Caterpillar Experience Review

Rotorua, New Zealand
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Caterpillar Experience

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 also a look at the history of New Zealand with a focus on the logging industry.

The experience is a combination of restored bulldozers & others that are displayed as they were found in the bush.

There is also a selection of support vehicles like old dodge trucks & giant logs. I always thought of Caterpillars as being yellow – its just the way I had always seen them. Turns out some of the early ones were grey & have been restored to show this. Others from the world war two are army green.

As you go around the displays there are areas set up like old bush huts where you can watch some videos of the caterpillars in action. There is one about daily life in a 1952 New Zealand Bush Camp & another about how a massive area of volcanic wasteland was turned into farmland in the central north island. A 3rd video is an old marketing video for Caterpillars & includes the great tractor race from the 1930’s

Once you have had a look around the displays there is a Caterpillar shop where you can buy a range of cool CAT brand products for yourself or as a present for a friend who is a CAT fan.

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