Craters of the Moon, Taupo

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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. Our Taupo itinerary builder makes visiting Craters of the Moon and other Taupo attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • August 16, 2017
    We enjoyed the brief walk here in wintertime very much. The landscape seems unrealistic, as if artificially set-up for a movie. Great spots to take interesting pictures.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    $8 per adult is good value, an interesting walk with birdlife as well as geothermal features. No crowds a bonus. We combined this with Huka Falls and the Honey Shop for a cheap family morning out.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Where you can watch at an affordable price! 1 hour climb to the lookout course seems a little. It's really magical place!!! If you have the time please write to hear
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  • August 29, 2017
    $8 adult. $4 child is a Good price for roughly an hours walk can't really put any negatives on it. If you haven't seen geothermal activity before then I would say this is a great start.
  • July 29, 2017
    A good place to see some of the thermal activity in the region up close. The walk around is very pleasant and includes easy to navigate raised boardwalks. There are 2 options in the walk, an easy fairly flat path & a higher graded path with amazing views over the whole area. If you can't make it to Rotorua then this is a must.
  • August 18, 2017
    A good place to view geothermal with budget. The map given provide a good guide. For a better view go gor the lookout point. It is just a easy and relaxing walk.
  • July 27, 2017
    Nice light flat walk but also a look out you can walk up to (not far up). Is interesting to read about what you are seeing and it is something a bit different. well priced for what it is.
  • September 17, 2017
    Beautiful walks! Take your time strolling through the beautiful landscape and the constant steam clouds.

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