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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  • Nice tramping opportunities near here. We actually hiked up from from Huka Falls up the Waikato River Trail past the Prawn Park on to the Craters of the Moon. It was exceptionally warm day and we were...  more »
  • This was our first experience of thermal activity & we enjoyed our walk around very much. A great introduction. An easy walk on well-maintained walkways. The walk up to the top viewing platform is qui...  more »
  • Honestly we did this walk and didn't think it was worth it, there were some much cooler walks regarding thermal activities around new Zealand. If you are staying around Taupo for an extended period ma...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Average geothermal Park, has nice walkways and good signage for you to follow. Not a hard walk to see the sights, a lot of the thermal area is basic and not overly active. The rest amenities are good and clean, a huge open area with good lookout points along the way.
  • Have you visited this geothermal location yet? It was a worthwhile place to visit and walk around. Visitors must stick to the pathways at all times. Friendly staff that gave out maps and information. A quaint gift shop that also sold refreshments. Volcanic activity tends to increase after heavy rains and can be dangerous. The bubbling mud is more active in wet weather.
  • Nice easy walk. We went on a rainy summer day and the steam was rising everywhere. The craters are incredible, steamy and noisy. Not much mud though. But really enjoyed the 45 min walk. Great price and friendly staff.

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