Craters of the Moon, Taupo

Categories: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
3.2/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web
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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  • Stroll for an hour. Certainly it's not as impressive as the Spa sites of roturoa but at the same time it's 3 or 4 times cheaper. Therefore a good time for us.
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  • It wasn't in our plans, but we saw the sign literally 2 minutes after driving out of Taupo and decided to stop. Only $8 to enter and I thought it well-worth the stop and cost. It was a nice precursor ...  read more »
  • We were a little hesitant to pay $15 each to go and look at the geysers and thermal activity, but it was worth every penny. Craters of the Moon have an attractive setup and improvements on the way. 
  • Fantastic walk through eerie atmosphere. Best to go after there's been some rain otherwise the big mud pools can be dry. Much lower cost than the commercial equivalents around Rotorua
  • It was not really impressive, just smoke and low vegetation. There are not real mud pools. Nothing compared with Waiotapu or Waiomangu near Rotorua.The best thing is the moonish atmosphere.
  • My partner and i highly enjoyed walking around the craters enjoying the sites and smells haha , Also it was a free entry day and we where given free ice blocks on completion of the track so was a nice touch
  • Steam, boiling mud, great place for young kids to learn. And it does not brake the bank!
  • can't agree with the other comments. to see steam coming out of everywhere is a great thing to me, you can take great pictures that have a touch of destruction. for 8$ it was totally worth!
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