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. Plan to visit Craters of the Moon during your Taupo vacation using our convenient Taupo vacation planner.
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  • This was a last minute decision to go and glad I did. It is a very interesting landscape - lots of steam coming from the ground over a large area. Some boiling mud but this wasn’t as impressive as the...  more »
  • I enjoyed Craters of the Moon it really reminded me of walking in a reserve especially as the sun was shining. You got to see steam coming out of the ground and there were a couple of viewing platform...  more »
  • It is well worth spending an hour or so wandering around this geothermal park. The staff were very friendly and we thought that the 8NZD admission fee was about right.The walkway is easy and there is ...  more »
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  • $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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful walks! Take your time strolling through the beautiful landscape and the constant steam clouds.

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