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Witness the power of nature erupting from the ground at Craters of the Moon. A part of New Zealand's largest geothermal field, this protected natural area is home to numerous craters, mud pools, and steaming fumaroles. Continuous geological activity has created the distinctive landscape, where hot steam rises over scarce, low vegetation. Two hiking trails lead through the area; the main track is generally flat and covered in a boardwalk, making it accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. The top track, with a series of steps, is less accessible, but takes you to an elevated lookout from where you can enjoy the view over the field. Plan to visit Craters of the Moon during your Taupo vacation using our convenient Taupo vacation planner.
Craters of the Moon Reviews
It’s only $8 to get in and you see loads of geothermal activity - great way to spend an hour or so - absolute value for money more »
Great experience for the whole family. The 45minute walk was enough for my 4yr old and 9yr old. My 4yr old LOVED the "moon holes". Probably wouldn't go right at 3pm again though, as it felt like we... more »
It is a beautiful place that reminds us of the might of Mother Earth. Definitely worth visiting when you are in Taupo. Make sure you stick to the designated paths, take a hat, a bottle of water and sunglasses. Even on a cool day, it might get a bit warm so wearing a short sleeve top with a jacket on top that you can remove is a good idea. Toilets are available on the premises once you pay and you go through the doors to start your walk. Ample parking for cars and caravans.
Don't know why is called the Craters of the Moon as there are no craters! Lots of vents though so it can get very hot! Sorry but I was not impressed with it! There are lots of other nicer places to visit! At least the entrance fee is cheap, if I remember correctly it was $8/person.
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