprises ! Whatever you do do not leave without trying the feijoa and apple smoothie at the cafe or the flying fox through the trees. I,m in my mid fifties and couldn't resist four rides on the flying fox....just can,t recommend this place too highly.

Visited April 2014
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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77 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great spot to stretch our legs”
Reviewed 24 April 2014 via mobile

We stopped off on our trip from Hahei to Auckland and enjoyed the sights and activities.

We didn't get wet (luckily) but saw lots of kids who made the most of the water activities.

Visited April 2014
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