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Review of Huka Prawn Park

Huka Prawn Park
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Interactive Prawn Park with Prawn Fishing in Taupo
Ranked #14 of 71 things to do in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: New Zealand's only Prawn Fishing Park. Located just 5 minutes from Taupo and offering hours of entertainment for people of all ages. Experience the thrill of landing the fiesty prawn at Hook-a-Prawn Fishing, enjoy the delight of hand feeding, baby prawns in the Prawn Nursery, and get up close and personal with Shawn the Prawn, in the Aquarium. Then head out to more than 6 hectares of fun and entertainment throughout the park, including interactive water features, adventure playgrounds, trout viewing and feeding, and geothermal foot baths. The day wouldn't be complete with relaxing beside the mighty Waikato River at the Riverside restaurant and bar and enjoying a mouthwatering selection of meals and beverages on offer. Huka Prawn Park, a day of fun and adventure for all!
Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

mega awesome we didn't catch prawns but our boy loves the day and he was stoked with the tracks and loves the walk and boats well recommend

Thank David M
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Prawn101, Guest Relations Manager at Huka Prawn Park, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2018

Thanks David,

My son also loves it out here, it's a great way to get them out and teach them some patience along with the educational aspect and all the fun activities.

Hope to see you again soon!

Warm regards,

Stacey

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Reviewed 11 January 2018

Recently visited with my family and we had a great day with lots of fun (though limited success) prawn fishing. Would visit the park again however would not eat at the restaurant after finding the food to be over priced, over cooked with average service.

Especially annoying when the adult meals are served 20 minutes ahead of the kid's ones.

Thank Cronus.nz
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Prawn101, Guest Relations Manager at Huka Prawn Park, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2018

Hi there,

Thank you for your review.

So sorry that the adults meals came out before the kids meals thats not normal practice, please email me the date you visited so I can pass feedback onto Restaurant and Kitchen Manager info@hukaprawnpark.co.nz

Glad to hear that you enjoyed your time in our park, we appreciate all your feedback.

Warm regards,

Stacey

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Reviewed 10 January 2018

Took the kids (5, 3 & 1 yrs old) to this. They loved "fishing" for prawns - for about 10 minutes...
Although they had buckley's chance of catching anything with a fishing rod. Some people managed it. You would need a lot of patience to stay long enough to catch anything. It was also freezing cold that day so we didn't hang around long. Went for a walk around the park and found a few other activities to keep the kids interested. The restaurant looked popular, but we didn't go in.

Overall, very overpriced for what we did. Would probably suit budding fishermen (teens?) Would have been better to spend the money (about $75) on prawns at the local fish and chip shop.

Thank JumpingJezza
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Prawn101, Guest Relations Manager at Huka Prawn Park, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2018

Thank you for your review.

Sorry you didn't catch Prawns on your visit. Check out a post on our facebook page where a man and his daughter caught between 30 and 40 over the weekend, I can assure you people are catching them and there is a knack to it.

If you visit us again i highly recommend going on the tour where you will get a full fishing demonstration. We really appreciate your feedback!

Warm regards,

Stacey

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Reviewed 9 January 2018

You need time for this attraction and to get the most out of it a good guide. Ours was Sian who brought to life what might otherwise be quite a dull topic.

Thank Jon L
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Prawn101, Guest Relations Manager at Huka Prawn Park, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2018

Hi Jon,

Thanks so much for the feedback, I will be sure to pass this onto Sian and her Manager. Sian is a very hard worker and tries really hard so it's great to see her name on trip advisor.

Glad you enjoyed the tour!

Warm regards,

Stacey

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Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

Visited on a hot sunny day, and quickly realised that the only attraction to this place is fishing for prawns in some muddy-looking ponds. There are other things advertised like trout feeding, paddle-boarding, etc, but these are much poorer versions of what you can do elsewhere in Taupo.

There’s a ‘guided tour’ which walks through the hatchery where you can see and feed the prawns. At the start of the tour, you are invited to experience the difference between normal lake water temperature and the 28 degrees heated pond temperature that the prawns live in by running your hands under two taps. It is very nearly as interesting as I have described it here.

The restaurant offers fresh (obviously!) prawns, but a kilo to share between two adults cost $98 which is too much. That price wouldn’t be out of place at a gourmet restaurant, but this is much more of a ‘campground’ feel.

If you have children who can sit patiently enough to catch a prawn or two, it could be a fun day out, but I would advise saving your money and enjoying the lake and plenty of other family-friendly activities in Taupo instead.

Thank 48,35,75,822
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Prawn101, Guest Relations Manager at Huka Prawn Park, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2018

Burn!! You really told us what you thought.

I guess we're not for everyone, we appreciate all feedback and use it for trainging and development of our park.

Have a great 2018!

Warm regards,

Stacey

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