Craters of the Moon, Taupo

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Geologic Formation
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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  • This atttaction certainly isn't going to get the adrenalin going but is definitely worth the admission price for an insite into the powerhouse below the ground in this part of Taupo.  more »
  • This is a gift to all New Zealanders to enjoy. Something that we shouldn't have to pay for, but oh well. Dress warm, as it can be cold. Shame to see rubbish in one of the sunk holes.  more »
  • I hadn't been here in over 13 years and i was very happy to come back, the power and beauty of nature is ever present here, making it something i would defiently recommend to anyone. It has steam comi...  more »
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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.