Craters of the Moon, Taupo

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Geologic Formation Nature / Park
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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  • 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 »
  • $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 »
  • 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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  • Really cool experience. Tickets were cheap and the walk takes anywhere from 1-2 hours depending on the track you choose. These attractions don't have the nasty smell that the ones in Rotorua have which will be a blessing for some
  • $8 entry, $20 for a family. Reasonably priced gift shop attached as well as toilets. Board walk and viewing platforms are kept in good working order and have information panels. Longer walk was great and well worth it. Could probably see similar elsewhere for free so if you're a local maybe give it a miss. If you haven't grown up with this sort of thing, then it is definitely worthwhile.
  • At first I thought this a little less impressive than other geo thermal attractions, but in reality we had a lovely fun time here. Being pretty much the only people there added to the experience too.
  • A surreal experience well worth the price of entry. Visit in the off season and you might even get the place to yourself! Just as/potentially even more spectacular in the rain, so don't let wet weather put you off.
  • Reasonable price. Tracks done nicely. Good place to take the family. Beautiful site.

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As a resort town, Taupo offers a diversity of accommodations. Boutique, luxury, and spa hotels are easily found in the town center, while some of the more luxurious options are set farther out in secluded spots reachable by car or taxi. Backpacker hostels and rental apartments provide good options for those wanting to get up into the mountains, or out onto the lake to enjoy the activities.
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