Craters of the Moon, Taupo

3.5
#2 of 16 in Parks in Taupo
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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  • Craters of the moon was great to see. Cost is reasonable and I spent about 1 hour here. Definitelky learnt a lot with the map and signs around the crater. Steam, mud and interesting plants that thrive...  more »
  • Geothermal cracks and crevices pouring hot steam into the air. We had spent almost two weeks in Taupo and had traveled around to here and there and what was actually one end of the island to the other...  more »
  • We went out there and it was a bit rainy but the skies were kind and we didnt get wet. The place is really interesting and worth the detour for sure. $8 sees you in for the 1 hour round trip  more »
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  • A great place to visit and witness the steam from the earth. It's a good stretch of walk. $8 per adult for the entrance and we walk through marked walkways and most of them are wooden pathways and beautiful placed. We had a great experience visiting this place and might go back with friends in the future.
  • Great place to visit. Knew nothing about this place till we got there and with the name craters of the moon thought it might be a bit of a side show. But the opposite very interesting apparently they are all volunteers you see the result of vulcanic action from below the surface. It's 8 Dollars to get in but well worth it.
  • Quite a good exposure to steams and volcanic mud pools with an entrance fee of $8. Suggests that the bushes at the lookout points should be trimmed for a better view. Nicely built walkways to go around the area.
  • That is a very nice way to spend an hour. You see quit done nice thermal pools and interesting landscape. I wouldn't drive there just to see this though but when you have time it's a bit so expensive option.
  • A gentle stroll through a cratered landscape, vapour rising from various craters. There's not much more to it, but it's beautiful and worth the entry fee. If you can, do go up the steeper track to the viewpoint, clearly marked, for even better views out over the park.
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